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A Recent Solar Installation Done by Current Electric

A recent solar installation done by Current Electric in Pewaukee was highlighted in the Journal Sentinel on October 31st! Chris Lueth, an American Family Insurance agent located in downtown Pewaukee, is one of the first businesses in the area to go solar. He added the panels to his office building in order to reduce his carbon footprint and save on electricity costs.

On this particular solar installation, Current Electric installed 38 panels. These will produce more than 11.4 kilowatts of power – enough to generate electricity to power the entire building located on 112 Main St!

Here’s what Chris said about his decision to choose Current Electric: “Kudos to the contractor, Current Electric. I had bid out for proposals, and I liked how they have a solar division. They seemed very well-organized and they basically took care of the whole process.”

Check out the full article here!

How Can Going Solar Benefit You?

There are numerous advantages to having solar panels installed on your Southeastern Wisconsin home. As one of the few home improvement investments that can fully pay you back in as little as five to ten years, we believe that going solar is 100% worth it. A solar installation done by Current Electric will give you:

  • Reduced Energy Costs. After installation, your solar panels will serve as a source of electricity for your home. With a decent amount of sunlight, the panels are able to do their magic and offset your energy costs.
  • Increased Resale Value. A solar installation on your home or business is a major selling point. If you’re looking to sell down the road, going solar will only make the process easier for you.

A solar installation is one of the safest investments you can make! As the cost of electricity rises, the investment only gets more beneficial.

Current Electric is proud to supply Southeastern Wisconsin with solar installation. If you’re interested in going solar, why wait? Call Current Electric today to get started!

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Visit Current Electric at the NARI Milwaukee Home & Remodeling Show This Weekend!

Do you have a home improvement project in mind? Are you looking for experienced, proven, and local contractors? Please join Current Electric at the NARI Milwaukee Home & Remodeling Show! It takes place October 12th-14th at the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park.

Whether you need a new furnace, you’re remodeling, or you need to furnish your home, the NARI Milwaukee Home & Remodeling Show has everything that you need. You will have the opportunity to meet with over 100 home improvement and remodeling experts who are members of NARI Milwaukee. They have the highest code of ethics throughout the industry and pledge their honesty, integrity, and responsibility. If you’re looking to have a conversion with reliable contractors who take pride in every job they do, come to the show!

Current Electric is a team of master electricians who are always striving to service the greater Milwaukee area with superior service, exactly when it’s needed. The team is dedicated first and foremost to superior service, design, and functionality, but it’s also important to be enthusiastic about each individual job. We offer a wide range of electrical services, generators, solar, and new construction wiring.  Whatever your home needs may be, we can help.

The professionals from Current Electric are ready to talk with you about any concerns or ideas that you may have for your home. If you’re looking for ideas, or to get inspired, this is the perfect place for you. Current Electric will be in booth 312 right near the Home Solutions Stage. We can’t wait to see you!

If you are looking for more information about the NARI Milwaukee Home & Remodeling Show, check out the full exhibitor list and the daily schedule!

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Current Electric – A 2018 Top Solar Contractor!

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Current Electric is proud to announce that we have been recognized as a 2018 Top Solar Contractor! Last year, in the United States alone, more than 10,600 megawatts of solar power were installed. Current Electric has been recognized as a contributor to the industry by Solar Power World. Only 450 solar companies made the list, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it!

Produced annually, the Top Solar Contractors list sheds light on the solar work that has been done throughout the country. The list celebrates the achievements of U.S. solar developers, subcontractors, and installers within the utility, commercial, and residential markets. Contractors are ranked by kilowatts installed the previous year.

We are a licensed, insured, bonded, and NABCEP certified solar installer. We have over a decade of experience with solar energy installations in Wisconsin. We have worked with a wide variety of properties, including residential, commercial, industrial, manufacturing, churches, education, agricultural, and non-profit.

We believe that it’s our approach that sets us apart: We believe in the “consultative sales” method. We find that our customers who chose to invest in solar energy do so for different reasons, whether it be environmental, financial, ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ or a combination thereof. We understand the investment is substantial, so we never push our customers to make a rushed decision. Our goal is to provide you with all the information about solar energy and to answer all your questions.

