Thursday, June 27, 2013

How Well Do You Understand Your Home’s Electrical Service?

Easy to Understand Mini-Manuals.

Is your home feeling neglected?

GEN3 wants to reconnect you with your house by making you aware of some elements that may need attention for safety and efficiency purposes. Also, we know that if you are aware of these potential electrical hazards and, therefore, proactive, you could save you money and frustration in the long run.
GEN3 provides our customers with educational materials so homeowners are informed and confident. We know that trust is earned. Whether a homeowner uses GEN3 or another electrician, we want to make sure that our Philly neighbors are safe and feel that they are getting their money’s worth from their electrical or lighting installation or repair. Isn’t that what a friendly neighborhood electrician should do?

Call GEN3 and ask to schedule a Home Inspection. You will receive information in an easy to understand mini-manual about your home’s electrical service, including:
  • OUTDOOR ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT – How do you know where the electric company’s responsibility ends and your responsibility begins? Be sure your outside electrical equipment is standing up to weathering and old man time!
  • PANEL INSTALLATION STANDARDS – Short cuts may be ok when trying to get around traffic but not recommended when it comes to updating, servicing or installing your electrical panel. Understand how to ensure quality of service of the electrical equipment in your home.
  • WHAT & WHY’S OF GROUNDING – Obviously, grounding is important for safety purposes including shock prevention and fire, but did you know that proper grounding can protect other expensive items in your home, for example computers, appliances, tv, stereo systems, etc.
  • OLD verus NEW CIRCUIT BREAKERS – Older style breakers do not detect potential arcing as do modern AFCI circuit breakers. This is important because the more modern a home and products used by homeowner’s, the more up-to-date the power source needs to be to meet the updated demands of consumer electronics.
  • EQUIPMENT THAT IS OVERDUE FOR REPLACEMENT – Do you like scavenger hunts? Unfortunately, you may not find treasure on GEN3’s scavenger hunt. If you have old stickers on some of your electrical equipment, then you can bet that the equipment is just as old and outdated. GEN3 can provide images of old equipment labels to help you go on a scavenger hunt around your home to identify the old equipment that may need updating!
Let GEN3 repair the neglected relationship you may have with your house. With this type of valuable knowledge, you will feel better about implementing preventive maintenance strategies and making decisions to repair and/or replace old, neglected electrical equipment in your home. 

Worried about how you will pay for any electrical updates that are needed? GEN3 offers financing options to help you manage any unforeseen expenses. Ask your GEN3 Electrician for more information or visit: www.gen3electric.com/financing

Monday, June 24, 2013

Recycle fluorescent lighting in Philly.

We finally found an EPA certified way to recycle fluorescent lighting. Gen3 is proud to do the right thing even if it costs us a little more. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Panel Location


The location of your panel can be detrimental to your homes electrical system. We know that it is often best to locate the panel as close to heavy load centers, like the kitchen or a utility room. You must be aware that it is MANY rules in regards to panel location alone, so it is best to have several different reference sources when looking into or gathering information on locating your panel.  Gen3 has seen some very unique locations for panels over the years, Some being in locations that we strongly advise against, for the most obvious of reason...  if the location of your panel is interfering with its effectiveness, more than likely we would suggest it be relocated. 

A panel located near water or moisture in a home is strongly advised against, moisture can create lots of issues in your homes electrical system, it can rust the circuits or breakers  causing power outages thru home, flickering lights, constantly tripping breakers and it can get as dangerous as an electrical fire. Moisture to an electrical panel, is as serious as water is to an plugged in appliance. 


A bad location for a panel in a store

 Having Full Access to your panel is also very important, in the basic guidelines for panel location it gives you an generalized measurement to follow to assure the panel has space to breath. A panel should be easy to access and find and should not be located near Flammable materials . The panel should not be obstructed for purposes of accessibility, physicality and safety. In the event of an house fire a firman will try to locate the homes panel to cut power to the home so obstructing the panel can be deadly.


If you feel your service panel is in a hazardous location you should consider moving it immediately.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Will Your Home’s Electrical System Pass the Test?



If there was a report card for the efficiency and safety of your home, what grade would it get?

GEN3, Philly’s friendly neighborhood electrician, has created a report card to provide homeowners with an understanding of their home’s electrical safety and efficiency. This report card also helps homeowners manage expectations, save money and avoid expensive emergency home electrical repairs by knowing in advance where the problem areas are in a home's electrical system.
This is not your typical home inspection. Other electricians will inspect the home and tell you what needs to be fixed and when (usually ASAP). GEN3 goes above and beyond by providing a printed, customized report card with the findings from their inspection as well as suggestions and financial expectations. GEN3’s detailed home inspection will check and score your home's:
  • ELECTRICAL SERVICE
  • GROUNDING AND LIGHTNING
  • HOME SAFETY
  • HVAC AND APPLIANCE WIRING
  • OUTLETS OVERVIEW
  • BASEMENT AND EXPOSED WIRING
  • LIGHTING
To view a sample Electrical Report Card, visit GEN3’s web site: www.gen3electric.com/electricalreportcard

With this type of valuable knowledge, you will feel better about implementing preventive maintenance strategies and making decisions to repair and/or replace your electrical systems, if necessary. 

Worried about how you will pay for any electrical updates that are needed?

GEN3 offers financing options to help you manage any unforeseen expenses. Ask your GEN3 Electrician for more information or visit: www.gen3electric.com/financing

Thursday, June 6, 2013

SPHS Green Project Update

We would like to thank everyone who was able to make a donation towards the green project going on at South Philadelphia High School and urge anyone who is still thinking of donating to this amazing project to do so today!

There is just two days left to help make this project a reality. If they can close out level 3 and reach $17k by this saturday a generous donor has agreed to donate the remaining funds! Help us help them by taking full advantage of the remaining matching funds GEN3 has available.

To learn more about this project and make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.projexity.com. Donations can also be made by sending checks to:

Lower Moyamensing Civic Association 

P. O. Box 37522

Philadelphia, PA 19148

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Progress Report

WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS


We would like to thank everyone who was able to make a donation towards the green project going on at South Philadelphia High School. 

After sending out over 2,000 correspondents as of today, we are at $13,446...

NOW HERE IS WHERE IT GETS INTERESTING!!!

WE HAVE AN ANONYMOUS DONOR  THAT WILL GIVE SPHS THE LAST $10,000 OF THE TARGETED AMOUNT...

 SO NOW WE ARE URGING EVERYONE TO SPREAD THE WORD AND HELP US BETTER OUR NEIGHBORHOODS  SCHOOL BY BRINGING THIS PROJECT TO LIFE, WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE WE NEED THE HELP OF OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY, WITH JUST 4 DAYS LEFT WE CAN TURN $13,446 INTO $16,300, ONCE WE DO THAT WE HAVE RAISED ENOUGH FUNDS TO RECEIVE THE REMAINDER OF THE FUNDS FROM AN ANONYMOUS SOURCE...

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET LOGGED ONTO PROJEXITY TO MAKE A DONATION OR TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SPHS GREEN PROJECT PLEASE DO SO.

WE BELIEVE WE CAN DO IT!
We have a small way to go, spread the word, a little effort can go a long way.

Also, after making a donation feel free to leave a comment, and again we thank each and everyone, who took the time out to help a school in need.