Sparking Awareness: Resources for Electrical Safety

The month of May has Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Star Wars Day, and Victoria Day in Canada. But did you know that the entire month of May is National Electrical Safety Month?

Safety is probably already at the top of your list like it is for us. So to kick off National Electrical Safety Month, we are sharing some resources from the experts. Stay safe and spark awareness, not injuries!

~Kristine

 

Partner Spotlight: Square D Is A Winner!

We already knew that Square D by Schneider Electric was a brand with a history of innovation and trust, but we are excited to report that their energy center was recently recognized with the 2020 Global Innovation Award from the National Association of Home Builders. The Square D Energy Center specifically won the Product of the Year award for its proficiency in home energy control and monitoring. It will be available in spring 2021.

The energy center includes “whole-home surge protection, EV connectivity, the Qwik-Connect solar inverter, a backup interface module, [and] a backup-ready panel” in the redesign of the residential electrical panel, powered by Schneider Electric’s Wiser Energy intelligence. While a Tesla and solar panels do not come with the energy center, the emphasis on adaptability and sustainability in home energy use is an asset to its innovation. Making whole-home surge protection a standard part of the energy center offers maximum protection, and we could see this technology becoming more popular, especially as the spring storm season rolls in.

Our congratulations go out to Square D for this wonderful accomplishment!

You can learn more about the Square D energy center here and read more about the Product of the Year award here.

April Showers Bring…Lightning, Thunder, and Power Outages

Finally, spring is here! The earth is coming back to life. Flowers are blooming and the wild life is coming out of hiding.

Along with this comes thunder, lightning, and an occasional twister. Most people take cover during these storms but we here in the Midwest like to go outside, flip open our phones, say hold my drink, and film the whole event even if a house fly by.

Since most of us have been stuck working from home, a power outage or (even worse) a power surge can really mess things up. Our friends at APC by Schneider Electric have a broad range of products to take care this situation. Below is a brief survey of what you can find in APC’s surge protection products.

Battery Backup & Surge outlets keep CPU’s, monitors, and other critical devices running when the power goes out or fluctuates outside safe levels. Surge Only outlets protect printers, faxes or other equipment without reducing battery capacity (including three power-saving Controlled outlets on the BE750G).

Similarly, PowerChute Software lets you use your computer to access additional power protection and management features:
Preserves your work, shuts down system during outages
• Restarts your system, minimizing work disruptions
• Enables customization of your UPS settings
• Monitors and displays power and battery status

Data Line Surge Protection guards against surges and spikes traveling over data lines. The Combination Power Button/LED Indicator provides visual and audible status of unit. Along with its ultra efficient electrical design, it is RoHS compliance and contains all recyclable packaging materials minimize environmental impact and maximize efficiency. A Building Wiring Fault Indicator lets you know if there are problems in your building’s wiring. Push Button Circuit Breaker enables quick recovery from overload. Automatic Diagnostic Testing ensures your unit is ready when you need it.

So your home office or maybe home theater stays safe in spring storms!

~Woody