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Holiday Lights and Your Home’s Electrical System

Monday, December 17th, 2018

outdoor-string-of-lightsWe don’t have snow for December in California, and we imagine most locals are a-okay with that. But homeowners still want some holiday cheer, and one of the best ways to pretend they’re in a winter wonderland while still only needing a windbreaker when outside is to put up a festive light show on the outside of the house. And a generous amount on the inside as well.

But there’s a potential downside to decorating with lights during the season. The amount of electrical demand a light display puts on the house can cause tripped circuit breakers. And it can even lead to house fires! We have some advice about electrical safety when it comes to lighting the street up and giving the living room a seasonal glow with your dazzling displays.

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Signs Your Home May Need Wiring Repairs

Monday, October 17th, 2016

img_0032It’s easy to take the wiring that serves your home’s electrical system for granted since you can’t see most of it. (This also applies to the ventilation system.) Unfortunately, this often makes it easy to ignore trouble with the wiring for far too long. Below are some common indications that your household wiring needs repair work. When you notice these, call our electricians right away!

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The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Monday, June 1st, 2015

If your home makes any use of natural gas—such as for a furnace, boiler, stove, oven, etc.—it is very important that you also have carbon monoxide detectors installed. This will help protect you and your family from potentially hazardous gas leaks.

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How GFCI Outlets Make Your Home Safer

Monday, May 25th, 2015

If you live in an older home, you may have outdated power outlets. We don’t just mean outlets that aren’t powerful enough to run the various appliances (although that may be the case). We mean outlets are not as safe as they could be. To help prevent dangers from high voltage electrical shocks, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom, you should have GFCI outlets installed. Call up a professional electrician to arrange for replacing your older outlets.

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Why You Should Upgrade Your Outdated Electrical Panel

Monday, April 13th, 2015

If you live in an older home, you may have an electrical panel that is out of date and not suited to your needs or those of the people in your household. The amount of electrical power the average home uses has undergone significant changes within even the last decade, and the difference between today and the early ‘80s is so staggering that you almost certainly need a panel upgrade if your house was built in that era.

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Electric Vehicle Charging

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Electric vehicles in Los Angeles are great for both the environment and your wallet. Kilowatt provides electrical services that can help make your electric vehicle more convenient and enjoyable by installing a proper charging station by a trained and certified electrical technician. How would you like to have your Tesla completely charged in 1 hour? We can do that with a 100 amp quick charger.

Where to put the EV Charger

Before you  buy an electric vehicle, imagine where your electric car will be parked. Think about the ideal location for this piece of equipment. Now measure the distance between where the charger will hang on your wall, and where the charging port is on your car. Cables usually run from approximately 15 to 25 feet. Make sure your cord can easily reach where it needs to go, and think about its length for a potential second plug-in car in your driveway or garage.

 

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Electric Vehicle Charging Tip:  Charge during off-peak hours to save even more.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation Depending on where you locate your EV Charger, we may have to run just a few feet of conduit—or dozens of feet. Longer copper runs will add installation cost, but because you’ll charge almost every night, you want it to be as convenient as possible.

You will want a charger that can handle at least 30 amps. The rule of thumb is that 30-amp service will roughly give you the ability to add 30 miles of range in an hour—just as 15 amps will add about 15 miles in an hour of charging. Keep in mind that most plug-in hybrids (and the Nissan LEAF prior to the 2013 model) don’t take full advantage of the faster rate. That’s okay. It’s still wise to have the capacity to charge at least at the 30-amp level, even if your current car can’t fully utilize the higher amperage, so you don’t have to upgrade in a few years if/when you buy a new EV that has a faster on-board charger. Also, it’s nice to allow friends with faster-charging electric vehicles to get a full charge from your garage.

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