This year, we ranked #232 Overall Nationwide. We are up 52 spots from #284 last year! Current Electric is ranked #4 in Wisconsin. We are proud of these rankings and our ability to serve so many in Wisconsin.

We believe that solar power is the way to go – it’s good for the environment and it’s one of the few investments that you can make in your home that pays itself off in under 10 years. We offer a range of solar systems that will:

  • Reduce your energy costs
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Increase your property value
  • Add revenue
  • Serve as a beneficial investment for the future of your home.

We are proud to be recognized as a 2018 Top Solar Contractor, and we look forward to continuing our solar services and installations throughout the entire state of Wisconsin!

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Celebrate Earth Day With Solar Panel Installation

The first Earth Day took place on April 22nd, 1970 with the goal of a world-wide, deeper appreciation for our planet. Each year, 180 countries around the world celebrate this day to reflect on the environment and find solutions to help make it healthier.

Here at Current Electric, we want to do our part in keeping our planet safe and strong for generations to come. Therefore, we offer solar energy alternatives for your home or business. Not only is it good for the environment, it’s good for your wallet as well. Solar technology is a green power alternative that saves you money.

Even though it’s so beneficial, many people are still on the fence about making the switch to solar energy. We believe that solar energy is the way to go, so to help put your mind at ease, we’re here to show you all the ways that making the switch can benefit you!

Benefits of Going Solar

Soon after you have solar panels installed on the roof of your home or business, you’ll start to notice the benefits. If you’re wondering whether the investment is worth it, you’ll be happy to know that your new solar roof can pay you back, in full, in as little as five five to ten years! How many investments in your home can pay for themselves? With a new installation done by Current Electric, you’ll have:

  • Reduced energy costs. Solar power keeps your money where it should be – in your wallet. After installation, you will literally be making your own electricity and lowering your electricity bills. Even if you partially offset your electric consumption, you’ll still see significant savings.
  • Increased property value. Panels add instant property value to your home or business. Because they’re energy efficient and save on bills, it’s a major selling point. New research by the Department of Energy suggests that buyers were willing to pay a premium of $15,000 for a home with solar versus a similar home without!
  • Investment. People have a wide range of ways to invest their money, but solar technology is one of the safest. Solar energy is predictable, and as electric rates rise, the investment becomes more and more beneficial.

Is Your Home Suitable for Solar?

Contrary to popular belief, a good amount of homes are suitable candidates for solar. Unless your home is completely surrounded by trees, there’s a good chance that a system can be installed. There are four major factors that come into play when deciding if your home is compatible: roof space, roof orientation, roof slope, and shading. If your home meets the requirements, you’re good to go!

If you’re wondering how you can help the planet this Earth Day, consider a solar installation on your home. If you’re still unconvinced, give us a call! We would be happy to answer and questions you may have. Current Electric will help you every step of the way!

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A Light Bulb Guide

Our field Superheroes hear it all the time from our clients: Buying light bulbs is more difficult and frustrating now than it has ever been before, and we agree. If you’ve ever stood in the light bulb aisle at your local hardware store with a deer-in-headlights stare, you are not alone. Between the constantly-changing technology, industry lingo, and government regulations, you might be tempted to switch back to candles and lanterns, but we are here to try and make sense of the most confusing aisle in the store so the next time you need to replace your bulbs, you can find what you need quickly and confidently.

There are 4 major types of light bulbs you will find in a variety of shapes and sizes. The first step in choosing your bulb is to figure out which type you want, and each type has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Incandescent

Incandescent bulbs are the oldest form of electric lighting. When you imagine somebody having a “lightbulb moment,” the bulb you picture above their head is probably an incandescent bulb. A glass bulb, either clear or frosted, contains a tiny, highly resistive wire called a filament, and when electricity runs through that wire, it creates so much heat that it glows brightly, giving off the light you see.

Incandescent bulbs are known for producing true-to-life color, they are affordable, and they create an ambiance that is warm and inviting when the brightness is toned down by a dimmer switch. However, these bulbs are prone to burning out quickly, they use a lot of electricity, and they produce a lot of heat. They are so inefficient that governments around the world are outlawing incandescent bulbs to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing our energy consumption.

