Five simple ways to get cooler and cut your electrical bill this summer


Energy costs are one of those things as people we just need to kind of accept as being a thing in life. In the north, they have oil and heating bills that would make us folks here in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area blush. And if they saw our electrical bills to keep things cool – they’d probably pass out. So no matter where you live, it’s something we fight and manage in our own way.

That doesn’t mean you need to be swallowing massive bills, though. In fact there’s a lot you can do to take the edge off that doesn’t involve calling us for the latest greatest electrical install to do it.

And that’s what today’s post is all about. Ways you can beat the heat and save a little money on the side without calling us to install, repair or wire something.

If you have window shades, use them

Windows open up rooms and bring bright light in – but they also allow unwanted heat to sneak in and raise the temperature. This tip is the perfect excuse to dress up your room in order to lower your electrical bill. Blinds and curtains can help insulate a room and especially when it gets hotter out – can help keep the temperature cooler.

Find your green thumb

One thing that always helps reduce the amount of heat in a home is by planting trees to help cut down on the amount of heat that penetrates your roof, walls and even the outside A/C unit. The more heat, the harder the system has to work – the harder the system has to work then, well… the higher your bill will be.

Deciduous trees are great on the east/west portions of your house as they’ll be the ones dealing with the heat the most. And the best part about them is that they’ll block heat in the summer while simultaneously getting out of the way to invite it in during the colder winter months. So in a way, while nature is part of the problem, it can become part of the solution, too.

Keep appliances away from the thermostat

Especially if you have central air, thermostats tell the A/C when to turn on and off. One common mistake people do is by putting things like lights next to the thermostat itself. Lamps give off heat, making the thermostat think its hotter than it really is and then you’re turning you’re A/C on more than you need to. Simply moving those devices somewhere else can help remedy this issue.

Eat fruit

So technical, right? Honestly, fruit helps the body maintain its internal temperature. But fruits like watermelon, peaches and honeydews give you a lot of water. Eating better will help keep you cooler and help ebb the need to be constantly cooled off by fans or electronic devices.

Get the most out of your fans

Instead of flipping on a switch, make sure you’re actually getting cooled off by your fans. A lot of people put fans in the corner of the room and all that will do is simply circulate the air. Put your fans near you so you receive that cooling effect you need. And then simply turn it off when you don’t need it. Don’t place it in a far off place in the room because it won’t do you any good.

 

A little late, but about Electrical Safety Month


So last month was Electrical Safety Month and we meant to post something earlier, but hey – better late than never, right? But Electrical Safety Month is important to us because face it – we make our living large in part due to our ability to help keep your electrical systems working properly, and part of electrical systems working properly means that they’re safe.

 

Electricity is an amazing thing, but it’s also incredibly dangerous and the consequences – and the frequency with which they manifest themselves – are very, very real.

 

Electrical incidents caused:

 

  • 43,900 home fires
  • 438 deaths
  • 1,430 injuries
  • $1.47 billion dollars worth of property damage

 

…just last year, alone. What’s staggering about that isn’t just some of the numbers, but how frequent and common these occurrences are. We are always sharing out electrical safety tips with you on this blog, but having a safer home really comes back around to you actually taking electrical safety seriously.

 

And actually taking electrical safety seriously isn’t a belittling thing. It’s just being more aware of what’s around you. Doing so can and will prevent a lot of bad things from happening.

 

It’s being vigilant about replacing wobbly switches and outlets. It’s making sure that you don’t run cords across carpets. It’s not using electrical equipment near water. It’s not overloading electrical sockets with gadgets. It’s about teaching your kids how to be safe around electricity.

 

Our point is ‘being safe’ isn’t just a thing you do – it’s an ongoing state of awareness you have as to your surroundings. Just behaving that way is going to prevent a whole myriad of potential issues in the future. It could save you, your home, perhaps even your loved ones.

 

If you’re unsure as to what you need to do, it’s always advisable to give folks like us a call and we can come through and help. It costs nothing to do a quick walkthrough.

Tips to prevent electrical fires


While technology has come a long way over the years, it also places increased demands on our household electrical systems – which sadly haven’t kept up with all the innovation. Too many homes are lagging too far behind when it comes to what their system can handle – and the results – sometimes – can be costly. The most common consequence – and perhaps the most dangerous – is the threat of electrical fire.

