3rd Year Apprentice Electricians Needed!

Want to work with a dynamic family company?

Looking to gain lots of experience in a broad range of applications?

Eager to work in Commercial, Industrial and Residential electrical?

Apply today!

YOU: a hard-working third year electrical apprentice with your own tools and transportation. You have the flexibility to work all over the Lower Mainland, a strong work ethic, attention to detail, willingness to learn, professional appearance and manner, and an ability to liaise with customers while representing our brand.

US: Innovation. Quality. Results.
We are a Lower Mainland company in the business for over 17 years. We can provide you with medical/dental and a competitive wage.

Check out our CONTACT US page and get in touch!

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We’re Hiring! Are you are Journeyman looking for a great company?

Fitterer Electric is looking for team-players:  Journeymen electricians who are looking to work for a family-based company.  We offer competitive wages, benefits packages, and a variety of work in industrial, commercial and residential.

Are you looking for a great company to work with?  We need you!  Contact us!

You are:

A Licensed Journeyman Electrician with current first aid, driver’s license and lift ticket, able to work independently and time-manage multiple daily service calls.  You are a self-motivated individual with the highest work ethic, and attention to detail.

Your Qualifications:

  • 2-5 years’ experience as a commercial electrician
  • Previous service/maintenance experience
  • Read and interpret electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts.
  • Cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings.
  • Heat Tracing
  • Ability to lift, push, pull, and move moderately heavy objects (>75lbs)
  • Ability to ascend/descend ladders
  • Good computer skills including proficiency with MS Office and Email
  • Excellent communication skills — ability to interact well with clients and represent the face of our company
  • Training, directing & supervision of junior employees & apprentices – inspecting and certifying their work
  • Must be willing to work overtime
  • Must hold a valid drivers license
  • Must posses Industrial First Aid level 1
  • Must be able to work independently with attention to detail and impeccable customer service
  • Must adhere to company policies, procedures and strict safety regulations, ensuring a safe work environment for coworkers and clients
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Pets of Fitterer Electric: The Bruce

Meet The Bruce.  Bruce is our Prairie consultant, currently in Alberta.  We call on Bruce when we need a little extra muscle for specialized projects.  He is a young Boxer full of energy and enthusiasm for any task we ask of him.

Bruce enjoys loping around the dog-park with his deer-like canter, spending time with his family and cuddling on the couch.

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Pets of Fitterer Electric: Pepper

True to her name, Pepper is a sassy elder lady and occasional capitalist with Fitterer Electric.  She particularly enjoys spur of the moment visits to the office to converse on all matters politic.  Pepper is an avid Conservative and sympathizes with the current situation South of our border.

Pepper enjoys liberally sharing her opinions and imparting advice on a number of issues and current events.  We here at the office value her viewpoints and always enjoy a visit from her!

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Pets of Fitterer Electric: Precious

As our Senior Office Advisor, Precious (while 2-years new to the role) brings with her 15 years of experience.  Precious can be found under our  Office Manager’s Desk on any given day, and can only be lured out for meetings with promises of treats or a brief stroll in the sun.

Precious embraces modern technology and stays current with all the latest LED and power-saving trends.   She has been known to rock a faux-hawk in a nod to modern times, even in her dotage.

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Pets of Fitterer Electric: Echo

As a family company, our pets are an integral part of our team.  Over a course of posts, we will feature some of the V.I.P’s of the team:  that’s Very Important Pets!

ECHO:  Security/Grounds Department


Meet Echo.  She joined our team 2.5 years ago as a pup, and has taken on the very important task of securing the grounds and chief herder.  Her favourite activities include racing across the local park with the chuck-it and a ball, and herding us around the office.

Echo takes her job very seriously, and can be heard checking identification from the curb.  Once Echo gets to know you, however, you are greeted at the office doors with a fierce tail wag and often times a shoe in the mouth.

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COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL JOURNEYMAN SERVICE ELECTRICIANS REQUIRED

Innovation.  Quality.  Results.   Does this sound like you?

Our Service Department is expanding, and we need you!  We are looking for the following:

Licensed Journeyman Electrician with current first aid, driver’s license and lift ticket, able to work independently and time-manage multiple daily service calls.  You are a self-motivated individual with the highest work ethic, and attention to detail.

Qualifications:

  • 2-5 years’ experience as a commercial electrician
  • Previous service/maintenance experience
  • Read and interpret electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts.
  • Cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings.
  • Heat Tracing
  • Ability to lift, push, pull, and move moderately heavy objects (>75lbs)
  • Ability to ascend/descend ladders
  • Good computer skills including proficiency with MS Office and Email
  • Excellent communication skills — ability to interact well with clients and represent the face of our company
  • Training, directing & supervision of junior employees & apprentices – inspecting and certifying their work
  • Must be willing to work overtime
  • Must hold a valid drivers license
  • Must posses Industrial First Aid level 1
  • Must be able to work independently with attention to detail and impeccable customer service
  • Must adhere to company policies, procedures and strict safety regulations, ensuring a safe work environment for coworkers and clients

Fitterer Electric Ltd. is a BC-owned, class-A unrestricted electrical contractor operating since 2000. We are a family owned and operated company and have experience in residential, commercial, hi-rise, retrofit, LED lighting design and installation, and Power Smart retrofit projects.   Fitterer Electric can provide you with challenging and rewarding work assignments, provide you with opportunities for personal and professional growth, be recognized for performance, and enjoy a competitive compensation package.

 

FE Ltd Service Van

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Happy New Year! What’s your 2016 Resolution?

Wikipedia defines them as “promises towards acts of self-improvement or doing something slightly nice for others”: what is your New Years’ Resolution? How about saving money and cutting costs through power smart technology? Or safeguarding your largest single personal investment with critical annual maintenance checks?
Fitterer Electric is happy to provide you with a number of resolution-worthy services that will ensure a fresh start to 2016 and a clean, lean home. We offer services in:
• LED Lighting design and installation and BC Hydro Power Smart Alliance rebates
• Annual preventative electrical maintenance
• Electrical code upgrades and retrofits
• Much, much more!

Call us today to help us reach your 2016 New Years’ Resolution, and have a very happy New Year!

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Every Day is Earth Day at Fitterer Electric!

We are proud of our Environmental Mission Statement here at Fitterer Electric Ltd, and proud of our minimal waste, 100% recycle policy.  We strive to take all materials from the job site and recycle them safely and responsibly.  This not only keeps potentially harmful materials out of our landfills, but keeps our planet green!

Do you recycle your CFL’s, LED’s and remaining incandescent bulbs  safely and properly?  Contact your local recycling hotline or BC Hydro to learn more on how to safely dispose of potentially harmful chemicals (mercury) contained within many household lights.

Fitterer Electric Recycles

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Good Journeymen Needed! Multiple Positions Available!

We are hiring again, and crewing up for some exciting new projects starting up shortly!

Are you a Red Seal BC-Certified Journeyman looking for full-time employment with a family-run company?  We are looking for you!

