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

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

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

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

Basics of Charging Your Electric Vehicle at Home

Posted on June 9, 2014
Before you decide to purchase a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV), you will need to determine where you will charge it—at home, at work or at a public electric charging station. Charging time will be dependent on how depleted the battery is, its storage capacity, and the on-board charging characteristics designed into the vehicle by the auto manufacturer. If you decide on a home charging station, you can choose either Level 1-AC (single phase) or DC charging, or Level 2-AC (single phase) or DC... 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

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

It’s Lights Out for Incandescent Bulbs in 2014

Posted on January 16, 2014
Starting January 1, 2014, companies can no longer import or make 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs. This marks the final phase of a national phaseout that started in 2012. Ironically, Thomas Edison's first public demonstration of the incandescent light bulb happened 134 years ago. But Edison would probably approve given the energy-saving properties of the two types of light bulbs that are the main replacements for incandescent bulbs—LED (light-emitting diode) and CFL (compact... 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

DTE Proposes Lower Monthly Surcharge

Posted on July 15, 2013
In 2009, DTE Energy began collecting surcharges from its business and residential customers to cover the costs associated with meeting the state's renewable energy goals. These goals required Michigan electric utilities to provide 10 percent of their power from renewable resources by 2015. Energy legislation approved in 2008 allows utilities to collect a monthly surcharge from their customers to cover the investment needed to meet the state's renewable energy goals. Recently, DTE Energy filed... Read more

See Oak Electric for Home Electric Charging Stations

Posted on July 5, 2013
Oak Electric has been certified by SPX Services as a sales and installation specialist for Chevrolet Volt charging stations in a number of Michigan zip codes.  If you have a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and are considering a home charging station, here are some basic facts about electrical requirements for home charging stations. PEVs are powered by rechargeable onboard battery packs, which use stored electricity to propel the vehicle. The battery packs can be charged from two types of... 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

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