Things to Consider – Part 3

This is a 5 part Series covering the procedure for considering a rewire of an older home and the steps we take to rewire a home. We have also answered a few common questions.

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  • To even start the process you need to think of a couple of things first; like where do I start, well .  .  .  thats easy.  The first thing any good Electrician is going to do is to start outside at the meter base, we will asses it and see if it has grounding, exterior disconnect, the right size conductors up to the utility, the condition of those conductors, and are they falling apart, are they showing the wire, is the insulation in good shape, and if there is any grounding and its condition.

Disclaimer:   This is meant as an informational blog only, as always contact your local licensed and insured electrical contractor to work on your home and business.

 

Service – Before and After Pictures part 2

We are going to do some more pictures of what you don’t want and some before and after pictures!

This was an interesting one it was originally 2 meters then someone had joined the two of them into one but it didn’t work there were problems and it wasn’t safe or legal. So the owner asked us to get it changed out and repaired and as you can see its now safe and correct.

We schedule the service changes the best we can but we always have a generator on hand and we make sure that you get power back up that day a normal outage for upgrade runs about 6 to 8 hours we don’t leave until your power is back up and your happy.

We can do Emergency upgrades as well. We worked into the evening to get this one done. We do everything possible to fulfill our commitments.

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When we Upgrade these services we always install new grounding and they are always a complete working system when we are done.

 

 

Before & after – do you see the old wires all messy, and then the new service all clean and nice.

This home owner had just purchased this home a very nice couple.  They wanted to start the improvements on this home too get it updated the existing service was only a 60amp thats what you have with these single meters. So we upgraded to the new 100amp meter base and installed and new panel inside as well as replaced the feeder wires between them it turned out very nice they where happy and on there way to getting the whole house upgraded.IMG_0459

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Disclaimer – always use a licensed and  insured Electrician.  Know the local and state laws.

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Solar – Most common questions

K, so we have been focusing on solar, So I decided to scan through the internet and see what the most common questions people have on solar panels and see if I can answer some of your questions.

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1.) Will I notice a difference in my lights or in how appliances run, like on a generator?
Solar electricity is the same as grid power, so you will never notice your home or appliances running on solar power, but you will notice a smaller electric bill!

2.) How will I know if my solar system is working?

Nearly all inverters come with built-in monitoring. By checking your production with your electric bill, you can get a good idea what your household’s electric load is and how much of a difference your system is making.

3.) How much roof space will I need?

Every kilowatt of solar array takes about 75 square feet. Your tech and you will decide what you need and what is best for your system.

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4.) Why should I go solar now? Aren’t new technologies always on the way?

The sooner you get solar, the sooner you will enjoy its benefits!  Solar is like saving for retirement – the sooner you start doing it, the better

5.) If the grid goes down, I stay up, right?

Not if you have a grid-tied system, that means that the solar system is tied to your utility,  If the grid power goes out, so do you.  But you can do a battery back up which is optional but not done that often.

6.) Solar power doesn’t work when it’s cloudy, right?

Yes, it does. Ambient light and lots of UV light still get through. Somewhere between 10-50% effectiveness depending on how cloudy the day is.

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7.) How is it attached to my roof?

Solar panels can catch wind like sails, and if they’re not attached to your beams, they can rip right off your roof and cause other damage.  Make sure your installation team will attach them securely to the rafters so they are a part of the infrastructure of your house.

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8.) Don’t I have to clean them like all the time?

Nope, just hose them off once or twice a year and get any large items like bird poop or twigs off  and dust and water spots off of them.

9.) Can my electric bill really be $0?
Some solar systems produce more electricity than is used each month, bringing net electricity costs to $0. However, there is still a minimum connection fee to remain connected to the electrical grid, contact your power company to find out what it is, but your salesman should know what it is for your area and your power company.

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10.) I don’t plan on being in my home for 25 years. Why would I add solar?
People move more frequently now than ever before, but that shouldn’t impact your solar decision. A solar system can save you money today and even pay for itself in about 8 – 12 years. Even if you move before your solar investment is completely paid off it will improve your home value and could be a big selling point.

 

I hope this answers some questions you have and some that you didn’t even know you had.  Give us a call if you are interested in installing a solar system on your home!

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We are fully licensed and insured Electrical Contractor. We do work from Salt Lake City to Payson including Spanish Fork, American Fork, Orem, Provo, Lehi, and from Park city, Heber to Magna. We have the experience and expertise and do work in all of the electrical areas including Residential, Commercial, Industrial, service work/electrical repair and solar installation. Give us a Call Now 8013585170  for an appointment.

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Disclaimer:  Always verify with your local and state government laws.  Always hire a licensed, qualified electrician to do your work.

Solar — Costs vs. Savings

SOLAR Systems and Can I afford it.

The up front cost of a Solar Array is pretty expensive, there are programs to help you finance them.  Lets talk about some Estimate Costs on savings vs up front costs for the solar array.

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I am finding that many business and homeowners are reporting to save anywhere from 50% to 90% on their system, bear in mind that everyone’s system is completely individualized for what works best for you, where you live, how much sunlight you get for your location, and what you are looking for, so unless you meet with a company one on one and get an actual estimate, you won’t know for sure.  My power bill every month ranges from $50.00 to $200.00 depending on time of year and how many kids are home leaving lights on.   For fun, lets use the $200.00 and say with a solar array we save 80% of our bill, as far as my math skills go, that is saving me $160.00 for that month!!  I like that!  so on a $50.00 a month, it would save me $40.00! I like that too!  Lets add some random numbers between the two for 12 months –  $1360.00 for the year roughly!   The solar array will also increase your home value and could be a big selling point if you decide to move.   Plus there are a lot of tax credits and incentives for having a solar system.

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So, an average 5kw system is about $23,000.00, again a lot of companies will help you with financing for this if you don’t have the money just laying around under your mattress.  SO, lets say I  get an average 5 kw system and I am saving the $1360.00/year so after 16.9 years it will be paying for itself.   Again, a very rough estimate, contact a licensed solar company with licensed electricians that install the panel to get a real estimate for you and your needs.

The standard requirements are a min 660 credit score and if your house will work with it we would need to check it out and see.  Of course all credit is oac from the lender.

 

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We are fully licensed and insured Electrical Contractor. We do work from Salt Lake City to Payson including Spanish Fork, American Fork, Orem, Provo, Lehi, and from Heber to Magna. We have the experience and expertise and do work in all of the electrical areas including residential, commercial, industrial, service work/electrical repair and solar installation. Give us a Call Now 8013585170. for an appointment.

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