Archive for 2012



Tips On Effective Landscape Lighting

Having a couple of landscape lighting additions installed in your home will have a great effect on the aesthetic appeal of your house, especially during night time




Total Retrofit? Probably Not. Single Room Automation? Now We’re Talkin’!

A complete retrofit of an existing home to incorporate smart technologies for energy management and home automation can sometimes be overwhelming to Des Moines homeowners, both in terms of cost and complexity. Because the energy and time savings from utilizing such systems can be significant, it is worth looking at lower cost solutions. One option…




If the Breaker Fits…It Still May Not Be the Right One!

Breakers…What’s the Difference? From time to time there may be a need to change a breaker or add one to your Des Moines home’s electrical panel. Most electrical devices, like switches, outlets and such, can be switched out with another brand without any problems. Breakers, however, are brand specific and require the exact replacement type…




Electrical Receptacle Spectacles

An electrical receptacle is a convenient way to plug all types of appliances and lighting into to supply power. However, these convenient devices have their share of problems over the years. Your Des Moines electrical contractor can easily correct any of these problems and install new receptacles should the need exist. Here is a look at the…




Don’t Blow a Fuse Over a Tripped Breaker!

If you have ever had a problem in your Des Moines home with a tripped breaker or a blown fuse that just left you confused on what to do next, don’t fret. The answer may be as simple as an overloaded circuit or a bad cord. Although you may feel resetting or replacing Fuses and…




Electrical Inspection Room-by-Room Cheat Sheet

General Guidelines Electrical Safety codes are in place to protect you, the Des Moines homeowner. These general guidelines apply to new installations and will give you the basics of what electrical inspectors are looking for. Be sure to check with your local electrical inspector because Des Moines codes may vary from the list provided. In…




Fight the Power (Save Some $$)

If you’re trying to decide whether to invest in a more energy-efficient appliance or you’d like to determine your electricity loads, you may want to estimate appliance energy consumption. Formula for Estimating Energy Consumption You can use this formula to estimate an appliance’s energy use: (Wattage × Hours Used Per Day) ÷ 1000 = Daily…




Why Des Moines Electrical Repairs should always be done by Professionals

Most households and buildings regularly require Des Moines electrical repairs. This is logical as electricity is always used for operating appliances, equipment, and other machines. Short-circuits and small electrical shocks are normal and are quite usual. However, it is surprising that services of professional electricians are hardly sought. No one could blame home and building…




If you are looking for Electrician in the Des Moines area, please call Lazer Electric & Plumbing at 515-263-0352 or fill out our online request form.