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Vampire Energy

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
Vampire Energy
In spite of a lot of talk about “green” practices, such as using less gasoline and recycling more, a lot of electrical consumers are unaware of energy saving and money saving practices. Everyone knows (or should know) to turn off their lights and appliances when they’re not using them. However, many are unaware of how much electricity they waste because of vampire energy. Vampire energy is the energy wasted when household appliances are plugged in, even when they appear to be turned “off.” When they are in passive standby mode or active standby mode, they can still use energy, and can cost the average consumer a couple extra hundred dollars a year in their electricity bills.

With electrician training, you can learn about vampire energy. As an electrician, not only will you be required to build wiring systems or fix electrical problems, you will also be asked by customers to explain how they can reduce energy consumption to lower their energy bill. Knowing about cutting vampire energy, along with other energy-saving techniques, is good customer service and will improve your rapport with customers. Among this, with electrician training, you can learn the basics of construction and maintenance in this pertinent field of work. Electrician schools can provide this training without having to rely only on apprenticeship and make yourself more valuable to employers.

To learn more about vampire energy, see the following infographic:


*Infographic from Good.

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Electricity Over Time

Friday, July 15th, 2011
Most of us may think of the beginning of the relationship between people and electricity spawned when Benjamin Franklin conducted his infamous experiment. In fact, the human race began to catch on to electricity’s existence when they would catch a jolt from fish that were equipped with a “shocking” self-defense mechanism. Around the 17th century, advances in our understanding and harnessing the power of electricity began to take off.

By rubbing certain objects with cat hair, ancient cultures found that they could attract light things, such as feathers. It was recorded that static electricity was observed by Thales of Miletos around 600 BC. Until 1600, this was basically the height of our progress. William Gilbert, an English scientist, began advancement when he studied electricity and magnetism and started calling the science electricus; the New Latin term that would become the English words electricity and electric. Various other works took place through the years and in 1752 after many years of research, Benjamin Franklin tied a metal key to a kite and was able to show that lightening has an electrical nature. Bioelectricity was discovered by Luigi Galvani, who published his findings in 1791. Notable scientists make up a long list of people that contributed to the many studies and discoveries that have led us to electricity as we know it today.

Mastering electricity is may seem like as simple as flying a kite in a storm; however, it is far more complicated than that. Present day electricians must attend electrician schools to understand all of the complicity’s of understanding how electricity works, how to manage it, and become licensed. Electricians must train in several different areas of study. Precise requirements vary by state, so before an aspiring electrician sets out to research electrician schools, it will be necessary to learn what will be expected to complete training in their state. Generally, after a list of tasks has been completed, there will be an electricians licensing exam.

After all of the requirements of the state are fulfilled, one can legally work as an electrician in that state.

Electronics Not Around 25 Years Ago

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
When it comes to advances in the realm of electronics, many people are initially focused on recent advancements and inventions. People often think of such things as the iPhone and LCD televisions, but there are many more important electronics that were made prior to the last 25 years. TS-AU1387-001

Electronics first began in 1883 when Thomas Edison discovered what is now known as the Edison effect. He discovered that electrons can flow from a metal container to another one by utilizing a vacuum. This discovery later led to the development of radio communication. This began a few years later when the telegraph was invented. This device relied on a three part tube called the triode. This form of communication was extremely important in World War I.

In 1927, the first television was created by Bell Laboratories. This utilized tubes similar to those in radio systems. Several years later, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) provided people with the first residentially viable television and are credited with being the “Father of Modern Television”.

TS-78461547Years later, in 1950 to the circuit board was first created. The use of an integrated circuit led the way for many of the modern pieces of technology that we are familiar with today.

Over time, many exciting and important advances in electronics have been made. It will be interesting to see what is in store over the next 25 to 50 years. If you want to get into an exciting industry, learn more about electrician schools in your area.

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Electricity & The Sun’s Powerful Energy

Saturday, July 9th, 2011
Electricity is not magic. Okay, it is a lot like magic. I mean, if someone from the 17th Century were to step into a time machine, hit a switch and step out in the year 2011, they would look at all of our electrical gadgets and say, “That’s magic!” They’d be wrong, though. Of course, you’d have a hard time convincing them of that and don’t even bother telling old 17th Century Man that that time machine isn’t some witch’s alternative of transportation. (My other car is a broom.)The point is that all the energy everyone uses, all around the world, whether it is in the form of electricity for our devices or gasoline for our cars or wood for burning in the fireplace, all of it shares one non-magical source: the sun.Fine, you’re right, smarty pants, nuclear energy doesn’t come from the sun. But what is the sun if not one giant nuclear reactor? Nuclear energy is just our best shot at imitating sun power.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that electricity produced by hydroelectric dams doesn’t come from the sun. Ha! You’re forgetting about how all that water flowed to the dam in the first place. It fell as rain or melted from snow, right? All the water that moves around on this planet is constantly hitching a ride on a sunbeam – from cloud to ground to stream to reservoir to spinning turbine and back to cloud again, every drop of water has its ticket on the Water Cycle Express punched by the sun. TS-78453690

Impressed? Shocked? I didn’t even have to go to electrician school to know that one.

So if all this energy comes from the sun, why is it that the biggest energy consumer is the good old USA? Sure, the United States gets its share of sunshine but there are plenty of places that the sun smiles on much more than here. Any place where there is more desert than beach, you can bet that place gets more sun than the United States. The thing about energy, though, is that it is transportable and if you have the means (wealth) to pay for infrastructure to transport energy and if you have the means (again, wealth) to purchase energy then you can be the energy sucking champion of the world. USA! USA! USA!

All this leads to the obvious question: why not get energy directly from the sun, thereby leveling the playing field? Magic, right? Great idea! Of course, like all great ideas, somebody already thought of that one. They even gave it a name, Solar Power. Yes, if the technology were developed and distributed so that Solar Power could be used by everyone around the world, energy would suddenly be much more, well, democratic. And Global Warming? Fuggitaboutit! Of course, if that were to happen, those who control the infrastructure of our current energy production and delivery systems might find themselves going door to door selling vacuum cleaners or looking for work in, say, the food services industry.

So it’s left to the rest of us to push for Solar and other renewable power sources like wind and geothermal. Do we have a chance against the power powers that be? Depends. Do you believe in magic?

Work with the LED signs in Time Square in New York as an electrician

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Ever wonder who is behind the colorful, flashy interactive LED sings in Time Square? Tony Calvano is not only the animated character on the Coca Cola sign, but he is also the owner of Landmark Signs and Electrical Maintenance. From the everyday bright lights of the Time Square signs, to the New Years Eve crystal ball drop, this is the man who makes New York City light up the night.


The Landmark Signs and Electrical company is unique in that is has on-site electrical technicians to provide quick and reliable service to clients; no outsourcing used by this company. Calvano’s team of electricians also walks around and inspects the signs from the ground up at night to be sure there are no electrical outages. When there is a problem though, the electrical team is on the job to quickly find the problem and solution, so that the signs are back to perfectly shining in no time.

If this type of work interests you, maybe you should learn more about electrician schools in your area

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