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Think Your Old Home Can’t Be Ultra-Efficient? This Harvard Initiative Begs to Differ

electriciansAt the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, a new green housing initiative has been launched. The twist? Unlike most such initiatives, the HouseZero Project plans to convert a home from the 1920s into a no-emissions, ultra-efficient home.

“In the U.S., most of our building stock has already been built,” professor of architectural technology and the leader of the CGBC program, Ali Malkawi, said to Curbed.com. “We’re shattering the belief that you need to build new buildings to be efficient. We want to show how this can be replicated almost anywhere, and solve one of the world’s biggest energy problems, inefficient existing buildings.”

In order to achieve their goal of an ultra-efficient 1920’s home, the HouseZero Projects is planning to undertake the following steps:

  • Solar Vents: Create a thermal uplift to draw cool air from the basement when warm.
  • Maximized Window Shape: Allows more light in during the winter, and limits it during the summer, both to reduce need for artificial lights during the day and also maximize heat.
  • Install a Geothermal Heat Pump: Let’s the home be heated or cooled by the steady temperature of the planet.
  • Solar Shingles: Allows the little need of energy be met by an onsite production.

The project is essentially designed to be a how-to for homeowners with less-than-efficient buildings to renovate their home and make them more sustainable. Of course, these changes should not be attempted on your own. The Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends having an electrical contractor or electrician evaluate any home over 40 years old, some even say over 15. Such large-scale renovations should be done only in close collaboration with licensed electricians.

There is also the factor of cost. The process by which the HouseZero Project is renovating their home is indeed cost prohibitive for many Americans, but the point is less to provide an absolute road map that must be followed in one fell swoop, rather something that homeowners can pick and choose from when they have the funds to make renovations.

As the HouseZero site says: “While a homeowner may not be able to implement every aspect of HouseZero, applying one or more of its components could positively impact its environment, the health of its occupants, and building operating costs.”

If you are looking to make your home more efficient, talk to the Electricians at Penna Electric Today

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5 Tips for Beautiful, Safe, and Efficient Outdoor Lighting

electrical contractorWhen most people think of electricians they think specifically of the interior needs of their homes. But electrical contractors can be just as helpful when you are planning any exterior lighting or landscaping renovation.

With summer beginning — at least officially — in the next few weeks, we wanted to take a moment to give some of the tips and tricks to maximize the energy efficiency, safety, and appearance of your exterior lighting.

  1. Professional Light Fixture Installation
    Light fixtures, especially those with a unique design or even custom built, are becoming a popular landscaping feature. Whether it is mounted on the ground or hanging, it is important to have a professional install those features. This will help ensure the feature is water tight, and that the right cords are being used.
  2. Use a Timing Switch
    Forgetting to turn off the light when leaving a room is a cardinal sin of conservation. Now imagine having to worry about leaving the lawn lights on by accident during the day! Installing a timer is a great way to avoid careless mistakes.
  3. Add a Dimmer
    In ancient times, the moon was worshiped for the mysterious way it seemed to grow, then wane until it vanished. Today, that same quality is a burden to the exterior lighting of millions of people worldwide. Installing a dimmer switch allows you to adjust your lights, brighter on nights when the moon is absent, dimmer when the moon is full and you need less light.
  4. Use LEDs
    No only do LEDs lights rated by Energy Star use up to 75% less energy and have been known to outlast incandescent lights, working 25% longer, but they offer you a great deal more design and color variations.
  5. Take Care With Wires
    While some exterior lighting options run on batteries, many still need to be plugged in to function. But even if you use the lights and wires meant to be used outdoors, they can still pose a challenge: poorly concealed wires can cause tripping accident and wires too close to water features still have an electrocutions risk. When in doubt, speak to an electrician.

Hopefully, this guide has given you a few ideas about how to light your outdoor space safely, efficiently, and beautifully.

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A Homeowner’s Guide To Electrical Safety

electrical contractor servicesMismanaging your home’s electricity can lead to potentially dangerous situations, causing fires, outages, and other issues. With some basic knowledge, however, every homeowner can ensure that their electric features are working properly and safely. Aside from hiring a professional electrical contractor, be sure to follow these simple steps for electrical management.

    1. Inspect Your Outlets: While you may not pay attention to your outlets in your daily life, there could be issues happening under the surface. Inspect your outlets regularly by placing your hand on the plate, feeling for any heat. If they are warm to the touch, there may be too much electricity going to them.

