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

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 Solar Power Facts

Posted on April 14, 2014
Since creating our Green Division in 2008, Oak Electric Service has become one of Southeast Michigan’s leading solar panel system installers. Visit our website to check out some of the solar installations we are so proud of having installed for customers all over the state of Michigan—Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Bloomfield, Brighton, Clarkston, Dexter, Dryden, Manchester, Rochester and other cities. If you have been thinking about solar panels for your home or business, here are some facts... 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

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

Tips When Shopping for a Solar Panel Provider

Posted on February 16, 2014
If you’ve been thinking about buying a solar electric system for your home or business, the solar power specialists at Oak Electric Service are happy to answer your questions, including inquiries about financing for solar installations. Oak Electric is one of southeast Michigan’s leading solar panel system installers. Solar electric systems, also called photovoltaic or PV systems, are reliable and pollution-free. They make use of a renewable source of energy—the sun. While PV systems for... 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

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

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

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

See Oak Electric for Commercial and Residential Power Washers

Posted on May 25, 2013
Whether you are washing your driveway at home or prepping for a painting job at work, Oak Electric has the right Generac power washer—compact, affordable, powerful—to get the job done. Residential Power Washers—Get cleaning power, reliability and—above all—ease of use in an affordable, compact power washer you can use to clean everything from patio furniture to driveways and decks. Powered by Generac OHV horizontal-shaft engines with cast-iron cylinder sleeves and low-oil... 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

Worldwide Solar Power Reaches 100 GW Milestone in 2012

Posted on April 15, 2013
As of the end of 2012, the total grid-connected solar PV capacity worldwide reached 100 gigawatts, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). Last year, eight countries added one gigawatt (or more) of PV capacity, and now 13 countries have exceeded one gigawatt of cumulative installations. Almost 17 GW was installed in Europe alone – though that’s down from a record 23 GW in 2011 – with the top markets being Germany, Italy and France. Outside of Europe, China was... Read more

Oak Electric Now Offers Thermography Testing

Posted on February 15, 2013
The electrical systems at your industrial plant or business require ongoing maintenance and inspections to ensure their safe and efficient operation. Over time, electrical connections can loosen, resulting in a non-continuous path for the electricity to follow, which eventually causes arcing, breakdown and fire. According to the Electrical Power Research Institute, the number one cause of building fires is some type of electrical failure—such as improper connections or voltage, loose parts,... Read more

Oak Electric—One-Stop Electrical Services and More!

Posted on January 8, 2013
When it comes to comprehensive electrical services—industrial, commercial and residential—we want you to “Think Oak Electric.” We provide all of the typical electrical services, such as: general troubleshooting and repair work; circuit breaker panel upgrades; installation of electric appliances and ceiling fans; remodel wiring and new construction; electrical work for swimming pools and hot tubs; and insurance restoration work. But we also hope Oak Electric is the first company that... Read more

Thank You for Being an Oak Electric Customer

Posted on December 22, 2012
Well, 2012 is almost behind us and as we look back on the year, we feel compelled to extend a warm “thank you” to all of the residential and commercial customers who chose Oak Electric as their electrical services provider this past year. Locally owned and operated, Oak Electric serves metro Detroit and all of Southeast Michigan. Our work ranges  from solar panel and wind power systems installation to standby generator sales, installation and service to the full range of commercial and... Read more

Use Portable Space Heaters Safely

Posted on October 15, 2012
As temperatures drop, many families may use portable electric space heaters to help warm their homes. The Electrical Safety Foundation International warns that space heaters could cause fires and injuries if not used properly. In fact, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters, causing more than 300 deaths. An estimated 6,000 persons receive hospital emergency room care for burn injuries... Read more

Call Oak Electric for All of Your Electrical Projects

Posted on September 22, 2012
Whether you are experiencing an electrical issue or just want to check out your electrical system and whether you are a residential or commercial customer, Oak Electric Service can help. A preferred vendor for DTE Energy, we have been providing comprehensive electrical services for the industrial, commercial and residential markets in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan since 1999. Here’s just a sampling of the services we offer: General electrical work, including troubleshooting and... Read more

See Oak Electric for Generac Power Washers

Posted on August 5, 2012
At home or at work, whether you’re just washing the driveway or prepping for an exterior painting job, using a power washer can make the job much easier. Power washers utilize a gasoline engine or electric motor to drive a pump that delivers a high-pressure spray water, using your water supply, to clean a surface. The water enters the pump, is pressurized inside the pump, and exits the pump at as much as several thousand pounds per square inch (PSI). [By comparison, a typical garden hose... Read more

The Real Story on Light Bulb Legislation

Posted on June 8, 2012
Many consumers think the incandescent light bulb will no longer be available or manufactured. Not so. Here’s the real story. In 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) was passed in the U.S. As a result, over the next three years, the minimum efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs will be raised for bulbs manufactured in or imported into the United States. This means that only inefficient incandescent light bulbs will no longer be manufactured. Here’s the... Read more

Going Solar Is More Affordable Than Most of Us Think

Posted on May 20, 2012
Most of us still think that solar power is not within reach of the average person in terms of cost; that it is still something more likely to be adopted by devoted environmentalists or government-funded groups. Well that’s not the case anymore according to recent studies. The results of a poll conducted by Harris Interactive® this past February show that 97 percent of Americans overestimate the cost of residential solar panels, and 78 percent who do not already have PV panels say they would... Read more

Oak Electric Installs Whole-House Fans

Posted on May 12, 2012
"Well, we finally have the pleasure of expressing our sincere satisfaction with selecting Oak Electric for the installation of an Air Vent 24” whole-house fan at our personal residence.”—Mark and Tricia R. Whole-house fans are typically installed in a central hallway inside the house, so they can pull fresh outdoor air into the house through open windows. They are often used to augment air conditioning or instead of air conditioning in mild summertime climates. With warm Michigan weather... Read more