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By Southgate Electric 22 Feb, 2017

The furious pace of globalization has made the competition for resources ever greater, sending business owners scrambling to implement energy-efficient solutions that effectively lower operational costs and carbon footprints alike. We at Southgate Electric Limited have already told you how easy it can be to plan an upgrade to your building’s lighting system , so today we’ll be following up on that post with a deeper look into some of the most popular eco-friendly lighting solutions on the market beyond switching out incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents and LEDs.

We don’t normally associate the term “human error” with flipping a light switch on and off, but our power bills beg to differ. Very often times, we forget to turn lights off, or leave them on longer than we need. A great solution to these problems is to install an occupancy sensor, which will turn the lights off soon after everyone has left the room. These motion-detecting systems are also very popular in outdoor security, since you can still deter trespassers without leaving your high-powered spotlights on all night.

On the subject of night lighting, businesses can attract a lot of customer attention through use of illuminated signage. Once again, however, the cost of electricity outweighs the benefits in the middle of the night when potential customers are all asleep and nowhere near your shop. Installing a combination of photocell and timer is a sensible option that will allow you to make full use of your signage without wasting power when you don’t need it.

Similarly, there are lighting systems that respond to ambient daylight, or the lack thereof. Utilizing a dimmer, the luminosity of your lamps will gradually increase as the sun goes down - once again only using what you need when you need it. This is the core philosophy of smart lighting systems, since a high-efficiency light bulb is truly only as efficient as its usage. Can you really afford to continue illuminating your business with out-dated systems (especially considering that the Canadian government will subsidize your investment )? Southgate Electric Limited is ready to help you take that first step to a more streamline bottom line, so give us a call to schedule a complete evaluation of your current system.

By Southgate Electric 22 Feb, 2017

These days, it’s no secret that traditional incandescent light bulbs have a dim future as a lighting solution for homes and offices. While they cost less per bulb than compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), they vastly under perform when it comes to power consumption and lifespan. When you’re looking to improve your business’s bottom line or reduce the carbon footprint of your home, upgrading those old bulbs along with installing high-efficiency fixtures and automated lighting controls can make a huge difference.

Energy-Saving Plan

In January 2014, the Parliament of Canada passed Amendment 12B, which updates the minimum energy performance standards for incandescent bulbs , in an effort to combat carbon emissions and save money. However, you’re still much better off going with CFLs, which use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and have nearly six times the lifespan while costing less than a dollar more per bulb. LEDs save even more in the long run, especially since prices for these versatile and energy-sipping lamps continually fall year after year.

Rebates and Incentives

Integrated Energy Star lighting fixtures combined with automated control systems go beyond raw efficiency to create further savings. The right fixtures will distribute the light they produce in a way that will better compliment the layout of your property, while automatic dimmers and switches will ensure that you’re using only as much energy as you need, when you actually need it. Investing in high-efficiency lamps and smart lighting systems can save up to 8 cents/kWh, for an average of 15-30% off of your annual power bill.


If the savings alone aren’t enough to convince you to make the switch, BC Hydro offers a variety of financial incentives for businesses to upgrade their lighting systems . With the built-in value and the existing subsidies, you really can’t afford NOT to upgrade the lighting in your business (your CFO will agree!) Beginning the process couldn’t be easier either; just give Southgate Electric Limited a call, and we’ll send out one of our technicians to make an expert assessment of your existing infrastructure. We’ll calculate your energy usage, and help you develop a new plan to slash costs and improve your bottom line, all while combating climate change!

By Southgate Electric 22 Feb, 2017

People are now more highly educated than they’ve ever been; yet meaningful and steady employment can remain elusive. Young adults often feel they must pursue ever-higher forms of education while saddling themselves with tremendous debt just to keep up. Amidst this feverish focus on academia, many people have found that traditional vocations and trades still provide a great opportunity to acquire highly useful skills that all but guarantee job security, comfortable incomes and a high level of personal satisfaction. Today, we’ll be talking about how surprisingly easy it can be to take control of your future and launch into a gratifying career as an electrician.

The first thing you need to know is that there’s never been a better time to become an electrician! The one-two punch of recent turbulence in Canada’s construction markets and the en-masse retirement of the baby-boomer generation has left a lot of room for ambitious and intelligent young people to thrive in the trade. While the standards for training are rigorous, nearly anyone with enough drive can become an electrician.

Membership in most electrician unions requires a high school diploma or GED, along with a completed electrical apprenticeship. But what exactly is an apprenticeship? Generally speaking, it is an opportunity to gain trade experience while working on the job (with pay!), combined with intermittent schooling periods to build a knowledge base that will ultimately help you pass the exam to become a licensed journeyman electrician. Unlike at a university, you will only be studying what you need to know to become a better electrician, and thus the curriculum can be condensed into a shorter time period (and is much less expensive). If you had a knack for math and physics classes in high school, you’ll find the program challenging, but very rewarding.