 

    1. Watch Your Lights: Flickering lights are usually a sign that your electrical panel is acting up or that your home’s circuit is overloaded. If a basic lightbulb change doesn’t fix the issue, be sure to call an electrician for a more thorough inspection.

 

    1. Have A Fire Extinguisher: Electrical fires cause a total of $1.5 billion in property damage every year, so be sure to have a working extinguisher on hand to quickly handle any flames.Remember to never throw water on an electrical fire, as this will make it worse. And of course, if the flames spread too much, get out of the house and call 9-1-1.

 

    1. Use The Correct Wattage: When selecting lightbulbs for your lamps, be sure to check the wattage on the box. Choosing too high of a number could cause the light to overheat, which could be dangerous. If you notice that a lightbulb is smoking, turn off the light and take the bulb out right away. This is a sign that the wattage is too high and you need to buy a new bulb.

 

  1. Manage Your Wires: Keep wires tucked away and untangled, preventing them from breaking or snagging. Also be sure to check for exposed wires regularly and replace any that are worn out. Every wire should fit tightly into every outlet, so be sure to try wiggling your wires after installation.

Remember: The most important safety measure that you can take is hiring electrical contractor services. These professional electricians will inspect your home, spot any safety breaches, and recommend repairs and replacements. Investing in this maintenance is key to keeping your home and family safe.

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DIY vs. Professional: Why You Should Always Hire a Licensed Electrician

electricianYou might think a Do-It-Yourself electrical project is a good idea, especially if you just opened a large stack of bills. But not only would you be wrong, but you would also run a serious risk of being injured by the end of your attempted DIY electrician work. There are just over 583,500 electricians currently working in the U.S., and there’s a reason each and every one of them spent years being trained and licensed to do this important work.

If you’re experiencing electrical problems at home, then all you need to do is call one of them. Here are a few more excellent reasons why you should be hiring licensed electricians for all of your home and business electrical issues.

Training
In most cases, an electrician in Los Angeles working with connections greater than 100 volt amps must be certified by the state of California, and similar regulations apply in most states. This process includes passing a test and either completing an apprenticeship program or completing at least 8,000 hours of work for a certified electrical contractor.

Licensed electricians have the proper training to carry out any kind of electrical work you might need done around your home. Lighting fixture not working? Faulty outlets making you nervous? If you don’t know what the root of the problem is or how to fix it, you need to call a licensed professional who knows exactly what they’re doing with your home. Not only will they have prior training, they very likely receive ongoing training that consistently serves as a refresher. This isn’t knowledge that can be replicated simply by watching a DIY tutorial on the Internet!

Insurance
Do you have the kind of insurance that would make you safe if you performed DIY electrician services in your home? No? Then you probably shouldn’t attempt to re-wire that light switch. A full service electrician will have the necessary insurance to perform tasks in your home and provide full coverage for you. Your homeowner’s insurance may cover certain issues, but it also usually requires that you hire a licensed professional for any work performed.

Referrals
If there’s one thing a licensed professional can offer, it’s testimonials of their successful work. Asking for references is an important step to take when you’re seeking out any licensed professional, especially one doing work on your home. If you’re doing the work yourself, the only review you have to rely on is your own, and that’s not always the best or most objective source.

Permits
Very simple fixes may not require a permit from your county or municipality, but if you are undertaking a serious renovation, appliance installation, or new wiring, then you likely need the proper permits for this work. Chances are you do not know how to apply for nor obtain this kind of permit, and any work you do without one could lead to fines, injuries, and other legal problems.

For all these reasons and many more (specifically, electrocution), hiring a licensed professional to handle the electrical work around your home or business could very well be the best decision you ever make. Instead of struggling with issues you don’t know how to fix or muddling your way through DIY electrical repairs, you’ll have a guaranteed solution.

Best Strategic Places to Install Outlets

If you walk into the average home, you’ll find outlets scattered around the room near the baseboards. Sure, they get the job done, but placing outlets in this way isn’t very convenient.

Why are outlets installed this way? Well, contractors will install outlets only where they need to in order to pass the safety inspection. Minimizing outlets also helps them save money. Outlets aren’t installed with the homeowner in mind, but you’re the one who’s going to be stuck with those outlets for years!

