Calling all city workers: which one of you wouldn’t want to be able to check for outed street lighting from the comfort of your desk?
We thought so.
Enter the lighting system Tvilight, invented by Dutch designer Chintan Shah, who, on a flight over Europe one day, noticed that desolate streets were lit at night when no one was there to require illumination. As he began to ask questions about the cost of needlessly burning bulbs, he discovered that a great deal of money could be saved with a lighting system that only turns on when needed.
Smart Street Lights
Can you imagine a streetlamp that anticipates your arrival and turns on as you walk by? This lamp could change color, announce that its bulb was getting low, and save communities billions of dollars in lighting costs. Tvilight does just that.
If you are looking to add atmosphere to your home, a new sound system may do the trick. Music makes every get-together better and can renew and motivate you as you go about your daily work, exercise routines, and relaxation time. However, relying on an old boom box or outdated sound system to deliver the ambience you need is far from inspiring and can lead to toiling over complex cables and control panels to get the coordinated sound you want, or blasting speakers in one room so you can hear the music in another (hello, irritated neighbors!).
Baby, it’s cold outside! Snow’s coming down like nobody’s business, and you’re busy battening down the hatches in anticipation of a cold couple of days.
You may not think that icy, snowy weather affects your home’s electrical systems to the same degree that it might, let’s say, affect your plumbing. However, there are multiple ways in which inclement weather can alter the way your home runs.
Consider the following in order to troubleshoot any problems that arise as a result of the change in weather.
Space Heaters: Still Not a Good Idea
When you’re trying to save money on heating and a winter storm hits, portable space heaters may seem like an excellent alternative to conventional heating. However, space heaters, as you may be aware, are incredibly dangerous and can cause electrical fires in the blink of an eye.
Storms or utility failures can strike at any time and devastate your power supply in seconds. Whether its winter or summer, a loss of power can make living in your home physically uncomfortable, due to extremes in temperature, and limit your ability to see and perform basic activities after dark. In addition, power that is down for even a few hours can cause the contents of your refrigerator to turn and inhibit the function of important household technologies, like your sump pump (particularly necessary during storms).
So what are your options? Here at Prairie Electric, we only recommend the best, most energy-efficient solutions to your energy problems. Kohler 8.5 Res Generators are in high demand and can provide your home with the power you need, as soon as you need it. A few benefits of this generator include:
A commercial-grade engine is built into each of these generators, one that can withstand large workloads for years to come.
The lights are out, but everyone’s still home in downtown Portland.
A power outage occurred on Sunday that put Portland’s City Hall, Portland Building, and Multnomah County Courthouse, as well as much of the Pioneer Place shopping district, out of commission.
Court employees stood outside this morning to inform both employees and those scheduled for court appearances to come back Tuesday with hopes that the power will be back on. All court cases will be rescheduled due to the lack of lights, heating, and computers.
Individuals looking to pay traffic tickets or resolve family court cases are out of luck, a shock that many found frustrating, according to reports in The Oregonian. In addition to government buildings, the outage has taken down bank towers as well as many of the upscale stores near Pioneer Place and residential buildings nearby, a crushing setback for both business owners depending on holiday revenue and residents enduring one of the coldest winters Portland has experienced in decades.