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.

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California Offers Electric Car Rebates

California has again adjusted its electric car rebates program for buyers of fuel cell cars, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric cars in an effort to augment the sale of low emission vehicles. High-income earners are excluded from getting these rebates while low-income earners will get more money under the Clean Vehicle Rebate program.

These changes are designed to help California reach aggressive goals set by California Air Resource Board and Gov. Jerry brown to increase the number of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) on the State’s highways. Gov. Jerry Brown wants 1.5 million ZEV on California highways by 2025 while the Air Resource Board calls for at least 15.4% of the new vehicles sold in the state to qualify under the definition of Zero emission.

Though California has the highest number of Zero emission vehicles on the road compared to other states, but with only nine years to go until the 2025 deadline, ZEV only makes up 3% of new cars on the State’s highways.

How the rebate program will work

Prospective buyers for hybrid vehicles with less income than 300% of the federal poverty level will receive $3,500 while those buying battery electric vehicles will receive $4,500 and $7,000 for fuel-cell vehicle buyers.  This is $2,000 more per vehicle than they received two years ago and $500 more than they get currently.

300% of the federal poverty level translates into an individual gross income of $35,640 or less and a family of four with an income less than 72,900. These new rules make it harder for high-income earners to qualify. They cancel the rebates for those with income exceeding $150,000 for a single filer, $300,000 for joint filers and $204,000 for the heads of household filers.

Previously, there were no income caps at all. Anyone who bought a vehicle that met the qualifications for being a ZEV received a rebate regardless of the income level. But in 2014, this linkage of income to rebates was enacted through Senate Bill 1275 which also outlined other programs to increase sale in low-income areas.

“A lot of these rebates were going to wealthy folks buying their Teslas and we want to preserve these dollars due to their limited nature by targeting folks who really need them.” Joel Espino, a legal counsel for the Greenlining Institute stated.

But there is a concern about whether or not the rebate program will help California achieve the desired results. According to Jeremy Acevedo, pricing and industry analyst for Edmunds.com. The results are unpredictable but according to the data, high-income people are buying more of low-emission vehicles compared to the low-income people.

Colin Santulli, a senior manager of transportation at the center for sustainable Energy said, “We want to see different communities buy these vehicles so that more Californians can experience the benefits of driving Zero-emission vehicles and we are hoping to see  a snowball effect that we see on other technologies.”

The changes to the rebate program continues to raise many questions for analysts such as:

Is $500 extra really enough to get the low-income people who have always stayed out of the market? Is there infrastructure in place for the low-income buyers and are there charging stations in low-income people zip codes?

Joel Espino admits that the program comes with challenges but also adds that increasing electric car rebates for low-income buyers is not the only strategy they have taken to get more zero-emission vehicles on the state’s highways.

A financing assistance pilot program called buy down grants has also been launched to offer affordable loans for the low-income ZEV car buyers. Later this years, several automakers will roll out new electric car models at lower prices. Chevrolet Bolt will be priced at about $37,500 while Tesla Model 3 set to debut in 2017 will be priced at $35,000.

“These cars will help you save money on maintenance and gas and who best to benefit from this that the low-income folks especially when you consider the impact of vehicle pollution in these communities.” Espino said. “To us, given the prices of ZEV, it makes sense that a person making $150,000 and above is in a position to afford a ZEV without needing a rebate.” Espino Concluded.

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.

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How to Prepare Your Home for Severe Storms

It’s that time of year again…storm season. Temperatures are cooling off and jet streams are changing which sometimes can stir up some nasty storms, especially if you live near a large body of water. We want to make sure that you and your family are safe during severe storms, so we have provided you with some of our best tips for preparing your home for storm season.

