Thursday, May 30, 2013

Give a little

As you know Generation 3 Electric takes pride in being active members of our community and we support projects that help the continued redevelopment of our neighborhood, so when we heard about South Philadelphia High Schools green project for their roof, we were eager to show our support. But we can't do it alone, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! SPHS's Goal is to turn the entire rooftop and parts of the parking lot into a community oriented green space with working gardens, to bring this vision to life they need to raise $26,300. 

GEN3 is reaching out to our customers and our Bloggers asking for you to help SPHS with this transformation, in the past week we have sent over 1,200 letters to our south philadelphia customers explaining SPHS vision and asking them to help us by making a small donation.

We know that strengthening our neighborhood schools will help us build a sustainable community and continue to help it thrive. Lets band together as a community to make this happen, we are asking those who want to help for a minimum donation of $10, GEN3 will match your contributions up to $1,000 made on our behalf.

To learn more about South Philadelphia High School's green project and to make a donation please log onto projexity.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May is Electrical Safety Awareness Month - Part 2

Advanced Electrical Safety Updates for Your Home

As a follow up to our Electrical Safety Month blog last week, GEN3 wants to continue to raise awareness of electrical hazards in your home. There are certain advanced safety technologies that can be installed in your home to protect your youngest and oldest loved ones:
  •  Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR) – look just like ordinary outlets, but are designed with spring-loaded receptacle cover plates that close off the receptacle openings, or slots, protecting little fingers and tiny objects from being inserted into the energized part of the outlet.
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) – prevent deadly shock by quickly shutting off power to the circuit if the electricity flowing into the circuit differs by even a slight amount from that returning. A GFCI should be used in any indoor or outdoor area where water may come into contact with electrical products, ie. kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and outdoors. 
  •  Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) – Due to modern electrical devices, many existing homes are simply overwhelmed by today’s electrical demands, putting them at greater risk of arc faults and arc-induced fires. Arc fault circuit interrupters, or AFCIs, are devices that provide a higher level of protection by detecting hazardous arcing conditions and shutting down the electricity before a fire can start.
In order to prevent electrical hazards and protect your house and family, a basic understanding of your home’s unique electrical system is important. Visit our web site and learn how you can get a GEN3 Home Electrical Report Card performed on your home to identify and correct electrical hazards. Or call, 215-352-5963 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May is Electrical Safety Awareness Month

May is “Electrical Safety Awareness Month” and Generation 3 Electric, your friendly neighborhood electrician, wants to raise awareness about electrical hazards in your home. This year’s national theme is “Electrical Safety for All Ages” created by the ESFi (Electrical Safety Foundation International). By raising awareness, key audiences will know the steps that can be taken in order to reduce the number of electrically-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss.

DID YOU KNOW… each year, electrical failures are the cause of 43,900 home fires, resulting in 438 deaths, 1,430 injuries and $1.47 billion in property damage.  While electrical hazards threaten the public at large, certain populations experience risks that are significantly higher than that of the general population.  Our youngest and oldest populations are exceptionally vulnerable.  Since 1999, an average of 496 children ages 14 and under have died each year due to unintentional fire or burn-related injury.  As for the older population, the risk for individuals aged 65 and older dying in a fire is 2.6 times greater than that of the general population, and this risk increases with age. (source:

Read our blog next week to learn more about advanced safety technology equipment that can be easily installed in your home to protect your family.

Call GEN3 to schedule a Home Inspection Report and see if your home passes the electrical safety test. Together, we can reduce the number of electrically-related deaths and injuries – one home, one school, and one workplace at a time.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

GEN3 Participates in Mt. Airy Day

Mt. Airy Day Goes Green
Bill Lutz, Generation 3, with daughter, Baby Rose, Generation 4 educating Mt. Airy Day attendees on updating old light switches and electrical sockets.
EMAN and WMAN hosted the 43rd annual Mt. Airy Day May 4th on Germantown Ave. on the grounds of Cliveden of the National Trust. Generation 3 Electric, Philly’s friendly neighborhood electrician, was there to show their support of the local community while educating homeowners on energy efficient alternatives to updating their home. Baby Rose, GEN4, was also there promoting the safety reasons for updating old electrical wiring (knob & tube) in Philadelphia homes built before the 1950s. 

Bill and Debbie Lutz, owners of GEN3 and fellow Philadelphia residents, have made it their corporate and personal mission to educate homeowners on the benefits of updating the electrical wiring and lighting in their homes. By participating in neighborhood association events, like Mt. Airy Day, their message is helping to keep homeowners safe while respecting the integrity of Philadelphia’s historical residential buildings.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Electicians Picture OF The Week


 Hazardous Panel 

This is an actual picture taken of a panel in a west Philadelphia home, Upon looking at this picture you first notice that this is not a proper amount of circuit breakers being used for a 3 floor 3 bedroom home. The second issue would be the excessive amount of rust which can only indicate the presence of moisture. Moisture can cause a number of hazards within your electrical system. In this situation the system was so badly damaged and hazardous we had to cut the power supply to the panel immediately to avoid electrical fire. The customer called into the office for an electrician to come check out what she believed to be a "dead short", a minor issue.

We urge all our homeowners to call a Licensed Professional Electrician for all your electrical concerns or needs.   

The customers Diagnosis was a "dead short", the Licensed Electrician Diagnosis was "Customer had badly rusted and oxidized service equipment. Currently has half home without power due to panel issues. Expert Opinion is to Replace panel with a 100 AMP/20 Circuit Panel".

Never try to diagnosis your homes electrical system unless you are trained to do so,  If you're experiencing power outages in your home it may be a sign of a hazardous situation, PLEASE CALL A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL, If you cannot afford one try calling Electricians that offer Free Estimates like us here at Generation 3 Electric, Even tho you may not be prepared to have your work done, you will be made aware of what to do and not to do until you are prepared.