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Rising Real Estate Market Fuels Vintage Home Remodels

DEC is seeing a sharp rise in electrical home electrical inspections and rewire requests
for homes built between 1900 and the 1950’s. These home have tremendous character and
appeal to homebuyers looking to preserve these well-built treasures from the past.

Typical needs for these homes starts at the fuse box. Yes, that is right, there are still home with screw-in fuses instead of
modern breakers. There may be nothing wrong with the fuse boxes per-se, but there are just too few branch circuits for a
modern home, and adding more fuses does not make sense. When modern breaker panels typically hold 20-40 branch
circuit breakers.

Then we generally move onto the wiring. The oldest homes typically have “knob & tube wiring”, where
exposed wires run between glass knobs in the attic. This shortcoming is generally realized when homeowners
desire to insulate the attic, and are faced with the possibility of burying the exposed conductors. This is not a
good idea. The knob and tube wiring is replaced with modern romex wire cables.

Insulation on old wiring is often rated for lower temperature operation. Modern light fixtures require higher temperature
in the feed wires. Simply installing a new fixture can create a dangerous hot spot inside the fixture.

Two-wire systems are missing the all-important ground wire. Occupants of the old homes must constantly defeat the three wire
power cords by using a 3-wire to 2-wire adapters.

The modern features like ground fault detectors (GFCI) and arc-fault breakers often cannot be added to old home wiring.

Homes built in the 60’s and 70’s often contain aluminum wiring. Aluminum wires are fine, until they come in contact with copper wires or fittings.
Hot spots often develop in outlets and light fixtures. Homeowners will often choose a “re-splice”, that adds copper terminating wires to prevent aluminum wire from
contacting the fixtures.

Modern home wiring is well labeled, and includes sufficient outlets and light switches to support large
room design and modern appliances. GFCI’s outlets are placed in kitchen, bathroom and outside outlets.
All breakers include arc-fault protection in order to trip in the presence of a sparking short.

Upgrading home wiring is a certain way to improve home livability, and increase home value.

California’s New Solar Panel Requirements

Recently, California has passed legislation that will require new homes in the state to have solar panels installed on the building. The legislation also includes an incentive for people to add a battery to their home so that the sun’s energy can be stored after it is produced.

It is projected to save homeowners a large amount of money on energy bills over the course of a typical 30-year mortgage. It’s also predicted that adding solar panels to your home will increase its value. California has been battling extreme weather events in the past few years. Solar panels will allow for residents who may be affected by power outages to have access to power.

California has often started trends with the environmental policies that are implemented. The state now has the objective of obtaining all of its electricity from renewable energy sources. This new legislation will also go a long way toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The new regulations will help the state with its main goal of achieving its carbon-neutral energy status.

Solar Panel Installation

If you are looking to add solar panels to your building, you need to rely on an experienced team. There are many benefits to adding solar panels so you can become energy independent. It is an investment that will pay for itself over the years.

If you want to learn more about our solar panel installation or upgrade services, give us a call. Our team here at Dollens Electric has been serving the San Jose, CA area for many years. Contact us to schedule our services.

Benefits of Solar Panels & Solar Energy

Did you know that the amount of energy the sun provides the earth within just one hour could meet global energy needs for one year? The sun is an extremely powerful energy source which we are only able to collect a fraction of. Even though we can only collect a fraction of this power, harnessing it by installing solar panels can make a significant difference to the planet.

Why Install Solar Panels?

Save on Energy Bills

Since some of your energy needs will be met by the solar energy system, you will see a reduction in your energy bills. How much you save on your bill will be dependent on the size of the solar energy system and your electricity/heat usage.

Low Maintenance Costs

Solar energy systems do not require a lot of maintenance. They need to be kept relatively clean but there are no moving parts, so there is no wear and tear. The inverter is usually the only part that needs to be changed after 5-10 years because it is continuously working to convert solar energy into electricity and heat.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Solar power is a 100% clean, renewable energy source. It reduces reliance on oil, coal, and natural gas for electricity production. We cannot run out of solar energy, unlike some of the other sources of energy. You can go a long way in lowering your carbon footprint by replacing utility power with clean electricity from solar panels.

