Solar Energy Advancements

Harnessing Solar Power

Solar Panels

Relying on Solar Energy. (Photo Credits)

More and more commercial and residential property owners are considering solar energy for their homes. Apart from the efficiency and energy independence factors, its environmental-friendliness make homeowners dream of going solar someday.

The solar industry after all has a lot to brag about. Electrical Association for instance shared about a solar panel that doubles as glass shingles.

“There have been solar shingles before, but what makes Tesla’s different is they’re incredibly pretty. Compared to those big, bulky, blue ping-pong tables we probably normally think of, these are downright artistic. Musk hopes by making the panels visually attractive, they’ll entice more homeowners to add them to their roofs. They showed off four different types of tiles: terra cotta, slate, textured glass, and smooth glass. They work like thousands of little solar panels all hooked together.”

Check out the photos here.

Surpassing barriers

The Media Agency The Independent shared that in the United Kingdom, Solar Energy is becoming more and more prevalent. Electrician     

“James Court, head of policy at the Renewable Energy Association, said: ‘Solar overtaking coal this summer would have been largely unthinkable five years ago. This new data shows its popularity amongst homeowners and businesses and its falling costs. Now that we have a significant global and domestic industry, solar is one of the cheapest forms of power. Government policy stability is critical, however. Solar PV deployment in August 2016 was one third of what it was in August 2015 due to the sudden and severe changes to policy in the past year.’”

Read the whole article here.

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Despite the advances in harnessing solar energy and getting it mainstream, there still are sectors that are apprehensive about this technology.

Huffington Post reported about the rejection of a Solar Farm that is seen as potentially carcinogenic by residents in the community.

“A town council in North Carolina rejected plans to rezone land for a solar farm after residents voiced fears it would cause cancer, stop plants from growing and suck up all the energy from the sun. Two citizens reportedly made the allegations at a Woodland Town Council meeting in Northampton County, northeastern North Carolina, on Wednesday.”

Read the rest of the report here.

Electricians can help in installing solar panels for property owners interested in harnessing solar power for their homes.

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Electrician Skills that Point to Electrical Expertise

How to Spot an Expert


Want to hire an expert electrician? (Photo Credits)

Spotting an expert electrician is not easy. Some contractors may look the part but may render unsatisfactory work. Others may not look as professional as they should be but remain reliable and trustrworthy.

How can a property owner find that right balance? Hire a great one that can do a good job, and ensure the safety of his family and property?

British Website The Best of Telford and Wrekin gave a list of qualities to observe and watch out for. Electrical Association

“Honesty – a good electrician will be honest and work within their price estimate. Qualified – they should be well educated and know the job inside should problems arise. Clear, practical thinking – the ability to work under pressure and in difficult conditions is essential. Good communication skills – for certain jobs, an electrician will need to work well as part of a team and have the ability to communicate with other tradesmen and most importantly, their customers.”

Check out the rest of the list here.

Expertise, Training and Credentials

Pro-Referral underscored the importance of hiring a heavily experienced and licensed electrician.

“Because electricity can be dangerous, it’s essential to work with a qualified electrician to ensure the safety and proper function of your home’s electrical system. A good electrician will be able to meet current needs by troubleshooting problems and planning new installations, but will also anticipate future requirements and suggest appropriate upgrades and expansion. Moreover, a great electrician will know how installing power saving electrical appliances or replacing old units can improve energy efficiency in your home.”

Read the rest of their explanation here.

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The Website Quality Electrical for its part emphasized that an expert electrician values his work appropriately.

“It’s a good idea to get at least three quotes for a job and compare which would provide the best service. A good electrician will happily provide a quote – but remember, the best one may not always be the cheapest!”

Read the whole post here.

A great way to hire an electrician is to scout for references from friends and neighbors.

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Paint it Black: One Couple’s Journey to Minimalism

Rendering of Vandervort 2270

David Vandervort is one of eight architects participating in the Lindal Architects Collaborative, which provides clients with a diverse portfolio of extraordinary designs. “I feel privileged to be a part of it,” says Vandervort. “I’ve known of Lindal since my youth. To connect to that was very interesting, and it also propelled us into a new way of building.” Vandervort 2270, whose rendering is shown above, is so named for its square footage.

