Want a Generator? Why You Should Consider One That Uses Natural Gas

Posted on May 17, 2017
Do you live in an area of Michigan that frequently has power outages? If so, you may be looking into getting a generator that will help give you power during those tough times without electricity. With there being so many options, you may be debating between getting a portable generator that requires gasoline to run or a whole-home system that runs off of natural gas. Here are some reasons to use a natural gas model over a portable unit that uses gasoline. The Generator Has Continuous... Read more

5 Maintenance Tasks to Keep Your Backup Generator Running

Posted on May 15, 2017
Owning a backup generator is a sensible move for any homeowner, and if you have made the decision to purchase a generator, then you should feel good about your choice. However, if you want your generator to be ready when you need it, then it is important to remember that backup generators do require some maintenance. There are a variety of important maintenance steps that should be performed on a regular basis to ensure reliable operation. Below are a list of these important items and what... Read more

3 Important Tips When Choosing Your Standby Generator Size

Posted on March 13, 2017
If you don't have a degree in electrical engineering, it can be downright difficult to perform all of the calculations necessary to figure out which size standby generator is the right fit for your home. It doesn't help that electrical loads can be measures in amps, volts or tons. The bottom line when choosing a properly sized generator is knowing how much power you normally consume during an average day. Armed with this knowledge, you must decide which of your systems, appliances, and... Read more

DTE Offers Electric Vehicle Charging Rate Options

Posted on February 23, 2015
If you own or are considering the purchase of a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV), be sure to call Oak Electric Service for the installation of your electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). You will also be glad to know that DTE Energy offers a special electric vehicle charging rate. Most PEV drivers will charge their vehicle’s rechargeable onboard battery packs overnight at home. The battery packs can be charged from two types of outlets: Level 1 (120 volts) and Level 2 (240 volts). The... Read more

Thank Thomas Edison for Our Modern Electric System

Posted on February 11, 2015
When you go to turn on a light switch or appliance today, you should thank Thomas Alva Edison, born on February 11, 1847. One of our greatest inventors, Edison is credited with numerous electricity-inspired inventions, from the incandescent light bulb to the phonograph and the movie projector. But perhaps even more importantly, his extensive work in electricity led him to develop a complete electrical distribution system for light and power and set up the world's first electricity generation... Read more

Oak Electric Can Help You Prepare Now For Spring Storms

Posted on February 9, 2015
It may only be February, but you know there will be some significant stormy weather come Spring in Michigan. As a Generac Authorized dealer, Oak Electric brings you peace of mind with a full line of reliable Generac generators—from home backup generators to business standby generators to portable generators. One example is Generac’s Guardian 11 kW Generator which provides essential circuit power protection for your home, ensuring the necessities remain powered during an outage. The system... Read more

Michigan Third in Most Power Outages in 2013

Posted on January 23, 2015
According to power management company Eaton, in 2013 California (for the fifth year running) topped the list of states with the most power outages, followed by Texas and Michigan. Eaton’s Blackout Tracker data is based on a full year of reported power outages across the U.S. and is organized into two sections: an overview of national power outage data and power outage data by state. On average, 6,543 people were affected for over three hours per outage in 2013 and power failures caused... Read more

Michigan Third in Most Power Outages in 2013

Posted on January 23, 2015
According to power management company Eaton, in 2013 California (for the fifth year running) topped the list of states with the most power outages, followed by Texas and Michigan. Eaton’s Blackout Tracker data is based on a full year of reported power outages across the U.S. and is organized into two sections: an overview of national power outage data and power outage data by state. On average, 6,543 people were affected for over three hours per outage in 2013 and power failures caused... Read more

USA, Not China, is #1 in Wind Energy

Posted on January 16, 2015
You may have heard that China leads the world in terms of megawatts (MW) of wind turbines installed. But a better measure of wind energy production is actually the total amount of electricity, measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh), that a country produces from wind and delivers to customers. And in this regard, it is the United States that leads the world in the amount of wind energy that powers its grid. Capacity (MW) measures wind turbine production and installation, but it is the electrical... Read more

