Residential Electricity

  • Are you Grounded?

    Are you Grounded?

    A pilot might be grounded because of mechanical issues and therefore prohibited from flying a plane. You might feel grounded after a year of Covid-19 home isolation, but cheated out of the experience of bad behaviour to justify it. Webster’s Dictionary defines grounded as ‘mentally and emotionally stable, sensible, realistic and well-balanced. All things we...... READ MORE

  • Electronic Equipment

    Electronic Equipment

    Today’s modern household now has a lot of electronic equipment. Digital electronic versions have replaced older style kitchen appliances. These digital versions come with numerous operational features to choose from. Most homes have more than one personal computer and a TV or entertainment component in any room, including the bathroom, is not unheard of. With...... READ MORE

  • Sleeping Cat Wallpaper - Blue Crest Electric

    Phantom Power

    Phantom power is when appliances and electronics continue to draw power even when they are turned off, but still plugged into a power outlet. According to BC Hydro, this adds up to about 10% of an average BC household’s annual electricity. This does not include appliances that need constant power such as the fridge, freezer,...... READ MORE

  • Supplementary Electric Heating - Blue Crest Electric

    Supplementary Electric Heating

    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 - Blue Crest Electric

    Insurance Concerns with Aluminum Wiring

    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

  • Spring House - Blue Crest Electric

    Spring Electrical Maintenance

    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

  • Luxury Bathroom - Blue Crest Electric

    Bathroom Renovations

    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

    Kitchen Renovations

    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

  • Standby Generator - Blue Crest Electric

    Standby Generator

    The installation of a standby generator is on everyone’s wish list after last week’s devastating wind storm. The resulting lengthy power outage left many homeowners in the dark. Power outages can happen at any time of year. According to BC Hydro, extreme weather from October to February usually doubles the number of power outages compared...... READ MORE

  • Stormy Night Sky - Blue Crest Electric

    Power Outages Can Happen Any Time

    Power outages can happen any time throughout the year. According to BC Hydro, the stormy weather that BC gets from October to February brings a higher risk of damage. The high winds and rain we experience throughout our province usually doubles the number of calls to BC Hydro about power outages compared to the rest...... READ MORE

  • House Decorated for Christmas - Blue Crest Electric

    Christmas Light Safety

      Christmas light safety is important while decorating for the holidays. Here are some Christmas light safety tips to keep in mind when using electricity for holiday decorating. For Christmas light safety, use only Christmas lights that are approved for use in Canada. The BC Safety Authority website has a bulletin that lists the testing...... READ MORE

  • Winter House - Winter House

    Reduce Winter Energy Costs

    Winter is on its way which means that the colder weather is just around the corner. We tend to use more electricity in the winter months to keep our homes warm and comfortable. Here are some things you can do to reduce winter energy costs. Turning down the thermostat during the day when you aren’t...... READ MORE