Increases Your Home Value

Solar panels will increase the attractiveness of your property. Since solar panels translate into lower energy costs, your property would stand out when compared to similar homes or businesses in the same area.

Other Benefits of Solar Energy

  • It is a renewable source
  • It is inexhaustible
  • It is non-polluting
  • It helps avoid global warming
  • It reduces the use of fossil fuels
  • It reduces energy imports
  • It generates local wealth and jobs
  • It contributes to sustainable development

For more information on solar panels, we invite you to reach out to our team. We install solar panels and provide a variety of solar solutions to residents and businesses in San Jose, CA.

Wildfires Likely to Cause Hike In PG&E Electricity Rates

According to a recent article written by the SF Chronicle, by J.D. Morris, it is very probable that PG&E will be held responsible for the costs of recent wildfires, if their equipment is found responsible. This cost will be passed down to their rate-paying customers. Rates will skyrocket up by 50%, doubling the bills of the average PG&E customer. There has never been a better time to make sure that you are doing everything possible to protect yourself from this rate-hike from using energy efficient appliances, LED lighting upgrades and programming smart timers to ensure electric cars are charging at the cheaper off-peak time intervals.

In the past couple of years, wildfires have devastated the State of California. The impact of those fires is spreading beyond those that were directly affected. People who have been devastated by the loss of their home, vehicles and all of their belongings. Many have even lost their lives or the lives of loved ones.

In January, PG&E sought after bankruptcy protection as they were facing more than $30 billion in wildfire liabilities. Steven Weissman, who is a lecturer at UC Berkley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, who has worked for many years at the California Utilities Commission recently wrote an analysis of the situation for Gov. Gavin Newsom. In this analysis, he reported that the cost to the average electric customer will be doubled in just one year.
Silicon Valley and our innovation economy are also at stake. The power needed to operate headquarters, call centers, server farms, and much more are going to be prone to looking for cheaper alternatives in other states. These businesses could leave the state and this is a big threat to our state’s economy and just yet another effect of the fires that could last long into the future.

Electric car costs are on the decline and becoming more attainable for the average consumer in the state. That being said, there really is no better time to make the switch to alternative, clean energy.

Dollens Electric is one of San Jose’s top electric companies with almost 20 years of experience, great reviews and we are even Diamond Certified for 9 years in a row. We have professional, friendly electricians that can help you get your smart chargers for electric vehicles installed quickly and efficiently. They can also help with a wide variety of things to make your home and office more energy friendly and efficient. Book online or give us a call and we’ll be glad to help you and to help California overcome the obstacles that have been presented by these fires and an ever-growing dependence on planet-warming emissions from cars and buildings. We can help also help you save a lot of money in the process.

PG&E – Increasing Rates & The Benefits of Going Solar

Light Fixture Installation

Solar energy is the future of energy. The natural light from the sun is all it takes to get convenient and consistent electricity. Companies like the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, one of the largest electrical energy and natural gas companies in the United States of America, have been more heavily scrutinized recently due to higher rates and also bad publicity.

According to reports, all customers will be billed an average of 5.6% more starting January 1st, 2018. The price has been increasing from an average of $131.66 per person in 2015 to $157.80 in 2016. The current 2017 average bill is about $165.10. While these increases might be good for the company, consumers are having to dig a little deeper into their pockets each time a change is announced, which obviously isn’t exactly what they would like to do.

This increase in bills each year causes a growing number of people to consider Solar Electricity as a alternative source of energy for their homes, businesses and more. Dollens Electric has risen to the occasion, becoming one of San Jose’s best solar panel and solar installation companies in the Bay Area.

When gas and electricity bills start increasing on January 1st, rest assured, more and more people will start considering some of the facts.

Why Solar Energy?

  1. It is eco-friendly.
  2. It is a renewable source of energy. The sun is around for a billion more years so the solar energy is here to stay for awhile.
  3. It is abundant and renewable.
  4. A single house can have a solar panel rather than the old-fashioned network that requires each resident to have.
  5. Low electricity cost.
  6. Low maintenance costs.
  7. Incentives and Rebates available for people going solar.

The decision is yours to make. You can opt to look past the increasing rates and keep spending more and more to cover the rate hikes, or you can call Dollens Electric today start saving today!