Protect Your Electrical Systems with Infrared Testing

Posted on January 9, 2015
If you operate an industrial plant or business, one of the most critical areas of concern is the integrity and safety of your facility’s electrical systems. Because electrical safety is a top priority at Oak Electric Service, we now offer thermography testing services for our commercial electrical customers. Thermography testing, also known as infrared (IR) testing, is one of the most effective tools available to detect overloads, poor connections, faulty contacts, and other “hot spots”... Read more

Community Solar Boosts Renewable Energy in Michigan

Posted on December 23, 2014
Community Solar is a concept that is developing across the country and in Michigan. It is a viable alternative for citizens, communities and businesses seeking to utilize and reap the benefits of solar power. Michigan citizens who are interested in utilizing solar energy may face a number of obstacles, including: Not having access to a proper site for a renewable energy system Not having ownership of the space (renters, condominium owners) The complexity of installing the solar panel... Read more

How to Safely Remove a Broken Bulb

Posted on December 16, 2014
You go to change a light bulb in one of your home’s lighting fixtures, and before you know it, the glass bulb breaks off and you are left with the metal base still stuck in the socket. Before you make any attempt to remove the remaining part of the bulb, turn off the power to the fixture. If it’s a lamp, simply unplug it. If it’s a ceiling fixture or a light in an oven, for example, you will need to turn off the related circuit breaker at your electrical panel. Be sure toggle the light... Read more

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Posted on December 9, 2014
With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s a good time for some simple, common-sense reminders about decorating precautions to ensure that you and your loved ones have an enjoyable and safe season. Make sure your artificial tree has a label saying it is fire resistant. If you choose to go with a real tree, be sure to choose a fresh tree with needles that are hard to pull from the branches. Cut two inches off the base before you place it in the stand. Keep the stand filled with water to... Read more

Wind Energy Picks Up Speed in Michigan

Posted on November 23, 2014
Wind energy has been the primary source of new renewable energy in the state, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission. One reason is that wind power is about half as expensive to produce as utility companies initially expected, as little as $50 a megawatt hour in 2013 compared to more than $100 per megawatt hour in 2009. Currently, more than 20 wind farms are in operation or development in Michigan. Michigan’s growing wind business has meant falling prices for residential... Read more

Michigan On the Verge of an Energy Investment Boom

Posted on November 19, 2014
Experts say that Michigan could see billions of dollars in new investment and thousands of construction jobs in the energy industry over the next several decades. The boom includes traditional coal, oil and gas projects as well as projects involving renewable energy sources.. Michigan currently has an estimated 83,600 total energy jobs. A study conducted for Michigan’s Energy Innovation and Business Council said local investment in renewable energy projects—advanced energy storage,... Read more

Choosing the Right Generator

Posted on November 9, 2014
In the past, it was rare for a homeowner to have a backup generator to keep things running when a power outage occurred. But growing demand, cheaper technology and affordable pricing have put the purchase of residential generators more within reach for homeowners. For example, Generac recently debuted a baseline built-in generator that costs less than $2,000, not including installation. A less powerful generator would have cost about $8,000 20 years ago. If you’re considering investing in a... Read more

Benefits of GFCIs

Posted on October 23, 2014
In 1961, Charles Dalziel, professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, invented the ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Today, GFCIs are required by the National Electric Code in all new kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, unfinished basements, and most outdoor receptacles. Here is why: A ground fault happens whenever electricity escapes the confines of the wiring in an appliance, light fixture, or power tool and takes a shortcut to the ground. When that shortcut... Read more

Customer Kudos for Oak Electric Services

Posted on October 16, 2014
While we applaud the virtue of modesty, we at Oak Electric have to pause once in a while to pat ourselves on the back for living up to our commitment to quality service. So here just a few of the great reviews we have received recently from satisfied customers: “Our Generac generator was installed Friday, 07/11/14. The installation team consisted of Josh, Brian, and Dane. We are totally satisfied with the installation and with our interaction with the team. We received a call, in advance... Read more

