Safety Practices You Should Adopt When Using Portable Generators

Posted on February 23, 2017
A home electrical generator can be a convenient source of emergency power in case of a storm or other outage. Portable, gasoline-powered units are often chosen by homeowners, as they are readily available for purchase at home-improvement and hardware stores. However, misuse or improper maintenance of portable units can be dangerous to homeowners, and that is why it is  important to understand the principles of safe operation. Below are several safety practices you should heed in order to... Read more

Know What to Look for When Buying a Residential Generator

Posted on January 18, 2017
If you live in a cold weather region like southeast Michigan, you don't want to find yourself without heat and electricity as the result of a power outage following a severe snowstorm. Even a short power outage can lead to frozen pipes, food spoilage, no phone service, and no water supply when a well pump stops working. But when shopping for a standby generator to meet the needs of your household, there are several key factors to consider. Sizing Manufacturers rate standby, or... Read more

3 Commonly Asked Questions About Choosing a Generator for Your Home

Posted on January 13, 2017
Electricity is a mainstay of modern life and it is essential to lead a comfortable and safe existence. Americans often take power for granted, and when there is a power outage, it can make life difficult, and in some cases, life-threatening. If you live in a region that experiences freezing winters or scorching summer heat, or you or a family member rely on medical machinery to stay alive, a power outage could prove to be fatal. Power outages are often the result of serious weather... Read more

Oak Electric Earns Esteemed 2016 Angies List Super Service Award

Posted on January 13, 2017
Award reflects Oak Electric and their consistently high level of customer service. Oak Electric has earned the home service industry coveted Angies List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016. This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly... Read more

Extension Cord Safety

Posted on December 20, 2016
Extension cords can be a real convenience when it comes to powering electrical devices around the home. However, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), the improper use of extension cords is responsible for some 3,300 home fires annually, 50 deaths and more than 270 injuries. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when used improperly, so keep these important tips in mind to protect your home and workplace. The best type of extension cord is one... Read more

3 Reasons You Should Get a Standby Generator This Winter

Posted on December 12, 2016
3 Reasons You Should Get a Standby Generator This Winter   Picture this. It's the middle of winter. A huge snowstorm comes off of Lake Huron, and sits on Southeastern Michigan. If you're from this part of the country, you've experienced one of these storm cycles. It can snow, seemingly nonstop, for days. Pipes freeze. Schools close. Snow plows work overtime. The power goes out. Without a backup generator, that means your house is going to get cold—really, really cold. You... Read more

Oak Electric Offers Lumina RF Automation System for Home and Business

Posted on December 9, 2016
If you are looking for the latest technology to control lighting and appliances and help you manage energy where you live or work, Oak Electric offers the Lumina Gateway Hub from Leviton. This sophisticated wireless gateway controls up to 40 wireless Lumina RF-connected devices (sold separately) and provides remote control through your smartphone or tablet with the free Lumina mobile app. The Lumina RF system is ideal for homes, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, retail shops, franchise... Read more

Great Home Generator Choice: The 22 kW Guardian® Series from Generac

Posted on November 29, 2016
As one of southeast Michigan’s largest generator dealers, Oak Electric installs a wide range of automatic standby generators for our residential customers. Among our most popular are the 22 kW Guardian Series from Generac. Here are just a few features of the 22kW Guardian generators that make it a great choice: Largest air-cooled home standby generator on the market, capable of providing whole house coverage Lowest cost per kilowatt of any air-cooled home standby... Read more

Call Oak Electric for Residential Solar Power

Posted on October 27, 2016
The majority of Michigan’s electricity still comes from coal-fired plants, nuclear power and natural gas. However, solar power is beginning to catch on. Although Michigan is a northern state and has harsh winters, it still receives enough sunlight to warrant the use of solar power. While the state ranks thirty-second in the nation for solar capacity, solar installations were up by 33 percent in 2014. Oak Electric Service is one of Southeast Michigan’s leading solar panel system... Read more

New North American Clean Energy Pledge

Posted on October 24, 2016
The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico met on June 29th to pledge to source half of the continent’s overall electricity with clean power by 2025. That’s a big jump from last year’s 37 percent level but it is a feasible goal based on improving energy efficiency and increasing reliance on solar, wind and other clean energy sources. The new commitment includes not just renewables but also nuclear and carbon capture and storage plants and energy efficiency. Under that... Read more

Tamper Resistant Receptacles Can Protect Your Child

Posted on October 22, 2016
Our homes wouldn’t function without the electrical outlets and receptacles that are standard equipment for every room. But these commonplace devices pose a constant and real danger when young children are around. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), each year 2,400 children in the U.S. are treated for injuries caused by electrical outlets, and an estimated six to 12 fatalities occur. Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs) provide a simple, affordable, reliable... Read more

Community Solar Growing in Michigan

Posted on October 19, 2016
Shared renewable energy, also known as “community solar” or a “solar garden,” is an arrangement in which multiple energy customers share the benefits of one local renewable energy (in this case, solar) power plant. Community Solar is being adopted across the country and in Michigan. It allows groups of people to invest in a solar energy system built in their community and by their community. The shared renewables project pools investments from multiple members of a community and... Read more

Answers to 3 Common Questions About Generators

Posted on October 17, 2016
Michigan is no stranger to storms, and 2016 is no exception. Several huge storms have already swept through Michigan this year, knocking out power for hundreds or even thousands of residents throughout the state in September and July. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to ensure your home is never left in the dark during a storm. When you install a whole-home generator, you never need to worry about losing power, whether there’s a problem with the electrical grid or your area goes through... Read more

What is Net Metering?

