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

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

Tips for Choosing Lightbulbs Today

Posted on May 9, 2014
Changing a lightbulb used to be a simple task. You just grabbed a 60 watt incandescent bulb for most tasks and screwed it in to the socket. But incandescent bulbs are being replaced by Compact Fluorescent bulbs and Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs—both of which are more energy efficient and cost efficient. Once retailers run out of old-fashioned, inefficient incandescent lightbulbs, they will be gone forever and you will have to learn a whole new way to choose a lightbulb. So here are some... Read more

Incandescent Bulbs Phase-out Continues in 2014

Posted on March 24, 2014
In keeping with a law passed by Congress in 2007, tungsten-filament 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs can no longer be manufactured in the U.S. as of January 1, 2014. This follows the already completed phase-out of manufacturing of 100-watt bulbs in 2012 followed by 75-watt bulbs in 2013. This final phase-out will be the most significant because 40- and 60-watt bulbs represent more than 50 percent of the consumer lighting market. The production of incandescent bulbs is being discontinued... Read more

Today’s Energy-Efficient Lighting Options

Posted on December 16, 2013
An average household dedicates about 10% of its energy budget to lighting. Ever since Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, lighting options for consumers have been evolving to try to meet the government’s higher efficiency standards. The goal: to produce the same light with less energy. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. For example, replacing 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs in your home with... Read more

Take a Bite Out of “Vampire Power”

Posted on August 15, 2013
There's a vampire on the loose in your home, and it is taking a bite out of your wallet and harming the environment. But stopping this monster can be as easy as pulling a few plugs. The villain in question is vampire power, also known as phantom load. It refers to the electricity many gadgets and appliances waste just by being plugged in (even if they're switched off). For example, if you left your cell phone charger plugged in the wall all day, even if it had nothing to charge, it was using... Read more

Give the Gift of Power This Holiday

Posted on December 5, 2012
Sometimes the most thoughtful gifts we can give are those that will make someone’s life a little easier. This season, why not give loved ones the "gift of power"? Following are some gift suggestions sure to “brighten” someone’s day. Pay a portion of someone’s utility bill. DTE Energy’s Gift of Energy Program is a great way to make life a little easier for relatives living on a fixed income or kids living away from home. To give a Gift of Energy, fill out the form and mail it in... Read more

“White” Light Comes in Many Shades

Posted on July 7, 2012
Did you know that compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are available in a wide variety of shades of white light? You can actually choose from a wide range of shades, ranging from yellowish to white to bluish white light, which allows you to customize the mood of your space. Many CFLs come in "warm" colors to match the yellowish light of incandescent bulbs, but you can also choose "cooler" colors with whiter or bluer light. Color temperature can also be quantified using a scale marked in... Read more

Our Use of Power Is Slowing Down

Posted on June 26, 2012
Ever since Edison invented the light bulb, Americans use of electric power has trended upward. And with American homes increasingly plugging in technology that requires power—cell phones, iPads, DVRs, to name a few—you would think the opposite would be true. But according to experts, over the next decade, residential power use is expected to fall. According to the Electric Power Research Institute, from 1980 to 2000, residential power demand grew by about 2.5% a year. From 2000 to 2010,... Read more