Having many strategically located outlets is important because it allows you to live life your way. Their placement doesn’t have to mess with the aesthetic beauty of your home either!

Here are some of the best places to put outlets that will make living your life much more convenient.

  1. Outlets above shelves and tables

Many people put their phones, laptops, and tablets on a shelf or table when they are at home. Why not charge those devices while they’re sitting there?

Entry outlets placed above shelves or tables make convenient charging points, ensuring you never leave home with an uncharged device.

  1. Floor outlets

Ever walk into a room and see wires crisscrossing the floor? These wires destroy the aesthetic appeal of the room, in addition to causing a tripping hazard. Floor outlets can solve this problem.

Install a few extra outlets near the floor and eliminate the need for extension cords. You can even consider installing outlets directly in the floor, to further reduce tripping hazards.

  1. Wall-mounted outlets

Wall-mounted TVs are common in many homes today, which means unsightly cords drooping down the wall to the outlet. You can eliminate the need for such cords by installing a wall-mounted outlet that specifically caters to your TV.

Your TV area will remain clean and uncluttered because you can also use the conduit hidden in the wall to connect your TV to other electronic devices, like DVD players and gaming systems.

  1. Bathroom outlets

From electric razors to hair dryers and straighteners, you can find a lot of electronics in the bathroom. The trouble is, the bathroom can be humid and wet, so paying special attention to bathroom outlets is important.

It is convenient and safe to have specific outlets dedicated to each item. For example, you can have outlets on both sides of your sink so that two people can use electric devices at once without an extension cord.

  1. Outlets for the kitchen

Homebuilders will always have outlets ready for large kitchen appliances, but you might have to install outlets for small appliances on the kitchen counter.

You can have countertop outlets powering toasters, teapots, and blenders. You can also dedicate other strategically placed outlets to power laptops, phones, and TVs. Outlets can be installed on walls, under kitchen cabinets, and directly on the counter, depending on the placement that works best for you.

  1. Outlets for your office at home

Computers and tablets and printers, oh my! Home offices sure do have a huge number of electronics!

These devices run simultaneously, which means extension cords and power strips are common. Unfortunately, these cords are inconvenient, they make an office look messy, and they can even be dangerous.

Instead, place outlets above the desk in your office to eliminate the mess of cords on the floor. Install as many outlets as you need to make sure that every electronic device in your office has its own dedicated outlet and you can avoid the power strips and extension cords altogether.

If you’re looking for a few extra outlets in your home that will make living life easier, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your electrical work done right the first time, every time.

Circuit Protection: Too Important to be an Afterthought

Today’s electronics are getting prettier, smaller, and faster, creating a challenge for electricians and customers who are compelled to fit everything into a smaller electronic environment. When you add circuit protection to this small design, the story gets more complicated for those looking to safeguard their electronics, appliances, etc.

The problem of over-current and over-voltage is still an afterthought for most people. However, a simple contact between your nylon shirt and the computer can result in a crash due to electrostatic discharge.

The same level of protection you give to a multi-million-dollar substation is also required to protect your little sub-circuit. It is crucial to protect the tiniest circuits to make them safe for users. Protecting your circuits is imperative since it gives any electrical installation a long life in addition to keeping you safe from electrical shock due to over-voltage.

Just like Murphy’s Law states, anything bad that can happen will happen. If your circuit is designed with faults or without protection, problems are bound to happen either within the system or from an outside source. Circuit protection mainly aims to safeguard against loss of functionality while minimally or not affecting the core functionality of the circuit system. This protection covers three key areas: variations in the mains voltage, protecting against high voltage and lightning, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.

Causes of Problems:

  1. Internal Problems: short-circuit, which causes over-current or a current overload, and transient voltage spikes causing over-voltage. These events can negatively impact the sensitive circuits resulting in damage or loss of function if not handled in time.
  2. External Problems: can be caused by lightning interference, which can induce electrical surges inside the electronics; this surge can travel from the outer conductors on the grid to the electronics in the home.

In short, circuit protection is there to protect your electronics, appliances and more. If you want things up and running and have very little chance for down time don’t ignore the need for circuit protection. At Penna Electric we are able to service circuit breakers, upgrades along with a full range of other servics for our customers to make sure they are safe and happy.

If you are in need of any type of electrical repairs or installation, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your electrical work done right the first time every time.