Send your resume to info (at) fittererelectric.com and contact us for more information!

Job requirements follow:

Qualifications:

  • Read and interpret electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts.
  • Cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings.
  • Heat Tracing
  • Assisting in training, directing & supervision of junior employees and apprentices, inspecting and certifying their work
  • Good mathematical, scientific, mechanical and logical reasoning abilities
  • Good communication and reading skills
  • Industrial First Aid Level 1
  • Have a valid Provincial Electrical Journeyman Certificate as well as a Red Seal Certificate
  • Must have the ability to work with little supervision and able to life heavy objects
  • Ability to work shift work and some weekends
  • Required to adhere to company policies, procedures and strict safety regulations, ensuring a safe work environment for coworkers and clients
  • Class 5 Drivers’ License
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1st Year & Journeymen Electrician Jobs available

We are Hiring!  Looking for a first-year or journeyman electrician job?

We are looking for a 1st/2nd year apprentice electrician, and a red-seal journeyman electrician.  Please read on for the Journeyman Electrician qualifications/requirements.

Fitterer Electric Ltd. is a BC-owned, class-A unrestricted electrical contractor operating since 2000. We are a family owned and operated company and have experience in residential, commercial, hi-rise, retrofit, LED lighting design and installation, and Power Smart retrofit projects.   Fitterer Electric can provide  you with challenging and rewarding work assignments, you can be provided with opportunities for personal and professional growth, be recognized for performance, and enjoy a competitive compensation package.  Check us out here:  www.fittererelectric.com and email us at info (at) fittererelectric.com

Qualifications:

  • Read and interpret electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts.
  • Cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings.
  • Heat Tracing
  • Assisting in training, directing & supervision of junior employees and apprentices, inspecting and certifying their work
  • Good mathematical, scientific, mechanical and logical reasoning abilities
  • Good communication and reading skills
  • Industrial First Aid Level 1
  • Have a valid Provincial Electrical Journeyman Certificate as well as a Red Seal Certificate
  • Must have the ability to work with little supervision and able to life heavy objects
  • Ability to work shift work and some weekends
  • Required to adhere to company policies, procedures and strict safety regulations, ensuring a safe work environment for coworkers and clients
  • Class 5 Drivers’ License
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E B Horsman & Son opens in Burnaby: Fitterer Electric Ltd. is 1st Customer!

E B Horsman & Son is officially open in Burnaby!  On December 15th, Horsman opened their doors in their newest location, at 3935 2nd Avenue, and the team at Fitterer Electric Ltd. were the first customers in the door!  This marks E B Horsman’s 20th location, quite the accomplishment from the humble beginnings of their first store-front of 1907!

Fitterer Electric looks forward to a continued partnership with E B Horsman & Son, providing the very best in cutting-edge technology and quality installation to you, the consumer.

Fitterer Electric 1st Customer

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The Visually Stunning Power of LED Technology

New technology never ceases to amaze us, but this video shot in our own Golden, BC will possibly blow your mind!!!!

Filmed in collaboration with Swedish ad agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren and Philips TV, the producers felt that the combination of night skiing and snow were the perfect platform to show off their new technologies.

While true, we have to admit we think it looks really, really cool…..AFTERGLOW – Full Film by Sweetgrass Productions on Vimeo

What do you think?

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Looking for work? We’re looking for you!

We’re Hiring!  Journeyman Electrician Wanted!

Fitterer Electric Ltd. is a BC-owned, class-A unrestricted electrical contractor operating since 2000. We are a family owned and operated company and have experience in residential, commercial, hi-rise, retrofit, LED lighting design and installation, and Power Smart retrofit projects.   Fitterer Electric can provide  you with challenging and rewarding work assignments, you can be provided with opportunities for personal and professional growth, be recognized for performance, and enjoy a competitive compensation package.  Check us out here:  www.fittererelectric.com

Qualifications:

  • Read and interpret electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts.
  • Cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings.
  • Heat Tracing
  • Assisting in training, directing & supervision of junior employees and apprentices, inspecting and certifying their work
  • Good mathematical, scientific, mechanical and logical reasoning abilities
  • Good communication and reading skills
  • Industrial First Aid Level 1
  • Have a valid Provincial Electrical Journeyman Certificate as well as a Red Seal Certificate
  • Must have the ability to work with little supervision and able to life heavy objects
  • Ability to work shift work and some weekends
  • Required to adhere to company policies, procedures and strict safety regulations, ensuring a safe work environment for coworkers and clients
  • Class 5 Drivers’ License
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Fitterer Electric Launches Dedicated Service Department

FE Ltd Service Van

Fitterer Electric officially launched its’ Service Department this month with the addition of a dedicated Ford Transit Connect and a professional team able to handle your service needs large and small!  And in keeping with our environmental mission statement, our Service Van boasts an eco-boost engine, and incredible gas mileage to keep costs down, and transfer those savings onto you, the customer.

In addition to our cool new wheels, our Service Department is staffed with a dedicated Journeymen with over fifteen years in the field.  And while our Transit Connect is no Tesla, it is sure to make an impact while still treading lightly on the earth!

Contact us at info (at) fittererelectric.com or dial the number on our van!

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Journeyman Electrician Needed!

Journeyman Electrician Wanted!

Fitterer Electric Ltd. is a BC-owned, class-A unrestricted electrical contractor operating since 2000. We are a family owned and operated company and have experience in residential, commercial, hi-rise, retrofit, LED lighting design and installation, and Power Smart retrofit projects.   Fitterer Electric can provide  you with challenging and rewarding work assignments, you can be provided with opportunities for personal and professional growth, be recognized for performance, and enjoy a competitive compensation package.  Check us out here:  www.fittererelectric.com and email us at info (at) fittererelectric.com

Qualifications:

  • Read and interpret electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts.
  • Cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings.
  • Heat Tracing
  • Assisting in training, directing & supervision of junior employees and apprentices, inspecting and certifying their work
  • Good mathematical, scientific, mechanical and logical reasoning abilities
  • Good communication and reading skills
  • Industrial First Aid Level 1
  • Have a valid Provincial Electrical Journeyman Certificate as well as a Red Seal Certificate
  • Must have the ability to work with little supervision and able to life heavy objects
  • Ability to work shift work and some weekends
  • Required to adhere to company policies, procedures and strict safety regulations, ensuring a safe work environment for coworkers and clients
  • Class 5 Drivers’ License
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Tesla goes Open Source

Remember my post about the Tesla Model s:  that sexy electric car?  Well, Tesla has done it again:  in the spirit of advancing electric vehicle technology, they removed every single patent from the lobbies of their Palo Alto HQ.

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.”

Rather than go the proprietary route, Tesla has instead opted to abandon their patents, in the hopes of  attracting a crack engineering team to further the zero-emission cause:

Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis. By the same token, it means the market is enormous. Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day.  We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.”

Way to go, Tesla!

