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Somebody Loved This Dog, Was It YOU?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

In July,  we installed furnaces at Boxer Rescue in Encino, CA. The whole crew fell in love with the same sweet dog. Rooney is a big American Bulldog with a gentle personality. He came home with us to our office in Sherman Oaks when we finished the job and has quickly become a member of the family.

FullSizeRenderRooney is a happy guy who loves playing with his toys and belly rubs. He looks fierce, but has such good manners I know he must have been raised by someone who loved him. He’s sweet with our other dogs and is a great listener. He never has to be told twice to stop doing something. He even let me stick my fingers in his eye many times when he had an eye infection and never flinched or fought me.

I can’t help but wonder if someone is missing him.

If you recognize Rooney let us know. Maybe his original owner couldn’t keep him anymore but they may be happy to know that he is safe and loved.

Here is what we know about him:

  • He was found in San Bernardino about a year ago tied to a post. He has scars all over his head and body indicating he may have been used as a bait dog.
  • Weight: 125 pounds
  • Breed: American Bulldog
  • Markings: He is white with small black spots, a black nose and a round black spot on the top of his head.

If you would like to rescue a pup, please visit Boxer Rescue LA!

 

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“Operation Gratitude” and “A Million Thanks”

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Every year our friends and customers write thousands of Holiday cards to active duty soldiers and wounded veterans and drop them off at our office in Sherman Oaks. We work with “Operation Gratitude” and “A Million Thanks” to make sure that those letters are delivered in time to raise spirits and make the brave men and women who keep us safe feel appreciated.

Thanks friends for participating!

If you would like to submit a holiday card (or holiday cards!); you can either drop them off in person or mail them in a envelope to:

Kilowatt Air Conditioning, Heating, Electric & Solar
4925 Sepulveda Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

 

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Boxer Rescue Los Angeles

Friday, July 24th, 2015

This may have been one of the hardest jobs we’ve ever done. It wasn’t the electrical wiring or the air conditioning installation that was hard. It was leaving without a dog. Every Kilowatt installer who worked at Boxer Rescue fell in love with a dog there. If you are looking for a new family member, please check out the sweet boxers waiting for their fur-ever home at Boxer Rescue LA.

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To view the follow-up story from this blog, please click here.

 

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Summer Safe Pets

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Justdog summer because it’s hotter than a stolen tamale outside doesn’t mean that our dog, Poppy, wants to stay in the house and loaf around all day! We’ve been getting up extra early for her daily hike. We don’t want her getting Heat Stroke! or your dog either. Most of our customers have four legged family members too, so here is a little safe summer guidance for healthy pets:

  • Exercise your dog earlier in the morning or later in the evening on hot summer days.
  • Keep your pet indoors during the heat of the day, and have plenty of fresh clean water available.
  • If it is not possible to keep your pet indoors, make sure to have access to plenty of complete shade, and fresh water.
  • Beware of hot concrete or asphalt – the heat can burn your pet’s feet, while rising heat can contribute to heat stroke in small animals.
  • Never leave your pet in a locked car, not even for a few minutes, not even with the windows down a bit!!

Signs of Heat Stroke

The first signs of being overheated include heavy panting and difficulty breathing. The tongue and gums will start to appear bright red, the eyes will glaze over.

  • The dog becomes unsteady on its feet.
  • There is excessive drooling.
  • Vomiting or bloody diarrhea.
  • Seizures or loss of consciousness.
  • Cats can pant, have sweaty paws, groom excessively in an attempt to cool down Their tongue and gums can also become red, vomiting and staggering can be noticed, and ultimately seizures or coma and death.

First Aid

  • Getting your pet’s temperature down quickly is crucial.
  • Move your pet out of the heat into a cooler area, either into the shade – or ideally into air conditioning.
  • Spray your pet with cool (not icy cold) water.
  • Place wet towels or cool packs in the armpits and the groin area.
  • Putting a fan on it will help further cooling.

Risk factors

Never give large bowls of water at once in case vomiting makes things worse. If your pet is not very alert, don’t give anything by mouth but go to a vet immediately.

These risk factors are:

  • Being a dog with a short nose and flat face – such as Pugs, Pekineses, Boxers, Bulldogs, Shih Tzus and Boston Terriers
  • Being a very young pup or elderly pet, or obese
  • Being left in a car on a hot day – this can be fatal in a relatively short time!
  • Suffering from heart or lung disease (interferes with efficient breathing)
  • Being confined without access to shade or water on a hot day
  • Over exercising your dog or allowing it to over-exercise in hot weather.

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SAFE Thermostat Disposal

Friday, June 19th, 2015

 

One of the services Kilowatt provides is the removal of old thermostats and the installation of new programmable thermostats. There are a wide variety of energy-saving and Wi-Fi thermostats to choose from. We can help you make a decision about the thermostat that will work best with your lifestyle.

