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Friday, November 1, 2019

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5 Reasons to Invest in a Whole House Fan in the East Bay Area

Living out along the East Bay has countless benefits, but it can get on the pricey side. Various home improvements can help knock down your monthly utilities out in San Fran and still keep your home cool and comfortable. One of the best options is having a whole house fan installed in your home, and here you'll find out why!

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Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

Monday, August 12, 2019

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What Is a Home Standby Generator?

What Is a Home Standby Generator?

With all the storms going on, you never know when the power will go out. A power outage can cost you a lot of money and even be dangerous to some people if it is out for more than a few hours. More people are relying on stand by generators to save the day when the lights go out in their homes.

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 39 seconds

Monday, July 8, 2019

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Whole House Fans

Whole House Fans

It's summer, and as the days get longer, the weather gets hotter. That means you're more than likely pulling out some spare fans or cranking up that a/c for more extended periods. Your house might feel cool, but your energy bill isn't going to be very cool at the end of the month. Thankfully there's a way to cool down your house without an army of fans or turning your rooms into iceboxes. A whole house fan could be the perfect new addition to drop the temperature inside your home!

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Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 9 seconds

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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How do I know I am hiring a credible electrician?

How do I know I am hiring a credible electrician?

When it comes to the safety and well being of your home and family, hiring an electrician isn't a decision that can be taken lightly.  To avoid dangerous situations performed by under qualified, under-insured or unlicensed electrical contractors, it's important to take note of some vital points before allowing any electrician inside your home. Here, we cover the five main requirements you should investigate upfront: References, Qualifications, Accreditation, Insurance, Certification.

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Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 16 seconds

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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Give your landscaping lights a makeover

Give your landscaping lights a makeover

When you’re ready to add a warm, twinkling glow to your landscaping, the possibilities are virtually endless. Landscaping lights add the perfect amount of ambiance and added safety. Here are just a few landscaping light makeover options:

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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When to upgrade your electrical panel

One of the essential items in a home isn’t even that big. The electrical panel in your home is the source of all the energy being supplied to the necessities of home, and it’s usually tucked out of sight in the house. Just like the appliances that rely on the electrical panel to function, the panel itself needs to be upgraded over time. But how can one tell when it’s time to update? Here you will see a few top tips for finding out if you’re overdue to switch out your electric panels.

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 53 seconds

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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Eichler Electrical Work

Eichler Electrical Work

Housing trends come and go, sometimes they cycle back around, and others stay classic forever. A type of home that falls under that classic style is Eichler style homes. Along with a unique look, Eichler homes require unique attention to the inner workings of the house.

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 16 seconds

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Wildfires and Your Home's Electrical System

Wildfires and Your Home's Electrical System

California is no stranger to fire danger, especially over the last few weeks. The state has seen its fair share of wildfires and so far this year alone, it’s been some of the most serious yet. Over a million acres have been affected, and 41 lives lost too date. Though the majority of the most recent wildfires spread out through California have been contained, some are still fighting and burning and causing excessive amounts of damage. Many cannot return to their homes, simply because it does not exist anymore. Those who are lucky enough to still have a place to come home to need to take some things into very serious consideration before living comfortably again; such as electrical systems in still-standing homes.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Gross but useful - Scientist are creating electricity from used toilet paper

Gross but useful - Scientist are creating electricity from used toilet paper

Toilet paper isn’t often considered a very valuable asset given that most people prefer not to think about it much at all. Toilet paper is an entrepreneur’s dream because it is one of just a few raw materials with a negative cost. Treatment facilitiesactually pay per ton to get rid of it!

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 21 seconds

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Simple tips to curb light pollution to enjoy the night sky

Simple tips to curb light pollution to enjoy the night sky

If you’ve ever viewed a map of a satellite in orbit, you’ve seen all the lights that are visible to the naked eye. So, why does it appear there are only a few stars to see when you look up at a night sky?  How many are really hidden by light pollution? More people are beginning to ask that question as the problem of light pollution increases. One solution to this problem is “dark sky friendly lighting.” 

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 8 seconds

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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I have an electrical panel in a closet! Do I have to move it if I need to upgrade it?

The short, safest and most efficient answer to this question is yes. According to the national code, with relation to electrical panels in closets: NEC 240.24D Overcurrent devices shall not be located in the vicinity of easily ignitable materials, such as a clothes closet. However, there are a few issues to consider a bout the language of this code and how it applies to your specific situation.

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 38 seconds

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Why a Home Battery Solution is Heads Above the Rest

Why a Home Battery Solution is Heads Above the Rest

Regardless of our station in life, we are all looking for ways to increase our savings and decrease our stress when it comes to the daily running of our home.

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Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 36 seconds

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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I want to install 3-prong receptacles in a 2-prong receptacles home... what do I do?

 I want to install 3-prong receptacles in a 2-prong receptacles home... what do I do?

Two-prong outlets are not just inconvenient; they also pose a real safety hazard. The third prong on a plug is designed to give a fault path in the event of a short in the wire or device that is connected shorts out. Without a ground path, electrical shock or fire could occur. A metal light fixture, for example, could become energized on its exterior, making it dangerous to touch, and because there is no grounding, the breaker will not trip - a potentially deadly scenario.

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 54 seconds

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Whole House Fans - Why do I need one?

Whole House Fans - Why do I need one?

True to its name, a whole house fan can significantly reduce the temperature in your entire home. However, the make and model of the fan must be suitable to the size of your home in order to be effective.

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 53 seconds

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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The Scoop on Knob and Tube Wiring

The Scoop on Knob and Tube Wiring

For a period of time from the late 1880s to the late 1930s, the most common design used in the electrical wiring of our homes and commercial property was called Knob and Tube wiring, also known as K&T Wiring. And this type of wiring is VERY common throughout the East Bay Area. With modern advances in electrical wiring, there are much safer and more efficient methods for electrical wiring and many benefits to upgrading or completely removing and replacing the knob and tube wiring in our homes and commercial properties.

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 22 seconds

Thursday, April 7, 2016

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Parking Lot Lighting: We have a boom lift!

Although it may seem they are just somewhat larger than an average light bulb, the light fixtures at the top of parking lot light poles and those that line city streets are a whole lot larger and heavier than most people imagine.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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A Day in the Life of an Electrician

A Day in the Life of an Electrician

In order to understand how an electrician’s typical day goes, it’s important to know the differences between types of electricians. There are electricians who have completed trade school in both installation and maintenance, but more commonly an electrician specializes in either one or the other.

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 44 seconds

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Upgrading or Replacing Knob and Tube Wiring

Upgrading or Replacing Knob and Tube Wiring

From the late 1880s to the late 1930s, the most common method used in the electrical wiring in our homes was called Knob and Tube Wiring (also known as K&T Wiring). With modern advances in electrical wiring, there are much safer and more efficient methods for electrical wiring and many benefits to upgrading or completely removing and replacing the knob and tube wiring in our homes.

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 14 seconds

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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How To Spot a Bad Electrician

How To Spot a Bad Electrician

At Got Watts Electric, we spend a lot of time helping our East Bay Area clients find out if they have indeed hired a good electrician. Since it takes one to know one, we feel comfortable giving you plenty of advice in this area. Based on some amazingly bad craftsmanship that we have witnessed by “professionals” who shall remain nameless – we also wanted to take some time to point out what identifies the bad electricians. 

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Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

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