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Energy Tax Credits Save Even More Money

Professional Electrical Contractors Provide Energy Efficient Services in Virginia Beach

Tax time is just weeks away. If you’ve made energy efficient changes this year or forgot to claim some from 2015, you could be saving more money this year on your tax return. Nipper Electric has been providing the best in energy efficient and green technology in the Virginia Beach, VA for 20 years. Some of our green technology services include:

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Lighting Retrofit Installations
  • Solar Energy Panel Installations
  • Solar Energy Security Lighting
  • Generator Installations

To better serve you, we’ve provided a quick rundown of just a few of the energy tax credits you might be missing out on.

1) Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit- This tax credit is for energy efficient improvements on existing homes. It includes the following improvements:

  • trees growing on coinsInsulation Materials
  • Windows and Doors
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Water-Heating Equipment

Can be used for improvements made from 2011–2016, if the deduction has not already been taken.

Maximum Total Savings: $500

2) Net Metering- Did you know you can actually claim a credit on the solar power you produce? Net metering is available to Virginia residents on a first-come basis up until 1% of the electric companies energy peak load has been met. It is not available to municipal utility consumers. Nipper Electric regularly installs solar power panels that save our customers money all year round.

Maximum Total Savings: Varies (estimated savings for Solar Power in Virginia, including solar loans)

3) Section 179D or EPAct- This particular credit gives owners the opportunity to receive accelerated tax deductions for the cost of any energy efficient retrofit lighting project.

Manufacturing companies, distribution centers, and other commercial buildings are all eligible for this tax credit.

Maximum Total Savings: Most companies find that they can save approximately $.60 a square foot on this deduction.

4) Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit-

People who have added renewable energy technologies can receive a tax credit of up to 30% of costs for the additions. Eligible renewable technologies include:

  • solar panels on the roofFuel Cells
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaic Panels
  • Residential Wind Turbines
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps

Maximum Total Savings: Up to 30% of Costs for Additions

5) Exemptions for Solar Energy Equipment and Recycling Equipment- The state of Virginia allows the option for cities, towns, and counties to exempt their solar energy equipment from their local property taxes.

You must first have the equipment inspected and certified professionally to get a concrete value of the equipment.

Systems included in the tax exemption include:

  • Solar Photovoltaic Panels
  • Solar Thermal Heating
  • Storage for Solar Energy

Maximum Total Savings: Dependent on the Value of the Equipment

6) Electric Vehicles- If you have purchased a new electric vehicle after 2009, you could be eligible for a tax credit. To get the credit, the electric vehicle must be brand new, have four wheels or more, have a weight rating of lower than 14, 000 lbs, and an electric motor that utilizes a rechargeable battery for a minimum of 4 kilowatt-hours.

Companies that have Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations (or EVs) installed can also save 30% of the installation costs.

Maximum Total Savings: From $2,500 to $7,500 for the car and up to $30,00 for businesses who install EVs.

Using energy efficient technology can save you a bundle on your tax returns. Nipper Electric loves working with green technology and energy efficient equipment. If you have any questions about energy efficient and green technology, call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We’ll make sure you’re ready to save money all year long with energy efficient electrical systems and lighting.

Electrical Inspections Save Lives

Routine Electrical Inspections Save Money & Lives

A professional electrical inspection is one of the best ways to keep your home or business running smoothly. Keeping your home running not only helps you save money, it can also keep you safe. Every year, there are over 350,000 house fires.  These fires might have been avoided with a routine electrical checkup.

Electrical Inspections Save Lives

The Nipper Electric team of professionals is dedicated to serving the needs of the Virginia Beach area. To keep you and your loved ones safe, here is a checklist of tips to help you prevent electrical issues and hazards in your home or office.

