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  • “Smart” Meters Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

    Electrical, Insulation and Energy Conservation January 12, 2012 admin

    Rick Tempchin Executive Director, Retail Energy Services Edison Electric Institute Electric utilities are replacing analog meters with digital “smart” meters across the country, creating improvements in monitoring usage and enabling a two-way communication link between utilities and consumer homes. The old familiar meter, requiring a meter reader to measure a home’s electricity use every month, is being phased out.  A […]

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  • What is Cat 6 Wiring?

    DIY Questions and Answer, Electrical April 12, 2010 admin

    Q: What is Cat 6 wiring?   A: Whereas you’re probably familiar with Cat-5 wiring, which is used for cable television among many other things, augmented Category 6 copper wiring, commonly referred to as Cat-6a, is its big brother. Cat-6a wiring was once preferred for commercial office environments but is now being implemented more and more for residential use. Cat-6a […]

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  • Installing a Ceiling Fan

    Electrical, Punch! August 3, 2009 admin

              Ceiling fans are both functional and decorative. They are particularly useful in the summer, since they effectively reduce energy usage while creating a cool breeze. They can also be used in the winter to gently pull heated air away from the ceiling where it tends to collect. Light kits can be added to increase the […]

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  • Split-circuit Receptacles

    Electrical April 6, 2009 admin

    A split-circuit receptacle, as the name suggests, has a different power source for each plug-in outlet. You can identify a split-circuit receptacle because the connecting tab will be broken on the hot side and different hot wires connect to each hot terminal. Stop! Always turn off power to the circuits you are working on—and remember that there are two circuits […]

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