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Electricity is an essential part of everyone’s life. It’s impossible to ponder that people used to live without it! Here are some fun and interesting tidbits we uncovered about this wonderful discovery.

1. Electricity travels at the speed of light — more than 186,000 miles per second. A spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts.

2. Lightning is a discharge of electricity in the atmosphere. Lightning bolts can travel at around 130,000 miles per hour and reach nearly 54,000° Fahrenheit.

3. Before electricity was part of human life, ancient Egyptians knew that lightning and shocks from electric fish were very powerful and could be deadly. They referred to the fish as the “Thunderers of the Nile.”

4. Electricity can be created using water, wind, the sun and even animal waste.

5. Why don’t birds sitting on power lines get electrocuted? If a bird sits on just one power line, it is safe. However, if the bird touches another line with a wing or a foot, it creates a circuit, causing the electricity to flow through the bird’s body and resulting in electrocution.

6. Two positive charges repel each other, as do two negative charges. On the other hand, opposite charges attract each other.

7. Electricity plays a role in the way your heart beats. It causes muscle cells in the heart to contract. Electrocardiogram (ECG) machines used by physicians measure the electricity going through the heart. As the heart beats, the ECG machine displays a line moving across the screen with regular spikes.

8. The world’s largest light bulb sits atop the Thomas Edison Memorial Tower in Edison, New Jersey. It’s 14 feet tall and weighs eight tons.

9. The very first central power plant in the world was Pearl Station. Built in 1882, it served 85 customers. It was located at 255-257 Pearl Street in Manhattan on a site measuring 50 by 100 feet and ran on coal.

10. Not surprisingly, China is the largest consumer of electricity in the world, followed by the U.S. Ironically, the much smaller Iceland is the largest consumer per person, with 50,613 Kilowatt hours consumed each year.

We hope you enjoyed these fun facts. Remember to call All Star Electric at (210) 391-0274 for all your residential and commercial electrical service needs in San Antonio!

How to Save Money and Electricity

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We’re Hiring!

March 30, 2017 · 0 Comments


All Star Electric in San Antonio, Texas, is looking for qualified electricians. See below for complete description. If you meet the qualifications and wish to be considered, please email your resume to info@allstarelectric-sa.com.


JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIAN

If you are a skilled Journeyman Electrician with a minimum of two years commercial electrical experience, then we are looking for YOU!

We focus on electricians who want to succeed and to continue learning. We are currently seeking to fill Journeyman Electrician positions. We offer great benefits and offer many opportunities for pay increases. Please respond with a resume to be considered. We will contact you to set up an interview.

Benefits

  • Weekly pay above industry standards
-Holiday pay
  • Vacation pay
  • SEP IRA available
  • Health and dental insurance available
  • Training to improve your skills and value to the company

Requirements

  • Valid Texas Journeyman License
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Social Security Number
  • Working transportation
  • Must have your own tools
  • Must maintain a stocked and orderly company service truck
  • Must have ABOVE average communication and customer service skills
  • Must be dependable and self-motivated
  • Must provide QUALITY workmanship at ALL times
  • Must be able to work for a small company
  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening
  • Journeymen with Foreman experience are highly encouraged to apply
  • Journeymen with health care facility experience are highly encouraged to apply

All Star Electric is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We look forward to hearing from qualified candidates.
 Email your resume to info@allstarelectric-sa.com.


APPRENTICE ELECTRICIAN

If you are a skilled Apprentice Electrician with a minimum of two years commercial electrical experience, then we are looking for YOU!

We focus on electricians who want to succeed and to continue learning. We are currently seeking to fill Apprentice Electrician positions. We offer great benefits and offer many opportunities for pay increases. Please respond with a resume to be considered. We will contact you to set up an interview.

Benefits

  • Weekly pay above industry standards
  • Holiday pay
  • Vacation pay
  • SEP IRA available
  • Health and dental insurance available
  • Training to improve your skills and value to the company

Requirements

  • Valid Texas Apprentice License
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Social Security Number
  • Working transportation
  • Must have your own tools
  • Must have ABOVE average communication and customer service skills
  • Must be dependable and self-motivated
  • Must provide QUALITY workmanship at ALL times
  • Must be able to work for a small company
  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening
  • Apprentices must be students in IEC Apprenticeship School
  • Apprentices with less than 2 years experience need NOT apply
  • Apprentices with only residential experience need NOT apply

All Star Electric is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We look forward to hearing from qualified candidates. Email your resume to info@allstarelectric-sa.com.

 

An electrical inspection is a must, whether you’re buying a new home or updating an older one. The licensed  electricians at All Star Electric in San Antonio have the sharp eyes and experience required to conduct a thorough inspection.

They’ll let you know what needs to be replaced or upgraded, and you’ll get peace of mind knowing that the electrical system in your house is safe, efficient and up-to-date.

