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Batteries & Generators: Can They Work Together with Solar?

[vc_row row_height_percent="0" override_padding="yes" h_padding="3" top_padding="3" bottom_padding="3" back_color="color-xsdn" overlay_alpha="50" gutter_size="3" column_width_percent="100" shift_y="0" z_index="0" shape_dividers=""][vc_column column_width_percent="100" gutter_size="3" style="light" overlay_alpha="50" shift_x="0" shift_y="0" shift_y_down="0" z_index="0" medium_width="0" mobile_width="0" width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Power outages are not only inconvenient but are also becoming more frequent. Whether caused by a natural disaster or inclement weather, a power outage can bring your life to a grinding halt. An outage can last a few minutes, a few hours, or even a few days. Luckily, a little planning and preparation can go a long way towards mitigating the impact of a power outage.

If your area experiences frequent power outages, consider investing in a solar system with backup battery. A typical battery backup system stores energy produced by solar panels for later use. Modern backup batteries are much more energy efficient and more affordable than their predecessors.

However, there is a limit to the amount of energy that a solar battery can store. If your budget allows, consider investing in a generator and a solar battery. Once your solar battery exhausts its charge, your generator will power your household equipment while you recharge your battery. You can opt for a natural gas, diesel or propane powered generator.

Here are some things to consider when buying a solar battery:

  • Depth of discharge
  • Round-trip efficiency
  • Battery capacity and power
  • Battery life and warranty

Things to consider when buying a generator:

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Signs You Need Professional Electrical Work in Your Home or Business

[vc_row row_height_percent="0" override_padding="yes" h_padding="3" top_padding="3" bottom_padding="3" back_color="color-xsdn" overlay_alpha="50" gutter_size="3" column_width_percent="100" shift_y="0" z_index="0"][vc_column column_width_percent="100" gutter_size="3" style="light" overlay_alpha="50" shift_x="0" shift_y="0" shift_y_down="0" z_index="0" medium_width="0" mobile_width="0"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1621940889872{margin-bottom: 24px !important;}"]Did you know that electrical repair problems are hands down one of the main causes of most commercial fires every year? Faulty wiring and other electrical issues can pose a threat to you and your business. It is needless to say that if a fire starts in your office, you stand to lose several thousands of dollars and the ability to make more money. It is therefore important for you to be vigilant and look out for signs that indicate you need professional electrical work in your business. So, with no further ado, let’s get started. Read on for a short guide from our expert electrical contractors in Sonoma County that will help you learn what to look out for.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space empty_h="0"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1621939098637{margin-top: 8px !important;}"]Lights Keep Flickering – If the lights in your building keep flickering, it simply means you have an electrical connection that has gone loose somewhere and needs immediate attention. If only one light flickers, you can fix it by swapping it out for a new one or tinkering with the connection. However, on the other hand, if multiple lights flicker or the entire building begins to flicker, you must call in a professional electrician right away.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space empty_h="0"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1621938993861{margin-top: 8px !important;}"]Outlets Are Either Charred or Hot – If the outlets in your building feel too hot to the touch, unplug everything connected to the outlet immediately. Refrain from using the outlet until you have had an electrician diagnose and fix the outlet for you. It may be a smart idea to cover it up with tape and to put a sign over it so others know to avoid it as well. Dimmer switches that feel warm are simply doing their job; however, if they feel too hot, something is wrong and needs to be looked at.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space empty_h="0"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1621938993861{margin-top: 8px !important;}"]Outlets Are Either Charred or Hot – If the outlets in your building feel too hot to the touch, unplug everything connected to the outlet immediately. Refrain from using the outlet until you have had an electrician diagnose and fix the outlet for you. It may be a smart idea to cover it up with tape and to put a sign over it so others know to avoid it as well. Dimmer switches that feel warm are simply doing their job; however, if they feel too hot, something is wrong and needs to be looked at.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1621939012563{margin-top: 8px !important;}"]Problems with the Wiring – If your office building is over 30 years old, you must call in an electrician to update your wiring, especially if you smell something burning. Old wires are not designed to handle the load of electric power that office buildings use. First try to locate the source of the smell and turn off your electricity. If you cannot locate where the scent is coming from and are certain it is not from the office kitchen, call a professional electrician right away. Even though wires may be tucked away and hard to see, it is important to give them a once-over every month to ensure they are not frayed or in need of replacement.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space empty_h="0"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1621939029356{margin-top: 8px !important;}"]Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping – If your circuit breaker keeps tripping and you cannot pinpoint the reason, it is prudent to call in the professionals. A circuit breaker is designed to keep electrical circuits from overheating, and hence, if it constantly trips, it is likely you have an electrical problem that needs attention.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space empty_h="0"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1621939051636{margin-top: 8px !important;}"]Other things to watch out for are sparks, loose outlets, and even rodents. If you notice rodents in your building, it is likely that they have been busy feasting on some wires. Waste no time, and call in the experts. Not sure whom to call for help? The Summit Technology Group is one of the best electrical contractors in Sonoma County that you can trust. Call us today at 707-542-4773.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Summit Technology Group Launches New Technology Budget Tool for Homeowners