  • Perform a Quick Checkup At Least Twice a Year- Harsh weather in the winter and summer can easily stretch your wiring and damage different areas of your home. It is important to do a quick walkthrough of your home and/or business at least at the end of winter and the beginning of fall.  Also, try to keep track of any changes during the year. When you do this you can find electrical equipment that is becoming worn down. Worn out equipment creates a drag on your power.
  • Inspect Outside Wires and Cables, Especially Where They Connect to the Home- The areas where your cables and wires connect to a building are often more vulnerable to damage. Look for the following issues:
    • Frayed Wiring
    • Loose Connections
    • Gnaw Marks from Animals
    • Disconnected Wires
  • Inspect Tree Limbs Near Power Lines, Cables and Wires- During winter, snow and ice can weigh down branches. The extra weight can make tree limbs bend, break or start to touch dangerous electrical wires. The sometimes dry weather of both winter and summer can make branches brittle and dry. These dry branches can also break and land on wires or cables, causing increased danger. If you see any loose branches or branches that have grown close to the wire, immediately contact your power company to have them removed.
  • Have Your Wiring Inspected, Especially in Homes Built in the 1960s and 1970s.- During the 1960s and 1970s, aluminum wiring replaced the copper wiring. While aluminum wiring can still work, it can come with a few issues. Signs of faulty wiring can include:
    • Burnt Wire Insulation
    • Flickering Wiring
    • Warm Plate Covers
    • Warm Switches
    • Warm Receptacles
    • Loose Plugs
    • Outlets Sparking
    • Noticeably Higher Electrical Bills
    • Loose Connections

Aluminum wiring can easily be repaired by professional electricians like your trusted experts at Nipper Electric. The solution can quickly save your home money and prevent electrical dangers.

  • Check Your Panel- Over the winter and summer months, panels tend to carry heavier electrical loads. When your panel becomes overwhelmed by the electrical demand of your household, it can become overheated. Signs of an overheated or overloaded panel include:
    • outside-electrical-panel-workBuzzing Sounds
    • Sparks
    • Overheating
    • Frayed or Damaged Wiring
    • Power Outages

An overloaded panel can cause a lot of issues for your home or business. Contact your trusted electrician in Virginia Beach if you experience any of these issues.

Simple Inspections Done By Professional Electricians in Virginia Beach

A quick routine inspection of your home is important to keep it running smoothly and safely. If you’ve experienced any electrical issues in your home, call Nipper Electric today at 757-842-1710. To avoid future issues, you can schedule an appointment online or in person. Our professional electricians are here to help you with any electrical job, big or small.

Electrical Adjustments Brings Comfort

Creating a Relaxing Retreat in Your Home With Electrical Devices

There is nothing better than relaxing after a long day. You can easily create the perfect retreat in your home with just a few simple touches and lighting adjustments. Nipper Electric provides trusted electrical services in Virginia Beach. Our skilled team of experienced electricians can transform any room into a cozy retreat.

Life is stressful and hectic, but taking the time to relax is important for your health and happiness. Here are a few quick ideas for your favorite rooms in your house.

Living Room/Den Your living room or den can easily convert from home theater to relaxing retreat with a few easy changes. Consider these additions:

  • home-ceiling-fan---Nipper-ElectricCeiling Fans To keep the room cozy all year, consider a quick ceiling fan installation. Ceiling fans will keep the room cool in the summer and help warm it in the winter. They also add a touch of comfort to any room, especially living rooms and dens that can get overcrowded or hot.
  • Pendant Lighting Placing pendant lighting near your favorite reading chair can give you just tranquil and focused lighting you need to sit back and relax. Add a dimmer to adjust the light to the strength you need so you can do projects, read, or simply unwind in the same spot.
  • Home AutomationWith a simple click of the button or even just a swipe on your phone, you could control your whole living room from the comfort of your couch. Home automation for entertainment and electrical systems is a quick and easy installation that makes everything easier.
  • Throws and Pillows For even more comfort, place a couple of warm blankets or throws and some soft pillows to cuddle up in. Enjoy a lazy weekend afternoon curled up on the couch.