 

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Hats Off to Burnaby Heights! Watch for Team Fitterer Electric in the Family Fun Dash!

Saturday, June 7th is Hats Off Day in North Burnaby, and we are celebrating 30 years of the Annual Hats Off Parade and street party.  Join Fitterer Electric this Saturday, for Burnaby’s “80’s Theme” as we embrace all things neon, hairsprayed and jellied.

Look for Team Fitterer Electric as we participate in the 2nd Annual Family Fun Dash along Hastings Street, just before the Parade Kick-off!

The Burnaby Heights Merchant Association always puts on a good party, and this year will be no exception, with the parade kicking off at 9:30, ending at the Show ‘N’ Shine at Gamma and Hastings!

We’ll see you there!

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2014 Vancouver Sun Run Results for Fitterer Electric

We are facing day 2 of recovery, (which by rights is when we should feel our stiffest after the race) and we are thrilled with our results!  While Team Fitterer Electric saw key members sidelined with injuries shrinking our team down to the smallest numbers yet, we were proud to be counted among the 45, 183 runners racing the beautiful streets and bridges of Vancouver.

Van Sun Run Start

Running FeetThe morning of the race saw a late start and wet, windy clouds, but it cleared up in time to hit the giant hill on Hornby and the swing-around to the Burrard Street Bridge.  By the time we rounded the final turn onto the Cambie Street Bridge, the sun was shining strong.

Pre Race

 

The post-race party inside the Dome was fantastic, and Fitterer Electric is thrilled to have participated in the 30th anniversary year of the Vancouver Sun Run!

What better way to stay fit and healthy, while enjoying our beautiful city!

BC Place

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BC Hydro rate increases mean higher bills…unless you get smart!

April 1st didn’t just bring a lot of jokes and tricks:  it ushered in a new, ten year, mulit-tiered rate increase plan by BC Hydro, and as the consumer, it will be you who bears the higher bills.  According to Hydro’s website:

  • Government will set rate increases for the initial two years of the 10 year plan at nine per cent and six per cent;
  • The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) will set increases for the following three years within caps of four per cent, 3.5 per cent and three per cent; and
  • In the final five years of the plan, rates will be set by the BCUC and actions by government and BC Hydro will ensure increases low and predictable.

What does this mean to you?  If your average monthly Hydro bill is $90, it will jump to $98.10 in the first year, $103.99 in the second year, and $108.14, $111.93 and $115.29 in the third, fourth and fifth years.  Additional rate increases in the final five years are discretionary, and will be set by the BCUC.

And this is just for the homeowner!  Think of the impact on industry and the corporate sector!   Multiply these figures by tens of thousands of dollars.

Our team at Fitterer Electric Ltd. can work with both the homeowner and the corporate sector to drastically alter the cost of the bottom line.  Through energy audits and custom-designed energy management systems, we can dramatically lower the size of your carbon footprint and reduce your monthly expenditures.

Contact us at info (at) fittererelectric.com to book an appointment or discuss just how much we can do for you!

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Gratuitous Spam comments

We at Fitterer Electric like to utilize this blog to inform, educate, comment, involve, and occasionally just for fun.  Like today.  In the midst of Spring Break, we thought we would take this opportunity to share some of the wealth of spam comments we get from time to time in response to our posts.

We are happy to hear from you:  elated that our writing elicits a comment back from our readership, but tell me, gentle reader, if you can make sense of this:

“Your friend may never actually manage to step foot on their acre but they will still have an official certificate from the Lunar Embassy to prove they are the rightful owners. She will always smell just the way you like and she will be very happy to think that you always remember what she likes. The box can have anything inside which makes her go gaga over it.”

And another gem:

Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to generate a great article… but what can I say…I hesitate a whole lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.  Feel free to visit my webpage …(insert link here)”

These such comments are of course sprinkled with links meant to further someone else’s site, such as discount Manolo Blahnik’s or other such topical references to an electrical contracting site.

Sigh.  Just once, we would love to see a topical and applicable comment back from our blog!

In the meantime, stay sane over Spring Break, and remember Fitterer Electric is available for all your electrical projects large and small over the holiday!

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Countdown to the 2014 Vancouver Sun Run

As of 11:00 a.m. this morning, Fitterer Electric has 50 days and 21 hours left until the start of the 30th Anniversary 2014 Vancouver Sun Run.  We have been training hard, and now that we have our speed up, it’s time to start logging those kilometers.

It’s still not too late to join Team Fitterer Electric, and participate with 50,000 of your closest friends on the beautiful streets of Downtown Vancouver!

Come out for a beautiful day to celebrate 30 years of running the streets of our gorgeous city!

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Not your Granny’s Chandelier!

Check out what Vancouver is doing under the Granville Street Bridge on March 22nd! Artist Rodney Graham will be installing an interactive, 4′ x 6′ faux-crystal 18th century candelabra.  Directly over Beach Avenue, the chandelier will drop rapidly from the underside of the bridge, coming to rest at a fixed midpoint between the bridge span and the road.  Then it will slowly spin upwards, back to the bridge deck above.

The candelabra is set to be the centrepiece of the Gesamtkunstwerk exhibit, including multiple other artworks set to transform the underside of the Granville Street Bridge.

Look for it towards the end of the March, and I challenge any of you to call us a “no-fun city” any longer!

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Go Canada, GO!!!

In honour of the Olympic Spirit currently gripping this Country, I thought we would take a moment to tip our hats to all the athletes, their coaches, families and communities and most importantly all their hard work that paved their road to the Olympics.

It has been a joy to watch, a teachable moment with our family, and an inspiration for all of us to get off the couch a little more, and to push a little harder.  Don’t forget, Team Fitterer Electric is still looking for participants for our Vancouver Sun Run Team, and we would love to have you!

Most importantly, these last two weeks have brought back the spirit and joy of 2010 in Vancouver:  the camaraderie, the national pride, and the binding red and white of our Countries’ colours!  Thank you to our athletes and all of their hard work for making Canada Proud!!!

Go Canada, Go!!!!!

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Last Day for Sun Run Early Bird Registration!

Looking out over our beautiful Lower Mainland mountains dusted with fresh snow, and sparkling in the beautiful West Coast Sunshine, you can’t help but think of getting outdoors, and more importantly, getting active.

Our thoughts here at Fitterer Electric turn to the Spring, and more importantly, the 30th Anniversary of the Vancouver Sun Run!  Today is the last day for early bird registration, so get online, and join our corporate team! (p: electric)  It would be great to get a big group out for this incredible annual event!

Come and join us, and celebrate this beautiful city of ours!