Lighting the Way: Scientists Develop Solar-Powered Cement to Light Up Roads and Save Electricity

A lot of energy is consumed on a daily basis for both public and private purposes. Currently, many people are looking for renewable energy sources to save non-renewable sources and reduce the cost of energy. The governments of almost every country are supporting these steps and inspiring people to opt for renewable energy whenever possible because of the money it saves and the environmental campaigns it supports.

In recent decades, people from all over the world have started using solar energy for many different purposes. But now, a new and exciting way has emerged for solar energy to be used for the public interest: solar-powered, fluorescent roads.

Lighting for roadways might seem basic and simple. In reality, though, it requires a huge amount of energy. Streetlamps demand a lot of electricity, and that energy racks up heavy costs on a daily basis. To manage this situation, scientists at the Michoacán’s University of the San Nicolas Hidalgo in Mexico have suggested a revolutionary solution that will not only reduce the energy cost, but also save electricity by using renewable resources.

So what’s the plan?

Renewable energy is not new. We have been using solar energy to save electricity for quite some time. The Michoacán’s researchers have gone a step further. They have created a light-emitting cement to save energy. This solar-powered cement will absorb solar energy throughout the day, and this solar energy will be released in the darkness of the night, reducing or eliminating the need for electric lighting. In this way, roads, vehicles, bicycle lanes, and highways can all be lit naturally.

The project took nine years to show a result. Dr. Rubio, one of the scientists involved in this project, sought to engineer a variety of cements that would allow light to be absorbed. Cement contains crystals that make it opaque; if they could remove those crystals, they could be on their way.

Rubio’s team tried to modify the microstructure of the cement to get rid of these opaque crystals to get a complete gel substance. If they are able to produce the gel substance on its own, it will absorb solar energy during the daytime and release the energy in the darkness of night for up to 12 hours. Currently, solar-powered cement can emit only green or blue light.

What they developed starts out, like regular cement, as a dust-like concoction that dissolves in water. When mixed with water, the solar-powered cement takes on the consistency of hair gel, and, when it dries, it is much stronger and resilient.

Most fluorescent materials are currently used in plastic, and these plastics can last for about three years. But the new cement these researchers invented can stay useful for up to a hundred years. In addition, the intensity of the light can be controlled to make the driving easy for travelers.

The solar-powered cement produced by Rubio and his team is ecologically sound as it is made of clay, dust, and sand. The team has received a lot of appreciation and worldwide recognition for this new invention, which provides another step in the progress of renewable energy.

If you are in need of any type of electrical repairs or installation, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your electrical work done right the first time every time.

 

IMAGE CREDIT: Courtesy of Pim Hendriksen

Green Inspiration for the Jet Set: The World’s First Solar-Powered Airport

As the world moves slowly toward switching to solar power, Cochin International Airport in the southern part of India has taken a huge leap forward. With 46,150 solar panels spread over a whopping 45 acres, the 4th busiest airport in the country in terms of international passenger traffic takes its place as the world’s first solar-powered airport.

The airport has been running entirely on solar power since August, 2015, and has since become an inspiration to many agencies around the world aspiring to harness the power of the sun.

Reasons Behind Switching to Solar

The power needed to serve the three terminals of the Cochin International airport was huge. On average, the airport consumed more than 48,000 units of power, resulting in a hefty electricity bill of $5,160 daily. The airport authorities found this to be a huge waste of money, and that is when they made a deal with German firm Bosch. The company installed solar panels in the nearby wastelands to cater to the airport’s power needs.

The project kicked off three years ago with the installation of a handful (400) of solar panels on the roof of the arrival terminal and then around a hangar. Seeing the success of this pilot project, officials decided to go independent of the electricity grid, and that is when the world found its first 100% solar-powered airport in Cochin, India.

How Is It Fairing Now?

After switching to 100% solar in August, 2015, the airport has not paid a single rupee on an electricity bill. As a matter of fact, it is earning good revenues from the electricity that is generated from the plant. The airport does not need all of the 50,000 units of power generated daily by the solar plant, so it is selling off the extra power to the local electricity distribution facility, Kerala State Electricity Board.

With the annual savings on electricity bills and the earnings from the electricity surplus, the airport authority (CIAL) is expecting to recover the full investment ($9.3 million) in only 5 years. However, there is roadblock to that goal.

