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3 Best Practices for Understanding Electrical Power Outages and Restoration

Posted by Scott Ranck on Sep 18, 2017 4:28:06 PM

Florida just was hit by Hurricane Irma causing the single largest power outage and recovery of its kind in the history of the United States. We are accustomed to having electricity without interruption 24/7 in our country. In this blog, I want to give a basic understanding of why our power goes out whether because of a small thing or a major disaster like a hurricane.

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Topics: electric, safety, hurricane, Hurricane Preparedness, power outage, restoration

Ask The Energy Expert—Understanding The Changing World of Electric Utilities

Posted by Scott Ranck on Jan 31, 2017 3:08:27 PM

 

The history of the electric utility in the United States is an amazing study. I will only touch the highlights in this article. By 1879, Thomas Edison, after many failed attempts finally invented an electric incandescent light bulb. Within a few short years by 1882, the first small electric generating plant was developed to serve a small area of residences and businesses to power their electric lighting in Manhattan. Most public lighting up until this time used natural gas. Several small electric generation plants sprung up at this time but could only serve customers within one mile of the plant.

Edison, who was a better inventor than businessman, hired a young man named Samuel Insull. Over the next four decades, Insull, developed what we know today as the vertically integrated utility which combines electric generation, electric transmission and electric distribution. 

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Topics: electric, electric utilities

3 Ways To Achieving The Perfect Temperature For Your Pool This Summer

Posted by Scott Ranck on Jun 23, 2016 11:40:30 AM

Pool heating is not a one size fits all proposition. There are many homes with swimming pools in Florida and with our climate the swimming season may be all year long. I get many questions about pool heating and the best way to heat your pool.

 

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Topics: Residential, Natural Gas, propane, electric, Pool Heaters, summer

8 Ways to Reduce Your Summer Utility Bill

Posted by Mason Brock on Jun 8, 2015 11:40:00 AM

Well folks, it’s that time of year again! Temperature’s rising, kids are out of school and electric meters are spinning like a crazy. For most Floridians, this is the costliest time of year. So, let’s discover 8 major ways you can save money on your monthly utility bill and still have a fun summer with the familiy!

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Topics: Energy Conservation, Residential, Energy Efficiency, electric

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