Category Archives: Consumer Tips

Queensborough Bridge Electrical Fire: an important maintenance reminder!

The Queensborough Bridge Transformer fire early this morning serves as an important reminder to perform critical maintenance checks on all your electrical components:  Homeowners and Businesses alike can benefit from regular servicing.  Be preventative and proactive, and stop problems before … Continue reading

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It’s getting darker!

The streets of Vancouver are flooding today, and when the streetlights are still on at 11:00am, you know the rain is back and we are headed towards Winter! Which brings to mind outdoor lights:  are your outside lights bright enough … Continue reading

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Get ready for Winter!

Hot summer days are behind us, and as the mercury starts to flirt with the single digits, it’s time to start getting ready for Winter!  Smart home maintenance isn’t limited to raking leaves and winterizing outdoor drains. Preventative home maintenance … Continue reading

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Save up to $15,000 with this simple step!

Do you have a secondary suite in your basement?  Do your property taxes reflect this with additional sewage and water charges?  No plans to use that second kitchen? Did you know that if you own a single family home you can … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Fitterer Electric Launches Dedicated Service Department

Fitterer Electric launches dedicated Service Department Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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: Get an estimate:  seems obvious, but you would … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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