Finding an apprenticeship isn’t difficult either! There are many companies that offer apprenticeship programs all over the country. Having trade school experience or a pre-apprenticeship may give you a leg up, but are in many cases not strictly required. In fact, we here at Southgate Electric Limited are always on the lookout for driven individuals with analytical mindsets and a passion for learning and problem solving to help jump start their career as an electrician! Please feel free to get in touch with us, and we’ll answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

By Southgate Electric 22 Feb, 2017

Have you found yourself wondering if there is something more fulfilling you could be doing, career-wise? Well, you’re certainly not alone. In recent years, the price of higher education has risen as prospects for meaningful employment for new graduates have dropped. However, job security and personal satisfaction can still be found without going into massive amounts of debt! Today, we will discuss whether a hands-on career as a professional electrician might be right for you.

Recent labour statistics have shown a renewed interest in time-honored trades as viable career paths. Resurgence in BC’s construction market has created a need for skilled workers, while trade schools and unions have in turn upped their recruitment game. Becoming an electrical apprentice has proven to be a reliable way for people to regain control over their career paths in uncertain times. While the path to becoming a gainfully employed journeyman is indeed well paved, it takes a specific mindset to truly thrive.

Industrial, automotive, marine and residential electricians may perform very different tasks, but nonetheless have an inquisitive, self-motivated mindset in common. The ability to analyze real-world problems and come up with practical solutions stems from a natural curiosity of how the world around you works. Electrical fieldwork will have you applying your skills to a wide diversity of challenging tasks. You’ll never be bored by the daily grind behind a desk!

A good electrician enjoys working with their hands, and is always looking to improve their skill set. The ability to conceptualize problems in mathematical terms is central to any electrician’s success. There is a high degree of self-actualization associated with this career; the more work you put into bettering your abilities, the more likely clients will trust you to do business with again and again.

In a previous post, we discussed how becoming an electrical apprentice is easy for folks with the right inclinations and drive. If you’re an analytical thinker who works well with like-minded people to tackle tough jobs, you may make a great electrician. At the end of the day, you’ll feel a sense of pride while taking home a comfortable salary. If you have any questions about apprenticeships or the electrical field in general, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at South gate Electric Limited.


By RTOWN 19 Sep, 2016

It’s no secret that the DIY ethos is immensely rewarding. Doing your research and getting your hands dirty will leave you satisfied with a job well done at the end of the day. However, electrical work poses unique challenges that can lead you into serious trouble unless you have years of experience in the field. Even then, there are details that you can miss that may put you at risk for massive logistical headaches or even physical harm. Today, we’ll discuss the top 5 reasons you should hire a professional electrician:

 

1.     Knowing the ins and outs of the Canadian Electrical Code – The CE code regulates many important facto rs in an effort to guarantee sound electrical work. A professional electrician will adhere to the best industry practices and use only up-to-code equipment, allowing them to perform safe and efficient installations and maintenance.

2.     Avoiding the risk of electrocution – This one may seem obvious, but the danger cannot be overstated. Electricians have the experience and technical training necessary to avoid the pitfalls and oversights that can lead to injury or even death by electrocution.

3.     Meeting insurance requirements – Insurance companies are in the business of weighing and mitigating risk. You’ll want the electrical components on your property to easily pass all safety inspections in order to negotiate better rates.

4.     Saving money in the long term – There’s a saying: “buy nice or buy twice.” Cutting corners may allow you to lower upfront costs of additions to your home, but when something goes wrong the damage will likely cost far more to fix than your initial savings. Hiring a competent electrician doesn’t always come cheap, but when you compare it to the risk of fire or the cost of replacing damaged components, the choice should be pretty easy.

5.     Retaining peace of mind – Simply put, professional electricians remove the guesswork that can haunt you long after a project’s completion. Installation, maintenance and troubleshooting are all made far easier by hiring well-equipped and experienced experts. The work is guaranteed, and you won’t have to worry about something going horribly wrong later on.

 

If you’re planning a renovation or addition to your home in Kamloops, give Southgate Electric Limited a call at 250-828-2206 to ensure the job gets done right the first time!

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By Southgate Electric 22 Feb, 2017

The furious pace of globalization has made the competition for resources ever greater, sending business owners scrambling to implement energy-efficient solutions that effectively lower operational costs and carbon footprints alike. We at Southgate Electric Limited have already told you how easy it can be to plan an upgrade to your building’s lighting system , so today we’ll be following up on that post with a deeper look into some of the most popular eco-friendly lighting solutions on the market beyond switching out incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents and LEDs.