Bathrooms- Your bathroom can be a great place to unwind after a long hard day. Create a spa-like setting with some simple touches like these:

  • chandelier-installation---Nipper-ElectricChandeliers-  Chandeliers add an elegant touch to your bathroom while giving you warm, relaxing lighting. Today’s chandeliers can be anything from rustic to sophisticated to match your bathroom’s design and color scheme.
  • Wall Sconces- Adding sconces near your vanity mirror give you the perfect amount of light. They also come in a variety of designs so you can easily match your style.
  • Candles and Scented Soaps- Keep a few of your favorite scented candles and soaps nearby. Not only will you have them ready when you need a soak, they’ll also make the bathroom smell great and feel luxurious.
  • Soft Rugs and Towels- Adding just a few soft and cushy rugs and towels can make your bathroom feel like a spa any day of the week.

Bedroom- Your bedroom should be your personal sanctuary. Simply add these touches and you’ll feel like you are living in luxury:

  • Bedside Accent Lighting- Adding some wall sconces, pendant lighting or simple lamps by the bed give you easy access to lights any time of the day or night and create a warm glow in the room.  You can add dimmers to these lights so you can read at night without disturbing your spouse.
  • flat screen installations - NipperElectricFlat Screen TV-  Installing a flat screen TV in your bedroom can allow you to relax in bed while you watch your favorite programs. These TVs can be easily installed over dressers or on the wall to take up less space.
  • Closet Lighting- Making a few changes in your closet lighting can transform your closet into a deluxe dressing room. A simple addition of some lighting strips on the floor or under cabinet lighting along the ceiling provides elegant lighting to dark spaces inside the closet.

No matter how you design your special place, you can relax when you leave the installations to Nipper Electric. We have been providing trusted electrical services in the Virginia Beach area for over 20 years. Call us today at 757-842-1710 to get started on your private retreat. Or you can make an appointment online. We can’t wait to help you create your perfect relaxation spot.

Is Your Old Wiring Creating a Fire Hazard?

Professional Electrical Inspections Can Save Your Home or Business

Many businesses are based in historic buildings or older buildings that were designed and constructed over 20 years ago. While these buildings are beautiful, they often have wiring issues that put them at risk for electrical fires. Nipper Electric works to keep homes and businesses in the Virginia Beach area safe.

We provide multiple trusted electrical services to ensure the safety of your homes and offices, including:

If your business is located in an older building, it may be time to have your electrical system inspected. Here’s a list of possible wiring issues we frequently come across:

  • Changes in Codes: Electrical codes change over time. Buildings that were built 80, 50, or even just 20 years ago are often not up to current codes. Failing code inspections or not meeting codes could affect your insurance payments as well as any claims should anything go wrong.
  • Bad Modifications: In order to bring buildings up to code or update electrical systems, the wiring is often modified or given basic repairs. Often owners have done DIY projects over that only temporarily fix one problem while creating much bigger electrical issues. Loose wires, bad connections, frayed wires, and live currents could be hiding behind your beautiful walls. These issues could lead to electrical shocks, overloaded panels or electrical fires. An experienced electrician can easily fix these modifications safely, so you don’t have to take the risk of hurting yourself.
  • Worn or Weakened Insulation- Over the years, it is easy for insulation to become worn out or weathered, especially on older wiring. Animals can chew or claw away at the insulation. Weather makes the insulating material dry or brittle. Nails and screws can accidentally tear apart insulation. Without proper protection, your wires become exposed. When exposed wires become hot they can spark or arc and quickly cause a raging electrical fire.
  • Knob & Tube Wiring- Popularly used for many years, knob and tube wiring isn’t dangerous on its own. However, as time goes by, many knob and tube electrical systems are chewed by rodents, modified by owners or simply wear down with age. When wires begin to creep out of their connections or are no longer properly connected, they can become a big fire hazard. Wires can spark, arc, or overload.
  • Wrong Amp Measurements- Electrical usage for today’s businesses is a lot more than the average electrical load commonly needed when these older buildings were constructed. If you have a wiring that is rated for a lower electrical load than your electrical usage, your circuits will soon become overloaded and increase the risk of electrical fires.

electrical-wire-testingAll of these issues can be resolved with a quick inspection by your trusted Virginia Beach electrician. At Nipper Electric, we put the safety of our clients first. We can inspect your wiring and diagnose any issues. Our team of experienced and licensed electricians will work with you to make sure your home is safe and up to code. Call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We’ll keep your business safe and run smoothly.