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5 steps to reduce the cost of light

Acklands Grainger has published a great article featuring five steps to reduce your lighting costs.  The original article can be found here, but in essence, the points boil down to the following:

  1. Get an estimate:  seems obvious, but you would be surprised.  Get a written estimate from a qualified electrician:  it shouldn’t cost you anything, and it should give you a better idea of the short-term financial impact for the long-term gain.
  2. Get a full lighting audit:  this differs from an estimate in that it is more detailed, and drills down into exact power consumption and savings.  There’s a formula, visuals and charts – it’s actually pretty neat!
  3. How do you pay for the upgrade?:  Believe it or not, BC Hydro will often give you money back for upgrading your lighting to powersmart.  And in some cases, if it is a major commercial/industrial retrofit, we can get costs down to a 0% capital expenditure output through a cool financing model.  Contact us for details.
  4. Get the work done:  Lighting upgrades are often a lot faster than installations – it can be as easy as changing out a ballast and lamp/fixture, and presto!  You’re already saving money.
  5. Sit back and count all that money in your pocket:  Once a lighting upgrade is complete, you will start to reap the benefits the minute you turn on a light switch.  And you’ll see that year-over-year, any upgrade/installation costs quickly pay for themselves.
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Burnaby Train Derailment evidence of dark winter days

The Lower Mainland just came through a weekend of heavy rainfall warning, evidenced most clearly in Burnaby, where a section of train tracks gave way after a local beaver dam was washed out with flooding and high water.  If this doesn’t illustrate that we are still in the dark days of Winter, I don’t know what does!

All is not lost, however as we have passed the Winter Solstice and with it the shortest day of the year, and are now headed firmly towards Summer.  Sure, we have a few months to go, but we are firmly on the short end of number of weeks before more light and the Sun.

While you wait for that Sun to creep slowly closer to us, why not look around your house and see how many places you can brighten up overall spaces or concentrate on improved task lighting?  LED light bulbs offer a luminosity and sheer brightness that is unmatched by traditional incandescents or even CFL’s.  And while they do come with a higher initial sticker value, consider you may never have to change that bulb again.  Ever.  Not to mention the energy savings and lowered hydro costs.

And don’t forget to call on our team at Fitterer Electric if you need installation help or design consultation!  Our qualified electricians would be happy to assist!

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How to store Holiday lights: goodbye Santa, hello New Year!

The tree is drying out, the stockings are down and awaiting storage, and the illuminated plastic lawn Santa is looking forlorn in the cold light of January:  it’s time to pack it all away and say goodbye to Christmas for another year.

But wait:  what’s the best way to store those holiday lights?  How can I ensure a smooth transition from this January to next December?  Here are some tricks and tips from our team of Lower Mainland electricians to make holiday light storage (and re-decorating next December) a snap:

  • Wrap small strands of lights around large pieces of cardboard, with slits cut into the ends for the plugs. (*another tip is to write the location of each strand of lights on the cardboard itself, i.e. tree, front bushes, etc)
  • Use empty wrapping paper tubes for larger strands of lights, and wrap them around from one end to another.
  • Tie up separate strings in grocery bags, keeping them apart and (mostly) untangled.
  • Wind your lights around coat-hangers, and tag the tops with their individual location.
  • Separate each strand (once gathered in a neat circle) with a zip-tie.
  • Use Ziplock bags to store individual strands.

And remember, when you are taking down the Holiday display, don’t forget to inspect cord-ends for breakage, and check for general wear and tear.

Happy January!

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Aldergrove Scrooge strikes again!

Not only is there a Holiday Scrooge at work on our very own front steps, stealing our Santa Yoda and Santa Darth Vader from our neighbourhood children, but apparently he has hightailed it over to Aldergrove, where a close-knit collection of houses were hit hard on December 3rd.  These Saintly Santas were stripped of a volume of inflatables, cut-outs, lights and vintage decorations.

This Aldergrove cul-de-sac had grand plans to decorate the street and invite the neighbourhood in for hot chocolate and a little charitable fundraising.  Instead, they are wrapping up their dangling cord-ends, and possibly packing it in for good.

To add insult to injury, the thief also siphoned all the gas out of the cars before departing!

This is decidedly not the Holiday spirit of giving:  it is a time to reflect, give thanks for what you have and your family and friends around you, and celebrate life.  Scrooge, we here at Fitterer Electric hope you have a change of heart akin to story as told by the revered Dr. Seuss, and give back those decorations to the people in Whoville Aldergrove.

Happy Holidays?

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BC Hydro Rates on the rise by 26.4%

The Vancouver Sun reported that BC Hydro’s residential, industrial and business rates are going to increase by 26.4% over the next two years.  And while these increased rates are slated to pay for capital additions, it is you the consumer who should contemplate exactly what it means to your monthly bottom line.

Conducting a lighting audit and reviewing your energy consumption is a great way to keep these rising costs under control.  Our team of qualified electricians are able to review your space and offer helpful suggestions and changes as we are Gold-status members of BC Hydro’s Power Smart Alliance.  Not only can we review your cost savings, and deliver a clear ROI, but we can do so while maximizing the benefits of Hydro’s incentive program.

Contact us today for a free lighting audit, and helpful suggestions on how to save money!

 

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Journeyman Electrician Wanted

We’re Hiring!  Journeyman Electrician Wanted!

Fitterer Electric Ltd. is a BC-owned, class-A unrestricted electrical contractor operating since 2000. We are a family owned and operated company and have experience in residential, commercial, hi-rise, retrofit, LED lighting design and installation, and Power Smart retrofit projects.   Fitterer Electric can provide  you with challenging and rewarding work assignments, you can be provided with opportunities for personal and professional growth, be recognized for performance, and enjoy a competitive compensation package.  Check us out here:  www.fittererelectric.com

Qualifications:

  • Read and interpret electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts.
  • Cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings.
  • Heat Tracing
  • Assisting in training, directing & supervision of junior employees and apprentices, inspecting and certifying their work
  • Good mathematical, scientific, mechanical and logical reasoning abilities
  • Good communication and reading skills
  • Industrial First Aid Level 1
  • Have a valid Provincial Electrical Journeyman Certificate as well as a Red Seal Certificate
  • Must have the ability to work with little supervision and able to life heavy objects
  • Ability to work shift work and some weekends
  • Required to adhere to company policies, procedures and strict safety regulations, ensuring a safe work environment for coworkers and clients
  • Class 5 Drivers’ License
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Vancouver Sun Run Registration Opens Today!

Registration for the 30th Annual 2014 Vancouver Sun Run opens today, and Team Fitterer Electric are celebrating their second year running with another team entry to the iconic city 10km race.

Our team of lower mainland electricians celebrate events in our community, and we applaud good health practices:  if you are interested in joining our team as a runner or even a walker, contact us here.  Let’s make Team Fitterer Electric even bigger than last year!

In the meantime, check us out at the 30th Anniversary Fall Classic this Sunday along the beautiful tree-lined promenades of the UBC campus for our last 10km of the year!

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Fitterer Electric Remembers the Veterans and honours those who Serve

On the 11th day of the 11th hour of the 11th month, Canadians will give pause around our Country and honour those who have given of their freedom so that we may enjoy ours.