Posted on October 16, 2016
Solar power only works when the sun is shining directly on the panels. That’s why most solar panel users still need to rely on the grid for power when the sun isn’t shining. At the same time, during the day, most solar customers will produce more electricity than they consume. Unfortunately, there currently is no easy, affordable way to store the excess solar energy, although research to develop storage batteries is ongoing and promising. So what happens to the excess energy produced?... Read more

Electrical Safety Tips for Students in College

Posted on October 14, 2016
According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters respond to an average of 3,810 fires at college residence halls and fraternity and sorority housing each year. Today’s college student uses many electronics for school, work and play. But if not used properly, these otherwise helpful gadgets can become electric hazards. Dorm residents live in a community, so you could be protecting your fellow residents as well as yourself. Here are some basic tips on electrical safety... Read more

Time to Focus on Your Furnace Filter

Posted on October 12, 2016
Even though the temperatures are still high, you can start to smell a touch of Fall in the air. It won’t be long before you need to crank up the furnace to take the edge off the cooler temperatures. Most furnace filters are simple devices but they serve us well in removing dust, dander and other large particulates floating in the air in our homes. They also help your furnace work more efficiently and last longer. Today’s homes are built with tighter tolerances and better seals which... Read more

Solar Power Installations Nearing Record Growth in U.S.

Posted on October 11, 2016
Solar power has experienced more than a decade of record-breaking growth in the United States. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the U.S. solar market is on track to grow an estimated 119 percent in 2016 alone. The utility-scale segment will experience the largest growth—about 16 gigawatts (GW) or 74 percent of all solar installations for the year. This more than doubles the he record-breaking 7.3 GW installed in 2015 and puts the U.S. on the verge of a 1... Read more

Oak Electric Has a Generac Generator for Commercial Applications

Posted on October 11, 2016
As a business owner, you know that lost power can mean lost revenue and even irreparable damage to your brand's reputation. Oak Electric makes it our business to protect your business from outage-related losses. Whether your business is mission-critical or you just want to ensure service to customers when there’s a power outage, Oak Electric can install the right Generac backup generator to help you protect your bottom line. Generac standby power systems can be applied to virtually any... Read more

DTE Offers Electric Vehicle Charging Rate Options

Posted on February 23, 2015
If you own or are considering the purchase of a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV), be sure to call Oak Electric Service for the installation of your electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). You will also be glad to know that DTE Energy offers a special electric vehicle charging rate. Most PEV drivers will charge their vehicle’s rechargeable onboard battery packs overnight at home. The battery packs can be charged from two types of outlets: Level 1 (120 volts) and Level 2 (240 volts). The... Read more

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

Oak Electric Can Help You Prepare Now For Spring Storms

Posted on February 9, 2015
It may only be February, but you know there will be some significant stormy weather come Spring in Michigan. As a Generac Authorized dealer, Oak Electric brings you peace of mind with a full line of reliable Generac generators—from home backup generators to business standby generators to portable generators. One example is Generac’s Guardian 11 kW Generator which provides essential circuit power protection for your home, ensuring the necessities remain powered during an outage. The system... Read more

Michigan Third in Most Power Outages in 2013

Posted on January 23, 2015
According to power management company Eaton, in 2013 California (for the fifth year running) topped the list of states with the most power outages, followed by Texas and Michigan. Eaton’s Blackout Tracker data is based on a full year of reported power outages across the U.S. and is organized into two sections: an overview of national power outage data and power outage data by state. On average, 6,543 people were affected for over three hours per outage in 2013 and power failures caused... Read more

Michigan Third in Most Power Outages in 2013

Posted on January 23, 2015
According to power management company Eaton, in 2013 California (for the fifth year running) topped the list of states with the most power outages, followed by Texas and Michigan. Eaton’s Blackout Tracker data is based on a full year of reported power outages across the U.S. and is organized into two sections: an overview of national power outage data and power outage data by state. On average, 6,543 people were affected for over three hours per outage in 2013 and power failures caused... Read more

USA, Not China, is #1 in Wind Energy

Posted on January 16, 2015
You may have heard that China leads the world in terms of megawatts (MW) of wind turbines installed. But a better measure of wind energy production is actually the total amount of electricity, measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh), that a country produces from wind and delivers to customers. And in this regard, it is the United States that leads the world in the amount of wind energy that powers its grid. Capacity (MW) measures wind turbine production and installation, but it is the electrical... Read more

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

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