How To Protect Your Company’s Data from Power Surges

Experienced Electricians in Virginia Beach Can Save Your Data

Generac Installation - NipperElectricIn today’s fast pace world, an electrical power surge can drastically affect your company’s productivity and customer service or, even worse, cripple your data communications and networks. Nipper Electric knows how important your technology and data are to your company. We provide multiple services that will help protect your company from unpredictable power surges.

Keeping Your Business Running Through Power Surges

From electrical storms to city-wide blackouts to internal electrical issues, power surges can disrupt your business and destroy data. Here are a few ways to minimize or prevent damage during a sudden spike of power.

  • commercial-electrical-panelCreate Firewall Sections- Instead of having all of your systems integrated together, section them off. This is a very simple fix that your trusted electrician in Virginia Beach can do quickly. Having sections will create a firewall protect each section from being damaged or affected by the other sections.
    Have your electrician simply run lines for your data communications programs into separate systems. Now, when one part of your data communications system goes down or experiences a virus, you will still have 3 or 4 extra sections operating.
  • Surge Protector Installations- A surge protector provides extra defense against power spikes or surges. The surge protector blocks out any extra power before it can reach your computer or data systems.
    Nipper Electric can determine what level of surge protection your company needs and how many different surge protectors are required to provide a strong enough guard against power spikes and surges.
  • Generac Installation - Nipper Electric IncGenerators- Backup generators can provide protection, backup power, and even extra energy for your operating systems. When a storm hits or power becomes disrupted, a backup generator will provide you with the power you need to continue your work and the protection you need to back up your data. Also, consider uninterruptable power supplies for each computer.

How Power Surges and Outages Affect Your Computers

Almost everything is run by computers, especially in the world of business. Computers are extremely complicated and even delicate pieces of equipment with delicate circuit boards. If these circuit boards become overloaded, you could have a very expensive problem on your hands.

Overheating can damage components and circuitry, causing your entire computer to malfunction. You might even need to purchase an entire system to replace burnt out computers or data systems.

Another issue that computers face is corrupted software. Viruses are sent via email or encrypted in the data from a website. These viruses attack your computer every day, sometimes without you even knowing it.

Using surge protectors, generators, and sectioned firewalls can all help protect your computers and data systems from serious physical damage or malware viruses.  Having backup data and power sources keeps your company running smoothly through emergencies.

If you have any questions about protecting your company data from power surges and viruses, call the experts at Nipper Electric at 757-842-1710 today. We can offer you the technical and electrical support you need to keep your business running no matter what happens. You can also make an appointment online. We’ll provide the protection you need to keep your data safe.

Your Electrical Panel a Fire Hazard?

Professional Electricians Share Tips to Keep Your Home or Office Safe

nipperelectric-working-on-panel-boxEveryone wants their home or office to be safe and welcoming. However, outdated or faulty equipment can put you and your loved ones at great risk for electrical fires. One of the most common issues are outdated or recalled electrical panels.

With 20 years of experience, Nipper Electric knows how to spot a faulty equipment and repair or replace your panel. We love providing our friends and neighbor with top electrical services in the Virginia Beach area. To keep you safe, we have a list of the top dangerous electrical panels.

Federal Pacific Electric- From around 1950 to the 1980s, these electrical panels were extremely popular panels in the U.S. Unfortunately, Federal Pacific panels are extremely dangerous.

When overloaded, the circuits in these breakers fail to trip or shut off, causing numerous fires across the country. Even worse, there have been many reports that circuits stay on even when they are manually shut off. This means dangerous currents of electricity are still running through the wires, even after the breaker has been switched off, creating dangerous opportunities for electrocution.