  1. Make sure that you have an emergency kit within reach at all times. It should include all the necessary things like batteries, mylar blanket, and a flashlight. Don’t forget to stock any first aid supplies you may need as well such as band-aids, peroxide, gauze, and tape.
  1. During severe storms, there is a high probability that you will lose your power. Make sure that your cell phones are charged and that you can survive without having to charge anything for a good amount of time. It is a good idea to have matches and a stove ready so that you have a feasible way of preparing meals. Stock up on as many canned foods as possible and have some easy to prepare meals on hand just to make life a little less complicated during the storm.
  1. If the storm is severe enough, there may also be a water shortage. Purchase flats of bottled water as well as jugs of purified water you can use for washing, drinking and cooking purposes. Don’t forget to include a little extra water for any pets or animals you may have.
  1. If you are living in an apartment, you should know the location of all the emergency exits. You should also know the exact location of your fuse box in case of an emergency. The possibility of a fire starting will increase if there is damage to electrical wiring, so go over your family’s fire exit plan as well as the locations of all of the fire extinguishers in your home. It’s also a good idea to do a little refresher course on how to use the fire extinguishers. Make it a habit to regularly check the expiration dates on your extinguishers as well.
  1. Take a moment and look out for hanging branches from any nearby tree which may fall on your property or even more important, your house. Trim any branches you feel may cause danger to you or your home.

During the storm, you will also want to take some precautions like:

  • Unplug all major electrical appliances and gadgets such as computers, televisions, DVR’s and stereo systems.
  • If you see a power line lying on the ground, stay away from it. Immediately dial 911 and inform them. Coming into contact with a downed wire can cause serious injury and even death.

In case there is an outage, do the following:

  • Call the helpline number to your power company and inform about the outage.
  • If the storm happens during the winter months, it may get really cold quickly. Wear as many layers of warm clothes as possible. Also, close all the doors and the windows. A candle won’t be enough to keep you warm. You can, however, use it as a light.
  • Make sure to leave at least one light on, so that you know when the power comes back.
  • Finally, when you have ensured your safety, it will be a nice gesture to check out on your neighbors and ensure that they are also safe, especially homebound or elderly neighbors.

When the power finally comes back, keep in mind the following things:

  • Slowly turn on your electrical appliances one by one. If you turn everything on at once, then there may be another outage or surge.
  • Check your property for any damage.
  • Call Penna Electric if you need any repairs done to your wiring or electrical system.

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.

 

A Million Reasons (or maybe just 5) Why Lighting is Important in Small Businesses

Lighting is one of the most critical components in a business that every small business operator should be be mindful of. Small business lighting, when done perfectly, will ensure the business owner enjoys the results since he can save p to 50% cost of his energy bills. Every business owner loves to save money on operating expenses, right? Your light choices can work to your advantage in this respect. It’s through proper lighting that you are able to increase productivity in order to compete effectively with your competitors in the business industry. Proper lighting in your business can help to make a good impression on how the customers view your business. Choose good lighting that is more welcoming to attract your customers easily.

Technology – Option of using energy saver bulbs

It’s not just enough to be content with the type of lighting in your building, take time to consider  the kind of lighting that is friendly to your business. Ensure that you select the type of lighting technology that supports energy-efficient lighting. You may like a certain look or design of ceiling lighting or table lamps but find out they aren’t really energy efficient.

Controls – Provides flexibility of lighting in necessary areas

All you need is to eliminate excessive usage of light in your office is a way to regulate the level of lighting. With a good control system that suits your business, you’re sure to save as much energy as possible. An extensive control system allows you to choose which lights you want to have on and what level of lighting you need in those areas. This allows you to choose to keep certain lighting off if that part of the room is not in use, saving energy and money in the long run.

Day light – Saves the cost of energy

You don’t have to use the lighting system at all times in the office. There is a way to save your cash. Ensure that your office setting is designed in a way that you access enough natural light through the windows with any office furniture. Use as much sunlight as possible for your office by using appropriate ways to direct it to your work space. You can opt for lots of windows in your offices as well as paint and furniture that will reflect the sun’s natural light. If it becomes too bright, blinds, shades, or curtains can be used to block some of the light.

Design – Provides lighting color options

Your lights don’t just depend on the type of bulbs you choose, there is much more behind it. Consider the colors you choose for your walls. If you have bright colors that help reflect light, you are sure to consume less energy than when you choose darker colors.