On Monday morning, Fitterer Electric will be wearing our poppies at the Cenotaph, and standing alongside the men and women who have given of themselves to our great country.  We will reverently observe two minutes of silence for those who have not returned from the First World War, Second World War, Korean War, Afghanistan and Canada’s ongoing peacekeeping missions.  We will also give thanks for our freedom, and for our privilege to live in such an incredible country.

Lest We Forget.

 

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Top Trending Halloween Costumes for 2013

Our team of Vancouver Electricians are always happy to embrace the holiday spirit, and with Halloween right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to review some of the top trending costumes for Halloween this year.

Fresh on the heels of her multiple twerking episodes and abnormally long tongue, Miley Cyrus will no doubt inspire a legion of skimpy costumes and bad behaviour.   The bearded dudes over at Duck Dynasty will also give birth to a plethora of camo and facial hair, while the bald heads over at Breaking Bad will no doubt touch on the darker side of Halloween

No doubt the platinum locks of Daenarys Targaryan will be heavily favoured, and a group-“Red Wedding” costume theme will work well for a small group of ill-fated back stabbers.

But really, Halloween is about the kids, and so our pick for the top Halloween costume, inspiring giggles in children and adults alike, is the oval-topped heads of Gru’s lowly Minions!

What will you be for Halloween?  We would love to hear from you!  Post your costume ideas in the comments below!

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October is Power Smart Month, so go out for dinner!

The team here at Fitterer Electric always like to support energy savings, so what better way than to celebrate Power Smart Month,  with BC Hydro!

In addition to a number of ways to save energy and money, did you know that on October 24th, a select group of BC-wide restaurants are partnering with BC Hydro to offer exclusive deals and discounts while turning out their lights and turning up the candlepower!?!  What a great idea for a unique date night!

Check out here for a list of participating restaurants!

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Happy Fire Prevention Week!

It’s Fire Prevention Week from October 6th to 12th, and Fitterer Electric would like to pass on some important stats and tips from the folks at the NFPA to help keep you and your family safe!

Did you know that almost 62% of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms?  And working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.  Most importantly, in fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 92% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 77% of the time.

Also, about half of home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment.  Other leading types of equipment were washer or dryer, fan, portable or stationary space heater, air conditioning equipment water heater and ranges.

Our dedicated team at Fitterer Electric are well-versed in inspecting your home for a healthy electrical system, as well as the installation of hard-wired smoke alarms.  Check us out!

Reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2013 NFPA.

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Stewart Stephenson Gallery adds colour to our Lights

Fitterer Electric Ltd. have brightened their office spaces with a modern splash of colour from the widely heralded and well-known “Sass” series:  an original painting by Stewart Stephenson.

Fitterer Electric is thrilled to support such incredible local talent;  with a stunning gallery space in the heart of downtown Vancouver, and an active social media profile on Facebook, (not to mention the new blog coming in October!) we are excited to be a part of an outstanding member of the arts community.  Check out their artwork here!

This colourful inspiration on our office walls has already brightened our working space~

Thanks to the team at Stewart Stephenson Gallery!

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Team Fitterer Electric runs in The Colour Run

This Saturday saw Team Fitterer Electric running in full colour through the grounds of the PNE. Our spirited team was part of the first heat through the arches, boasting times that started well under a 30 minute finish for a fun and colourful 5km run.

Check out our team pictures below!

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Fitterer Electric achieves Gold Status in BC Hydro Power Smart Alliance

There’s no news like good news, and we are thrilled to announce that Fitterer Electric Ltd. has officially achieved gold membership status with the BC Hydro Power Smart Alliance.

Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated team of electricians, we proudly bring you experts in the field of energy-efficient lighting design and implementation, as well as Power Smart retrofits and Hydro rebates.   Fitterer Electric can save you money and energy; lighten your carbon footprint and help us all to tread more gently on the environment.

Congratulations to Team Fitterer Electric!

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Fitterer Electric is looking for BC Hydro Community Champions!

Are you a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping BC beautiful?  Are you focused on sustainability and the environment?  BC Hydro is looking for you, and wants to award you $10,000!

As local Burnaby Electricians with our own environmental mandate, we want to get the word out to all you non-profits as an opportunity for (always critical) more funding! Having worked with important projects such as the Bloom Group, we know how critical these funding opportunities can be.  And this is a great opportunity:

Community Champions is open to non-profit organizations in British Columbia. To enter, organizations submit a video explaining how they’re making a difference in their community in the area of sustainability, conservation or the environment.

Videos from non-profit organizations are accepted August 15 to September 30, 2013.

And remember to focus on:

  • How your organization contributes to sustainability: Tell us how your organization and project contributes to sustainability and the environment.
  • An energy or electricity focus: Does your project or organization support energy conservation and energy efficiency? This should be clearly communicated in your video.
  • Supporting the community: It’s not called Community Champions for nothing. Share how your organization supports and benefits your local community.
  • Quality of your video: Make sure your video clearly identifies your organization and what you do.
  • Youth and school engagement: Your video should explain how your organization engages youth and schools.

 

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Fun Facts about Electricity

Here are some fun facts about electricity that we lower-mainland Electricians thought we would share with you on this beautiful August morning after that big thunder and lightning storm yesterday:

Did you know….

  1. Electricity travels at more than 186,000 miles per second, or 299,340 kilometers per second:  at the speed of light!
  2. One single spark of static electricity can measure up to 2000 volts.
  3. A bolt of lightning lasts less than one second and can measure up to 3,000,000 volts!
  4. Electricity can be made from wind, water and the sun.

***Brought to you by your team of qualified electricians at Fitterer Electric.

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BC Hydro Cuts T12 Incentive Program

Are you looking to upgrade your old T12 fixtures to more efficient T8’s in your industrial, commercial or warehouse lighting?  Better make plans now, as BC Hydro is phasing out the incentive program  and cutting out the rebates.

There is some good news:  we can take care of all your lighting upgrades in lots of time between now and the April 1, 2014 cutoff.  Contact us for a free estimate on how to save operating costs and get free money back from BC Hydro.

(Ever thought Hydro would be offering you money back?!?)

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Hiring: Journeyman Electrician

Fitterer Electric is hiring Journeymen electricians!  Please see the job description below and contact us at info@fittererelectric.com if you would like to join our team!

Fitterer Electric Ltd. is a BC-owned, class-A unrestricted electrical contractor operating since 2000. We are a family owned and operated company and have experience in residential, commercial, hi-rise, retrofit, LED lighting design and installation, and Power Smart retrofit projects.   Fitterer Electric can provide you with challenging and rewarding work assignments, be provided with opportunities for personal and professional growth, be recognized for performance, and enjoy a competitive compensation package.  Check us out here:  www.fittererelectric.com

Qualifications:

  • Read and interpret electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts.
  • Cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings.
  •  Assisting in training, directing & supervision of junior employees and apprentices, inspecting and certifying their work
  • Good mathematical, scientific, mechanical and logical reasoning abilities
  • Good communication and reading skills
  • Industrial First Aid Level 1
  • Have a valid Provincial Electrical Journeyman Certificate as well as a Red Seal Certificate
  • Must have the ability to work with little supervision and able to lift heavy objects
  • Ability to work shift work and some weekends
  • Required to adhere to company policies, procedures and strict safety regulations, ensuring a safe work environment for coworkers and clients
  • Class 5 Drivers’ License
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Fitterer Electric is hiring qualified Journeymen! (Journeypersons)

That’s right, Fitterer Electric is hiring!