What to Do: If you have a home built between the years of 1950 and 1990, check your electrical panel. If you see “Federal Pacific Electric” written on the cover of your breaker box, or if the name “Stab-Loc” is written inside the box, call your trusted electrician in Virginia Beach right away.

GTE Sylvania/Zinsco Panels- During the 1970s, GTE Sylvania Zinsco panels were popular for use in the construction of homes. Unfortunately, these panels come with a fatal flaw. Circuit breakers in the panel would melt to the main bus. This makes it impossible for the breakers to trip. Any type of overload or short would cause the wires to melt and cause electrical fires.

outside-electrical-panel-workWhat to Do: Have an experienced electrician in Virginia Beach inspect your box. While many GTE Sylvania boxes are safe and very reliable, the Zinsco product of panels cause these big issues. They can be difficult to identify. The skilled and knowledgeable electricians at Nipper Electric can quickly and easily identify these panels and get them removed and replaced.

Modified Fuse Boxes: While fuse boxes aren’t usually dangerous, modifications made to update them can create electrical hazards. Here are a few to look out for:

  • Using the Wrong Fuse- Your wires and fuses need to have equal loads to ratings. This means if you have a wire that is rated for 15 amps, it needs a fuse that carries 15 amps. Replacing a 15 amp fuse with a larger fuse, like 20 amps, will work temporarily, however it is a dangerous switch. Your wires will overheat and cause an electrical fire.
  • Replacing a Fuse with Metal- Sometimes homeowners use metal objects, like copper pennies to replace fuses. Instead of solving the problem, they create a bigger problem. Your wires are now able to pull much bigger loads of electricity and create a fire.
  • Overloaded Circuits- Most fuse boxes have fewer circuits, this means they can supply less electricity to your home. Often homeowners will try to use too many devices or appliances in one plug. This blows the fuse and could overload your wires, putting you at risk for an electrical fire.

What to Do: If you have a fuse box and you’re not sure if you have these problems, your electrician can come by for a quick inspection. We can check your fuse box for any incorrect fuses, overloading or faulty wiring, so you can stay safe.

electrical-panel-boxSplit Bus Panels-  Most of the today’s panels have a single metal bus bar. In this case, electricity enters the panels and goes through your main breaker to the single bus bar. This bar connects to each circuit breaker and brings power throughout your home. This means you can easily shut off power to your entire home, just by turning off the main breaker.

With a split bus panel, there are two buses but no main disconnect. There can be as many as 6 different breakers that are each labeled main. One breaker will handle half of the circuits while the other handles the other half.

While split bus panels were not initially unsafe, they are so outdated that they haven’t been used for over 30 years. They also don’t follow current electrical codes, which doesn’t allow for multiple disconnects. The age and the multiple disconnects often create issues with circuits not tripping properly.

What to Do: Check your electrical box. Are the breakers split into two groups? Is there one disconnect breaker or many? If you see more than one group of disconnect breakers and/or your breaker is split into two groups, it is time to update your panel.

An unsafe or outdated panel is a serious fire hazard. Do not hesitate to contact Nipper Electric. Your safety is very important to us. We can check your panel and make sure it is up to code and work safely. Call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We are here to serve you with safe, reliable work at reasonable prices. Protect your home from electrical fires before it is too late.

Five Things to Check When Your Electric Bill Goes Sky High

Keeping an Eye Out for Power Heavy Appliances

calculator and paperworkSince people are home more often during winter, electrical bills are normally more expensive in this season. However, sometimes you’ll notice an electrical bill that is unusually high. When you see an unusually expensive electrical bill, particularly in winter, there may be other issues. From overloaded panels to damaged meter boxes, a professional electrician can help you hone in on the issue and make repairs or replacements.  

To get you started, here are a few things you can check to see if you have an appliance spiking your electrical usage.