When a married tax attorney and retired nurse began scouting properties for the future, they turned to the Pacific Northwest, the husband’s childhood home, for its promise of exquisite natural beauty, privacy, and safety. In 2006, they purchased an 11-acre parcel on the San Juan Islands in Washington and spent years envisioning the home that would sprout up among the hemlock, cedar, and Douglas fir trees texturing the mountainside.

The couple perused designs from Seattle-based Lindal Cedar Homes and zeroed in on Vandervort 2270, a plan created by David Vandervort Architects for the Lindal Architects Collaborative. The farmhouse form features a pitched roof, expansive glass walls, and an exterior encased in steel. Currently under construction, the minimalist structure is a far cry from the 6,000-square-foot Tuscan-style mansion in Orange County where the two currently reside. “We’ve come to the point where less is more,” says the husband. With over 70 years of experience in systems-built housing and over 50,000 homes completed, Lindal Cedar Homes has allowed the couple to choose and customize a prefab that suits their evolving lifestyle while providing professional expertise every step of the way.

In a further departure from their Southern California dwelling, the homeowners wanted to avoid earth tones. The initial design called for gray steel cladding and log poles of Douglas fir or spruce. In meetings with the architect David Vandervort and associate architect Mike Butrim, the couple proposed black steel posts—followed by an even bolder idea. The husband recalls, “When we were finalizing the design, we said, ‘Don’t think we’re crazy, but what if the house was black?’ Mike was doing backflips because that was his original idea. It simplified the color scheme for us.”

With black steel poles and cladding, stainless steel railings, dark stained cedar, and black basalt covering the concrete foundation, the structure employs a modernist palette that helps it blend into the natural surroundings instead of dominating the site. Brazilian slate tile flooring extends from the indoors to the outdoors, unifying the two spaces. The homeowners also changed the arrangement of windows and doors to suit their needs. The collaborative effort amongst client, architect, the builder Woodsong, and Lindal Cedar Homes ensured that the residence would be a true expression of the owners and the site.

Due to its flexible systems, Lindal Cedar Homes allows each project to correspond with site topography for lessened environmental impact and maximized views. From its perch in the San Juan Islands, the building looks out at the snowcapped peaks of the Cascades and Mount Baker as well as the waters of the Puget Sound. For the homeowners, the virtuosity of Lindal Cedar Homes has prompted a deep appreciation of their future abode, both inside and out. “My favorite part is standing in the middle of the home and looking out at the trees and water,” says the wife. “It brings the outdoors in.” The husband takes a different perspective, focusing on “the stone and stainless steel and clear cedar siding. It’s that combined image and shape that’s the most exciting.” From either viewpoint, it will be a welcome change of pace and a bucolic home port for new adventures.

Modern Ceiling Fans

Function and Design

New ceiling fan installed! #justplumcrazy

Accentuate and Refresh with Modern Ceiling Fans. (Photo Credits)

Ceiling fans are usually used to air a certain part of a home. Modern fans however are installed by electricians not just for its function, but also for the design. for instance featured ultra-modern ceiling fan designs that will definitely become a conversation piece when installed in the living room.

“This fan has the look of a traditional portable box fan but it’s ceiling mounted. It features more powerful air circulation than a standard fan, so it’s great for a space that really needs some extra help when it comes to the cooling off factor. Again, this one would work well on its own or lined up on the ceiling with several units.”

Check this particular fan here.

Clean Lines

Design Milk meantime featured Minimalist fans that will add a minimalist charm to any room. Electrical Association      

“I have a Ball Ceiling Fan in every bedroom in my house, in addition to our family room. I think this is one of the most well-designed, good-looking modern fans on the market. It comes with an optional light, is available in a few different finishes, and it was easy to install (kudos to Mr. Design Milk for installing them all!). So this one is tried, tested and true.”

Take a look at it here.

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Trendir for its part shared photos and features of ceiling fans that are not just hip and modern, but are also definitely a breath of fresh air.

“The Bianca Directional Collection (above and below), from Matthew’s Fan Company, are the perfect fan to fit into those tiny spaces that are so difficult to decorate. They can also be placed directly in front of air vents, to maximize hot or cold air flow. And there’s one more thing – they’re also available in the same crazy metallic colors as the Ar Ruthiane Collection above. Be sure to visit Matthew’s Fan Company website to see all of the available colors.”

Here are the photos.

Ceiling fan installation should be done by a licensed electrician contractor.

