Monday, February 28, 2011

Solar--Are Your Rerady?

Big Changes Are Coming To Our Industry. We're ready. Are you?

We can help you be ready. "Carbon footprint," "greenhouse emissions" and "global warming" are not just news stories. They are concerns that are driving change in electrical technology, revolutionizing our industry.

"Green" technology often translates into huge savings on electricity. Generating electricity from the sun is a technology we all know well. Whether you're powering a pocket calculator, satellite, or your home, solar electricity, also known as photovoltaics, can get the job done.

Give us a call today to see how we can help you be "green" and save money at the same time!

The cost of electricity is going up (both in dollars and in environmental and health impacts) and it doesn't show any signs of doing otherwise. About half of the energy in the American grid is coal generated. Electric energy is an intermediate form of energy. It is produced in thermal power stations (where fuel oil, gas, coal, biomass, etc. are burnt), in hydroelectric power stations and nuclear power stations. Smaller quantities are produced by wind, photovoltaic solar panels, sea tides, etc.

Did you know?

Enough sunlight falls on the earth's surface each minute to meet world energy demand for an entire year.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Flow Of Electricity

Did you know?Electricity doesn't move through a wire but through a field around the wire.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Did You Know?

Benjamin Franklin was the first to name the two types of charges, calling one positive and the other negative. He also established the convention that the charge that moves is associated with electrons, and that it has a negative sign. He assumed that electricity flows from positively charged to negatively charged regions.

Electric current is composed of moving charges. In metals, it is the free electrons that move, so the current is negative. In semiconductors, currents may be either positive or negative, due to the movement of holes and free electrons. Electric potential is a voltage. Charges flow when there is a potential difference applied between two different points. This potential difference creates a pressure that causes the charges to move, just like a pump does water. Potential differences are created from power sources such as batteries or generators, and are measured in units called volts. Volts are named after Italian physicist Alessandro Volta.

Current is measured in amperes or amps, for short. It is named after the French physicist Andre Marie Ampere. An ampere is equal to one coulomb of charge per second, which is in magnitude a billion billion of electrons. The coulomb is named after another French physicist, Charles Coulomb.

TEDxTucson Bruce Wright The Solar Zone

[A great video about solar and the near future of its expansion.]

We get a lot of sun in Tucson, a beautiful sunny 350 days of the year! So we're really excited about the new "Solar Zone" that recently got switched on and is providing the electricity for homes that suddenly became a lot greener. Bruce Wright is a national leader in economic development innovation and has made a tremendous contribution to our community. This new project is designed to educate people as well as inspire the adoption of solar power so that we can take better advantage of this abundant resource.

Bruce directs the University of Arizona's Office of University Research Parks where he has recently established the "Solar Zone" to serve as an interdisciplinary and collaborative hub for researchers and industry to develop and promote renewable energy. He also serves as president of the Arizona Center for Innovation, a specialized business incubator designed to meet the dynamic needs of developing technology companies.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

TEDxTucson Dave Follette Solar Energy At The Gigawatt Scale

In this talk, Dave Follette discusses an incredible new technology for harnessing solar power using a mirror array system to create gigawatt scale energy production.

Dave is the first employee of REhnu, LLC a spinoff from the University of Arizona, with the specific mission of commercializing solar power at a cost competitive with fossil fuels. Dave is a recent graduate of MIT's Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program, which combines an M.S. in mechanical engineering with an MBA from the Sloan School of Management. Prior to graduate school, Dave worked at another clean energy startup, ISE Corp in San Diego, and led the team that developed and built the twenty fuel cell buses used in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Vacaville Electric Will Meet Your Residential Needs

Vacaville Electric will provide all your Residental needs. With over 1,000 track homes and 50 custom homes under our belt, we bring the basics as well as all the 21st Century technology options. Whether your home is "Colonial Cozy" or the "Next Generation," we will make sure you always get the best bang for your buck.

We understand Residential including a keen awareness for the infrastructure of your home. When installing electrical devices we will meet your lighting needs while maintaining the integrity of your walls, ceilings and tiles. Not knowing what is going on is a shame when you are building.

Call today for a Prebuild Design Consultation. If you are already in your house and you need some help making it into a home, we are just a phone call away.

Listed are examples of some of the electrical work that we do. If there is something you do not see on our list, keep in mind that we are excited to welcome new challenges!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tom Jackson: Owner/Operator Of Vacaville Electric

My name is Tom Jackson, Owner/Operator of Vacaville Electric. I have been an Electrician for 15 years and have hands-on field training in Residential, Commercial and Industrial electrical work. When I was 19 years old, I took over a friend's job doing Residential electric work and have been in the Electrical industry ever since. After a few years of Residential work, I wanted to learn something new and switched to Commercial work. A couple of years later, the location of the company's work started moving too far south.

