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Flash Electrical Contracting Trusted Saskatoon Electrician Answers Question Why Change Old Lights?

Flash Electrical Contracting in Saskatoon has based their business on 100% customer satisfaction and referrals! They take great pride in being a team of young and ambitious entrepreneurs that are keen to stay on top of the latest innovations when it comes to your Saskatoon residential or commercial electrical needs.

Why you should replace your old lights!

  


LEDs are extremely energy efficient and consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs and have a longer life the other bulbs which means less waste. They can work in lower temperatures and are breakage resistant. Since LEDs use only a fraction of the energy of an incandescent light bulb there is a dramatic decrease in power costs. Let’s look at this a bit more in depth. If you have only five 60-watt bulbs that run for 15hrs/day, based on SaskPower's rate (14.23 cents) you would spend $19.20/month to keep your home/commercial space lit. In stark comparison, an LED costs $2.70/month to do exactly the same thing. That means you would save $16.50/month. That's a 711% ROI!!! Think of all possibilities for that new-found money, put it towards other expenses or just buy more donuts.  
 Right now, there are commercial incentive programs for swapping out your old standard lighting to new LED's. This new program provides businesses in Saskatchewan with access to select, premium energy-efficient lighting equipment at a discounted price. The program can help significantly lower your business’s electricity costs, and The Commercial Lighting Incentive is open to any Saskatchewan business that purchases lighting and electrical equipment through an electrical contractor like us at Flash Electric


Now you can see why LEDs have swept the conventional lighting marketplace, their extended lifespans, reduced energy consumption and lower maintenance requirements make them a clear a simple choice. Even instant savings when your contractor purchases qualified lighting equipment through a participating electrical distributor.

Contact Flash Electric Contracting today to see how we can help you keep the lights on.


 



Flash Electrical Contracting is owned and operated by Journeyman Electrician Brodie Johnston. Their business has been built on 100% happy customers who have recommended Flash Electrical Contracting to others. Flash Electrical Contracting are Trusted Saskatoon Electricians 

Suncatcher Solar and Electric Trusted Saskatoon Electricians Share Information About Electric Vehicles

A family company based in Saskatoon Suncatcher Solar Systems has been supplying and installing solar energy systems since 2003; they are Saskatoon's most established solar provider. Their Solar and electrical team designs, supplies and installs solar power systems and designs passive solar homes, they shared this article about electric vehicles as a viable option with our Saskatchewan winters.

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Are electric vehicles a viable option with Saskatchewan winters?


Suncatcher install electric vehicle chargers and solar power systems to charge electric vehicles - an increasingly popular option!

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Electric vehicle owners Pat Keyser and Jason Cruickshank dispel some of the popular myths in this article. With the numerous financial and environmental benefits of driving an electric vehicle (EV) becoming increasingly apparent, more people are opting to make the switch — but some consumers are still worried about how cold temperatures affect the vehicles' performance.



THE BATTERY IS UNRELIABLE


As with a vehicle with an internal combustion engine (ICE), it does take more energy to run an EV in the colder months, although Keyser noted that the battery powering her Tesla Model S is much more reliable in winter than the battery needed to start an ICE vehicle.

Cruickshank added that the engine in his Chevrolet Bolt kicks in automatically to keep the battery warm. Another plus is the fact that the 12-volt starter battery will never die because it's constantly being charged — whether plugged in or not, he said.

“A lot of people compare these batteries to their cellphones. But those batteries are designed for different operating conditions — it's not designed for cooler temperatures; there is nothing in there to try to keep the battery warm or conditioned."


COLD REDUCES THE EV'S RANGE

Keyser admits her Model S doesn't make it quite as far in the winter months as it does in the summer — about 25 percent less, according to her observations — but ICE vehicles also consume more fuel when idling or powering heaters and other electronics. For her, it's simply a matter of shifting her thinking to how she can drive to better extend the battery's range.

When she has used her car on a long road trip, the charging stops gave her a chance to discover different communities where she would never have stopped otherwise, she added.


CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE IS LACKING

While there is some truth to this, Keyser said it's simply a downfall of being a pioneer of the continuously growing industry. Both Keyser and Cruickshank admit Saskatchewan is significantly behind the rest of Canada in this aspect.

“When motorized vehicles first came along, there weren't gas stations everywhere," Keyser noted.

Most EV owners don't use public charging stations for full charges, opting instead to plug into a regular wall outlet overnight or at work, Cruickshank said. As long as they aren't on a long trip, finding a public charger isn't required unless they want to top up their battery while out and about.  


CHARGING TAKES TOO LONG

When it's cold, no one wants to have to stop for hours to recharge a vehicle — But unless you are travelling a long distance, you generally don't tend to completely drain the battery.

