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

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

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

It’s Always a Good Time to Think About Electrical Safety

Posted on June 26, 2014
May was National Electrical Safety Month. Yes, May has come and gone, but it’s really never too late to review things we can do to use electricity safely in our homes. Oak Electric Service is so focused on safety that we will provide a “Free Safety Inspection” while we are at your home or business on a project. Here are just a few of the things our inspection includes: A visual inspection of service panels, the main service cables and the ground system Checking the electrical panel... Read more

Electric Vehicles Are Not New to Detroit

Posted on June 19, 2014
On June 25, 1914, the Detroit Taxicab & Transfer Co. launched its first electric vehicle, complete with a nickel-iron battery developed by Thomas Edison. The taxis could be operated for less than 20 cents a mile, with the company charging riders as much as 70 cents for the first mile and 40 cents a mile after that. The electric taxis designed and built by the DTTC were very economical and easy to drive. “Curb boosting” is the term used to describe how the vehicles were charged when not... Read more

Some Facts About the U.S. Electrical Grid

Posted on April 9, 2014
The U.S. electric grid delivers electricity to more than 144 million end-use customers in the United States. Construction of the grid was started in the late 1880s and continues today. About 70 percent of the grid’s transmission lines and power transformers are now over 25 years old; the average age of power plants is over 30 years. As most of us know, the U.S. electric grid is highly vulnerable to severe weather, which is the leading cause of power outages in the United States. Between 2003... Read more

Oak Electric for Your Electrical Needs—And More

Posted on March 16, 2014
When Oak Electric Service says we are a full-service electrical contractor, we mean it. We have over 30 years of collective experience as residential, commercial and industrial electrical contractors. Oak Electric serves more than 8,000 customers in southeast Michigan with a wide range of electrical and renewable energy solutions, including: 24-hour emergency service Automatic standby and backup generators—sales, installation, service and parts for major generator manufacturers General... Read more

Carbon Monoxide and Portable Generator Use

Posted on March 9, 2014
If you have a home or small business portable generator, a primary hazard to avoid when using it is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless and poisonous gas that weakens the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to organs and body tissues. People often don’t know they are breathing CO and poisoning can occur in minutes. Symptoms include dizziness, drowsiness, severe headache, weakness, nausea and confusion. If you... Read more

Safety Tips for DIY Home Electrical Projects

Posted on February 23, 2014
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) recommends that you always contact a qualified, licensed electrician to perform any electrical work in your home. It’s critical to recognize and distinguish between those repairs that you are qualified to undertake and those that only a professional electrician should handle. If you decide to undertake even a simple electrical project yourself, here are some important things you will need to do to avoid serious injury: Before touching... Read more

What You Need to Know About Your Generator

Posted on February 9, 2014
Okay, you’ve got your standby generator installed and up and running. To keep your peace of mind intact over time, there are a few things you should know about living with your generator. As with any major appliance, simple maintenance is required. All generators require periodic oil and filter changes to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service. As one of Southeast Michigan’s leading generator dealers and installers, Oak Electric offers instructions on our website on how... Read more

Michigan’s Utilities are Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

Posted on January 9, 2014
In 2008, Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed into law comprehensive energy reforms. In addition to removing barriers to investing in environmentally friendly, new baseload generation needed by the state, the new law established Michigan’s first Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The RPS requires 10 percent of the state’s electricity supply to come from renewable sources by 2015. Michigan’s utilities are expected to meet the 10 percent goal by 2015, at costs that have been cut in half since... Read more

The Benefits of Indoor Generators

Posted on December 9, 2013
Indoor generators are backup or uninterruptible power supply systems designed specifically for indoor use during power outages. They utilize battery-produced alternating current to instantly back up essential electric appliances in the event of the loss of grid power. Oak Electric is a supplier of The Indoor Generator™, ideal for powering critical appliances or systems in your home or business, such as alarm systems, aquariums, computer equipment, fans, refrigerators and freezers, garage... Read more

Kitchen Safety at Thanksgiving

Posted on November 23, 2013
Thanksgiving is coming up fast and Oak Electric Service would like to take a moment to thank all of our loyal customers for your patronage over the years. Many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen preparing a great holiday feast for family and friends. But did you know that Thanksgiving is the part of the house where two-thirds of all home fires start? With all of the activity ahead, here are some basic, common-sense reminders to ensure that you enjoy a safe Thanksgiving at your... Read more

Electric-Only Driving Is Gaining Acceptance

Posted on November 16, 2013
Ford Motor Company is reporting that data from Ford plug-in hybrid drivers shows that consumers are embracing electric-only driving faster than expected. Data collected from the MyFord Mobile app in the plug-in Fusion and C-Max Energi models and the Focus Electric shows customers drive more than 8,400 electric-only miles every hour, and about 203,000 electric-only miles per day. (Ford has sold about 10,400 of these vehicles to date.) Driving habits of electric-only vehicle owners also show... Read more

Monitor Your Generator Remotely

Posted on November 9, 2013
As one of Southeast Michigan’s leading standby generator providers, Oak Electric is pleased to announce that you can now monitor your generator remotely, for the ultimate in peace of mind. Mobile Link is the new cellular remote monitoring system from Generac. It lets you check on your standby generator’s status, or receive timely notifications when something is needed—using your computer,tablet or smartphone. When your generator experiences a change in status, Mobile Link sends an... Read more