Are you a qualified journeyperson who wants to work with a team-oriented, family-run local company?  Are you interested in a broad spectrum of electrical work, from the very big industrial to the very small household?   Do you value a company committed to you and the job, living by our ideals:  innovation, quality and results?

If this sounds like you, visit our website at Fitterer Electric and send a resume to info@fittererelectric.com

 

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Electrical maintenance critical to a safe and happy home

You can probably ballpark when you last changed the oil in your car, right?  How about the last time you cleaned out the fridge?   (Okay, maybe not as recent as you should have, but you can at least estimate a date in the last six months, right?)

How about the last time you had the electrical panel in your home serviced?  A few simple steps completed by a qualified electrician can go a long way in preventing devastating house fires and affording you peace of mind.

Calling on the team at Fitterer Electric to perform a routine electrical inspection will include:

  • tightening all breakers 
  • testing breaker functionality
  • general cleaning of the electrical panel
  • testing the polarity of all receptacles in your home

Call or email us today to book a maintenance appointment, and remember:  rebook every five years to ensure optimum safety in your home!

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Team Fitterer Electric joins The Color Run Vancouver!

Those crazy Vancouver Electricians are at it again, and this time in full color!

In the interest of continuing to stay healthy and fit, Team Fitterer Electric is joining in The Color Run Vancouver!  Taking place on September 14th, 2013; it is a fun 5km run in the spirit of health, happiness, individuality and giving back to the community!  Not only that, there are three dye stations along the route, where you can get bombed with colour!  Ch

Join Team Fitterer Electric and save $5 on your registration feee!  Look for our team listed on the registration!

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Summer’s here, and it’s Patio Time at Fitterer Electric!

Summer’s here, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather with a cold drink, good company, and a bit of barbecue on the patio.  And with current designs and lighting concepts available for outdoor living, the patio of today is a far cry from the Hibachi grill and nylon-covered aluminum frame folding chairs of your childhood.

Outdoor living today is an entire concept.  Living rooms have moved outside, carpeting is weather-proof, and exterior design is a holistic approach to the total space.  Landscape and exterior lighting design have followed suit, and gone are the days of the incandescent paper lanterns strung under the soffit, and blacked-out gardens after sunset.

Homeowners have a myriad of choices in front of them when it comes to landscape lighting: accent/feature lighting, path lighting, deck/patio lights, and don’t forget the lighting concept for that backyard water feature!  Lights under the stairs, rope lighting, lights featuring the hanging baskets and overhead wisteria:  the list and possibilities are endless.

Options in light colour are without limitation, as well:  LED’s are available in standard white, but when it comes to landscape lighting, it is easy to install colour-changing LED’s for that festive party approach.

Our team at Fitterer Electric would be happy to consult with you about transforming your outdoor living into more than just usable space: contact our team of qualified Vancouver electricians for a consultation today!

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Fitterer Electric Website 3.0!

We’ve been busy here at Fitterer Electric, and are proud of the work we have completed over the last year and a half.    Thanks to an incredible team, and loyal clients, Fitterer Electric Ltd. has been pleased to provide electrical services to some unique locations and unusual projects.  To celebrate, we have updated our Past Projects page:  check it out!

Most notably, our team of electricians continues to partner with Concord Pacific on the electrical installation of their display suites.  If you find yourself in downtown Vancouver, you should stop by the Concord Vancouver Presentation Centre, featuring a 38′ crystal teardrop chandelier:  a true sight to be seen!  Also of note:  the revolving turntable in the Concord “One Pacific” Sales Centre.

Continuing on with another noteworthy project, Fitterer Electric partnered with the Bloom Group, (formerly the St. James Society) to assist them in lowering their energy consumption and operating costs, better focusing their funding on what is really important:  their mandate to assist vulnerable residents in the downtown east-side.

Another project of note was our partnership with Capilano University, spreading better LED lighting throughout those wooded North Shore parking lots and roadways.  Check out the resulting article on the transformation here.

Fitterer Electric is excited to have been a part of such unique and varied projects, and we can’t believe how fast the time has gone!!!  None of it would be possible without the dedication and loyalty of our incredible crew:  we can’t thank you enough!

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Team Fitterer Electric joins inaugural Hats Off Day Family Fun Dash!

Last weekend saw Team Fitterer Electric lace up their running shoes again in participation of the inaugural Hats Off Day Family Fun Dash!  According to legend, there used to be a 5km or 10km race associated with the annual street party and Burnaby Heights merchants’ celebration.  In honour of this, the organizers at Hats Off Day decided to bring back a Family Fun dash, incorporating a 500 meter dash for children of all ages!

The youngest members of Team Fitterer Electric were paired with some of our senior members, taking off at the bell along with a handful of other first-time racers.  We were greeted at the finish line with ribbons and wagon wheels, quickly clearing Hastings so the parade could begin!

Community and neighbourhood involvement is imperative to the team here at Fitterer Electric, and it was an honour to be a part of the first (modern) Family Fun Dash!

We look forward to even more of our team of electricians entering next year:  if you are interested in joining Fitterer Electric, please leave a comment and I will get in touch of you when registration opens next May, 2014!

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Tough day at the Office?

Ever had a tough day at the office?  Ever found yourself on a particularly challenging job site? Ever been 200′ up on an exposed slab with the wind and rain/sleet/snow/(insert horrible weather here) driving at your face, fingers numb and barely able to lay out in time for the pour tomorrow?  As electrical contractors, we know what those challenging days are like!

Whether braving the elements, or besting a particularly challenging set of site circumstances, the folks at Greenlee are laying down a photo challenge.   Email them a  picture of the most challenging job or worst job you have ever done.  You could win tools, capture brief internet fame, and be published!

Enter the contest here and post a story/photo/comment below:  the folks at Fitterer Electric would love to hear your story!

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Safe disposal of broken CFL’s

Stephen Hume of the Vancouver Sun recently profiled the proper handling and disposing of burnt-out CFL’s, or compact fluorescents, and his article raised some points that bear repeating.  For example, did you know that each CFL contains enough mercury to fit on top of a ball point pen? (Mercury is considered a neurotoxicant)

While Health Canada assures us that CFL’s are safe, mercury is designated a highly toxic substance, and if a bulb breaks, it must be treated with extreme caution:  evacuate the break site, and ventilate for 15 minutes before returning to clean up using disposable gloves and a gentle sweeping motion with your hands so as not to stir up the toxic mercury vapour.   If the CFL has broken into carpeting, use duct tape to lift all traces of bulb.   Once all the pieces have been collected, they need to be bagged, sealed and removed to your local household toxic waste site.   If you have to use a vacuum, the bag needs to be disposed of and the vacuum itself needs to be wiped down afterwards. 