[vc_row row_height_percent="0" override_padding="yes" h_padding="3" top_padding="3" bottom_padding="3" back_color="color-xsdn" overlay_alpha="50" gutter_size="3" column_width_percent="100" shift_y="0" z_index="0"][vc_column column_width_percent="100" gutter_size="3" style="light" overlay_alpha="50" shift_x="0" shift_y="0" shift_y_down="0" z_index="0" medium_width="0" mobile_width="0"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1619251564386{margin-bottom: 24px !important;}"]Santa Rosa, CA: Summit Technology Group today announced the launch of an exciting new tool that allows homeowners to explore different options for making their home a tech-friendly smart home.

The tool consists of a brief questionnaire which provides examples of exciting options available in the world of home entertainment, home theater and smart home technology. It will help homeowners clarify their home technology interests and really zoom in on what they are picturing. The questionnaire should only take about 10 minutes, after which they'll have a rough idea about the possibilities, costs and alternatives.

There are 9 different categories, each consisting of a few questions that will help estimate costs. Factors like geographic area, local labor rates and buying preferences can influence costs too, and are included in the estimate.

After completing the questionnaire, the homeowner will have a good idea of what home technology will cost, what technology options there are.

Try it out for yourself: www.summit-e.com/technology-planner-tool[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1616599057670{margin-top: 8px !important;}"]About Summit Technology Group, Inc.:STG is a technology, electric and renewables contractor headquartered in Sonoma County that specializes in custom systems for residential and commercial markets. The company’s mission is to change the way our industry operates by delivering industry best Total Solutions offering the highest quality products and services to our clients while maintaining an enjoyable environment which encourages a better quality of life for our team.

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Summit Technology Group Announces Lighting & Design Services

[vc_row row_height_percent="0" override_padding="yes" h_padding="3" top_padding="3" bottom_padding="3" back_color="color-xsdn" overlay_alpha="50" gutter_size="3" column_width_percent="100" shift_y="0" z_index="0"][vc_column column_width_percent="100" gutter_size="3" style="light" overlay_alpha="50" shift_x="0" shift_y="0" shift_y_down="0" z_index="0" medium_width="0" mobile_width="0"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1616598982171{margin-bottom: 24px !important;}"]Santa Rosa, CA: Summit Technology Group today announced that they will be expanding their design services department to include lighting design.

For over 50 years, STG has been offering products and services that enhance their customer’s lifestyles. With lighting design experts now on hand, the company can illuminate those lifestyles even more.

“By growing our design department, we are able to offer our customer’s a true design/build experience,” says Kenny Cotton, Vice President. “Lighting design is a perfect fit with our current offerings. We can now design complete plans that fit right into our electric plans making the building process quicker and easier for all.”

“I’m excited to be able to offer more design services,” says Larry Dashiell, President. “People are looking to make their homes a haven now that they are spending more and more time there. Lighting design is not just a lamp or can light but a comprehensive look at how the right light at the right time can improve your mood, enhance sleep, increase productivity and help you focus. There’s a whole health and wellness aspect to it which is becoming an essential part of homes and businesses.”

Lighting design will be offered in three tiers – basic, essential and bespoke – allowing flexibility for all types of projects. 3D modeling is included with the essential and bespoke tiers which illuminates all lights within the project for a unique perspective on how light can change and improve a space.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1616599057670{margin-top: 8px !important;}"]About Summit Technology Group, Inc.:STG is a technology, electric and renewables contractor headquartered in Sonoma County that specializes in custom systems for residential and commercial markets. The company’s mission is to change the way our industry operates by delivering industry best Total Solutions offering the highest quality products and services to our clients while maintaining an enjoyable environment which encourages a better quality of life for our team.

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California Office

2450C Bluebell Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 542-4773

North Idaho Office

3643 N. Cederblom Street
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815-9395
(208) 618-2006

Contractor Licenses

California -  255064   |   793873   |   808916
Idaho -  045575
Washington -  SUMMITG770LB


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