High intensity discharge

The HID lamps have a way of adding light to large areas. With the light voltage and watts selection you will be able to light the whole building with few lamps compared to other forms of lighting. They can also be used even from a higher distance in terms of the ceiling height.

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.

 

Take Your Kitchen Lighting to the Next Level

Whether it comes time for the modification of old light fixtures in your house or you get to start from scratch with a new house, give some careful thought to the type of kitchen lighting you want to invest in. Think about where you plan to do the most work and what type of activities will be taking place in this space. Ask yourself, “What else will be going on in here: homework? Tea parties and coffee klatches with girlfriends? Does someone you sit at the table doing cross stitch while watching TV?” All of these situations require adequate lighting.

People often gravitate towards this room for cups of tea or coffee. Friends gather for a chat. Strangers sit here with tea while you call a tow truck or kids do their homework at the table to be close to mom while she cooks.

There should be enough kitchen lighting for you to see the knife as it slices vegetables or enables a child to focus on homework done at the table. A little research will lead consumers to modern fixtures featuring straight lines and frosted white glass with a choice of metallic finish to match your overall decor. Stretch your budget to higher end styles such as crystals and ornamental glass or stick to basic pendants, but make sure the glow will show through.

Today’s styles are far from the days of bulky fixtures in amber tones that muted light quality; kitchen lighting fixtures can be works of art in their right. Just ensure these fixtures do not compete with others to create a claustrophobic effect. Each aspect of design must complement the next, whether that be tiling on floors and ceilings, paint color or furniture.

Some under counter lighting, while discreet, gives off just enough glow to lead the weary in the early hours of a dark morning or at night, when you need a cup of chamomile tea to fall asleep. They fit inside or underneath cupboards with glass doors. Use them as a gallery would its lighting to showcase works of art. In this case, your pieces might include kindergarten pottery or finger painting by precious little ones.

Remember the ceiling fan too. Not only will you want to pair the light fixture to existing style; the fan itself needs to match color and design. Explore ceiling fans made with single or cluster lighting. With today’s style options, the sky’s the limit when it comes to finding the perfect ceiling fan to suit your needs.

Whether for food preparation, presentation or even as an eating station with bar stools, islands add a stylish quality to large kitchens. Here you can spread out your work like a professional chef if the lighting is right. As an artistic addition, your island deserves good lighting that shows off modern counter top materials and lets you see what you are working on. Dangle ornate umbrella shaped lighting or modern styles with sharp lines, just as long as the glow from the fixture is sufficient.

Kitchen track lighting offers versatility along with practical application. While attractive to look at, these lighting options also allow consumers to spotlight a high-use area. Add lights or change their position and direction depending on where you need a special glow at a given time.

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

 

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First Electric Cars…Now This? Amazing!

If you thought electric cars were impressive, wait till you hear about the incredible electric bus that is expected to hit the streets come next year. Like every other electric vehicle, it has the same bits and bolts that give it the edge to do all that an electric vehicle is meant to do best. However, this particular vehicle, this electric bus, has something special that allows it to be able to compete with, and outdo, even the famed electric passenger car by Chevrolet, the Bolt, and the Tesla Model S. Besides being able to operate flawlessly and with no emissions whatsoever, the electric bus can cover an overall range of up to 350 miles continuously, get this, without it having to stop for a recharge even once.

This electric bus, called the Catalyst E2 Series by Proterra, recently had its big debut at the APTA annual summit in Los Angeles. Proterra unveiled this new electric vehicle, so named for its groundbreaking battery, and spoke of its  660kWh energy label. This isn’t the first time you’ve seen an E2 series electric vehicle with a superb battery. About a month back, at Michelin’s Laurens Proving Grounds, another E2 electric vehicle had gone for a test run under certain set test conditions. Under those conditions, it was able to cover almost 600 miles on a single battery life. Proterra has confirmed that the Catalyst E2 Series can, in fact, tackle any mass transit route in the US on a single charge daily.

