Electrical News

  • Supplementary Electric Heating

    November 8, 2019

    Now that fall has arrived and the weather is getting colder, homeowners have turned off circulating fans and AC units and may be looking for supplementary electric heating options. When your home’s primary heating source is not adequate, or you are looking for additional heat in a specific area, supplementary electric heat may be the... READ MORE

  • Insurance Concerns with Aluminum Wiring

    August 23, 2019

    Owners and perspective buyers of older homes often face insurance concerns with aluminum wiring. New policy applications, or the renewal of existing policies, may require an electrical inspection to confirm the presence of aluminum wiring in the home. Insurance companies consider aluminum wiring in the home to be a greater risk than copper wiring. Aluminum... READ MORE

  • Summer Electrical Maintenance

    August 2, 2019

    With summer in full swing, some homeowners may be noticing higher electrical bills. When the weather gets warmer, air conditioners or fans are used to keep homes cooler. Having a summer electrical maintenance routine will help to beat the heat and keep your electrical costs down. The following is a checklist of some summer electrical... READ MORE

  • Thunderstorm

    July 17, 2019

    A recent incident in BC had one woman receive a jolt from an electrical current after lightning hit a power pole near her home during a thunderstorm. At the time, she was holding her cell phone which was plugged into a charger. Electrical currents from a lightning strike will travel through overhead cables, wires and... READ MORE

  • Electrical Safety Tips

    June 28, 2019

    With home ownership comes the responsibility to maintain everything in the home. This includes the electrical. The following are some electrical safety tips for new homeowners to keep in mind. Electrical Safety Tips For Indoors Warm outlets could be a sign of a bad connection Never overload the circuits Replace damaged electrical cords or plugs... READ MORE

  • GFCI Protection When In The Water

    May 31, 2019

    With summer fast approaching, many homeowners are already spending time out on the water. Keep in mind that GFCI protection when in the water is very important. Whether swimming in a lake, near a dock or boat, in a pool or just relaxing in a hot tub, GFCI protection when in the water can save... READ MORE

  • Secondary Suite

    May 9, 2019

    With the ever-increasing cost of home ownership, some owners may be considering adding a secondary suite as a mortgage helper. Other owners may be combining households with other family members. There are specific requirements when adding an additional living unit to your property. Before doing anything, be sure to contact your local municipality to confirm... READ MORE

  • LED Light Bulbs

    April 17, 2019

    Many homeowners who want to save on energy costs are upgrading to LED light bulbs. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode which is a semiconductor source that produces light when an electrical current passes through it. Back in 2014 when incandescent light bulbs were being phased out, homeowners were encouraged to switch to the more... READ MORE

  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)

    March 21, 2019

    In 2014, Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) became the preferred lighting choice when the Canadian government phased out the standard incandescent bulb. This was a logical decision because CFL technology is more energy efficient than the incandescent. There is a concern that Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes contain a small amount of mercury.... READ MORE

  • Spring Electrical Maintenance

    March 1, 2019

    Having a spring electrical maintenance routine is important after a cold, stormy winter. The following is a checklist of some spring electrical maintenance tasks that every homeowner should be aware of. Interior Spring Electrical Maintenance Change your ceiling fan rotation back to a counter-clockwise direction. This will help keep the room as cool as possible... READ MORE

  • Bathroom Renovations

    February 14, 2019

    The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house when it comes to adding value to your home. Bathroom renovations can be as simple as changing the paint color on the walls to gutting the entire room. Here are some “must haves” to keep in mind when planning bathroom renovations. Extra receptacles... READ MORE

  • Kitchen Renovations

    January 18, 2019

    When homeowners think about kitchen renovations, they don’t always think about electricity. Kitchen renovations are not just about picking a new paint color, back splash or style of cabinets. Electrical appliances, lighting and devices will play an important role in the overall success of this project. Here are some things to consider when planning electrical... READ MORE