Further information on safe disposal can be found here, but the article begged the question:  if CFL’s are to be treated with such hostility if broken, how are they a safe and intuitive replacement to the standard incandescent? 

Once again, LED’s remain the obvious alternative.  In the meantime, if you have CFL’s in your household, treat them with extreme caution, and dispose of them properly at your local household recycling centre.

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Team Fitterer Electric Rocks the Vancouver Sun Run!

A very belated post to celebrate Team Fitterer Electric rocking the 2013 Vancouver Sun Run!

The team was small but had a big heart, and alongside the heartfelt tribute to Boston and the sea of blue and yellow, we discovered something that day in downtown Vancouver:  electricians can run!

And now, with an aim to continue promoting a healthy lifestyle amongst our team, we have signed up for the New Balance Fall Classic, taking place inside the grounds of beautiful UBC on 17 November, 2013.

Contact us if you want to join in!

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Sequestration affects us all, North and South of the border.

Never mind the fiscal cliff, what about sequestration?  Effects of this will be felt in the coming hours and days, most notably across our border lines.  As electrical contractors, we often rely on our neighbours to the South for specific parts and materials:  now that the States have plunged over the cliff, straight into sequestration, it will mean longer border wait times, less border processing staff, and longer delays in customs for our materials.

How will sequestration affect your business or goods North and South of the border?

More importantly, what is Washington doing to effectively tackle a problem that some would argue is grossly preventable?

Here’s to everyone in Congress learning how to get along.

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Being Power Smart means free money! And we can help!

Recently featured in The Vancouver Sun, BC Hydro is issuing a challenge to small businesses to cut their watts and ultimately their power consumption.  Based on the 2011 Residential Power Smart Energy Challenge, Hydro is looking for two small businesses to go head-to-head and see who can shave off the most watts and energy usage.

And here’s where we come in!  Fitterer Electric Ltd. are members of the BC Hydro Power Smart Alliance, and we work daily with small businesses and corporations to execute successful lighting audits and deliver lighting redesigns with power-smart lamps and ballasts that will save businesses up to tens of thousands in costs savings!  In addition, partnering with BC Hydro’s product incentive program can also realize consumers great rebates that directly offset the retrofit cost.  It’s like free money!

 

 

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2013 Vancouver Sun Run Team Deadlines Looming!

The Vancouver Sun Run Team Registration deadline is March 15th, and in a bid to kickstart a year of better fitness, and better intention, Fitterer Electric Ltd. have entered a corporate team! We will be downtown on Sunday, April 21st along with 50,000 of our closest running buddies, running, sweating and cheering!

We may be rusty, we may be dusting off our runners, but what better motivation in the cold dark months of winter to get outside, and get moving!

What are you doing to motivate your company towards better health, and higher levels of fitness?  Come and join us:  email me at info@fittererelectric.com and join our team!

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Fast-Chargers get the green light in the Lower Mainland

It’s the perfect match of green thinking and a quick charge:  the BC Provincial Government announced Thursday that it will spend $1.3 million to set up fast-charging stations in 12 communities.

These new fast-charge stations will drop an eight-hour charge down to 30 minutes or less.  Available in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Surrey, Whistler, Hope, Merritt, Nanaimo and Saanich, Environment Minister Terry Lake hopes it will increase the attractiveness of the electric car to the consumer.

And with the people over at Tesla making electric cars look so sexy, we look forward to seeing more electric cars on the road!

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BC Housing assessments are out, and it’s a great time to renovate!

BC Housing assessments are out, and according to The Vancouver Sun,  some Metro Vancouver homeowners are seeing an increase of up to 10% but many are seeing a decrease of as much as 5%.  Especially targeted are recreational locales of Bowen Island, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton.

And in the spirit of this current cooler real estate climate, what better time to renovate, rather than relocate!  Rather than selling in a tough market, why not contemplate a home renovation to increase the overall value of your home?  Think long-term, and prepare for the day when the markets heat up again, and your profit margins increase.

The top three renovations that always add value to a home are a kitchen renovation, bathroom renovation, and a cohesive interior/exterior lighting concept.  As a homeowner, you can add up to 50% of the renovation value to the value of your home!

Give us a call, and we would be happy to discuss new lighting concepts to update, freshen and polish your home.  And don’t forget to visit our Industry Partners for all your other trades needs!

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Happy Holidays from Fitterer Electric!

All of us at Fitterer Electric would like to take this opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ for a great year, and to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!!!  We are eagerly tracking Santa via N.O.R.A.D., and putting some of our favourite Holiday treats on the mantelpiece, along with carrots and celery for Rudolph and his crew.

This is a special time to celebrate family, friends and togetherness, and as we gather around our friends and family we wish the best to you and yours!

Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Jul, Happy Solstice, and a very Merry Christmas!

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Electric plug-in makes Car of the Year

While we don’t profess to be motorheads, we were impressed when Motor Trend Magazine announced its’ car of the year as the Tesla Model S:  an electric car!

This electric car is no geeky shrinking violet, with sleek lines, a sporty-sedan look, and a bold price.  However, it does prove something:  the non-combustion engine is gaining ground in a land that birthed Detroit, and continuing to make inroads into popularizing clean energy vehicles.

Locally, Metro Vancouver is offering businesses charging station installation incentives. And last year,  all B.C. residents who own electric or hybrid plug-in vehicles became eligible for special rebates through BC Hydro.

BC Hydro is furthering the cause by readying the grid for a greater draw on power as these vehicles gain in popularity:  an electric car draws about as much power as your stove, with all its’ burners and oven on!

We look forward to green getting sexier:  well done, Tesla!

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Santa’s coming! Light the way with Holiday LEDs!

There are less than 32 days left before the Big Man comes down the chimney, and we at Fitterer Electric are already starting to decorate!   And what better way to decorate than energy-efficient LED bulbs!

Did you know that energy-efficient LED holiday lights offer a lifespan of 30,000-50,000 hours?   That means over 1,250 days or 41.6 months of continuous usage.  If you kept your lights on for 24 hours per day throughout the month of December, you could realize over forty years of usage for just one string of lights!

What better way to guide Santa to your door, and brighten the dark days of winter?

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Fitterer Electric Partners with Capilano University to save $15K per year!

Recently profiled in the North Shore News, Capilano University overhauled its’ street lights and parking lot lights, replacing older, high-wattage bulbs with low-energy devices; and guess who installed them!?  That’s right, our own team at Fitterer Electric.

Partnering with Capilano University, our team took on the task of removing old, inefficient lighting fixtures, with brighter, whiter, and power-smart fixtures.  This has resulted in brighter lots, safer streets, and a dramatically lower energy bill.  And if you are familiar with the beautiful, tree-lined campus nestled on the North Shore, you will know just how much of an impact a series of high-efficiency, brighter LED lights will make on the streets and parking lots of Capilano University.