During its debut, the CEO of Proterra confirmed once more that the company’s interest and sole goal have always been to build an electric vehicle, which couples both high performance and an all-round transit intent, being able to move about any of the US transit routes. He went on and concluded that the Catalyst E2 Series satisfactorily embodies both sides of that coin. Buses driven by fossil fuels now face a probable and the possible call for a replacement, with such high performing electric vehicles now on the road.

Even though electric vehicles can be demanding in terms of extensive infrastructures, electric buses seem to provide more benefits than drawbacks. They travel up and down routes that are defined, and at night they will have more than enough time allowance for recharging needs. The Catalyst E2 Series in particular only requires a maximum charging time of 5 hours. Due to its reputation, which has only stirred the interest for more electric buses, Proterra plans to increase production by up to twice as much, come 2017. Currently, the manufacturer has sold hundreds of its electric vehicles all over the world, and as the statistics clearly show, carbon emissions of at least 10 million pounds have been eliminated in the US. Now electric vehicles with the Catalyst E2 Series at the forefront are definitely the future of mass transit.  

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.

 

Top Ways to Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home

Top Ways to Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home

Electrical fires are one of the leading causes of house fires that can lead to severe damage to a home. They can also injure you and put your family members at risk of severe injury or even death. You can avoid such fires by making sure your electrical outlets, plugs, and cords are safe to use. It is advisable to use electrical appliances only as they are designed to be used and keep the wiring in good condition throughout your home.

How can you prevent electrical accidents in your home?

Electrical fires in any home can be prevented through three different ways that include:

  • Appropriate maintenance of electrical outlets, plugs, and cords
  • Using electrical equipment and appliances safely
  • Maintaining the proper electrical wiring in your home

Check that all electrical outlets in your home are fixed tightly and safely to the wall. Any loose-fitting plugs should be immediately tightened because they can lead to electrical shock or fire exposure. If you observe any of the wall plates are missing or broken, replace them with new ones so none of the wiring is left exposed.

Avoid tampering with electrical plugs. By no means should you remove the third point on a plug in order to make it fit into a two-conductor outlet. You should never twist or bend the prongs on the plug as this can also lead to serious injury.

For multiple plugs, you can use a surge protector. This is the safest option because overloading an electrical outlet with many plugs can cause fires. Instead, buy surge protectors that are UL approved and place them throughout your home. Ensure that you plug no more than one to three cords into the surge protector at a time.

It is a good idea to get into the habit of checking the electrical cords in your home to make sure that they are not cracked or frayed. If they are, replace them immediately with the new electrical cords. Avoid using extension cords as a permanent solution for your power needs. Although it may be tempting to use extension cords on your electronics or appliances, you should use them only as a temporary solution in your home, as they can cause major electrical accidents.

Using electrical equipment and appliances safely

While using any electrical equipment or appliance, make sure you follow the instructions that came with the appliance. You should never use faulty equipment or appliances in your home and you should never attempt to alter an electrical appliance in any way. Get into the habit of disconnecting small devices such as electric toasters, kettles, and hair dryers after their use. This will not only save you electricity, but it will also lower the hazard of electrical fires. Take care that you use the correct light bulbs in lamps and fixtures. Avoid using higher wattage light bulbs other than the recommended ones, as it may cause an electrical hazard.

Make sure your home electrical outlets are connected with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. This can help prevent electrical fires by automatically shutting down the power if an electrical circuit is at risk or overloaded.

Maintaining the proper electrical wiring in your home

If your home is older, keep an eye on warning signs of defective wiring. Older apartments and homes are at a higher risk of defective wiring. You may want to consider having the wiring professionally inspected by a licensed electrician just for that added peace of mind.

Electrical fires in homes cause greater loss of dollars per fire than any other type of fire. According to the recent survey conducted by the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 25,000 electrical fires are reported yearly in the country, causing serious injury or death to more than 1,300 individuals. Taking preventive measures will not only avoid hazardous electrical accidents, but they will also offer the required safety to your home and family.