Cruickshank said it can take about eight hours to fully charge his Bolt using a standard plug — fine for an overnight charge, but he admits it's not ideal when travelling long distances.

However, the technology is advancing quickly and more quick charge stations are popping up that can take a battery from zero to 80 percent in less than 45 minutes.


EV IS SIMILAR IN EFFICIENCY TO AN ICE VEHICLE

Even in Saskatchewan, where the majority of electricity comes from burning coal, EVs are about twice as efficient compared to their gas-burning counterparts.

Plugndrive.ca estimates every 20,000 kilometres Keyser drives her Model S in Saskatchewan costs roughly $570 and outputs 2,495 kg of carbon dioxide. Those numbers jump significantly, to $2,490 and 4,880 kg of carbon dioxide, when calculated for an ICE vehicle. 

Cruickshank's Bolt performs even better, costing only $490 and outputting only 2,160 kg of carbon dioxide. 

In provinces like Quebec and Manitoba, where electricity is mainly created at hydroelectric generating stations, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted drops to roughly 30 to40 kg for every 20,000 kilometres driven.

Suncatcher Solar and electric are your TRUSTED SASKATOON SOLAR AND ELECTRICAL EXPERTS!

Original Artcicle - Star Phoenix https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/five-misconceptions-about-driving-an-electric-car-in-winter

Trusted Saskatoon Carpenter Wood FX Shares Why Monitoring Humidity In Your Home Is Important

Wood FX Contracting is Saskatoon family owned and operated with over 18 years experience. Their carpenters and renovation team consist of hardworking individuals ready to tackle your interior home renovations - big or small! They are on site daily ensuring client satisfaction. In this article, they share why it's important to keep an eye on the humidity in your home especially in our cold Saskatchewan winters! Wood FX are Trusted Saskatoon Carpenter and Renovation Pro!

Home Humidity Tips From Wood FX

Wood is a natural material and because of this, it reacts to changes in humidity and temperature. If you have hardwood floors in your home or a lot of wood you should monitor your humidity. When there is high humidity in home moisture is absorbed into the hardwood floors and too much moisture can cause warping of the floorboards. 


During the summers moisture levels are higher and if relative humidity is not maintained within a stable range than warranty might be void.

During the dry Saskatchewan winters when humidity levels are low, it is important to use a humidifier in your home which helps to keep humidity levels maintained. This will prevent the loss of moisture from your hardwood floors. Loss of moisture leads to problems such as splits, gaps etc. The recommended humidity range for hardwood floors is between 45% and 55%.

A hygrometer can monitor the humidity levels in your so that you don't have to worry and you can keep your new hardwood installed by Wood FX Contracting looking beautiful for years to come!
 
Any questions about hardwood installation or maintaining your hardwood contact Wood FX Contracting! 

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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Superior Give Tips on How to Avoid Wildlife Collisions in Saskatchewan

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients.. and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".


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In Saskatchewan, highway driving is unlike any other province. You need to be constantly watching for the animals by the highway. In their latest blog, they share some tips from SGI about avoiding wildlife collisions in Saskatchewan.


The Auto Body Experts at Superior Auto Body Give Tips on How to Avoid Wildlife Collisions in Saskatchewan




Avoiding Wildlife Collisions


Part of living in Saskatchewan means dealing with Wildlife on and around the roads. There is a serious human cost to this issue – on average 327 people are injured and 4 are killed each year by wildlife collisions. While encountering wildlife is inevitable, especially as we travel to and from lake land there are some ways drivers can reduce their risk of a collision with our wildlife.


Know the Peak Times


The time of day and year can seriously affect wildlife activity around roads. Be extra alert for wildlife in May and June when animals venture towards roads to like road salt. During mating season in late fall and early winter animals are also very active. Year round the peak times for animal collisions are dawn and dusk, so be extra careful when driving in this time frames.


Always be Alert


Scan from shoulder to shoulder while driving to check for animals approaching the road. If you see an animal on the side of the road, slow down and pass by cautiously. If you encounter an animal that has ventured on the road, slow down under control and honk your horn to attempt to scare the wildlife away. Avoiding slamming on your brakes and swerving, as this may cause you to lose control and veer into a ditch or oncoming traffic. As with most traffic safety tips, maintaining a safe speed for the weather conditions is important for avoiding wildlife collisions.