Michigan Wind Energy Update

Posted on October 9, 2014
Michigan's installed wind energy capacity has boomed in recent years, and Michigan was recently named the 16th-ranked state with more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) of installed wind capacity (1,163 Mw installed). Michigan added the 8th most new capacity additions (MW) in 2012 and was the 6th fastest growing state by percentage. In 2013, 2.4 percent of the state’s electricity was being provided by wind. The state has more than 680 wind turbines and ranks 15th for the number of utility-scale wind... Read more

Oak Electric Offers Savings On Services

Posted on September 23, 2014
With over 30 years experience ranging from simple maintenance to new installation, Oak Electric Service is committed to solving our customers’ problems promptly, efficiently, and at a fair price. Here are some of the cost-savings benefits you get as our customer: Quick response by one of our skilled service technicians will save you money in reduced down time. Our service trucks are stocked with material to supply most installations. Our ladder truck for pole lighting maintenance is... Read more

Oak Electric Can Help You Choose Your Residential Generator

Posted on September 16, 2014
With some 3.5 million Americans left without power in any given week, it’s no surprise that more American households are installing generators to help them keep living normally when the power goes out. Before you go shopping for a generator, take time to decide what the systems are in your home that you want or need to back up—refrigerator, furnace, air conditioner, etc. This will help you determine the type of generator that’s right for you. Oak Electric Service provides quality... Read more

Some Facts About LED Bulbs

Posted on September 9, 2014
Environmentally-friendly LED bulbs continue to grow in popularity because of their longevity and energy savings. Early versions of LED bulbs often cast a blue hue, but today’s LEDs can mimic the white or yellow glow of incandescent or fluorescent lights. Typically, you can expect an LED bulb to last about 50,000 hours—compared to 2,000 hours of use you used to get from an incandescent light. It would take 42 incandescent bulbs to provide 50,000 hours of use; and five CFLs to provide the... Read more

Energy Efficiency and Conservation When Lighting Your Home

Posted on August 23, 2014
Energy efficiency and energy conservation are not the same thing. Energy efficiency refers to using less energy to perform a specific task. For example, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) can light your home using less energy than conventional incandescent bulbs. Energy conservation involves reducing your need for energy through behavior changes, such as setting your thermostat lower. In addition to using CFL and LED light bulbs in your home, here are some things you can do to improve both... Read more

Wind Energy Production Rising in Michigan

Posted on August 16, 2014
Wind energy has been the primary source of new renewable energy in Michigan in the past few years. It could get even more of a boost as the Obama administration seeks a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Wind energy is turning out to be about half as expensive to produce as utility companies initially expected—down to as little as $50 a megawatt hour from more than $100 a megawatt hour in 2009, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission. Wind power production... Read more

Consumers Energy Offers Solar Buyback Program for Residential and Business Customers

Posted on August 9, 2014
Currently, there are 260 Consumers Energy customers taking part in the utility’s program that enables customers to harness the power of the sun from solar panels installed at their home or business—and then sell the power back to the utility. Consumers Energy announced in the beginning of July that it was expanding the program, which now generates enough power to serve 635 homes, by opening it to new residential applicants. While applications for the current phase of the program must be... Read more

Ask Oak Electric About Big Ass Residential Ceiling Fans

Posted on July 23, 2014
If you’re looking for ways to enhance your home’s environment this summer, don’t forget that Oak Electric Service sells and installs Big Ass brand ceiling fans for both residential and commercial use. What’s great about Big Ass residential fans is that they score high in technology, design and comfort. Big Ass has reinvented the fan motor, creating a quiet, energy-efficient and attractive product that is ideal for sound-sensitive spaces like restaurants, schools or your great room.... Read more

U.S. Solar Energy Usage Update

Posted on July 16, 2014
A first quarter 2014 report from the Solar Energy Industries Association indicates that solar power is growing fast in the U.S. Some of the SEIA’s findings include the following: 74 percent of all new electricity generation installed in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2014 was solar. That represents 1,330 MW of solar photovoltaic panels installed, a 79 percent increase over a year ago. While most of the solar installations were utility-scale projects, about a quarter were rooftop... Read more