You should get an inspection when:

You’re making a new home purchase

When you’re looking at buying a new home, it’s essential to have everything checked out to be sure that it’s a safe and up-to-date dwelling for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. In many ways, the electrical system is the “central nervous system” of your house, as it controls so many of the elements that make a house a home. Your HVAC, your appliances, your indoor/outdoor lighting and even your home entertainment center depend on a reliable electrical system.

You’re updating an older home

Houses that are over 40 years old should definitely be inspected. Not only is there ordinary wear and tear to check for, your wiring, fuse boxes, circuit breakers and outlets could be outdated and should be upgraded to accommodate today’s electrical needs. Home computers, large entertainment centers and other appliances require more power, delivered more efficiently.

There’s been a big storm

If a lightning strike has caused your electrical outlets to smoke, obviously you would have it checked out immediately, but people don’t necessarily react to the damage they can’t see due to power surges. After a storm, if your fuses have tripped or appliances are behaving oddly, it’s possible that your wiring has been compromised. We’ll test it to make sure it’s safe and advise for repairs if needed.

When you upgrade appliances

Washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, freezers and HVAC units are all big consumers of power. When you plan a big upgrade, make sure an electrical inspection is part of the plan to assure that your electrical system can handle it. It also makes sense because we may be able to help with ways for you to save energy — and money — on these power-guzzlers.

What does the inspection entail?

Electrical systems can become worn-out and obsolete, so an inspection is key to scoping out any areas with faulty or outmoded equipment, damage and other hazards. Following a comprehensive checklist, we examine those areas and we let you know what needs to be repaired. Many times, a small defect can be caught before it becomes a bigger, more hazardous and costly problem.

All Star Electric has been providing expert residential and commercial electrical services in San Antonio since 1995. Our work is guaranteed and we always provide free estimates!

Call us at (210) 391-0274 or use our handy online contact form.

Lighting Choices To Save You Money and Energy

February 1, 2017 · 0 Comments


Light your home using the same amount of light for less money. An average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year. New lighting standards took effect in 2012, and money-saving options such as halogen incandescent, CFL, and LED lightbulbs are available today. For high-quality products with the greatest energy savings, choose bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR.

New Lightbulbs: What’s the Difference?

Traditional incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light and are no longer manufactured.

•    90% of the energy is given off as heat
•    That lost energy is money we are throwing away

Newer energy-saving lightbulbs provide the choices in colors and light levels you’ve come to expect. The new lights are also much more efficient — so they save you money.

What Are My Lighting Choices?

You have many choices in energy-efficient lighting. The most popular light bulbs available are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although they can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, during their lifetime they save you money, because they use less energy. You can find these in most hardware and home improvement stores.

Controls such as timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when not in use. Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels. Be sure to select products that are compatible with the energy-efficient bulbs you want to use.

If you have outdoor lighting that is left on for a long time, using CFLs or LEDs in these fixtures will save a lot of energy. Most bare spiral CFLs can be used in enclosed fixtures that protect them from the weather. CFLs and LEDs are available as flood lights. These models have been tested to withstand the rain and snow so they can be used in exposed fixtures. Also look for ENERGY STAR-qualified fixtures that are designed for outdoor use and come with features like automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors.

Halogen Incandescents

Halogen incandescents have a capsule inside that holds gas around a filament to increase bulb efficiency. They are available in a wide range of shapes and colors, and they can be used with dimmers. Halogen incandescent bulbs meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard, but there are now many more efficient options to meet your lighting needs.

CFLs 


Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are simply curly versions of the long tube fluorescent lights you may already have in a kitchen or garage. Because they use less electricity than traditional incandescents, typical CFLs can pay for themselves in less than nine months, and then start saving you money each month. An ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL uses about one-fourth the energy and lasts ten times longer than a comparable traditional incandescent bulb that puts out the same amount of light. A typical CFL can pay for itself in energy savings in less than 9 months and continue to save you money each month. A CFL uses about one-third the energy of a halogen incandescent.

CFL bulbs are available in a range of light colors, including warm (white to yellow) tones that were not as available when first introduced. Some are encased in a cover to further diffuse the light and provide a similar shape to the bulbs you are replacing. If you are looking for a dimmable bulb, check the package to make sure you purchase a CFL with that feature.

Fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, and they should always be recycled at the end of their lifespan. Many retailers recycle CFLs for free. See EPA’s website for more information.

LEDs

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are a type of solid-state lighting — semiconductors that convert electricity into light. Although once known mainly for indicator and traffic lights, LEDs in white light, general illumination applications are one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing technologies.ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs use only 20%–25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs they replace. LEDs use 25%–30% of the energy and last 8 to 25 times longer than halogen incandescents.

LED bulbs are currently available in many products such as replacements for 40W, 60W, and 75W traditional incandescents, reflector bulbs often used in recessed fixtures, and small track lights, desk lamps, kitchen undercabinet lighting, and outdoor area lights. They come in a variety of colors, and some are dimmable or offer convenient features such as daylight and motion sensors. LEDs work well indoors and outdoors because of their durability and performance in cold environments. Look for LED products such as pathway lights, step lights, and porch lights for outdoor use. You can also find solar-powered outdoor lighting.
While LEDs are more expensive, they still save money because they last a long time and have very low energy use. As with other electronics, prices are expected to come down as more products enter the market.

