Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Legrand: Tamper Resistant Nightlight Outlet Overview

The Tamper Resistant Nightlight Outlet comes with an LED light that automatically turns on when it is dark and has a 20 year life expectancy. You can now easily navigate the dark halls and maintain 2 outlets with a bright nightlight.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pass & Seymour: Introducing Harmony™ Tru-Universal Dimmer for Homeowners

The Pass & Seymour Harmony Tru-Universal Dimmer does something today's other so-called universal dimmers don't: it simply works—with every lamp, every load, and every fixture on typical home wiring. The Harmony Tru-Universal Dimmer is the simple solution to all your dimming challenges.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

How Electricians Can Save You Money

Electricians can provide many services to home and business owners. They can repair generators, air conditioning units, heaters, and refrigerators. They can also fix or replace the component parts associated with the above appliances. Additionally, they can install or replace wiring within your home if outlets or fixtures are not working properly. Finally, they can fix the cables that transfer electricity to your home, saving you from the unbearable total darkness associated with a power outage. In addition to the above services, the work of an electrician can provide an added benefit to homeowners and entrepreneurs. The repair and installation work performed by electricians can help you save money on your electric and gas bills.
In today's economy, the cost of living is more expensive than ever. Taxes are higher, gas costs have skyrocketed, and almost anything you need has a higher purchase price than it did in the past. Unemployment and cutbacks throughout many industries have led to many American citizens making less money than they once did or even losing their jobs entirely, spending months searching for new jobs with little to no luck. Because of these unfortunate facts, it is vital to save money wherever possible. There are many ways to cut costs throughout your daily life. Some people choose to buy generic brand products while others eliminate vacations or other expenses that they consider frivolous. But an alternate way to save money is to cut down your heating and cooling costs by having an electrician perform maintenance, repair, and replacement services on your home or business's heating and cooling appliances.
No matter where you live, some facet of heating and cooling your home is likely costing you a great deal of money. If you live up north, where winters are cold and long, it may be prohibitively expensive to heat your home once temperatures drop. In contrast, if you live in the south, the costs of cooling your home once the sweltering summer temperatures arrive may be astronomical. Many other factors can contribute to these expenses. If your home is old or poorly insulated or if you live in an apartment on an upper floor of a building, your home becomes harder to heat or cool. Additionally, central air and heating units are more costly than window units.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution. By allowing electricians to perform routine maintenance on the heating and cooling systems in your home, you will be able to know if they are functioning as well as they could. An electrician can fix loose wires or other problems that decrease productivity. They can also tell you if your system is old or on the brink of total malfunction.
If your heating or cooling system is costing you lots of money, electricians can also install new units that are more energy-efficient. A new unit will actually cut down your utility bills and save you money in the long run. Many people do not notice that their heating and cooling systems are not working as effectively until years have passed and they have paid thousands of unnecessary dollars in heating and cooling costs. Regular visits from electricians can help home and business owners avoid this problem.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

GFCI Line versus Load

How do you know which is which? Master electrician shows you where a GFI outlet tells you the answer. [I thought my eyesight was failing when I tried to read "line" and "load" in English and French. How bad will my eyes be when they indent Spanish into the dark plastic on these?]... He also shows how the holes on the back of a GFI won't hold on to the wires the way regular receptacles' holes do.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hot and Ground Reversed is Not True

If you get this reading on an outlet tester, don't believe it. That reading is the one that will often show up when the actual condition is the more common one called "open neutral." This master electrician only explains why on his website, not here.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Let Us Install Your Ceiling Fans!


Vacaville electric will install wire, box and switches for a ceiling fan all you have to do is buy a fan and Contact us, Only 299.00!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Keeping Cool During The Summer For Less

If you are anything like me hot summer days can be miserable. It doesn't take very long and you can't stand being inside the house anymore. The problem is, if you got outside it is even worse. So what can you do to keep cool without breaking your budget? We will investigate this together.
If you live in a two story house and it cools off at night, you could leave your upstairs windows open at night. You will want to be sure to close the first thing in the morning. Assuming your house or apartment is insulated well, you might be able to cool your house down a couple of degrees during the day. The other thing you will need to do is close your blinds or drapes in the morning to keep the Sun from warming your home too much.
Next, if you haven't already done so, you could install a ceiling fan, especially in the rooms you will spend your time during the day. Air movement can help you not feel as hot. It is kind of like a gentle breeze outside. Again, if you live in a two story house, set up your home office downstairs or in the basement if you have one. It is always cooler when you are on the bottom floor or if your room is underground since heat rises. The same would be true if you are just hanging out at home. Make sure your room of leisure is in a good place.
If it is still too hot, you might want to consider a portable air conditioning unit. These can cool off decent size spaces. I recommend buying one that will handle a larger area than you need to cool. Plus, with a portable AC unit you can move it with you if you have to switch rooms and you will only be cooling the parts of the house you will be in instead of paying to cool the entire house. If you have some money to invest up front, you might even consider a solar powered AC unit for your entire house. By running on solar energy you will not add to your electric bill every month. The cost to get one of these units will be more up front, but it won't take very long for it to pay for itself. If you use one of these air conditioning units with some of the other techniques listed above you can stay comfortable in your home all day and can enjoy your summer.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Let Us Check Your Electrical Panel!

Tom talks about the dangers of not servicing your electrical panel. Give them a call for a free inspection at 707-448-8222 or see more at

Saturday, July 6, 2013

2013 NFPA Conference & Expo - Teaching Kids To Stay Safe

NFPA Public Education division manager Judy Comoletti is interviewed during a public safety event at the Children's Museum in Chicago. Hundreds of children showed up to meet Sparky the Fire Dog and hear a story read about staying safe in the kitchen.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Leviton AFCI

Leviton's new SmartlockPro Outlet Branch Circuit (OBC) AFCI Receptacle offers added protection from potentially hazardous arc-faults resulting from damage in branch circuit wiring as well as extensions to branches such as appliances and cord sets. By detecting hazardous arc-faults and responding by interrupting power, the SmartlockPro OBC AFCI Receptacle helps reduce the likelihood of the home's electrical system being an ignition source of a fire.

Leviton OBC AFCI Receptacles are designed to recognize many types of hazardous arc-faults. Often unseen, arc-faults can occur anywhere in the home's electrical system including within walls, at loose electrical connections or within electrical cords accidently damaged by impinging furniture.

AFCI's are now required by the National Electrical Code® in many areas of the home including bedrooms, family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, sunrooms, closets, hallways and similar rooms or areas.