Fall Back & Replace Smoke Detector Batteries!

Sunday, November 2nd at 2 a.m. is the end of Daylight Saving Time! Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour before bedtime on Saturday and, equally important, change the batteries in all of your smoke detectors. You might just save a life by doing so!

Be sure to test your smoke detector after changing the battery. Don’t assume that it works; you may have inadvertently loosened a wire or the connection may not be properly reset. And while you’re at it, check to see if YOUR smoke detector has been recalled. If your smoke detector does not work properly when tested, is older than ten years or has been recalled, call Nisat Electric at (214) 536-5555 right away to schedule your smoke detector repair or replacement. Working smoke detectors save lives!

Daylight Saving Time Tips

Looking forward to having an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning? If you don’t have young children or pets, that is; no matter how many times you explain Daylight Saving Time to them, they just don’t understand! We don’t have any tips for this problem; if you’ve found a solution, please comment below!

Five SIX Tips to ‘Fall Back’ From Daylight Saving Time

Experts suggest everyone should take steps to minimize the adjustment period. According to this ABC News article, Dr. Yosef Krespi, director of the New York Head and Neck Institute’s Center for Sleep Disorders, says “It will hit you Sunday evening, but if your body clock is tuned to waking up with sunlight, you’re going to benefit.”

1. Wake Up at a Normal Time Sunday Morning
2. Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries
3. Eat Well and Exercise
4. Get a Good Night’s Sleep Sunday Night
5. Try a Low Dose of Melatonin
6. Know That Your Body Will Adjust

Have you ever considered that ending Daylight Saving Time in favor of having daylight begin an hour earlier is dangerous? If so, you’re not alone. According to this article in Time, keeping the hour of sunlight in the evening rather than earlier in the day could prevent traffic deaths and save more than 170 lives annually.

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Nisat Electric is proud to maintain three different categories of electrician licenses in the State of Texas: Electrical Contractor, Master Electrician and Journeyman Electrician.  Please, take a few minutes to check out our reviews and licensure in the State of Texas and you will understand why thousands of customers entrust their electrical installation and repairs to Nisat Electric!

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BOO! Energy Vampires & Phantom Loads

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BOO! Energy Vampires & Phantom Loads
Halloween is the time of year to remind you that Energy Vampires and Phantom Loads lurk throughout your home and business year round! You can save money and conserve energy by taking measures to reduce these areas that suck valuable resources.

What Are They?
Energy vampires are appliances or other devices that draw energy, aka phantom loads, when they are plugged in but not in use. This includes electronics that require standby power to run such as clocks, coffeemakers and cable/satellite units. Alone, each device doesn’t cost that much but consider the cumulative effect of several devices drawing phantom loads over the course of a year. This can add up to significant cash vanishing from your bank account!

Unplug!
While it’s not realistic to unplug devices that feature clocks and timers due to the necessity of resetting lost data as a result of power loss, you can easily unplug laptop, tablet, cell phone, camera and power tool chargers when not in direct use.

Use Advanced Power Strips
An Advanced Power Strip manages vampire load for you so that when you turn off devices such as your TV, your entire home theater system including DVD player and game console, turn off as well. Use an Advanced Power Strip for any cluster of electronics you want to control with the flip of a single switch or the click of a remote control.

Choose ENERGY STAR® Products and Save!
ENERGY STAR® qualified electronics offer the same features and technology as non-qualified products, but they use less energy.

Green Computing
Another step you can take is to activate the power management feature available via your computer’s operating system. This will allow you to reduce energy usage and costs by putting the computer into a low-power “sleep” mode when you aren’t using it. A simple touch of the mouse or keyboard will “wake” the computer up in seconds.

You can also set your system to “hibernate” which puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk and then turns off the computer. Hibernation uses less power than sleep (and protects unsaved files from any power interruptions), but takes longer to wake up.

Enabling power management features on your computer could save you anywhere from 100 to 600 kWh per year depending on your computer usage. These savings are equivalent to anywhere from $9 to $54 per year at 9 cents per kWh.