 

Doing your part is important, but knowing how to do your part is the best place to start. Here are some tips to help keep your home safe from electrical fires.

 

Always go to the source

 

Your electrical outlets are some of the most important aspects of your home. But like any critical component, they can become worn and damaged over time. When that wear and tear occurs, it can be dangerous, primarily because your devices all have contact with the outlet – thus the risk for sparking increases.  If you have outlets that seem damaged, warm or spark on occasion, you need to call an electrician immediately and have them replaced.

 

 

Another thing to look out for is consistently tripping your breaker. Especially if there’s sparks involved, you could have a significant underlying electrical issue in your house. That being said – tripped breakers usually occur in the kitchen – where several heat-producing appliances are hogging up the same breaker. It could simply just be that you’re overloading your system, so you might want to try to spread out some of your appliances across multiple circuits so you avoid tripping your breaker.

 

Cut that cord

 

One of the most common mistakes we encounter in houses are people relying on extension cords and power strips. Both should be used sparingly and/or temporarily. Now – there are exceptions to this rule. Entertainment areas, computer work stations – those are places where it’s unavoidable. But you should keep up on them and when you get the first sign of disrepair, they should be replaced immediately.

 

 

If it gets hot, be careful

 

Heat-producing appliances are probably the most common causes of fire, period – not just electrical fires. And that shouldn’t come as a surprise at all. They produce heat, after all.

 

Be sure to always, always follow a manufacturer’s safety manual when it comes to things like dryers and space heaters – especially if they’re older. Always clean out your lint tray in the dryer – and always be sure to clean it once a year. Keep your space heaters away from paper, carpets and the like.

 

 

And as always, it’s a good idea to call a local pro and have them simply do an audit of your home. That way, you’ll know what things need to be upgraded, where potential dangers might exist and also what you can do to make sure your home is safer. Good luck!

 

 

Dealing with warm outlets


Everyone’s used to their modern amenities these days and no matter what home you go to – outlets are rammed full of plugs, devices and the like. But because we’re so used to what we have at our disposal, we often take for granted any safety issues that might pop up – and things like safety get routinely cast aside.

And one of the most important things you can do is checking your electrical outlets – especially to see if they’re warm. Because if they are, you might be facing some serious issues in the not-so-distant future!

Why your outlet might be warm

Now we’ll be up front here – JUST BECAUSE YOUR OUTLET IS WARM DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY MEAN YOU HOUSE WILL EXPLODE AND OR CATCH FIRE. I mean it COULD mean that, but most of the time, it’s just your outlet’s way of saying ‘hey, we’ve got some issues, here.’

SO – if your outlet is warm, here’s some things you can do to test the severity of the problem.

Check what’s plugged in. Ever feel a MacBook’s power charger? It gets warm! And hey – it might be heating up your outlet if it’s too close. Simply unplug the device and check the outlet wall a few hours later. If it hasn’t cooled down, you might want to take a closer look at the outlet.

Asking too much of the outlet. Chances are you could just have too many things plugged into that particular outlet – even if you’re using a power strip. You may just need to unplug a few devices and place them elsewhere.

Lousy wiring. Especially in older houses, wires can become frayed or loose and that creates heat just by virture of the wires being loose. If that’s the case, you need to call an electrician immediately. It’s not a major fix, but a small problem that can turn into a huge problem fast.

Too much use on a particular circuit. There’s such a thing as too much demand on a particular outlet, but there’s also the circuit the outlet is attached to. That means you could be taxing your breaker, which is heating that particular outlet. So you might have to disconnect something in another room. Also, you might want to consider rewiring your circuits just to be safe. It stinks and it’s expensive – but just from a practicality standpoint and ease of use – it’s probably the best decision in the long run.

Your house is old. Even when you’re dealing with houses from the 20’s-50’s – their electrical systems are not built to take the pounding of modern amenities. They’re just not strong enough. Especially if you’re feeling warm outlets throughout your house and in multiple locations, it’s probably advisable to upgrade your electrical wiring across the board. Expensive? Relatively speaking, yes. But worth it? Absolutely.

Now what?

The procedures above can help you avoid the cost of bringing in an electrician if they work, but when they don’t, it’s really a good idea just to have an electrician come through and check anyway. It wont’ cost that much and in the long run – the cost of keeping yourself safe vs. a new home and the expense monetarily and emotionally that comes with that – is minimal. And if you’re going to call anyone, we’d love it if you called us! We’ll blog again soon!