  • Know Your Electrical Usage- Finding out your regular electrical usage can be tricky. First go back through past billing statements and compare electrical usage of the same months together. Check usage among all the months in a similar season. If you are noticing an unusual spike, use an kWh usage calculator to estimate your usage and then compare your total estimate to the usage on your bill.
  • Check Your Circuits- Circuits that have had shorts in them can drain your electrical power and put a major spike in your electric bill. Check your circuits for shorts by:
    • electrical-panel-boxLeave your main breaker on.
    • Turn off each circuit in the breaker.
    • Next turn on one individually at a time.
    • Check to see that the meter disc has stopped.
    • Turn one circuit back on.
    • Check to see if the meter disc has started turning.
    • Check each circuit the same way. One at a time.
    • Look for circuits where the meter disc spins very quickly when you compare it to the other circuits.

This process will show you when a connection or appliance is having a problem and draining your power.

  • Check Your Electric Meter- Sometimes meter boxes and meters become damaged during fall and winter storms. Check your electric meter with the following steps:
    • electrical meter base1Pull the main breaker.
    • Check for movement in the electric meter disk.
    • If you have a meter disk that is still moving, you have some sort of power drain or electrical issue.
    • Call your trusted electrician in Virginia Beach to fix the issue before it becomes dangerous.
  • Leaky Pipes-  Having a leaky pipe can cause your water heater to run on overtime. Check your faucets throughout the house as well as the pipes beneath them.
  • Double Check the Bill- Sometimes electrical bills can have errors on them. Compare your electrical bill to your meter reading, if they don’t match up, there might just be a human error.

Lower Power Bills While Conserving Energy

You can also lower high your bill by simply conserving energy. Consider switching to LED lights, solar power panels, or simply unplugging appliances when they aren’t being used. Phantom power can actually equal up to 25% of your electrical bill. If you aren’t using something, don’t just turn it off, unplug it too.

Got a Problem in Your Electrical System? Don’t Wait, Call Now.

outside electrical panel and meter box upgrade - NipperElectricIf you happen to notice anything wrong with your electrical usage, or would simply like an electrician to help you check for power drains, Nipper Electric is here to help. Call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We’ll have your home or office running better than new before know it!  

How to Avoid Electrical Dangers During Winter Storms

Professional Electricians Guide to Winter Electrical Safety

electrical troubleshooting with MU meterWinter is here and with it comes winter storms that can wreak havoc on your home or business. Nipper Electric, professional electricians right here in Virginia Beach, wants to keep you safe this winter. From electrical issues to power outages to wiring problems, we provide fast and dependable work for the entire Virginia Beach area. To prevent further damage and avoid dangerous electrical hazards, here are a few things to consider during Virginia’s snowiest month.   

Be Cautious with Winter Appliances & Devices-  Every winter, people love to bring out their cozy electric blankets and space heaters. These devices are fine for temporary use and perfectly safe when used properly. However, many people leave electric blankets plugged in or space heaters running unattended. Be careful by:

  • Checking for wear and tear on cords.
  • Unplugging heaters or blankets when not in use.
  • Never leave any space heater or electrical blanket on if you aren’t using it.
  • Keep space heaters away from curtains, bedclothes or any flammable materials.
  • Don’t use extension cords as permanent outlets for any winter device.

Get an Electrical Checkup or Troubleshooting Inspection

If you have recently moved into a house or have been in a house for over ten years, you will need an electrical inspection. Homes you are unfamiliar with could have hidden electrical problems that might cause dangerous electrical issues. If you’ve lived in the same place for a while, new appliances and devices have been introduced to the home that may be overloading your electrical panel. Call your trusted electrician in Virginia Beach at Nipper Electric if you notice any of the following:

  • USB receptacle installation - NipperelectricSparking Outlets
  • Warm Outlets
  • Arcing
  • Buzzing Sounds
  • Loose Plugs
  • Frayed or Damaged Wiring

Take Your Generator for a Test Run

Many of us have generators along the Virginia Beach coastline. Storms hurl at us all year long and a quality generator will add extra safety protection for your home or business. Especially during winter, when loss of power is much more common. However, you don’t want to be in the middle of an emergency only to find your generator isn’t working. If you didn’t have your generator tested, have a professional electrician to stop by and make sure it is safe. If you don’t have a generator yet, feel free to call our experts at Nipper Electric to guide you through the process.