Start saving now! All Star Electric in San Antonio installs the fixtures that utilize these energy-saving bulbs. Call us at (210) 391-0274 or fill out this online form for a free estimate.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy

For the third year in a row, All Star Electric in San Antonio, Texas, is pleased to be selected as an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the electrical service companies in San Antonio were able to do it, and All Star Electric was one of them.”

“We’re thrilled to have earned this important citation for three years in a row,” said All Star’s Rick Grohman. “We’re committed to providing a high level of service, and recognition such as the Super Service Award is proof of that commitment.”

Contact All Star Electric in San Antonio, Texas, for your next commercial or residential electrical project! Call (210) 391-0274 or fill out this online form for a free estimate.

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Home Heating 101 Infographic

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It’s getting cold out there! Click here to download a handy infographic from energy.gov to find out how to save on heating costs this year.

 

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Rick Grohman, Jr., co-owner of All Star Electric, talks about the company’s history, its services, and the honor of being part of the San Antonio community for over 20 years.

What was the inspiration for founding All Star Electric?

Many people have had to deal with bad contractors. Bad contractors can fall into several categories, but the two most prominent complaints we have heard about other contractors over the years have been that they either don’t communicate with the customer well, or they provide bad service. When All Star was founded, we wanted a company that customers could rely on for all their needs. We wanted a company that was dependable, did good work every time, and charged fair prices. Nothing brings us more joy than having a happy customer who recommends us to people they know.

Richard Grohman Jr

Rick Grohman Jr.

Tell us a bit about your father, All Star’s founder.

My father has been in the electrical business since he was 17 years old. He is going to be 63 in January, so he has been doing this a year or two now! He was taught from a young age the value of hard work — his own father instilled that in him. He has done every type of electrical work there is to do. He has worked on highway lighting, oil refineries, hospitals, office buildings, apartments and homes.

Even at 62 years old, he is never afraid to strap his tools on and show the younger employees how to get something done. My father, in turn, passed his work ethic on to me. I am very fortunate to have had him help me learn the trade and appreciate the value of hard work.

How did you get into the family business?

I started in the electrical trade when I was 15 years old. I liked the work a lot. It was challenging at times, but I loved that. I started working for the family business when I was 17. After high school, I attended Trinity University where I studied Computer Science, Business Management and Accounting. I tried office jobs for a while after college, but it just wasn’t the same as strapping on your tools and actually getting to build something. In 2002, I returned to work with my father’s company. In 2004, I decided to become part-owner with my father. Since then, we have grown from a two-man team to a team of 15 now.

How many years of collective experience do you and your team have?

Just between my father and myself, we have 67 years. We have several guys with many years’ experience working with us as well. Collectively, I would say we have got to be close to 100 years of experience.
 
What’s the most challenging project All Star has ever undertaken and what was the outcome?

In 2004, it was just my father and myself. We took on a project that was a little large for a two-man team. It was a complete remodel of the entire 7th floor of the Methodist Hospital in the Medical Center. We worked for 14 hours per day, seven days per week, for four months to complete the project. We finished on schedule and on budget. It was very challenging, but very rewarding as well.

We have had many other challenging projects since then, but challenging for different reasons. We just remember that job and all the time we spent there making sure it was done properly.
 
What was the most unusual project?

We just completed an interesting project at the San Antonio VA Hospital, where we converted an old storage area into a new operating room. It was an interesting project because there was a new piece of medical imaging equipment being installed there that has not been installed anywhere else in the city. We had to integrate that new system with all the other systems that make up a functioning operating room.

2 Year WarrantyWhat makes All Star Electric the electrical contractor that San Antonians should call first?

We provide great quality work at competitive prices. We stand behind all our work with an industry leading, two-year warranty on parts and labor. That demonstrates to customers that we do good work and use quality parts. It helps put them at ease. We also use a flat-rate pricing system so customers know they are getting a fair price every time. We also provide free quotes, so there are never any surprise charges.

What services do you provide?

We provide a wide range of services to homeowners and business owners. A lot of them are listed on the website. We can add plugs and switches, install lighting, upgrade existing lighting, rewire homes, install or replace panels, install or replace electrical service, install phone or data drops, design and install landscape lighting, provide lighting consultations, and show owners how to save money by using electricity more wisely.

We can also help to automate a project, an area or an entire facility through a Building Management System. We can also help businesses meet new lighting codes and standards to help them save money on their electric bill. We also help them to boast that they are doing their part to reduce their impact on the environment (the new building and lighting code is the IECC 2015). We help them achieve this as cost-effectively as possible with the latest in lighting control systems.

Contact All Star for your next electrical project! Call (210) 391-0274 or fill out this online form for a free estimate.

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