Easy, step-by-step instructions to activate power management on your computers are available via Energy Star here.

Realistic Savings
According to the ENERGY STAR® program, the average U.S. household spends $100 per year to power devices in standby mode and chargers that are not in direct use. For those that think this insignificant in terms of your bank account, consider this: on a national basis, standby power accounts for more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of annual U.S. electricity consumption and more than $10 billion in annual energy costs.

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101 Uses for Electrical Tape

Part of ensuring our customer’s satisfaction is to carefully clean up after every project so there is no dust left behind and any furniture or other objects that were moved are put back into place. There is, however, one item that is often overlooked: electrical tape! Most likely because it can very easily roll underneath furniture without notice, electrical tape can be left behind.

In case you’re wondering what to do with that electrical tape the electrician left behind once your cat tires of using it as a hockey puck, we wanted to give you a few ideas. Although it is not as versatile as duct tape, it has many applications that are not electrical related. We couldn’t actually think of 101 alternative uses but that makes for a better blog post title, don’t you agree?

About Electrical Tape
First invented by 3M, electrical tape is a pressure-sensitive tape used to insulate electrical wires and other materials that conduct electricity. It is composed of either plastics, vinyl or fiberglass cloth. Vinyl is the most popular composition as it stretches well and provides long lasting protection.

Available in a wide variety of colors, black is typically used most by electricians. Other colors are generally used to indicate a special purpose: red, blue and white are used in low voltage applications for sheathing. Brown, orange, yellow and gray are used with high voltage, green indicates Earth grounding and green with yellow stripes is used in cases of isolated grounding.

Because electrical tape is generally easily torn by hand, can be written on and typically pulls away from surfaces cleanly it is often used for non-electrical applications such as labeling and for creative craft projects.

Alternative Uses for Electrical Tape
Due to its flexibility, ability to remove cleanly and the variety of colors available there are several non-electrical uses for electrical tape.

  • Theater Productions: Securing stage lighting cables & marketing positions on the stage during rehearsals.
  • Sports: Soccer and football players use it to keep their shin guards from sipping. Rugby teams have been known to tape their ears back to prevent cuts and abrasions.
  • Musicians: Drummers in marching bands use colored tape to wrap their drum sticks; this not only makes the sticks more durable, but also draws attention to them when playing. Many musicians also wrap their fingers before a long session or performance to help prevent blisters.
  • Organization: Electrical tape is great for color coding and, because you can write on it, labeling purposes.
  • Rubik’s Cube®: Perfectly replacing the original stickers when they begin to peel.
  • General Repairs: Electrical tape has been used to repair anything and everything including bicycles, computer components, etc.

Craft Projects
Highly creative people who think outside the box have discovered many crafty uses for electrical tape. Some leave us scratching our head wondering, “Why?” Among the ideas we found in a brief online search:

General Craft Projects

Creating Wall Art with Electrical Tape (Beginners)

Creating Wall Art with Electrical Tape (Pro) 

  • Bird: A bird spanning the corner of a room. The artist spent over 300 hours working on this labor of love. You can see his blog post here.
  • Woman: Another amazing piece of wall art depicting a woman. This piece was reportedly created freehand.
  • Wall Mural: If you’re REALLY ambitious you could try something like this wall mural shown in a time-lapse video. Wonder how long this took to create?

Wacky Uses for Electrical Tape
We actually don’t recommend electrical tape for this type of application. This should be considered a good example of what not to do with electrical tape.

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Why??? Electrical Tape Wallet

WARNING: It is extremely important to note that duct tape, highly popular for it’s many uses, is NOT a safe substitution for electrical tape in electrical related applications.

Get Your Own Electrical Tape!
If you would like Nisat Electric to leave behind a roll of electrical tape during your next electrical repair or electrical installation, visit our website for more information.

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Nisat Electric is proud to maintain three different categories of electrician licenses in the State of Texas: Electrical Contractor, Master Electrician and Journeyman Electrician.  Please, take a few minutes to check out our reviews and licensure in the State of Texas and you will understand why thousands of customers entrust their electrical installation and repairs to Nisat Electric!

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