Monthly Archives: March 2016

Easter Schedule

 
ARC Electric Company will be closed on Friday, March 25th in observance of Easter Sunday. We will re-open on Monday, March 28th. As always, our phones are answered live by an on-call technician. Our staff and technicians will be spending time with their loved ones. Thank you for understanding!
 
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Spring is Arriving at ARC Electric Company – Newsletter

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Sunday, March 20th is the first official day of Spring. I am not sure about you, but I am glad to see the cold and yucky weather leave! With this warmer weather, be sure to walk around the exterior of your house. It’s the best time to repair any of the damage winter has so generously left us with. Also, make sure you check your outlets for any discoloration. Discolored outlets mean something could be going on behind your walls. With our CurrentSAFE program we can help give you peace of mind over your homes electrical system. Have you ever considered installing a whole home surge protector inside your homes electrical panel? Typically we put surge protector strips on our tvs and computers, so why not protect our entire house? Did you know you can install outlets that have USB plugs built in? I recently upgraded some of my outlets to these and it is such a genius idea. Now I don’t have to rummage for my plug when needing to charge a device. Have you thought about switching to LED? Going green and switching over to LED could save you some money. Not only are the cost of LED bulbs and fixtures remarkably cheaper than in past years, but they can also save you money on your electric bill! Eaton’s Whole Home Surge Protector saves your home electronics from the damaging effects of electrical surges and are approved by Mike Holmes from HGTV. Protection at this location will reduce surges entering the home to an acceptable level for your homes electronics and appliances. Don’t let those bulky USB adapters, i.e the big box at the end of your iPhone charger, hog your outlet space. Plus, adapter free charging eliminates unsightly clutter – install these USB port outlets today! Since LEDs use only a fraction of the energy of an incandescent light bulb there is a dramatic decrease in power costs. Switching to LED bulbs makes perfect sense – not only are they environmentally friendly, the life expectancy can be up to 10-12 years.

Install USB Outlets

 
Spend less time charging your devices and more time enjoying them!
 
USB charger devices feature a smart chip that recognizes and optimizes the charging power of your electronic devices. Strategically placed USB ports the outlets provide generous room to insert and maneuver charging cords. Plus, adapter-free charging eliminates unsightly clutter contributing to a neat appearance on counter tops, desktops or wherever you choose to charge. Engineered for compatibility with the latest technology, USB charger devices are designed to charge tablets, phones, gaming devices, digital cameras and whatever else you can think of.
 
Call ARC Electric Company today to schedule a technician to come out and replace your old, worn out devices with new USB outlets! 704-821-7005
 
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Fun Electrical Facts

 
Fun Facts about Electricity:
 
Electricity travels at the speed of light – more than 186,000 miles per second!
 
A spark of static electricity can measure up to three thousand (3,000) volts.
 
Electricity always tries to find the easiest path to the ground.
 
Electricity can be made from wind, water, the sun and even animal poop.
 
The first power plant – owned by Thomas Edison – opened in New York City in 1882.
 
Thomas Edison invented more than 2,000 new products, including almost everything needed for us to use electricity in our homes: switches, fuses, sockets and meters.
 
Benjamin Franklin didn’t discover electricity, but he did prove that lightning is a form of electrical energy.

Artist rendering of Pearl Street Station,  first power plant, in 1882.

Artist rendering of Pearl Street Station, first power plant, in 1882.


 
 
 

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Electrical Safety Around the Home

 
Electrical power is a true miracle – it infuses your home, keeps your life running smoothly and illuminates every aspect of your life. However, power has its price – treat your electrical system with respect.
 
* Be alert for problems. Keep a careful eye out for electrical hazards at home. Having a CurrentSAFE EHD test could help you know what is going on behind your walls!
 
* Know your circuit box. Most homes have a central circuit box or breaker panel. This service box controls delivery of power to different areas of the home. At the circuit box, you can cut power to any — or all — areas of the home.
 
* Test GFCIs monthly. Ground fault circuit interrupters, known as GFCIs, are special outlets used in kitchens, bathrooms and utility areas — anywhere water is present. GFCIs have a sensor that detects fluctuations in electrical current; when current surges, they shut down to protect against shock. GFCIs have small colored buttons that permit you to reset a tripped circuit. The red “test” button allows you to test the GFCI. Test GFCIs monthly, and after any thunderstorms, to be sure their protective function continues to work. Replace them if they no longer trip when the “test” button is pressed.

 
 
Prevent shock hazards and system outages by observing these safety rules:
* Use hair dryers safely. Keep hair dryers away from water in sinks and bathtubs.
* Take the right precautions. Unplug appliances before you clean them, and never carry a small appliance by the cord.
* Avoid overloading. Don’t overload outlets with multiple cords, or try to force a plug into an outlet where it won’t fit.
* Avoid extension cord hazards. Don’t run extension cords beneath rugs, under carpets or across doorways.
* Childproof electrical outlets. Install childproof outlet caps on electrical outlets in households with young children.
* Check light bulbs. Make sure that light bulbs have the correct wattage for the lamp in which they’ll be used.

 

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Springing into Electrical Safety (pt 2)

 
Power Lines Safety Tips
 
* Look up before raising a ladder or pole to make sure that it will not come within 10 feet of any power lines.
 
* Use wooden or fiberglass ladders outdoors – metal ladders conduct electricity.

 
 
Downed Power Line Safety Tips
 
*ALWAYS contact the utility company or 911 immediately to report downed power lines. If you see a downed power line, move away from it and anything touching it.
 
* ALWAYS assume fallen power lines are energized.
 
* Never touch a person who is in contact with a downed power line. Call 911 immediately.
 
* Downed power lines can carry an electric current strong enough to cause serious injury or even death.

 
* Be careful not to touch or step in water near where a downed power line is located.
 
* Do not drive over downed power lines.
 

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Springing into Electrical Safety

 
Spring Safety Tips
 
Warmer weather stimulates an increase in outdoor work in many parts of the country, a focus on electrical safety awareness can help ensure these activities do not result in injuries or deaths. Following a few simple safety rules this Spring can help reduce the number of electrical deaths and injuries:
 
* Ladders—even those made of wood—that come into contact with a power line can prove fatal. Keep all ladders at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
 
* Unplug outdoor tools and appliances when not in use.
 
* Inspect power tools and appliances for frayed cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housing; repairing or replacing any damaged items.
 
* Water and electricity do not mix. Avoid damp conditions — including wet grass — when using electricity.
 
* Use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection when working where water is near electricity to protect against electric shock.

 
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