Mandolin and I have spent a couple beautiful days this week upgrading an underground service from 100A to 200A, and re-configuring the metering to [...]
Electric vehicles (EV’s) — along with the subset of this class known as plug-in hybrids — are a fast-growing part of the automobile market for [...]
The season of garden parties and BBQ’s has arrived, and it’s time to adjust (or upgrade to auto-adjusting) lighting timers and controls, or even upgrade [...]
Hot weather is around the corner, and you can make your home more comfortable while saving money through long-term energy conservation savings. First Step to [...]
Upgrade to automatic backup power for whole house For one customer in Villanova, the news from superstorm Sandy was the last straw after decades of [...]
For this West Philadelphia kitchen remodel, renovation and expansion project, we rewired to modern code and for convenience upgrades throughout the kitchen and breakfast/dining room, and [...]
With residential automatic backup generator systems, stop suffering through multi-day Lower Merion power outages Lower Merion power outages have had many businesses and residents considering [...]
Looking at a tangle of multi-outlet extenders and wall-wart chargers as holiday 2012 brings another wave of new gadgets? A new built-in USB wall outlet [...]
As electrical subcontractor on this project, I complied with stringent licensing and insurance credentialing, and schedule requirements of the high-rise Society Hill Towers condo owners’ [...]
This small project brought four new recessed lighting locations to a 2nd floor den, nicely highlighting the fireplace mantle there.
Sometimes, rewiring one part of a home provides an opportunity to take care of something really special. While re-wiring the third floor of a 1860′s [...]
Whole-house rewire of 7 bedroom twin in West Philadelphia This Whole-house rewire of 7 bedroom twin in West Philadelphia stopped short of adding locations to the [...]
Outstanding purveyor of local food, Fair Food Farmstand needed a new equipment receptacle to supply power for a new cheese case to support expanded offerings in [...]
This customer in semi-rural Lower Merion Township, PA, faced multiple blackouts each year, ranging from a few hours to as much as several days or [...]
New counter receptacles and disposal plus extension of an existing lighting fixture circuit to one new location, and replacement of out-dated fixtures combined with new [...]
Tenant metering in small apartment buildings (up to 5 units) can encourage energy conservation by tenants who may otherwise ‘get the full value’ out of [...]
Recess lights installed with minimal plaster repair: This project added five recess lights to the living and dining rooms of a 2-story West Philadelphia twin. [...]
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- Annapolis Home Inspection, LLC Aluminum branch circuits, homes 1965-1972
- ComplianceAndSafety.com OSHA Electrical Safety Training
- Electric Monk TV (YouTube) Video channel for PhillyLicensedElectrician.com Robert Monk
- EnergyConservation HowTo A tinkerer genius discusses energy conservation and his ladder system for accessing the attic (where a lot of energy-saving work happens).
- PennFuture Energy Center Energy and energy efficiency news for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Phila area rife with building efficiency upgrade opportunities Philadelphia Inquirer article discusses recent study showing Philadelphia’s inner-ring suburbs stand to save from energy conservation retrofits.
- Philadelphia Row-house Manual A design, maintenance, and modifications manual for our most widely-used form of housing.
- Robert Monk Robert Monk’s personal blog
- SolarCities (DOE) Solar PV Levelized Cost Interactive Comparator Simple graph compares ‘levelized cost’ of energy from solar PV to conventional grid rates, with a time-slider interactive feature.
- The Circuit Detective – Solve Home Electrical Problems Yourself! Electrical troubleshooting procedures pitched to homeowners.
- The Energy Co-op Blog from a leading alternative energy provider in PECO territory, includes fun conservation tips.
- Weatherization: the anti-Solyndra Salon.com article praising the continued success of the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), low-income energy-savings and job-creation.
- West Philly Tool Library Official site of WPTL, Philly’s own community tool lending library: like a book library, but tools!
- WestPhillyLocal .com Site name say sit all.
- Bartram's Gardens Founded in Philadelphia’s colonial era, today the gardens continue pioneering in horticulture and agriculture with a variety of herbs, trees and other vegetation in an arboretum/gardens on the Schulkill River banks, and a new farm abutting sadly neglected
- HiddenCity Philadelphia Surprising places it takes an adventurer to discover; events, too.
- Philly Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Schedule City of Philadelphia dates and places for disposing of spent batteries, CFL lamps, unused paint and cleaning products, etc. LovePhilly: don’t pour these in the drain or send them out with the trash.
- Reading Terminal Market Purveyors of fine foods and foodie stuff, all under one roof downtown under the PA Convention Center
- Secret Garden on the Rails Jacques-Jean Tiziou shows some dramatic natural and urban and naturalized-urban scenes along abandoned rails of Philadelphia
- Sketch Burger, Fishtown A vegan-friendly burger joint with a #1 in Philly contender beef burger, best fries that somehow stay fresh for 1/2 hour while you tackle burger, and a vegan cafe vibe of friendly folks.
- WXPN: Philly sings in key of love Love songs by Philly artists