A+, Fitterer Electric!

 

 

 

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GE, Maytag and Kitchenaid overlook energy-smart bulbs in many of their major appliances

We have a fish tank with three fish named Nemo, Flash and Goldie.  One morning we awoke to half the tank in darkness:  one of the lights had burnt out, and all the little fish were huddled under the remaining light.   Replacing the bulb, I discovered it was a traditional incandescent and this begged the question:  how many other appliances were still being sold with traditional incandescents?

I started looking around.  The majority of our household appliances still held working incandescents:  the refrigerator, the stove and the microwave.  And then I queried:  with the national shift towards energy-smart light sources, (LED, CFL, Halogen technology) were new appliances being sold in collaboration with this energy-saving atmosphere?

I decided to ask the experts, and used refrigerators as my litmus-test.

GE deemed this a “great question”, however are only able to offer LED bulbs in their top three high-end refrigerator series.  Maytag only offers LED’s in most of their newer models, as does Kitchenaid.  (Both Maytag and Kitchenaid are parented by Whirlpool.)

So it turns out the appliance manufacturers are not totally in line with the after-market ‘market’.  Energy-smart LED bulbs are only offered in the high-end models for most major brands. (Think $1500+ for a refrigerator)  Standard or basic models still come market-ready with incandescent bulbs.  That being said, they are still federally compliant.

Federal legislation has ruled that “bulbs with a higher wattage, such as the 75 and 100 watt, will be subject to the regulation on January 1, 2014. For the lower wattage bulbs such as the 40 and 60 watts, the regulation takes effect on December 31, 2014. These effective dates apply to date of manufacture.”  Digging a little deeper, it turns out one of the bulbs exempt from the power-smart legislation is appliance bulbs.  So in actual fact, the manufacturers don’t technically have to switch to LED at all, ever.  Any appliance bulbs being replaced by LED’s through the manufacturer is completely voluntary on their part.

Still sounds energy-star to you?  Not to me.

Once again, the power then lies with you, the consumer.  Even when purchasing a newer, energy-star appliance without an LED bulb, think of all that money and energy you will save between now and December 2014 if you did switch !

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October is Power Smart Month!

October is Power Smart Month, and to celebrate as BC Hydro Power Smart Alliance members, we thought we would share the top five Fall energy-saving tips!

  1. Switch to LED or CFL bulbs in all your fixtures
  2. Ensure all your appliances are Energy-Star rated
  3. Install a programmable thermostat, and keep the heat down when no one is home
  4. Turn the heat down 2 degrees and save 15% of your heating costs
  5. Reduce standby power use in your appliances by unplugging them or turning off your power bar

Finally, click here to play BC Hydro’s fun game of Plinko to win cool prizes, and receive great energy-saving tips!

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Light as Interactive Art

It’s fascinating to see firsthand what people are doing with new LED technologies, and nowhere more interactively than LUMOUS:  the Darling Quarter Light Display in Darling Harbour, Australia.  Created by Bruce Ramus, it is described as a radiantly digital facade (that will) redefine the way we think of public art, play and communication.

It is visually stunning.  Imagine a wall spanning 150 meters,  brilliantly lit with 557 LED’s, powered by solar energy, and complely controlled by you, the user.  The user experience defines the art.  There’s even an option to interact remotely with the exhibit through a weblink here.

Makes you wonder if there’s anything like this here in Canada…

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Consumer beware: cheap LED’s are not created equal!

There is a dark side to the new light technologies available in sub-standard LED bulbs available on the market today.  These lower-quality LED’s are often the cheapest in both production and cost, yet fail to offer either the lifespan of a higher-quality LED, or the warranty to protect you, the consumer.

For example:  a traditional 60 watt incandescent light bulb costs $2 CDN, and lasts @1000 hours.  A comparable compact flourescent (CFL) costs $10 and lasts @8000 hours.  You can find a cheaper LED on the market for the same cost as a CFL, however it will not have a 6-10 year warranty, nor the lifespan of a high-quality LED, sporting an Energy Star, CSA and ULC certification.  A good-quality LED should have all of these markings, along with a 25-year life span, and @25 000 hours of use for about $25.    (Now, while that seems expensive in the output, consider amortizing $25 over 25 years versus the original 60 watt incandescent at $2/year for 25 years, and tell me which is the less expensive option!)

To protect yourself, it’s best to do your homework:  ensure the products you are buying are from reputable manufacturers/suppliers, and come with Energy Star, CSA and ULC certification, as well as a warranty for 6-10 years.

As ever, Buyer beware!

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A non-review of the Light Bulb Finder app from the Environmental Protection Agency

I discovered an app from the Environmental Protection Agency called the Light Bulb Finder for iPhones and Androids.  It’s an app that captures the average electricity usage of your area based on your zip code and offers energy-saving light bulb suggestions, complete with reviews on each bulb; brightness, colour, etc.

Sounds great, right?

There’s only one problem.  The app is only available in the U.S., and currently there is nothing even close here in Canada.  B C Hydro has some great stats on kilowatt-hours (kWh) and how the average consumer can cut their annual hydro bill by up to 10%, however I would love to see an app available like the Light Bulb Finder here in Canada.

So for all you developers out there, I am laying down the challenge!

In the meantime, here is a cool stat direct from BC Hydro illustrating just how much you can save by switching from an incandescent to a compact flourescent.  And don’t even get me started on LED savings!!!  (I’ll save it for another blog post)

A lightbulb used 10 hours at the Step 1 rate, it would cost you 6.8 cents for those 10 hours. At the Step 2 rate, it would cost about $10.2 cents. Swap that 100-watt incandescent for an equivalent 23-watt compact flourescent and costs would be 1.5 cents at Step 1, 2.5 cents at Step 2.

It’s hard to argue the numbers.

 

 

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LED lighting dazzles the London Olympics

The London Olympics is the most recent highlight of the impact and effect of LED lighting.  During the opening and closing ceremonies, the Olympic Stadium featured over 70,000 LED modules positioned amongst the seats, each containing 9 LED’s.  Anyone who watched the Olympics appreciated the effects of these LED modules in both brightness and artistry.  London took Vancouver’s concept of projected light scenes one step further by creating a whole other ‘character’ within the production in the form of these lights.

This elevated technical artistry will no doubt post an even higher bar to the next Games, challenging future host cities to embrace both the green technology of LED’s and the artistic punch of their pure, bright colours.

I wonder what Sochi has up its’ sleeve?!

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Welcome to Fitterer Electric 2.0!

With the savvy assistance of our friends over at Space Dog,  Fitterer Electric Ltd. has redone, remade, and relaunched our new website!  You will find we were able to highlight more of our past projects with greater detail, as well as expand upon upcoming projects and detail some pretty specialized directions we are heading in.

In addition to the previous “Request a Quote” page, we have also enabled comments and feedback in the “Customer Reviews” page:  we thought you would like to hear what others are saying about us.

Check back often for information, updates, and industry discussions.

We hope you like our new look!

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