Alternative Energy Solutions provided by Advanced Electric of Skagit County

Advanced Electric of Skagit County LLC has completed Solar Energy International (SEI) training. We have the knowledge and capability to design and install solar panels for your home or business.

Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credits
Consumers who install solar electric systems can receive a 30% tax credit for systems placed in service from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2016; the previous tax credit cap of $2,000 no longer applies. In addition, consumers who install small wind systems can receive a tax credit up to $4,000. Geothermal heat pumps also qualify for tax credits up to $2,000.

The advantages of solar power are far-reaching. Although solar power is an energy source that we have only recently tapped into, it may easily become the most important energy source of the future. This is because of the many advantages of solar power.

What are the advantages of solar power?

It is a renewable resource. We do not have to worry about the sun ever going away (after all, if it did, we would be dead). Although it may disappear behind a few clouds for a few minutes, disappear completely at night, or for hours during the winter, we can always expect it to come back in full force.

Solar power is non-polluting. Unlike oil, solar power does not emit any greenhouse gases or carcinogens into the air. Solar power is good for the environment (at least, it certainly is not harmful like other sources of power!)

The light and energy from the sun is free. In other words, once you have your solar lights or solar panels set up, etc., you are not going to have to pay to run them.

Solar cells require very little maintenance, greatly because there are no moving parts that must be maintained.

Solar cells can last a lifetime.

Solar power is silent powered. The methods used to find and extract oil can be very noisy. Even wind power can create a lot of noise. Solar power, on the other hand, is completely silent.

There are so many advantages of solar power that it is amazing that it is not yet more common. Perhaps the main reason for this is that at the onset, solar power can be expensive. Solar cells are not cheap. Of course, technology for this is improving, and it will continue to improve as the cost of other forms of power increase.

Energy efficient LED lighting

Why LED's?
As a rule, LED bulbs use 90% less electricity than standard bulbs. They have an unparalleled even spectrum of light and have a lifespan beyond ten years. LED's provide us the most efficient way to save energy and conserve our natural resources. If LED's were implemented right now universally, we would not need to build another power plant. LEDs would actually eliminate the need for over 30 existing power plants!

Do LED light bulbs contain mercury?
No. LED bulbs do not contain mercury. They can actually be recycled as they do not contain hazardous substances and are manufactured without hazardous substances.

How do LED light bulbs compare to CFL bulbs?
Studies show LED light bulbs use 50% less energy than CFL bulbs and in many cases last 10 times longer than CFL light bulbs. They are much more durable, environmentally friendly, vibration and shock resistant and offer excellent light quality, both indoor and outdoor.


Do LED bulbs produce as much heat as CFL or Incandescent bulbs?
LED light bulbs emit much less heat than a CFL or incandescent bulb. In many cases, you can actually feel the temperature difference just by being near the light. LED light bulbs will always operate at a lower temperature than a CFL or incandescent which has immediate benefits in reduced cooling bills in the summer months where we are paying for our Air Conditioning to cool our offices.

Why are LED lights more expensive?
LED light bulbs use an actual circuit board to operate and are made of electronic components. Essentially, they could be considered an electronic device. This technology continues to gain advantages almost daily. The manufacturing and supply/demand of general lighting products are gearing up today, and we will see costs continue to decline as the adoption rate of LED Lighting increases.

Is LED light a different type of light?
Yes, LED light is said to be a safer, healthier light. LEDs do NOT produce any sort of ultraviolet radiation which causes fabric fading, color fading in Art, carpeting and other soft goods. There is none of the 'buzzing' or 'flickering' that many people are sensitive to with LED Lights. Residential and especially commercial and industrial plants, stores libraries, galleries, and warehouses can immediately benefit from LED Lighting.

How long do LEDs for general lighting really last?
Remember, the longevity of LED Lighting can be 100,000 hours. LED’s are Solid State devices (SSL – or “solid state lighting”); they will not burn out. Life expectancy for SSL lighting is upwards of 50,000 to 100,000 hours or more which means no maintenance costs for facilities workers to replace lights. Over time, the cost of the fluorescent or incandescent bulbs themselves can add up to a significant savings when converting to LED’s.

LED lights are typically rated to last about 100,000 hours. An incandescent light bulb is rated for about 1000 hours. CFLs or Fluorescent Tube lights are rated for 6-8000 hours. The product replacement cost math is easy.

Safety Tips
Advanced Electric wants to keep you and your family safe with the following Home Electrical Safety Tips:
Check for loose fitting plugs as they may overheat.
Make sure cords are not cracked or frayed.
Keep cords out of high-traffic areas in your home.
Extension cords should be used only temporarily, not on a permanent basis.

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