 

Oldsmar Electrical Services for Restaurant Renovations


 

Our Oldsmar Electrical services team provides a high level of service to restaurant owners in the area with electrical renovations. At times, we are asked to do simple installations in a kitchen, or an entire restaurants electricity needs to be updated. We are the experts that go above and beyond to provide high-quality updates. Do you need help with electrical updates? Call our team at 813-855-6969 or 727-787-0913 today. Continue reading

Oldsmar Electrical Services Tips for Office Lighting


Oldsmar Electrical Services On Office Lighting and Your Health

As an Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company, we notice that the average office worker in our country spends most of their time throughout a given week at work. Business owners and managers need to be ready and able to set up employees in a clean, safe and productive work environment. Continue reading

The Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services You Need


The excitement of Christmas is in the air, and everyone is in good spirits. A few years ago your Oldsmar Florida Electrical services company made a few repairs, and you’re your ready to light up your house like the fourth of July. With the excitement of the holidays, you may end up spending hours in the attic, basement, and garage looking for ornaments, lights, and figurines that will light up your entire house. Your children keep asking you about what happened to the moving Santa Clause in the living room from last year and as you are in a hurry to follow through what you deliver you finally find it in the attic. As you place it in your living room, you plug in the electrical cord, and you start to smell something burning. Santa loses power and thanks to old electrical wiring in your living room; it dies in front of your children’s eyes.

Has this ever happened to you? When you think the electrical system in your house is perfect, all it takes is one heavy duty item to knock it out. This is common in older homes, but we have a few things for you to keep in mind the next time you call us as your Oldsmar Florida Electrical services company at.

Repair Services for Commercial Customers

 

Who can you depend on in the Oldsmar area? Kenco Electrical Services makes it their priority to provide the most professional and high-quality electrical work.

COMMERCIAL REPAIR & INSTALLATIONS

 At KENCO ELECTRICAL SERVICES we are committed to providing you with a professional service and the highest quality in all types of electrical work. Here are the commercial services you can depend on us for:

  • Emergency Same Day Service
  • Surge Protection
  • Tenant Build-Out
  • Energy Efficient Lighting
  • Stand-By Generators
  • Dedicated Circuits
  • Equipment Wiring

One of the benefits of choosing Kenco Electrical Services is we are licensed, insured, and bonded. Visit us at our office located in Oldsmar, Florida.

Services Areas for Pinellas County:

Do you live or own a business in Pinellas County? Here are the areas that we serve:

Seminole, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs,
Belleair Shore, Sand Key, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Redington Beach,
Redington Shores, North Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, St. Pete Beach, Tierra Verde, Pass-A-Grill Beach, Bay Pines, St. Petersburg, Largo, Kenneth City, Gulfport, Pinellas Park, Lealman, Ozona, Safety Harbor, East Lake, South Pasadena, Oldsmar,
Palm Harbor, Dunedin and Tarpon Springs.

Service Areas for Hillsborough County

Westchase, Tampa, Carrollwood, Odessa, Lutz, Citrus Park, and Temple Terrace.

 

RESIDENTIAL REPAIR & INSTALLATIONS

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We only hire highly trained electricians that have years of experience and continuing education. We arrive at your house with a fully stocked truck to complete most any service.

Surge Protection – Tampa Bay is the lightning capital and on average homes in our community get hit by lightning in 20 energy spikes a day. Wow! As an Oldsmar Florida Electrical services company, we install high-quality surge protection by sycomsurege.com. Purchase a lifetime product warranty with a replacement policy up to $25,000 and give us a call today to find out more about what we have to offer.

Lighting Fixtures – Call Kenco Electrical Services when you need new light fixtures instead of shopping in the crowds this season at the local store. Our quality fixtures are at a discounted price that we can deliver and install. We welcome you to visit our showroom to order your lighting fixtures online.

 

The Top Oldsmar Holiday Electrical Services Safety Tips to Consider


 

Electricity is a necessity that many of us take for granted. As technology advanced over the decades, microwaves, entertainment systems, gadgets and dishwashers perform for us with the click of a button. Whether you are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas, we want to ensure that you, your family and friends stay safe. As an Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company, we are committed to delivering helpful tips through our blogs every month. Take advantage of these tips this season and for years to come and share it with your friends, family and neighbors.

