Electrical Service Philosophy
At Persons to Person Electric, we are dedicated to providing exceptional residential and commercial electrical service. Our installations focus on electrical safety and energy saving options that will benefit our customers. We do not cut corners or bypass city codes. Instead we work with clients and the city to ensure that the client's needs are met while meeting the electrical safety codes of the city.
Residential Electrical Products
We are constantly looking for new electrical products which provide convenience, improved safety and savings to our customers. EnergyStar appliances, Solar Power, and other environmental friendly electrical products are encouraged in our residential installations. We also encourage hard wired fire alarm installations in residential settings.
Commercial Electrical Service
For our corporate customers, we like to install divided lights sets which enable staff to only turn on lights in the area in which they work. Many times this is overlooked during the installation of comercial electrical service. This electrical installation is a significant cost saving measure for businesses.
In addition, we encourage backup lighting systems which increase safety by providing adequate lighting during a power outage.
The National Electric Code ( NEC ) Key Provisions:
The National Electrical Code includes hundreds of provisions including these for electrical receptacles in homes.
- Receptacle outlets for most rooms in a home are required so that no point in a wall space (measured along the floor line) is more than six feet from a receptacle outlet. This requirement helps to minimize this need for extension cords.
- A receptacle outlet is required outdoors at grade level at the front and back of each one-family dwelling and each unit of a two-family dwelling. (These receptacles must have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection.)
- A receptacle outlet is required for the laundry in each dwelling unit. An additional receptacle outlet is required for each one-family dwelling in each basement, attached garage, and detached garage with electric power. (Receptacles installed in garages and unfinished basements must have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection.)
- Dwelling units are required to have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for receptacles installed outdoors, and for receptacles in bathrooms, garages, unfinished accessory buildings, crawl spaces, unfinished basements, and for receptacles installed to serve kitchen countertops, and for receptacles installed to serve wet bar counter tops if within 6 ft of the sink.
- Ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection is generally required for swimming pool, fountain, spa and hot tub, and hydromassage bathtub installations. Refer to the Code for specific requirements. Use of NFPA 70 The National Electrical Code is adopted and enforced in all 50 states in the United States. It is also the basis for electrical codes in several other countries.
Common Questions About Electrical Service
Q: What residential electrical improvements can I make to lower my monthly electrical bill?
- Install ceiling fans instead of using window air conditioners.
- Replace your old appliances with new EnergyStar models - check with your power company as they often offer rebates for customers who install EnergyStar appliances.
- Replace your hot water heater with a new tankless, on demand hot water heaters. Tankless hot water heaters are the most energy efficient saving you up to 76% on your water heating bill.
Q: How affective are solar panels and are they worth the cost?
For a household with a typical monthly electric bill of $200, you can expect your monthly electric bill to be about $16 after solar panels have been installed. The up front cost of installing solar panels will be around $30,000. The government offers rebates which will shave a few thousand dollars off the initial cost. Solar panels will also add value to your home and are an excellent selling feature.
Q: I just bought a hot tub, how much will it cost to have the electrical run to the hot tub?
In most cases, a dedicated line will need to be installed to run to the hot tub. State code requires that an exterior power outlet and adequate lighting also be installed. The cost for hooking up the electrical power for the hot tub will vary depending upon how far away the hot tub is from the main power box and if underground wiring will need to be installed. A typical installation costs $1200.