When the Collision is Unavoidable


Sometimes collisions with wildlife are unavoidable even if you take every precaution and remain alert at the wheel. In these circumstances, try to remain calm. From the experts themselves, here is a list of tips that will help in this situation:

  • Aim your vehicle at the spot where the animal came from, not where it's going
  • Try for a glancing blow rather than a head-on encounter and let up on your brake just before you collide. This causes the front of your vehicle to rise slightly and reduces the chances of the animal going through your windshield.
  • Hitting an animal can be an extremely traumatic experience. If possible, move to the shoulder and turn on your hazard lights. Take a moment to regain your composure and then assess the damage to your vehicle. 
  • Do not approach the animal, especially if it appears to be wounded. Injured animals can be extremely dangerous.
  • Call the police or your local RCMP detachment if there are human injuries or significant damage to your vehicle. If the damage is less severe, you may continue driving and follow regular SGI claims reporting procedures.



Looking to read more road safety and auto body industry articles?? You can read more of Superior’s tips and autobody articles by clicking right here.


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Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Experts at Glenwood Auto Explain Belts and Hoses and 2018 Vehicles with Low Maintenance Costs

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Glenwood Auto Explains Belts and Hoses and Shares 2018 Vehicles with Lowest Maintenance Costs


At Glenwood they believe that staying on top of regular maintenance keeps your vehicle running better for longer. Glenwood Auto are Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair Experts, and they are ready to help you with all your maintenance needs. In their latest auto blog, they discussed the role of belts and hoses in your vehicle.

 

Here is some advice and facts from the experts at Glenwood themselves:


Vehicle Systems Overview - Belts and Hoses







What are the belt and hoses?

A vehicle’s belts and hoses are essential elements of the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems of the engine.  When a belt or hose breaks down it can leave you stranded, so it is important to meet the set replacement intervals recommended in your owner’s manual.


What do belts and hoses do?



Timing Belt 

The timing belt is a notched rubber belt that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. A timing belt is sometimes called a Gilmer belt or a camshaft drive belt. The camshaft opens and closes the valves in synchronized movement with the engine’s pistons.

 

Serpentine Belt

Serpentine belts, also known as drive belts, provide power to the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, air injection pump, and more.


Coolant Hoses

Coolant hoses include the upper and lower radiator hoses plus heater hoses. Some cars include a bypass hose. Hoses provide a flexible connection for coolant flow between the engine, radiator, engine and heating block.


TYPICAL WEAR AND TEAR ON BELTS AND HOSES

Key items that affect the replacement interval for belts and hoses:

  • Vehicle age;
  • Electrolytic corrosion;
  • Mileage;
  • Oil contamination;
  • Belt tension; and/or
  • Failed hose clamps.

 

SYMPTOMS

  • Squeaking noise from under the hood during start-up or operation;
  • Coolant leaks;
  • Dashboard light illumination;
  • A/C system failure;
  • Engine overheating; and/or
  • Smell of burnt rubber.




Glenwood Auto Service Shares 2018 Vehicles With The Lowest Maintenance Costs



Kelley Blue Book announced the winners of its seventh annual 5-Year Cost to Own Awards where Hyundai took the win on the lowest maintenance costs and repair side of things, followed by Acura.

 

The 2018 Hyundai Accent came out on top for maintenance and repair costs. Over the course of 5 years, customers would pay $3,002 to take care of their vehicle, or about $600 per year. Kelley Blue Book pegged repair costs at $553, with the costs of maintenance being $2,449 (all prices in U.S. dollars).

 Hyundai was named this year’s top brand for lowest total ownership costs, the second time it has finished on top since the program was created. Hyundai models won thanks to top marks in almost all categories, such as low repair costs and superior warranty program. Its Sonata model won in the mid-size car category, with the Elantra and the Accent coming in second place in the compact and subcompact car categories.

 

Acura took the win for the best luxury brand for the third year in a row, backed by its ILX and MDX models.

 


In particular, the 2018 ILX saw repair and maintenance costs come in at $3,521 over the first five years or $704 annually. Kelley Blue Book listed repairs at $1,154 and maintenance at $2,367.


Third place belonged to the 2018 Chevrolet Spark, which won for the best subcompact car. The maintenance and repair costs are estimated at $3,950 which would equal out to paying $790 a year. The repair costs amount to $1,869 with maintenance costs sitting at $2,081, according to Kelly Blue Book.

On average, in all 23 categories of the vehicle winners, the costs of repairs over the course of 5 years is around $1,550 with maintenance at $2,718 – or $4,268 combined.


The 5-year Cost to Own information takes into consideration the areas of the vehicle that people’s money goes into like depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees. These categories are all areas that come into play when making a vehicle purchase.


Glenwood Auto is a Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Shop


 



Even the highest quality vehicles need regular maintenance. If you need maintenance or repairs, book an appointment with Glenwood Auto today!



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