Book us for your next electrical system repair or inspection at 813-855-6969. We are here to help! Here are our tips to help you stay safe from electrical problems:

  1. Take Care of Your Home

 

The age of your home should take less than a few seconds to come to memory. While this may not sound like helpful information, older houses do not have the capacity to handle the load of electricity from the contemporary lives that we are used to living. An Oldsmar Electrical Services inspection will help you to find out if your electrical system was updated before it was purchased or if it needs repairs.

2.       Understanding the Electrical Panel

 

Since the 1990s there has been faulty electrical panels that were installed in new homes. A few of these brands include ITE Pushmatic, Federal Pacific, GTE/Sylvania and Zinsco which are no longer being manufactured because of the electrical hazards that can potentially cause fires. Every so often, check your electrical panel to see if it is hot. If it is, call us as your Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company to review and repair it.

3. What is in the Breakers

The electrical breakers have your best interest at heart although they occasionally trip. Listen to them and they will do their job to tell you something. When the breakers trip, it means that there are many appliances that are being connected to a single circuit. We highly recommend that your appliances are reconfigured. If the breakers continue to trip, give us a call.

4. Pay Attention to the Lights

When you see, lights flickering, this might mean it its time to replace or repair the electrical panel. It can also mean that there are several appliances that are plugged into one circuit. This is a serious situation that must not be ignored.

5. Old Appliances

 

The older the appliance, it is more likely that there will be grounding issues that can create an electrical shock. Three-pronged plugs are a first step to take for your appliances because it will connect properly to a grounded outlet. The appliances in your kitchen with two-pronged plugs need to be replaced, and if the outlets are not grounded, it is a good idea to install a new circuit.

OUR FINAL THOUGHTS

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We respect the tradesmen and women that enjoy taking on new projects in their homes. However, electrical work is one of the most dangerous projects to work on if you are not a certified electrician. Please use your discretion and remember to call Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company like Kenco Electrical Services to do the job safely and on time.

Thank you to all our customers and visitors for reading this blog. Post it online, send it via email to your friends and help them become educated on electrical safety.

The Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services We Offer


 

We have seen it all; the first time home buyer that purchases a property without completing an electrical inspection. A homeowner that wants to save money and makes the decision to install they’re own electrical system without having the education and experience to do the job safely. You hire an unqualified handyman to set up a stand-by generator. All of these situations can end in either death or personal injury to your family, visitors or neighbors. All it takes is one phone call to an Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company to help you save money, heartache and sleepless nights. In addition to our customers, safety is our highest priority and ensuring the job is done right the first time is our mission. Call us with questions and schedule an appointment at 813-855-6969. We are here to help!

RESIDENTIAL INSTALLATIONS

 

At Kenco Electrical Services we continue to give our time and attention to the Oldsmar community with professionalism and high quality electrical work. Our Electricians went above and beyond to pass their background trips before working with us. Call us as your Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company, make an appointment and when we come to your house, our fully stocked truck will be used to complete any task at hand.

The Electrical Services that we offer our community includes:

  • Home Inspections
  • Service Upgrades
  • Remodels & Additions
  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Security Lighting
  • Led Lighting
  • New Circuits

Commercial Repair & Installations

 

We not only serve residential customers, we also provide a list of services to commercial clients. In our industry, safety is essential for the well-being of employees and visitors that walk inside and on the outside of your establishment. Not every Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company can deliver the specific service that is based on your needs. Get the best electrical service in Oldsmar that you deserve.
Here is a list of commercial services for you to choose from:

  • Emergency Same Day Service
  • Surge Protection
  • Tenant Build-Out
  • Energy Efficient Lighting
  • Stand-By Generators
  • Dedicated Circuits
  • Equipment Wiring

Why Plug In with Kenco Electrical Services

The Kind of Quality You Can Count On

  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Licensed, Insured and Bonded
  • Fully Stocked Vehicles
  • Trained Technicians
  • No Job Too Small
  • Service 6 Days a Week
  • 24 Hr Emergency Service
  • Two Decades of Superb Service
  • Uniformed Electricians
  • Clean & Courteous
  • Background Checked
  • Drug-Free Workplace
  • Up Front Pricing
  • All Labor & Material Warranted