Posts by: Greg Bitterling
Where’s my jet pack?
Every new year, I wonder in anticipation: “Maybe this is the year I will get my jet pack.” And every year I then ask myself, “Where is my jet pack and why haven’t I gotten it yet?” In grade school I was told that by the year 2000 we would all be flying around using… Continue reading.
Breakers & Fuses 101
Throughout the years at this job, I have heard many questions regarding breakers and fuses. I can’t possibly answer every question it this short article, but I can give you some basic answers. If you have any questions when working with electricity, always get professional help and never guess what is right. You may be… Continue reading.
Maintain the safe zone around pad-mounted transformers
Jordan Overbee, a co-op employee in North Carolina, was driving to work when he saw elementary students sitting on a big green metal box. Inside was vital electrical equipment that distributes electricity to several homes on the street. “It was a bad place for a school bus stop,” Overbee recalled. “There were five kids gathered… Continue reading.
Why can birds sit on power lines, but I have to stay clear?
We talk about it all the time. Stay away from power lines or you may get electrocuted. But we drive down the road and see birds sitting on them all the time. It’s as if they are looking down at us almost daring us to get a little closer. But don’t fall for it! They… Continue reading.
Prevent overloaded circuits
What is an overloaded circuit? What causes an overloaded circuit, and why should I be concerned about it? This month, we are going to try to answer these questions and more. They can cause nuisance tripping of breakers, a fire or other serious safety hazards. We need to know what they are and how to… Continue reading.
Not all air filters are created equal
I have had members ask me “how often should I change my air filter?” I’ll answer this question below. If you still have questions, give me a call at 574-223-3156 or 1-800-286-2265, and we will be happy to help you. Forced heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems require effective air filtration for optimum energy… Continue reading.
Save money all year
We all want to save money on our electric bills. And as long as we are saving, we might as well save money all year long! Because heating and cooling our homes account for about 50 percent of our utility bills, that is a good place to start looking for ways to save. Any time… Continue reading.