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.

Is a Surge Protector Really Necessary?

Whether you are looking to increase the number of power outlets in your home or you just want to add a protection layer between the outside world and your devices, it’s a good idea to consider purchasing a surge protector. A surge protector does more than just increase your power outlet accessibility, it plays a major role in maintaining the safety of your electronic devices such as laptops and tablets.

How a surge Protectors Works

Electricity moves from an area of high electric potential to an area with low electric potential, that is, from one end of the wire to the other end. Voltage is the measure of the electric potential energy. When the voltage goes above the normal level for more than 3 nanoseconds, it is referred to as a surge. If the surge is too high, it leads to wear and tear of electronic devices or can possibly even destroy them. A surge makes the electric wire heat up and if it is too hot, it can burn the wire rendering it useless.

The main purpose of a surge protector is to detect excess voltage then divert it into a grounding wire. This explains why all surge protectors have a grounding pin and they must be plugged into a grounded outlet in order to work as intended.

When to Use a Surge Protector

Most people often think that the main culprit of electrical surging is lightning which is not true. Though lighting causes electrical surges, the voltage from lightning is too great and a surge protector will not be able to withstand the power. During a lightning strike, the only way to protect  electrical devices from being surged is to unplug them.

Electrical appliances that require a lot of power to operate or those that make the lights  flicker when the lights are switched on and off, such as an air conditioner, are the major causes of surges. This is because they use up a lot of electricity which in turn strains the grid causing surges.

You should be using a surge protector all the time, but which devices should you connect to a surge protector? To determine this, think of it this way, if an electrical surge destroys electrical devices in your home, which device would pain you the most if you lost it completely?

You may not need a surge protector for standing fan or a desk lamp but you will need to connect your expensive electrical devices like stereo systems, televisions, computers, high-tech kitchen appliances, and media centers to a surge protector.

Choosing the Right Surge Protector

The first thing that you should look for in a surge protector is an indicator light. It lets you know that the surge protector is working properly. As for the power, check for the UL rating on the surge protector. This rating is put out by Underwriters Laboratories and it tests the safety of the device. Do not buy a surge protector without a UL rating.

Other considerations to make when buying a surge protector include:

Clamping voltage

This is the measurement of voltage that prompts the surge protector to redirect the excess electricity away from the devices. A lower clamping voltage rating will protect your devices better

Response time

This is the time it takes for the surge protector to detect an electricity surge. The lower the response time, the faster the response which reduces the time the devices are exposed to a surge, thus providing better protection.

Joule rating

This is the maximum energy the surge protector can absorb. If the surge exceeds this limit, the product is damaged. The higher the joule rating the longer the lifespan of the product.

Electrical surges are common and they can damage electronic devices hence the need to use surge protectors to ensure your devices are safe. Use a surge protector for the valuable electronics and check to see that you choose one that is rated for your needs.

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.

 

Read This Before Running Electricity to Your Workshop or Outbuilding

The electrical system inside of a home is similar to that of an outbuilding in that it is a collection of wiring and components that deliver power to every outlet and fixture in the house. An electrical system that is not adequate will not supply enough power to keep everything working without encountering problems on a regular basis. Upgrading a system far beyond the needs of the residents could be unnecessarily expensive and wasteful. Homeowners will need to look at several areas of the house to determine the adequacy of the electrical system. A home that requires more power will need help from a professional electrical service to upgrade capacity and potentially install more panels, circuits or even outlets.

The same holds true for providing electrical service to any outbuildings or workshops on your property. On average the cost of wiring a brand new outbuilding can range anywhere from $2,500 – $3,500 depending on the size of the building and your specific needs. Don’t forget to plan for the possibility of adding on to your existing building. This may cost you a little more to run wiring for future use. It’s considered a good investment to wire an outbuilding, especially if you intend to make use of this space frequently and if there is any possibility of a move in your future. Wiring in outbuildings can increase your resale value of your home significantly.