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Installing Patio Lights

Bright and Beautiful Patios

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Patio Lighting Ideas. (Photo Credits)

Patio Lights lend more beauty to an otherwise darkened patio once the sun sets. Electrical Association 

Professional installation of patio lights is of course needed to carry out a wonderful and safe patio area that a homeowner can relax in at the end of a long and tiring day.

The website Home Design Etc shared stunning Patio lighting ideas any homeowner will want to carry out in his home.

“Like it or not, lighting can make or break any patio or outdoor area. After all, often times, lighting is one of the biggest things you can do in order to give your patio atmosphere and functionality. Who wants to sit outside in the dark?”

Check out the stunning design ideas here.

For the Small Patio

The website Real Simple also shared some Patio Light Ideas for homeowners with Patios that are not so big. Electrician

“You don’t want to leave yourself (or your guests) in the dark. ‘I’ve always loved table lamps on porches,’ says interior designer Dana Gibson. ‘Even on a small porch, a table lamp adds ambience and makes the space at night even more magical and cozy.’ If you don’t have a spot to place a lamp, you can also opt for outdoor string lights, which still lend a dreamy effect and create the perfect atmosphere for enjoying that summer nighttime air.”

Take a look at the sample photos here.

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The website Plant Care Today meantime offered some patio lighting ideas for homeowners who want to enjoy eating out in the area.

“For the most pleasing effect possible, the light should originate from overhead and be soft and flattering, free from objectionable glare and bright spots. Here, too, the use of spill light and reflected light can provide most of the necessary background area lighting. More light, however, is needed on the table itself (10 to 20 foot-candles). There are many satisfactory ways of accomplishing this. If the table is to be under or near a roof or overhang, try using overhead floodlights in the same manner as described for general terrace lighting. These should be at least 5 feet or more above the table in housings to eliminate glare.”

Read about it here.

When installing patio lights it will be best to seek professional help to ensure safety and correctness of the whole installation.

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Scenic Lighthouses

Lighting up the coastlines


The Beauty of Lighthouses. (Photo Credits)

Lighthouses have a distinct charm that enamors whoever passes by and sees them. More often than not, it goes beyond its purpose of illuminating a coastline and being a watchtower, as most lighthouses become a landmark in the community where it is situated. Electrical Association              

The Website Only In Your State for instance featured the amazingly beautiful lighthouses of Michigan.

“Some say that the Midwest is landlocked and void of the picturesque beaches that make the coasts beautiful. Those who say that obviously have never been to Michigan. Not only do we have some of the best fresh-water beaches in the country, but we also are home to some of the best shoreline structures around. Specifically, Michigan has the most lighthouses of any state in the country, thanks to the state’s early days as a major water passage”

Check out the photos here.

Historic and Beautiful

One of the most famous lighthouses in the history is the Lighthouse of Alexandria.The website 1001 Inventions held the spotlight on it in one of its posts.  Electrician 

“The lighthouse was constructed in the 3rd century BCE during the reigns of Ptolemy I (Soter) and his son Ptolemy II (Philadelphus). It has been said that it was seriously impaired by number of natural disasters between 10th and 14th Century, eventually collapsed completely and last of it remains castoff in the construction of the Citadel of Qaitbay (Kait Bey) dated back to late 15th Century. It lasted for a long time as one of the ancient wonders, alongside with the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the present Great Pyramid of Giza. There are very different opinions on the height of the lighthouse (as seen on the figure below). Because of different views, its size varies dramatically; to an extent the number roughly changes between 100 and 200 meters high.”

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The website Ohio Beautiful meantime shared pictures of lighthouses in their state that are just post-card worthy.

“It’s one of Ohio’s best kept secrets: our state has some of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at these ten jaw-dropping images of historic lighthouses that sit along the shores of Lake Erie right here in the Buckeye State. For centuries, Ohio has been an important destination for ships travelling the Great Lakes, and our gorgeous lighthouses pay tribute to that important history. Many of the Ohio lighthouses on this list are no longer operational, but they’re all still breathtakingly beautiful.”

Take a look at the photos here.

Have you ever been to a lighthouse?

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A Glass House on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

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Architect and photographer Jake Magnus captured this shot of the Noosa Valley House in the early morning light. Located in Queensland, Australia, the residence was created by Sarah Waller Design, an architectural studio that’s based in the Queensland suburb of Doonan. The glass pavilion–style home was designed for Sarah Waller and her family and sits on top of a polished concrete slab. Inspired by the midcentury era, it looks out to the Noosa Valley golf course.

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