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.

A Successful Corn Harvest Creates A Heart of Thanksgiving

With many of us here at Penna Electric turning keen eyes to the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, we often wonder what we should be thankful for.

As one of the most celebrated holidays in America, Thanksgiving commemorates the piety and perseverant nature of the nation’s earliest settlers: the Pilgrims. Like many other historical harvest festivals, such as the Greek Haloa in honor of Demeter, or the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles, Thanksgiving positively bursts with longstanding tradition, with the original feast still retaining many similarities to the annual holiday that Americans have come to know and love.

The First Thanksgiving

On September 6th 1620, a group of English Dissenters of the Puritan Sect set sail aboard a ship called the Mayflower in order to free themselves from religious persecution. Two different groups made up the Pilgrims: the “Separatists,” who considered themselves saints, and everyone else onboard, referred to by the Separatists as the “Strangers.” The two groups made an agreement known as the Mayflower Compact, a social contract that ensured a stable form of government with its own rules and regulations. Sixty-five days of miserable living later, they arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

With the coming of the winter season, settling into the foreign land proved extremely difficult. According to primary accounts, the settling Pilgrims dwindled down to less than fifty. Their saving grace lay with the Patuxet Native American Squanto, a kind soul amongst the Wampanoag tribe who taught the struggling colonists how to start their own corn farms and how to hunt eel. A grand feast was arranged to celebrate this profusion of food after a successful harvest, and, in 1623, two years after this feast, the first true Thanksgiving celebration occurred after a fourteen-day fasting and a day of much-needed rainfall.

A New National Holiday

The practice of marking good fortune with celebration spread quickly throughout Europe and the United States. The new nation’s leaders would hold festive activities to recognize notable achievements, where George Washington declared a Thanksgiving Day in 1795, and John Adams declared two in 1798 and 1799. During Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, in 1863, he introduced Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday, an idea lobbied to him by renowned editorialist Sarah Josepha.

President Franklin Roosevelt attempted to extend the Christmas holiday season by moving Thanksgiving Day up one week. However, disputes arose among scholars. In the end, Roosevelt signed a bill declaring that Thanksgiving would be celebrated every fourth Thursday of November, a policy that is followed to this day.

The Modern Day Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving has changed to no longer reflect the religious values that it used to in the past. Instead, the celebration emphasizes cooking and sharing meals with friends and family. The most significant symbols of the event lie within the foods that Americans prepare. Many of us with Penna Electric insist that it isn’t quite Thanksgiving without at least one of the traditional dishes prepared for the family.

A large number of Americans associate Thanksgiving with turkey, an association that can be traced back to the first Thanksgiving festival, where William Bradford wrote “There was great store of wild Turkeys, of which they [Pilgrims] took many, besides venison…” In addition, corn was a staple food for the Pilgrims, since the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims cultivate enough corn to guarantee survival during the winter season. As a result, corn is a staple food for the feast. Cranberries, like turkey and corn, are associated with Native American benevolence as well. The local Indians taught Pilgrims how to prepare cranberry sauce, which they called “ibimi.” When the colonists set foot in America, they renamed it crane-berry, due to the cranberry’s long-shaped flowers that resembled the neck of a crane.


We’ve prepared a few resources that might be helpful as Thanksgiving approaches:
  1.  Table Arrangement & Placement Ideas:
  2. 13 Thanksgiving Must-Have Ingredients That Will Save You From Any Disaster
  3.   Bill Weir’s Deep Fried Turkey


Be careful this Thanksgiving. This holiday is responsible for more homes fires than any other day of the year. We’ve prepared a few tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  1. Minimize risk and ruining electrical equipment by not overload your electrical outlets in the kitchen or anywhere else for that matter.
  2. Unplug any unused appliances that could accidentally be turned on or left on. Ovens, bun warmers, stove tops, and small grills.
  3. Make sure to test your smoke alarms and ensure they work. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby.
  4. Facing pot handles towards the rear of the stove can save them from being knocked over and scalding people nearby.


In this same spirit of Thanksgiving, Penna Electric appreciates the support that it has received from its customers. This company, which was founded in 2007, has grown to become one of the most efficient electrical service providers. The growth that we have experienced is due entirely to our esteemed and faithful clients.

We thank you for your continued support and loyalty, and the feedback we receive for our services allows us to continue to reach new heights. Erika’s remarks embody our pursuit to ensure all our technicians go above and beyond.

“After having numerous electricians leave jobs half-done or being unreliable, I didn’t know what to expect. Jermin arrived to do the electrical work, and did FAR beyond what I could have imagined. He went above and beyond, and the job was much more complex than I originally had projected. He stayed hours beyond the scheduled call time to be sure to complete the job, and was friendly and helpful throughout the process. I can’t imagine any other electrician being so thorough and helpful.”

Thanks Todd and Jermin!

Erika S.
Santa Monica, CA

In light of the holiday to come, there’s never been a more appropriate time for us to give thanks. May we all count our blessings while we enjoy the company of friends and family.


Todd Penna
Owner, Penna Electric

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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 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.


Safe Halloween Decorating Tips From The Pros

Over the years, Halloween decorating has become a hobby to many people and while all the colorful, spooky lights and inflatables look great, they can present a hazard to unsuspecting visitors as well as homeowners. To make sure that your Halloween is not only fun but also safe for everyone, keep the following safety tips in mind when decorating.

Check all the electrical cords for damaged plugs or bare spots. If you doubt the safety of any cord, do not use it. The same applies to extension cords. Also, ensure that cords do not stretch across a pathway where they can become a tripping hazard to trick or treaters.

  • Reconsider the use of candles

Though they are a traditional choice for lighting your jack-o-lanterns, they are too much of a fire hazard, especially when left unattended. Instead, opt for battery-operated candles, glow sticks or flashlights. They cast an eerie glow and they are safe to carry around.

  • Put down the hammer

Do not use nails or staples to tack up light strings as they can puncture electrical wires, exposing them. The result may be electrical shock or even fire. Instead, use specials hangers for outdoor lighting. You can get then at almost every big box store and hardware store, and they can be left up for the next holiday use.

  • Ensure all electrical outlets are grounded

When using outdoor electrical decorations, ensure all outlets are protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to prevent shock. Also, ensure the decorations have a seal such as CSA, UL or ETL-SEMKO which indicates they have been tested and approved for outdoor use.

  • Avoid using knives

If the traditional jack-o-lantern is on your list of must-have decorations, avoid knives especially if kids will help out. Instead, purchase a set of pumpkin carving tools. They are available in most supermarkets, discount retailers and even in drugstores. After carving, do not leave the pulp and seeds on the ground as they can cause falls.

  • Wear comfortable Costumes

Choose comfortable costumes especially those that do not consist of long trailing fabric as they can easily catch fire or be a tripping hazard. If your child will wear a mask, ensure the holes are big enough so that he or she can see clearly and prevent falls near flammable or dangerous items. If possible, skip the face masks altogether and use make-up to complete the costume.

You can also consider purchasing costumes and accessories which are flame resistant. Though more costly, they will keep your child safe.

  • Talk to your children

Lastly, talk to your child about safety and remind them to stay away from any electrical cords, open flames including jack-o-lanterns with lit candles. Also, give them glow sticks or a flashlight as part of their costume for lighting.

Decorating for Halloween is so much fun for you and your kids, and following the above tips will help create lasting memories for you and your children.

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.