Los Angeles Thermostat Service

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When upgrading to a new thermostat in Los Angeles , the proper disposal of the old thermostat is always a concern. Most old thermostats contain mercury. In the United States improper disposal of mercury thermostats results in about 9.6 tons or mercury released into the environment. Kilowatt is committed to properly dispose of mercury and keep it out of our landfills.

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In its elemental form, mercury exposure can cause symptoms such as tremors, insomnia, weakness, muscle atrophy, and migraine headaches. When released into the environment, this elemental mercury can be transformed into a much more dangerous form called methyl mercury. Methyl mercury exposure is extremely harmful to fetuses, infants and children and has been linked to birth defects as well as impaired brain and nervous system development (source U.S. EPA).

Presently, there are several collection sites known as S.A.F.E. CENTERS in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley where mercury thermostats can be properly disposed at no cost to residents.

These S.A.F.E. CENTERS were established by the Bureau of Sanitation and are open every weekend and provide a timely and convenient way to dispose of your residential, household e-waste including your old mercury thermostat.

Here are the SAFE drop-off locations in Los Angeles:

  • Northridge: Nicole Bernson SAFE Collection Center

    10241 N. Balboa Blvd.
    Northridge, CA 91325
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays, and Sundays
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

  • Los Angeles: LOS ANGELES-GLENDALE TREATMENT PLANT

    4600 Colorado Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90039
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays and Sundays
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Playa del Rey: HYPERION TREATMENT PLANT

    7660 West Imperial Highway, Gate B
    Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays and Sundays
    9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Sun Valley: RANDALL STREET

    11025 Randall St.
    Sun Valley, CA 91352
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays and Sundays
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • West Los Angeles: UCLA

    550 Charles E. Young Dr. West
    Los Angeles, CA 90095
    Hours of Operation:
    Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
    8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    * This site accepts electronic waste on Saturdays only.

  • Los Angeles: WASHINGTON BLVD.

    2649 E. Washington Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays and Sundays
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Poppy Passes Therapy Dog’s International Competency Test!

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Poppy Update:

After all her training with Guide Dogs of America it was easy for Poppy to pass the Therapy Dog’s International Competency Test. Sha Newman, Poppy’s very own teacher, tested her and signed off on her skills. Poppy is now a licensed Therapy Dog sponsored by Kilowatt.poppy 1

You know, studies show that petting a dog causes people’s blood pressure to lower, increases endorphin and oxygen levels, and reduces anxiety.

For her first job, Poppy was invited by the Calabasas High School Peer support organization to come out and help the students de-stress before their final exams. She is so used to bells and crowds because our children took her to school with them when she was a puppy-in-training for GDA.

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Next stop, Valley Village adult activity center In Van Nuys. What a wonderful bunch of people! Several were in wheelchairs and it was hard for them to reach down and pet Poppy.  We figured out that she could climb on a chair and, in one case, up onto the table to give love.

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A Million Thanks – Letters For U.S. Troops

Friday, September 12th, 2014

For several years now Kilowatt has been a drop off location for a Million Thanks.  Collecting letters has been an honor and a source of inspiration for everyone who works here. Here’s how it works: Customers give a hand written note of thanks to their service technician or AC installer, and we make sure it is delivered to an active duty soldier or wounded veteran. Simple. We also work with Operation Gratitude.  Sometimes boxes filled with letters and cards are delivered to our office from schools or churches in Los Angeles and we happily make sure that every beautiful letter is delivered. We all feel honored to participate.

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Custom card.

If you want to send a letter or card to a soldier we will make sure it gets to someone who will appreciate it. Sometimes the soldiers keep these letters in their pockets when they go out on missions. The kids letters are so cute and funny, the soldiers get a big kick out of them. Your appreciation really helps keep their morale up.

Here are a few letter writing tips:

  1. Do not put letters or cards in individual envelopes or include additional postage. 
  2. Send multiple letters together in the same envelope or box.
  3. Do not send edible items or other care package items.
  4. Do not use glitter, confetti, or anything that is not securely attached to the letter or card.
  5. Only include positive messages. Any negative messages will be discarded.
  6. Be creative! Draw pictures, talk about you, and let them know their service does not go unnoticed.
  7. Include your address or email address if you wish. Most military will write back to you!
  8. *Attention parents and/or teachers of minors: We ask that you review the letters your kids write to ensure you are comfortable with the address/method by which they are asking for return military correspondence.
  9. *Attention parents and/or teachers of young children: We ask that if children are too young to include a message of thanks, please write one on their behalf so our service members get a message along with a drawing.
You may also drop off or mail to:
Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical
4925 Sepulveda Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

 

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