Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fire Prevention Week - Electrical Safety // NFPA's Judy Comoletti has a few important tips to keep you safe around your home's electrical appliances, outlets and wiring. The video was created for Fire Prevention Week 2009, Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned. This years campaign focuses on burn awareness and prevention, as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of home fires.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

2012 NFPA 70E - Major Changes in Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Michael Fontaine, Senior Electrical NFPA Engineer and Co-author of the NFPA 70E Handbook, discusses a few major changes found in the 2012 NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Such as:
Separation of hazard and risk
Training the required people in CPR and first aid use and in the use of an AED
Recurrence of employee electrical safety training
Documentation of electrical safety programs and training to satisfy OSHA

Monday, September 24, 2012

On-Q: About airQast Technology

airQast technology radically transforms the way users experience their music. This video provides an overview of the features and benefits of airQast technology.
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Rocker 3-Way Switch -Tricky Hookup

Replacing an old 3-way switch with a new rocker-style one can give you trouble. Master electrician gives a foolproof rule for hooking any 3-way switch up. These switches all have 3 main terminals for the wires - the two for the "traveler" wires being of one color (brass) and the one for the "common" of another color (dark).

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

adorne Wall Plates

Surround your switch in style. Say bye-bye to bland and hello to the possibilities with adorne wall plates. Dozens of options await, including genuine, rich wood finishes, lush cast metals, and an array of vivid colors.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

What Is Vacaville Electric?

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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Looking For A Few Good People!

Looking to hire a few good people within the next few days. Experienced or not. Please call or email if interested!

Vacaville ElectricInsured & Bonded: License #936815

707-448-VACA (8222)

1011 Mason Street, Suite 9
Vacaville, California 95688

Cell: 707-398-1367
Fax: 707-469-9861


Monday, September 10, 2012

Ready To Harness The Sun?

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.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Basics Of Electricity

Simplest model of an atom 

To ward the end of the 19th  century, science  was barreling along at an impressive pace. Automobiles andaircraft were on the verge of changing the way the world mov ed, and electric power was st eadily making its way into more and more homes. Yet even scientists of the day still viewed electricity as something vaguely mystical. It wasn't until 1897 that scientists discovered the existence ofelectrons -- and this is where electricity starts.
Matter, as you probably know, is composed of atoms. Break something down to small enough pieces and you wind up with a nucleus orbited by one or more electrons, each with a negative charge. In many materials, the electrons are tightly bound to the atoms. Wood, glass, plastic, ceramic, air, cotton -- these are all examples of materials in which electrons stick with their atoms. Because the electrons don't move, these materials can't conduct electricity very well, if at all. These materials areelectrical insulators.
Holy Electricity
In the late 19th century, electricity truly had a noble or even divine reputation -- to the extent that members of the scientific community protested the idea of the electric chair as a degradation of both electricity and the scientific breakthroughs that made electrocuting a criminal possible. What might these critics have thought of such modern marvels as the battery-powered blackhead remover or the dance-floor horror known as the electric slide?
Most metals, however, have electrons that can detach from their atoms and zip around. These are called free electrons. The loose electrons make it easy for electricity to flow through these materials, so they're known as electrical conductors. They conduct electricity. The moving electrons transmit electrical energy from one point to another.
Think of electrons as pet dogs and a negative charge as a case of fleas. Homes where the dogs lived inside or within a fenced-in area would be the equivalent of an electrical insulator. Homes where the pets roamed free, however, would be electrical conductors. If you had one neighborhood of indoor, pampered pugs and one neighborhood of unfenced, free-roaming basset hounds, which group do you think could spread an outbreak of fleas the fastest?
Dogs aside, electricity needs a conductor in order to move. There also has to be something  to make the electricity flow from one point to another through the conductor. One way to get electricity flowing is to use a generator.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Time To Check Your Residential Breaker Panel? Been To It Often Lately?

Did you know your electrical panel may be in danger after 30 plus years?

Your home has probably had almost everything replaced by now; from water heater, furnace, AC, floors, doors, windows, appliances, etc.

Do you have breakers flipping off on a regular basis? Maybe it is time to upgrade your electrical panel. Most older homes (even as little as 20 years old) had no idea how many computers, hair dryers, curling irons, stereos and TV's we would be plugging into their old circuitry. Newer homes have adapted better, so it may be time to give your panel some better circuits to handle the load!

Also, those old breakers eventually wear down and out. We can replace them with fresh, new ones. Give Tom Jackson a call at 707-448-8222 and let him know what your symptoms are. He's the kind of doctor that will get your circuit panels back to health. Also visit the website

Saturday, September 1, 2012

On-Q: Unity Home System 2.3 Overview

Introducing the latest upgrade to the Unity Home System. The 2.3 update is a free software download that enables remote viewing of any video feed connected to Unity via a smartphone or tablet device.

The Unity Home System is designed to connect and control technology throughout your home, including cameras, intercoms, music, lighting controls, weather forecasts and more!

For more information about the Unity Home System, visit