Halogen

Incandescent bulbs have a number of issues that halogen bulbs address. For one, they are more efficient (not much more), which is why when you want to buy a regular light bulb, let’s say you need a 60-watt bulb, the closest thing you will find will be a 43-watt halogen. The light output will be the same (measured in “lumens”), but the electricity needed to power the bulb is reduced.

Halogen bulbs also use a filament, so they produce a clean and true color of light, and they dim beautifully. Halogen light bulbs can also be made in a smaller format, some bulbs as tiny as the tip of your pinky, so they are commonly used in specialty fixtures where space is a concern. They also tend to last significantly longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Halogen bulbs are extremely hot when they are turned on – so hot, in fact, that you can’t even touch the small, fingertip-size bulbs because the oils from your skin can create hot-spots where the glass will actually melt and can explode. They are also not the most efficient bulbs available, only about 25-30% less energy than incandescent.

Fluorescent / CFL

A lot of our clients call these light bulbs the “Curly-Q” style – We call them Compact Fluorescent or CFL. Fluorescent bulbs also come in other shapes like straight tubes and U-shaped tubes. These bulbs contain a type of phosphorous gas that glows when electricity is applied to it. There is no filament that can burn out, so these bulbs last longer and use much less energy than incandescent and halogen bulbs. The price of these bulbs makes them a common choice for people looking to reduce their electric bills, and organizations like Focus On Energy offered rebates on these bulbs for many years, making them even more affordable.

All fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, so disposing of them in a landfill is both harmful and illegal, making it difficult for homeowners to throw them out properly when they need to be replaced, especially in states where there are no easy and accessible recycling programs available (Wisconsin included). The light produced by fluorescent bulbs is very poor quality, rendering objects and people much differently than they look in natural light. Most fluorescent bulbs cannot be dimmed, and the ones that can don’t have a wide range and can be very expensive. Producing a small format fluorescent is virtually impossible because less glass means less light. And finally, cold weather makes fluorescent bulbs perform very poorly, with sluggish startup and dim light, making them a poor choice for anything outdoors in Wisconsin.

LED (Light Emitting Diode)

For years, the only LEDs we saw were little blinky lights on computers and circuit boards. In the past decade, this technology has been refined and adapted for higher brightness and better light quality. While they have their own limitations, LEDs are quickly becoming the bulb of choice for most homeowners, businesses, and manufacturers.

LEDs use roughly 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs, making them the most efficient available today, and only getting better as research continues. The quality of light from an LED can be excellent, some bulbs scoring above a 95 on the color rendering index, meaning objects and people under these lights will look true to life. LEDs can be manufactured in virtually any shape and size, most of them are dimmable with standard dimmers, and many manufacturers are making claims of up to 22-year lifespans. There is no toxic gas inside, so they can be thrown into the regular trash.

There are myriad companies producing LED bulbs right now, and there is a big difference between the good ones and the not-so-good, so there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for LEDs:

  • Look for name brands. You will usually have a better experience with big-name manufacturers like Philips, Cree, and Sylvania
  • Look for color temperature. Traditional incandescent bulbs produce a warm white tone, which registers on the Kelvin scale at 2700-3000K. Daylight, which looks bluish to many people,
  • Lands at 5000K. The lower the number, the more yellow/amber the color of light will be.
  • Look for lumens. Gone are the days where watts translate to light output. If you want something that will be as bright as a 60-watt incandescent, you want an LED that puts out 800 lumens.
  • Look for the word “dimmable” if you are using a dimmer switch. Keep in mind that some bulbs may not work well with older dimmers and you may need to upgrade to an LED-compatible dimmer.
  • Look for light quality. Unless you are using the bulbs in a garage or utility room, you’ll want good quality light. Light quality is measured by Color Rendering Index or CRI. A score above 90 is very good.
  • Look for the warranty. While a manufacturer may claim a 22-year lifespan, those claims mean nothing if they don’t back it up with a warranty. Don’t buy a bulb with less than a 5-year warranty, and save your receipt.

That was a lot of information, we know. If we had to sum it all up in 1 sentence, it would be this: Buy LEDs, and do so thoughtfully and informed. Good luck!

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