With the new international wing coming up shortly, the power requirements of the airport will increase manifold. The existing power generated by the 13.1 MW solar power station will not only be eaten up but will fall short. Although the airport has earned the title of the first airport in the world to be 100% solar-powered, to continue to be powered entirely by the energy of the sun, it would need to upscale its power-generation abilities.

Therefore, the authorities are planning to extend the solar plant and add more solar panels. Another 10,000 solar panels will be commissioned, which will increase the power generation to 2.4 MW. In addition to this, more panels are set to be installed in and around the airport to take the total capacity of the solar plant to 26.5 MW.

Impact On The Environment

The longevity of the solar panels at Cochin airport will be about 25 years. During this time, the power generated will prevent 3,000,000 tons of carbon emissions caused by coal-powered plants over a similar time frame. This much energy has the equivalent effect to planting as many as 3 million trees or doing away with 750 million miles driving by car.

Impact On Other Airports

Inspired by the pioneer efforts of Cochin International Airport, many other Indian airports are gearing up to go solar. Already, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at Kolkata has planned a similar solar plant spread over 70 acres within airport boundaries, which will meet the total power requirement (15MW) of the 5th busiest airport in India in terms of aircraft movement.

The civil aviation ministry of India has also appreciated this mammoth project undertaken by CIAL and has instructed other major airports to follow suit. The project has received international attention as well. Representatives from Liberia and George Airport of South Africa have checked the feasibility of similar solar projects.

This trend toward solar energy by these major energy-consuming entities hints at a hopeful future for clean energy in the years to come.

The Costly Consequences of a Phantom Load

From a utility standpoint, one of the most wasteful consumer habits is leaving electrical appliances plugged in on standby. Often left drawing energy from the house’s power grid for the sake of convenience, appliances like televisions and laptops can drain just as much power while switched off and plugged in compared to when in use. Numerous tests and statistics indicate that a large chunk of electrical use in both private and industrial settings is completely wasted during inactivity. The power consumed when appliances are on standby is often referred to as phantom load, vampire power, or, in less mythic terms, standby power, all of which are referring to a problem easily prevented with good management habits.

Specifically, phantom load alone accounts for about a quarter of power consumed in private homes according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. When taking into account specific electric rates in sectioned areas, the total running cost amounts to $19 billion dollars in the United States. Consequences from phantom load reach further than just the electricity bill, however. With a large percentage of produced electricity being wasted each day, carbon dioxide emissions and other environmentally destructive effects of electrical generation continue to strain the planet needlessly, as a fraction of this production can be either put to better use or stopped completely.

As a rule of thumb, any electrical appliance connected to an external power source will consume power even when switched off. A widespread example of this includes any cell phone charger. Best practice calls for consumers to always unplug their chargers when not in use, but the habit of leaving them plugged into the outlet is a hard one to shake off. On average, a cellphone charger left in the outlet with no cellphone at the end of it will consume 1 watt of electricity per hour. If there is a fully charged phone connected to the charger, the consumption rate spikes to 4.5 watts per hour.

Another good example of draining devices include any appliance sporting an LED or LCD display. This includes microwaves, televisions, DVD players, and sound systems. Similar to how these displays never really turn off, electrical devices that fall into standby mode as opposed to switching off are the most problematic in terms of phantom load. Cable boxes and televisions that sink into standby mode are common culprits, eating up electricity in the background while nobody is watching. Though leaving the television on standby allows for it to boot up faster, the power costs associated with it are rarely worth the seconds saved. A television box with rear projection consumes 48.5 watts per hour. Computers are also common culprits, being major power drains on stand-by to supplement data retrieval and the motherboard.

The following is a list of electrical devices and the average watts they consume on an hourly basis. These figures are all according to a study done by the Energy Center of Wisconsin:

Watts Electronic Device
5.6 Treadmill
4.3 Printer
4.2 Tool charger
2.6 Battery charger
1.3 TV and CRT
2.4 Desktop
1.2 Monitor
1.5 Modem
0.7 Laptop

If the consequences of phantom load have you fearing for your bank account, look below for a comprehensive list of tips to minimize phantom load:

  • Unplug all appliances that are not in frequent use, making sure to disconnect the power after the time when you do use them.
  • Use a power strip to make switching off the power more convenient.
  • Take your time while shopping to only acquire appliances with low standby.
  • Utilize Smart Grid and Smart Meter technology to keep better tabs on your home’s power consumption.