We don’t normally associate the term “human error” with flipping a light switch on and off, but our power bills beg to differ. Very often times, we forget to turn lights off, or leave them on longer than we need. A great solution to these problems is to install an occupancy sensor, which will turn the lights off soon after everyone has left the room. These motion-detecting systems are also very popular in outdoor security, since you can still deter trespassers without leaving your high-powered spotlights on all night.

On the subject of night lighting, businesses can attract a lot of customer attention through use of illuminated signage. Once again, however, the cost of electricity outweighs the benefits in the middle of the night when potential customers are all asleep and nowhere near your shop. Installing a combination of photocell and timer is a sensible option that will allow you to make full use of your signage without wasting power when you don’t need it.

Similarly, there are lighting systems that respond to ambient daylight, or the lack thereof. Utilizing a dimmer, the luminosity of your lamps will gradually increase as the sun goes down - once again only using what you need when you need it. This is the core philosophy of smart lighting systems, since a high-efficiency light bulb is truly only as efficient as its usage. Can you really afford to continue illuminating your business with out-dated systems (especially considering that the Canadian government will subsidize your investment )? Southgate Electric Limited is ready to help you take that first step to a more streamline bottom line, so give us a call to schedule a complete evaluation of your current system.

By Southgate Electric 22 Feb, 2017

These days, it’s no secret that traditional incandescent light bulbs have a dim future as a lighting solution for homes and offices. While they cost less per bulb than compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), they vastly under perform when it comes to power consumption and lifespan. When you’re looking to improve your business’s bottom line or reduce the carbon footprint of your home, upgrading those old bulbs along with installing high-efficiency fixtures and automated lighting controls can make a huge difference.

Energy-Saving Plan

In January 2014, the Parliament of Canada passed Amendment 12B, which updates the minimum energy performance standards for incandescent bulbs , in an effort to combat carbon emissions and save money. However, you’re still much better off going with CFLs, which use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and have nearly six times the lifespan while costing less than a dollar more per bulb. LEDs save even more in the long run, especially since prices for these versatile and energy-sipping lamps continually fall year after year.

Rebates and Incentives

Integrated Energy Star lighting fixtures combined with automated control systems go beyond raw efficiency to create further savings. The right fixtures will distribute the light they produce in a way that will better compliment the layout of your property, while automatic dimmers and switches will ensure that you’re using only as much energy as you need, when you actually need it. Investing in high-efficiency lamps and smart lighting systems can save up to 8 cents/kWh, for an average of 15-30% off of your annual power bill.


If the savings alone aren’t enough to convince you to make the switch, BC Hydro offers a variety of financial incentives for businesses to upgrade their lighting systems . With the built-in value and the existing subsidies, you really can’t afford NOT to upgrade the lighting in your business (your CFO will agree!) Beginning the process couldn’t be easier either; just give Southgate Electric Limited a call, and we’ll send out one of our technicians to make an expert assessment of your existing infrastructure. We’ll calculate your energy usage, and help you develop a new plan to slash costs and improve your bottom line, all while combating climate change!

By Southgate Electric 22 Feb, 2017

People are now more highly educated than they’ve ever been; yet meaningful and steady employment can remain elusive. Young adults often feel they must pursue ever-higher forms of education while saddling themselves with tremendous debt just to keep up. Amidst this feverish focus on academia, many people have found that traditional vocations and trades still provide a great opportunity to acquire highly useful skills that all but guarantee job security, comfortable incomes and a high level of personal satisfaction. Today, we’ll be talking about how surprisingly easy it can be to take control of your future and launch into a gratifying career as an electrician.

The first thing you need to know is that there’s never been a better time to become an electrician! The one-two punch of recent turbulence in Canada’s construction markets and the en-masse retirement of the baby-boomer generation has left a lot of room for ambitious and intelligent young people to thrive in the trade. While the standards for training are rigorous, nearly anyone with enough drive can become an electrician.

Membership in most electrician unions requires a high school diploma or GED, along with a completed electrical apprenticeship. But what exactly is an apprenticeship? Generally speaking, it is an opportunity to gain trade experience while working on the job (with pay!), combined with intermittent schooling periods to build a knowledge base that will ultimately help you pass the exam to become a licensed journeyman electrician. Unlike at a university, you will only be studying what you need to know to become a better electrician, and thus the curriculum can be condensed into a shorter time period (and is much less expensive). If you had a knack for math and physics classes in high school, you’ll find the program challenging, but very rewarding.

Finding an apprenticeship isn’t difficult either! There are many companies that offer apprenticeship programs all over the country. Having trade school experience or a pre-apprenticeship may give you a leg up, but are in many cases not strictly required. In fact, we here at Southgate Electric Limited are always on the lookout for driven individuals with analytical mindsets and a passion for learning and problem solving to help jump start their career as an electrician! Please feel free to get in touch with us, and we’ll answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

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