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With the age that we live in people are more willing to do their own repairs. Why? Because you can go online and search the internet to find out just about anything. The problem with that is there are some things that no matter how good of a google guru you are it cannot be trusted. We don’t think you would google how to fly a plane then take off so why would you try to do your own electrical work. Both of these googled projects can lead to serious injury or even death. You always want to leave very specific tasks that require a sufficient amount of training, knowledge and experience to the professionals. An electrician has had training and education to prepare him to safely work on, repair and install electrical equipment. Leave learning to paint a fruit basket to google and call a professional electrician to avoid serious disaster. Howell Electric outlines why it is so dangerous to try and do your own electrical work.

Electrical Fires

When you hear an electrician talking and they say something is live they are not talking about the Facebook live button. A live term when it comes to electrical work means that the item they are working on is hot and has electricity running to it. If the wire to that particular outlet is exposed at all you can cause a fire from the heat and spark. The wires have electrical currents running through them to allow the current to activate the outlet or appliance that it is attached to. This is how it works the circuit has to be complete. When you do electrical work on your own and you don’t actually seal the wires and cover them properly they can ignite and start a fire. The biggest issue is that the fire will start in the wall that is normally stuffed full of insulation that can catch fire quite quickly. A house fire is a terrible outcome when you choose to do your own electrical work.

DIY Electrical Work Can Cause Injuries

Another problem when you try to do your own electrical work is that you could be shocked or burned. The tools and equipment that is needed to do electrical work properly is very specific and specialized to that particular trade. The problem that you will find is that you are trying to use the tools that you have which may not work. You may also not be sure on how to shut the power off to a particular area so that you can do the work. An electrician has a tool that allows him to check if the wire is live or hot before he starts work. You will be stuck guessing which can quickly lead to being shocked. An electrical shock is dangerous and can send you to seek out medical attention.

Residential Electricians & Commercial Electrical Contractors in Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Colton, Rialto, Bloomington, Lytle Creek & San Bernardino County California

If you have any electrical work whether it is large or small that needs to be done contact an electrician first. It is better to have a professional with the right tools and training do the work for you. Contact us today!

In these tough economic times we are always looking for ways to save money. Howell Electric recommends the following two ways that not only help the environment but may also help you save money on your utility bills!


1. Operate Ceiling Fans Optimally:
During the Winter: Ceiling fans are commonly linked with warm weather therefore many people don’t realize that ceiling fans can also help warm up a room in the winter months! The ceiling fan direction in winter should be rotating clockwise or reverse. Warm air rises and gets trapped near the ceiling so when the ceiling fan direction is in reverse mode it circulates the warm air from the ceiling to the floor helping take the chill out of the air. Without a ceiling fan the warm air would continue to be trapped near the ceiling and the floor level would continue to stay cold. The reverse mode only works if the fan is on low; if you have the fan on a higher speed you will create a wind chill effect that you don’t want since it is already cold. Some ceiling fans now come with a wall or remote control that has a forward/reverse option so you can change the direction of the fan with just the push of a button.


During the Summer: On hot and sticky summer days nothing can beat the cool breeze you feel from a ceiling fan! A ceiling fan’s direction in the summer should be rotating counter clockwise or forward, on high, to produce a wind chill effect by the downward airflow. The thermostat won’t actually change but the room will feel several degrees cooler due to the wind chill factor. You can save on air conditioning bills by placing ceiling fans throughout your home.


2. Utilize the Convenience of Motion Switches
We have all come across a bedroom, closet, or bathroom with a light that has been left on. More times than we would like to admit, that light has been on for hours and quite possibly days if it is a low use room such as a closet. A great solution to keeping these lights off when not in use are motion activated light switches. They come with shut-off timers that you can set for 5, 10, 30 minute and other time limits depending on the switch you purchase. A convenient feature is the lights turn on as soon as you enter the room. In high traffic rooms, these motion switches are not as effective, but there are many low traffic rooms where these switches will be beneficial and can save you money while helping lower your carbon footprint.

Residential Electricians & Commercial Electrical Contractors in Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Colton, Rialto, Bloomington, Lytle Creek & San Bernardino County California

Call Howell Electric for all your electrical wiring needs in Greater Fontana, CA.


When designing for new construction, electrical needs should be considered from the initial planning stages. Howell Electric has years of experience in wiring homes and offices and will properly plan your electrical system to ensure you’ll have the power you need and want!


Remodels and additions allow you to alter your current home or business to meet the changing needs of your family or office staff. Howell Electric will help you determine the power demands of the new space and the devices you will use in it, safely and reliably.


Troubleshooting can be very complicated and frustrating when it comes to the electrical wiring system in your home or business. When you call Howell Electric, our licensed electricians are trained to find and fix the problem in an efficient and timely manner.


You can call us 24/7 for Emergency Service. Howell Electric is your trusted choice for all your Electric needs whether it is for regular scheduled service, or when disaster strikes we will be there to help you through it.

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