If you are in need of any type of electrical repairs or installation, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your electrical work done right the first time every time.

What Every Smart Home Owner Should Know

A seamless hub of connected smart devices on a home network can prove challenging to set up for those wanting to take advantage of recent appliance technologies. Devices functioning on separate platforms pose a problem, as there are no straightforward methods without third-party programs that easily connect home devices such as LIFX bulbs to thermostat platforms like Honeywell. However, with IFTTT, a free web-based applet connection service, construction of complex device networks becomes a simple task. From within the IFTTT service itself, there are many ways to make cross-platform connections work. In addition to making set-up simpler, there are several pre-built features that provide useful behaviors for smart home devices without needing to use multiple software platforms.

Here are a few IFTTT features that you can consider for your own home.

Social Notifications

To many people using IFTTT connectivity, the social notifications feature is perhaps the most interesting. Homeowners may tune colored smart lights to change any time their social media outlets receive a message, notification, or tag, whether it be from Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Social notifications don’t stop with just social media, however; lights can be set to indicate emails as well, utilizing color codes to represent any email notification from a particular email address.

Safety is another feature of light-based notification. With remote control capabilities on any equipment as long as it has a smart home connection, specific security devices such as anti-trespassing alarms or fire alarms can link up to mobile devices and provide instant notification in the event of possible danger. In addition, Nest Protect has an intelligent notifications feature that can notify homeowners of carbon monoxide or fire smoke in the house, and, if paired with IFTTT, it is possible to have visual alarm and particular color lighting to notify people of danger inside the home. Lights will flash red in the event of possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

Homeowners can also rely on smart lights to convey changes in the weather at a glance. For example, IFTTT makes it possible for a different color to appear for each instance of inclement weather, such as when there is rain, snow, hail, or when there is a temperature rise or fall from a pre-set threshold.

Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat provides energy efficiency for any home, increasing in savings as the location’s range of temperature increases. Locations where weather is especially dynamic can pose a problem for energy efficiency, especially when utilizing conventional thermostats. A conventional thermostat always attempts to maintain a specific temperature in the house, even if no one is currently inside. However, IFTTT makes it possible to connect any brand of thermostat (ThermoStat, Tado, Honeywell, Nest or Netatmo) to automatically program a given pre-set temperature depending on time, temperature, and whether or not someone is in the house. Of course, the usefulness of this feature depends on many factors, such as if the house has good heat insulation. To better gauge the best options, contact a utility professional for specifications.

Light Control

In similar fashion to smart thermostats, lights can be switched on and off automatically, depending on specific triggers in the house, such as activating the living-room lights if the garage door is opened or if the front door is unlocked, and switching them off when closed. With recent advances in technology, triggers from a car can turn off all lights inside the home anytime the engine starts. In addition, lights can be manually switched on or off using mobile-device apps, allowing for further control. If security is a concern, the IFTTT Day and Time channel can simulate light scheduling that makes the house seem like there is somebody inside.

If homeowners struggle with waking up in the morning, bedroom lights can flicker to provide a quick rousing. Linked to a morning alarm, software such as Jawbone Up, Fitbit or Misfit fitness tracker can work with IFTTT to cause smart lights to flicker in the morning, making the room seem like a blinker exhibit in a haunted house until the alarm is shut off.

For those working long hours at home, lights can be set to fade depending on hours through the night. The approach can serve as a suitable reminder of work progress or as an indicator that the day is done.

Receive Notifications Any Time Motion is Detected at Your Home

Nest is capable of detecting motion, providing a reliable means of knowing when someone entered the house and where. IFTTT allows call, text or push notification so that homeowners can deal with any unexpected entrance. Android platforms can also send notifications to neighbors when homeowners are out of town.

If you are planning to have your smart home devices connected to one single platform, going with IFTTT is a sound decision. Though it is not suitable for all home scenarios, it can help reduce some management and connectivity problems by making it possible to connect smart home devices that are specifically not designed to pair and work together. IFTTT currently supports 69 home-based smart devices, and more additions are taking place as the service expands its compatibility, making smart homes easier to set up than ever.
If you are in need of any type of electrical repairs or installation, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your electrical work done right the first time every time.