Helping You Maintain You Home
At NEI Electric, we are devoted to our mission of providing prompt and courteous electrical services to all of our customers. From one-hour service calls to large-scale, multi-million dollar projects, we are here to help you.
These resources will help you save money and maintain your home safely through the seasons.
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Lighting Rebates, Invest in the Future
In 2012, there are a variety of homeowner and business lighting rebates available. Homeowner rebates range from reimbursement on compact fluorescent and LED lamps to low interest loans for energy efficient home upgrades. Businesses have an even greater range of available rebates such as lighting retrofit packages and new construcion discounts.
The most overwhelming part of the rebate process is getting started. Rebate information is available on your local utility company's website. They also offer energy use and tax deduction calculators.
NEI Electric would be happy to assist you in finding the right information for your facility. NEI has built a strong relationship with local lighting vendors in which we partner to provide detailed lighting quotes. We can identify specific rebate options, compare programs and include initial as well as forecasted savings.
In today’s volatile energy market, alternative energy sources have become practical and necessary, moving alternative energy production high on the priority list. There are many factors creating the demand for renewable energy, such as the nations overloaded and aging infrastructures and the decline in oil production.
The recent BP Macondo Oil Well disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and the possibility of reaching peak oil production mean the laws of supply and demand will force the prices of oil even higher. The threat of gas reaching $4.00 per gallon by the end of summer and with the demand of the buying public, the auto manufacturers have finally been encouraged to start producing energy efficient cars. Some of these vehicles are designed to run on electricity alone and when they hit the market they will need a source to charge them. What better way to charge a “green car” than with “green energy”!
Summer Energy Savings...
Did you know the average homeowner spends about $1,900 a year on energy costs? And, as we have witnessed, the weather across our country this summer has been extreme. Record-breaking temperatures and humidity levels have affected many of us and most would rather spend our hard-earned money on our favorite summer activities than our energy bills.
Summertime in the Midwest leads to wonderful, warm and sunny days; we all love to forget the chill of winter and get to the great outdoors. We spend more time outside doing home improvement projects or relaxing in our favorite type of outdoor recreational activity. However, as construction workers know so well, some have to work on those hot and humid days when extreme heat could pose hazards to their safety and health. Individuals needing to work or play outside in hot weather or inside in a hot environment, need to take special precautions to protect themselves from the possibility of over-heating their body.
At NEI Electric we focus on safety and our .70 work comp experience mod illustrates how we operate a safe company. We believe in planning for the prevention of accidents and the resulting injuries by using education, training, evaluation and by having the right tools and equipment for the job.
Thousands of injuries occur each year from the improper use of one of the most common tools found on every construction project and in every warehouse, shop or garage – the ladder. Here are some helpful tips for limiting your risk of injury when you use a ladder.
Preparing for the Change of Seasons
Most people in the Midwest thoroughly enjoy autumn with its warm, sunny days and cool evenings. It is a time that family routines are re-established, outdoor enthusiasts are in their glory and there are sports and events to keep everyone entertained. The beauty of fall is spectacular with the brilliant hues of the changing leaves, the deepening blues of the lakes & rivers as well as the colors and smells of the fall harvest. A beautiful and wonderful time of year!
However, we all know that winter is just around the corner. Preparing ourselves, our homes or facilities and our vehicles in advance of the cold weather will help us survive the inevitable and maybe help us enjoy winter more. NEI Electric can help you with some of those preparations: updating exterior lighting for safety, adding GFCI circuits for exterior holiday lights, installing hard-wired smoke & CO2 detectors to meet new laws and especially for your safety, wiring for emergency generators, adding electric heat or programmable thermostats, helping with your fall remodeling projects, the list goes on….
Winter is a beautiful time of the year but can turn dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. By practicing safe winter driving habits such as planning ahead, watching your speed, staying alert and wearing seat belts you increase your chances of reaching the destination safely.
Installing Holiday Lights
One of the most important things to do before starting your holiday lights set up is to identify a safe and suitable electrical source. Verify the electrical circuit you plan to use will not be overloaded and the exterior receptacles are ground fault protected (GFI). The use of overloaded circuits and old, frayed light sets are the cause of many house fires and personal injuries during the holidays.
In the United States, over 3.5 million residents lose power each week according to a study from the Electric Power Research Institute. Most items in your home are powered by electricity; think of how inconvenient a power outage would be if it were to last hours or even days.
Electricity + Water = Danger
After what seemed like a very long winter to many of us, spring is finally coming to the upper Midwest. We now change our focus from snow, ice and cold temperatures to our beautiful spring weather which may also bring the threat of severe weather.