If you ever have any questions about how you are going to get things done, it is critical that you start with a good electrical contractor, but even the most advanced contractor simply cannot resolve all of your issues if you are not certain what needs to be done. You have to take some time and look at all of your options. This means that most people are going to have to analyze their needs carefully and decide specifically what they would like completed and how they intend to use the outbuilding.

Professional contractors agree: more lighting is better. You can always decide what lights you want to turn on, but if you need more light than what is installed you’re in trouble. They also agree that you can never have too many outlets. Contractors suggest installing at least as many outlets in your outbuilding as you would in a similarly sized room or rooms of your home. You want the outlets to be conveniently located but still adhere to safety codes. Keep in mind, it’s much easier and more affordable to have wiring (lights and outlets) installed initially than to have an electrician come back to upgrade an installation.

The type of electrical installation you will need will depend largely upon the primary use for the space. If you intend to use your outbuilding as a workshop, you’ll need to consider installing 220-volt receptacles for your larger tools. You also may need to consider additional lighting options as well as fan placement depending on where you live. If you have an office space in mind, you will want to strategically place outlets and internet cable connections for easy access where you are planning on placing your desk. A craft studio will need good ventilation and additional wiring for things like kilns and such. These are all important points to consider when planning your wiring and discussing this plan with your electrician.

Planning ahead and preparing for a project like this is one way you can save a little money in the long run. Talk about your needs versus wants for your outbuilding’s wiring with your electrician and ask about ways you could possibly get what you want for the price of what you need. There may be some things that will be easy to add later on that you can possibly forgo now. That’s always an option. Make certain you choose an electrician who is licensed and strictly adheres to building codes. It would be unfortunate to go through all of this work only to find out it’s not up to code.

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.

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Benefits of Investing in Smart Home Technology

Smartphones offer much more than just the ability to keep us entertained. In fact, advanced smart technology is now making its way into our homes. The next step in this technological evolution is the integration of smart home technology. In fact, now is the ideal time to begin taking advantage of these capabilities.

Making the transition to smart home technology can not only offer improved control over every aspect of your home’s operation, but can also bolster home accessibility and safety. Furthermore, the transition to a smarter home can also result in greater energy savings and lower maintenance costs.

Smart Appliances

One of the best and simplest ways to invest in smart home technology is through the installation of smart appliances, such as a Nest Learning Thermostat or a smart oven. With such appliances, you can take advantage of apps available on your mobile device to take control of your home’s functions from anywhere. Have you ever worried that you might have left your oven on before leaving home? Concerned about your air conditioning running and using up too much energy while you are away? Now, thanks to smart home technology, there is no need to be concerned. These appliances and their accompanying apps allow you to check on and control your home even when you are not physically present.

Smart Home Apps

The sky’s the limit in terms of the apps that are being released to the market practically every day. Developers are continually creating both devices and apps designed to control everything from water usage to home stereos to lawn care. You can even find apps that will assist you with filling your pet’s food bowl and handling your grocery shopping.

Smart Home Safety

Smart home technology can also help to avoid potential disasters and keep loved ones safe. For example, security systems are available that allow homeowners to monitor everyone coming and going from their home and even receive alerts of suspicious activities. Everything necessary to keep your home safe can be controlled and monitored from your smartphone, delivering a safer home environment for your entire family.

Smart Homes for the Elderly

Homeowners with elderly parents and/or children will find that smart home technology tools can also provide greater peace of mind. For instance, alerts can be sent directly to your smartphone anytime a member of your family returns or leaves home. Voice commands have also been incorporated into smart home technology apps. Such commands can help to significantly improve the quality of life of the disabled or elderly.

Energy efficiency can also be tremendously improved with the use of smart home technology. The latest technology makes it possible to operate appliances using the least amount of energy. You can even save money on the cost of your water bill by investing in faucet technology that helps to make the most of water usage in the shower while at the same time delivering a more enjoyable shower experience.

Although many types of smart home technology remain in early development, the future of such technology remains bright, making now the ideal time to begin making changes.

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.