Things to Consider – Part 1

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

Have you ever thought about how much it would cost to rewire a house? Or maybe the steps you would have to take? What about the cost of an upgraded electrical panel and the steps for that? If you answered yes, then pay close attention because I am going to go through the steps and process to these questions to help you get a better understanding.

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  • Before you get to deep into our process on what a home needs for a rewire. Lets talk about the options. First we can usually break this up into sections for you. We would start by 1st (permitting) then Upgrading the meter base. 2nd we would then replace the feeders from the meter to the Electrical power panel. 3rd we would replace the Main Electrical panel with all new breakers. Then after this work we would start on the branch circuits these are for the outlets, switches lights etc throughout the home. This is usually the process if not we run into road blocks like not having enough breakers or a multitude of other things get in our way. so we think of the meter base, main feeders and the panel Like being the heart of your home then the circuits are the arteries running everything out to where the energy is used.

Stay tuned for the next part of this 5 part series!

Disclaimer:  This is meant as an information blog only, as always please contact a license and insured electrical contractor to work on your home or business.

Service – before and after photos

We have taken some photos on some jobs to post and show you what your service should look like on the side of the house.  Lets have some fun!

If you have hanging wires like this, call me!  We can get it cleaned up and safe!

They will be above the roof correctly when we are done.

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Before, See the dangerous wire mess!

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During, a closer look at the mess!

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After, not completely all done, but look how nice and clean that looks!

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Before, see all the wires handing and all over.

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After, look how nice this looks with the wires in conduit for protection.  Nice and clean. and They are Safely above the roof and much higher above the drive way.

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Before:  Do you see this conduit, its not even connected.

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During, We care about your lawn and plants.  We carefully removed the plant and dirt around it.

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During, We got the pipe fixed and bolted to the house.  Repaired done and safe.

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After, notice we got the plant back in, and everything looking nice and clean.

Almost like we weren’t even there.

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Disclaimer:  Always have a licensed, insured, electrical contractor take care of your electrical needs.  Always know the state and local laws when working with electrical.

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Knob and Tube Wiring – Dangerous!!!!

Do you live in a home that was built between 1880 and 1940?  Have you had the Electrical replaced since then?  Commonly used in these old houses are what is called Knob and Tube Wiring.  It is considered to be DANGEROUS!  If you do, you need to have your home inspected right away and new Electrical system installed.

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Some of the biggest safety problems are the lack of a ground conductor, and the switches were often placed on the neutral wire, turning off the circuit, but not the current.  Some people say when this was installed correctly, it was superior to how it is done now.  Due to age and new safety procedures, though, these practices are severely outdated and cause a significant safety hazard.  Some people try to tie into the old wires with new wires which the old wires are not rated for the new loads.  This can cause the disintegration in the insulation around the wire, which is there for your safety and for your homes safety.  Also, through the years, dust and mice are most likely to have corrupted the protection tubing also, leaving copper wiring open and unprotected.  People have also tried to insulate their homes around the Knob and Tube wiring and this is also a huge fire problem, the Knob and Tube Wiring were meant to be left open to cool, so covering them with insulation, is very, very dangerous.

When these systems where built they had no idea that we would have all of life’s extra little things to help us out.  All they had was one light and outlet in each room and if they were lucky a fridge.  Now there is an outlet or two on every wall, custom can lighting and iPhones, I pads, computers, laptops, and iPods to charge daily and everything else you can think of.  The old systems just can’t hold the loads.  I can go on and on about the dangers but I want you to be able to sleep at night !

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Homeowners Insurance Companies don’t like to insure homes with this type of wiring in it because of the potential danger.  Some require it to be inspected and signed off to be safe and some require it to be replaced. So, like always, have your home inspected by a certified, qualified, licensed, insured, Electrician.  Know your local and state laws about home requirements.

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Sabin Electric is a licensed, insured Electrical Contractor who works with all the different Electrical needs.  Giver us a call – 8013585170!

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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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