At that time, I made the decision to join Local 180 and to work locally. I was sworn (organized) in as a Residential Journeyman. After a couple years, I challenged the Board and tested out for Commercial Journeyman.

The last five years have been spent working in the Napa Valley, doing Wineries, Caves, Restaurants, Shopping Centers and Custom Homes. Last year I decided it was time to bring my experience home and begin the last company I will ever work for. My experience includes everything from Design to New Construction, Existing Construction, Remodels, Tenant Improvements and Service/maintenance of existing systems.

In July of 2009, I started Vacaville Electric. We are Locally Owned and Operated. I was born and raised in Fairfield, and have been residing in Vacaville for the last 10 years. My family is a part of this community and we are here to stay.

Vacaville Electric stands behind our work. We will get the job done right and in a timely manner. Customer satisfaction is important to us.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Upgrading Your Lights Can Improve Business And Safety And Save You Money On Your PGE Bill.

This was a 8 foot t12 we changed to a 4 foot t5 that put out 320 watts. Lamps should be replaced every 5 years...the lumens start to fade but, the cost to run them does not.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Cheapest Electricity - How Do We Get It?

At this stage we are totally dependant upon electricity. Every aspect of our lives requires this form of energy and we cannot live with out it. Electricity is produced from burning fossil fuel. But fossil fuel - as a natural resource - is becoming rare and its extraction is becoming more and more complicated. The immediate outcome of fossil fuel scarcity is the high prices of electricity. That is in addition to the polluted environment caused by the burning of the fuel. All the above have brought to a situation where people are looking for better alternatives for cleaner and the cheapest electricity. This has become a real universal trend.

Burning of the fossil fuel should be restricted not only because of it becoming rare, but also because of the damage it causes to our environment. Dangerous and harmful gas is emitted while fossil fuel is burnt. Exaggerated exposure of toxic gases has lead to global warming and greenhouse effects. Today people are stressing more on environment friendly materials, in order to push the threat of global warming away. There are several different types of electricity utility suppliers in the market and all of them claim to provide cheapest electricity..

There are a few possible solutions, which can help you tame the rising electricity bills. The use of home electricity generators can definitely help achieving this task. There are several different types of renewable power generators, which are capable of managing your electricity bills each month. In addition, the pollution free nature of these power generators will not do any harm to the environment. The different types of power generators are solar panels, wind turbines, thermal energy, hydro power and a few others, but solar panels and wind turbines are widely used across the globe, both by commercial and residential properties. These two power generators can help us get the cheapest electricity.

Solar panels: This is a popular form of extracting energy from a natural resource. The energy in sunlight gets trapped by the photovoltaic cells of these panels and transforms the energy into electricity. Installing multiple panels will help you to retrieve substantial amount of power.The prices of the panels are dropping constantly and have become affordable to most people.. Usually, the prices of the photovoltaic cells vary from $3.00 to $5.00, therefore, if the rate of the solar cells is $4.30 per watt so it will cost you around $172 on 30 watt solar panels. The scrap cells or panels are also popular, because it will cost you much less money while purchasing, therefore it will provide you with cheapest electricity. You may even get less than $3.00 per watt with the help of scrap photovoltaic panels.

Wind turbines: Wind turbines are considered to be the most ancient technology of power generation. They were used on agricultural farms and propelling sailing ships. There are wind turbines for both commercial and residential purposes therefore you can choose according to your requirements. Usually, the price per 10 kilowatts fluctuates around $48,000. It is recommended to build these generators at home in order to save substantial amount of money on installation. If you construct wind turbines at home, you can definitely save up to or more than $200.

Simply by mounting these two popular power generators you can achieve cheapest electricity. Calculating and comparing the rates with your current electricity rates will make a clear picture of savings.

Electricity Generate News: Here you can find information about cheapest electricity, help decrease pollution, help fight the global warming and start using environmental friendly solutions. Discover how to generate free electricity on command with standard materials and an easy to implement plan.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Does Your Home Need A New Electrical Breaker Panel? When To Call A Licensed Electrician

How do I know when my house needs a new breaker panel? Why do I need a new breaker panel? Do I need a 200 amp panel? Is it because of the collection of small fuse boxes on the side of my house? Do you have Federal Pacific breakers?

Would it have anything to do with the new remodel, or the breaker tripping. Check the list below for items that might cause you to upgrade your home's electrical service and make your home much safer.