Energy Theft

Posted on October 23, 2013
From trash-lined alleys in Detroit to upscale West Bloomfield Township to the Upper Peninsula, energy theft is on the rise. More than $100 million worth of electrical power and natural gas is stolen each year, according to DTE Energy. The culprits are state property owners and landlords, and residents who just can’t pay their bills. Those of us who do pay our utility bills are the victims, since DTE Energy passes on the losses to ratepayers in the form of higher rates. Nationwide, utility... Read more

A Bit of “Electric” History

Posted on October 13, 2013
For hundreds of years electricity has fascinated many scientists. Around 600 B.C., Greek philosophers discovered that by rubbing amber against a cloth, lightweight objects would stick to it, in the same way that rubbing a balloon on a cloth makes the balloon stick to other objects. In 1600, William Gilbert, an English physician, physicist and natural philosopher, researched the effects of amber and magnets and subsequently wrote the theory of magnetism, which paved the way for the development... Read more

Wind Energy

Posted on October 9, 2013
While wind energy currently accounts for about 4% of the U.S. power sector, its potential is immense. Experts suggest that wind power can easily supply more than 20% of U.S. and world electricity. This is good news given that coal produces less than 40% of our power yet is responsible for 70% of the power sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. Here are just a few reasons to consider wind power as a source for electricity: Wind is a free, native fuel—Unlike other forms of electrical... Read more
Posted on July 25, 2013
When it comes to solar energy implementation in Michigan, it has been estimated that less than half of the homes and businesses in Michigan are good sites for solar energy due to shading or roof orientation.  Renters and condo owners do not own property that can be used for solar installations. Also, solar energy systems often require a large upfront cost that makes it difficult for many homeowners, institutions, or businesses to get involved. A new concept—Community Solar—may be a... Read more

Benefits of Electrical Thermographic Testing from Oak Electric

Posted on June 18, 2013
Oak Electric now offers thermography testing services that offer many benefits for our commercial customers. Also called infrared inspection, thermography testing can detect poor connections, unbalanced loads, deteriorated insulation, or other potential problems in energized electrical components. As a result, it can help prevent excess power use, increased maintenance costs, or catastrophic equipment failure resulting in unscheduled service interruptions, equipment damage, or other... Read more

Oak Electric is a Member of Michigan GREEN

Posted on June 8, 2013
As one of southeast Michigan’s leading renewable energy contractors, Oak Electric is proud to be a member of Michigan GREEN—The Michigan Group for a Renewable Energy Efficient Nation. Michigan GREEN is a non-profit group that consists of energy companies and consultants, government agencies, schools, colleges, universities and like-minded individuals that have joined forces to champion the cause of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Michigan and throughout the nation. Incorporated... Read more

Determine the Best Size Generator for Your Home

Posted on May 15, 2013
As the only Premier Generac Dealer in Southeast Michigan, Oak Electric can assist you in choosing the right size Generac generator for your needs and lifestyle. You can begin by envisioning your home without power and determining the things you and your family would miss most during an outage. Next, we can look at systems Generac has tailored for different levels of coverage—Essential Circuit Coverage, Managed Whole House Coverage and Complete Whole House Coverage. Essential Circuit... Read more

Keep Your Family Safe…Use a Licensed Electrician

Posted on May 5, 2013
Oak Electric Service has the combined experience of over 30 years of providing quality electrical service. If you’ve ever contemplated tackling basic electrical tasks yourself, we highly recommend that you use an experienced, licensed electrical contractor. Here are some reasons why. First of all, a licensed electrician knows the laws and regulations and you don’t. The National Electrical Code regulates the standards for installation of electrical wiring and equipment and each state either... Read more

Some Home Electrical Safety Reminders

Posted on April 25, 2013
Home electrical problems account for 26,100 fires and $1 billion in property losses annually. Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures, but many more are caused by incorrectly installed wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords—issues that can be prevented with a little foresight, and some common sense. Here are some basic reminders for living with electricity safely in and around your home: Use only appliances and equipment approved by Underwriters... Read more

More About Oak Electric’s Infrared Testing Services

Posted on April 5, 2013
At Oak Electric, our electricians use special infrared imaging and measurement cameras to accurately scan, visualize and analyze the thermal energy being emitted from mechanical equipment and electrical systems. This equipment allows us to quickly inspect a large amount of electrical equipment and locate faulty electrical items not generally found during a physical inspection. Here are just a few of the benefits of having Oak Electric perform annual thermography testing at your... Read more

Give Your Business a Competitive Advantage with Commercial Backup Power

Posted on March 8, 2013
If you are considering backup generation for your business, Oak Electric Service has over 3,000 residential and commercial generator installations to our credit in Southeast Michigan. Losing power for even a few hours can mean thousands of dollars in lost revenue to your business. That’s why keeping your business open with a Generac commercial power system can be a real competitive advantage. As a Generac Authorized dealer, Oak Electric brings you peace of mind with a full line of reliable... Read more