Added new kitchen appliances
Added electric central heat
Added a tankless water heater
Added a room or two
Added 240V tools in the garage
Added new lights and bath heater
Added more air conditioning
Finished the bonus room upstairs
Old fuse system continues to fail
Breakers trip and the old panel has damage
Insurance company won't renew homeowners policy
Storm Damage and the new Code requirements
You sold your home and the home inspector found defects
You want a lifetime warranty on your breakers and panel

When your home was built, the electrical system was big enough to satisfy all of your electrical needs. Most home builders try to save money and only pay for the minimum electrical system required by the Building code. If you built a custom home and were involved with the electrical contractor, you may never need to upgrade because you bought the upgrade electrical at a great price. (Before the walls were sheet rocked).

The Electrical Code in place at the time your home was built has probably changed and has many new requirements. Some cities require most or all of the new code features must be installed any time you do more than a minor repair. Some only require the repairs meet the new code requirements. Our section on permits is being assembled at this time and will be updated daily.

If your home is on the market and the new buyer is financing, the lending agency may follow the home inspectors advice (right or wrong) and require all defects be brought up the current code. This may not line up with state and local ordinances or statutes, but he who holds the money rules.

An Electrical Upgrade is a good investment. There is a large return on the dollars invested plus the intangibles. How do you put a price on your family's safety? What is the cost of a good night's sleep? Can you afford to be frugal with your family's life?

While we are here talking about this, now is a great time to protect the items in your home you don't normally plug into a surge protector. Let us add a whole house surge protector (life time warranty) to safeguard the new washer / dryer combo or that expensive new energy saving fridge. The Eaton surge protectors are so good at what they do, the manufacturer will give a lifetime warranty on the surge protector and an insurance policy to cover damage to equipment connected to or plugged into the electrical system.

Ask your electrician about energy savings by installing an energy monitor so you can control your energy usage, and save money!

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Inspect Electrical Components With Infrared Imager

Infrared Electrical Inspection is primarily carried out by electrical engineers or certified Thermographers in order to detect potential electrical faults within an operational facility. It can be carried out due to a number of reasons; as a risk management activity, as a preventative measure on any potential technical faults, to increase efficiency and production, and to reduce system outages, costs and monetary losses.

With more technological developments taking place every day electrical systems are becoming highly complex and usually produce or channel high energy levels. This can result in excessive and high temperatures and often affects the areas with short circuits or faulty connections. Being able to detect these problems using a naked eye is very difficult, thus the need arises for an Infrared Electrical Inspection.

In a commercial set up, specific components like bus heads and breaker panels may be investigated during the inspection. Once done, the results are shown in a spreadsheet with the problem areas being presented in what is known as an Infrared Thermograph which basically enables one to see varying degrees in temperatures for each piece of equipment.

Some insurance companies use these inspections to underwrite certain risks in industrial and commercial businesses. Most companies who make use of these inspections do save a lot in terms of maintenance and operational costs, thereby achieving greater profits. This is because they are able to detect any possible failures beforehand as well as defective components so that appropriate action is taken.

Electric equipment can wear out and depreciate with continued use, thus resulting in faulty and poor connections as well as short circuits in some areas. This can lead to catastrophic accidents, defective products, downtime for the operations and unnecessary costs.

Besides reducing potential interruptions, inspections also mean a longer life span of the system which again comes as a great saving. Some companies and most experts recommend that annual inspections are performed. Usually the infrared electrical inspection is incorporated in the preventative maintenance plan of the business, this helps maintain and increase productivity and efficiency. Some companies encourage baseline scans on newly acquired electric machines so that any potential problems are identified as early as possible.

Infrared inspections must be done by trained and certified inspectors to avoid mishaps as faulty installations and miscalculations can result in major catastrophes. The inspectors undergo thorough training and are able to inspect and examine any complicated electrical system and present findings in reports.

With the infrared technology being readily available on the market, Infrared electrical inspection is a great activity to incorporate into your businesses preventative maintenance plan. It will help to identify problems in their initial stages - decreasing downtime, risk of injury and improving the operation of the business.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Vacaville Electric Is At Your Service

Vacaville Electric is a full service Electrical Contractor based in Vacaville, California. Some of our company specialties include Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Service & Maintenance, Design, Lighting and Solar. When you need an electrician, you can count on us. Whether you are a Business Owner, a Contractor, a Property Owner, or a Homeowner, we facilitate the smooth completion of your project. Working well with other trades, we look out for the owner's interests, delivering affordable quality every time. We always welcome new challenges and look forward to working with you.