Add or Improve Safety Measures

During winter, it’s important to have safety measures in place should a major winter storm occur. To keep your house safe, improve or install the following safety measures:

Any of these safety measures will help keep your home safer through every season. If you have any questions about safety precautions or need an alarm installed, Nipper Electric is here with the answers you need. We have over 15 years experience in electrical contracting in Virginia Beach.

What to Do When Electrical Shocks Happen

high-voltage-warningBeing prepared for an electrical shock emergency is vital to the survival of your family and friends. If you see someone being shocked, follow these steps:

  • Do not rush to pull them away. A person experiencing electrical shock has become a conductor. When you touch them, you will be shocked as well.
  • Run to shut off electrical power source.
  • If you cannot shut off the power source, use a wooden pole, board, or any other wooden non-conductive item to push the person away from the electrical current.
  • Call 911 Immediately.
  • Begin Emergency services, including CPR.
  • Keep the victim warm.
  • Bandage any burns or injuries with clean gauze.

Electrical shock is a serious hazard that can occur at any home or office. The team at Nipper electric takes your safety and the safety of your friends and family very seriously. Call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We work with our clients to make sure they receive fast, effective, and reliable electrical work at prices they can trust. Don’t hesitate to call us with any concern, no job is too big or too small.

Smarten Up Your Entertainment System

Professional Entertainment Center Installations and Upgrades Turn Your Living Room into a Home Theater!

It’s that time of year again!! From Playoff Games to the Super Bowl to Awards Season, it’s the best time of the year for watching TV. A lot of people are looking to amp up their home theater systems before game day or their favorite awards show. Nipper Electric is here to help! We offer multiple services to help you upgrade your entertainment system or even install a brand new one. Our entertainment system electrical services include:

  • flatscreen-tv-on-the-brick-wallCoaxial Cable Installations
  • Flat Screen TV Installations
  • Surround Sound Speaker System Wiring
  • Ethernet Installations and Wiring
  • Under Cabinet Lights or Pathway Lighting
  • Home Automation Installations

When it comes to your home entertainment system, if you can dream it, we can do it. Our team of experienced and professional electricians will work with you to wire up your dream entertainment system, just in time for your viewing party.

Winter Is the Best Time for TV!

It’s no coincidence that TV gets more exciting in the winter. Earlier nights and colder weather bring a lot of people inside. Even if you aren’t gearing up for a major Super Bowl blowout or an Oscar party, there’s a lot to watch on TV. So why not enjoy it with the best in technology? To help you create the perfect home theater for your home or office, Nipper Electric has a list of some things to consider as you start your plans.

  • Flat Screen TV Installation- The whole viewing experience, of course, begins with an excellent television. Luckily, there are many options to choose from. Once you’ve made your decision, you might want to consider where and how you want the TV installed.  Proper Flat Screen TV installation is not a DIY job, especially if you are choosing to mount your TV. A professional electrician like Nipper Electric can provide you with a flawless installation. Your TV will appear to float on the wall or inside your entertainment center. Our team will mount the TV in a way that hides unsightly wires and cables, making more room for everything else.
  • Ethernet- There is nothing worse than being in the middle of an exciting scene of a movie and have to stop so your streaming service can buffer. Hooking up your Smart TV or streaming device to a hard-wired Ethernet cable can get rid of those buffering breaks and make your internet run smoother and faster. Why aren’t more people using this method? Usually, your TV or entertainment system is not close to a router. So to use Ethernet, you will need to run wire to the router or use a switch that creates more input options to your router. Professional electrical contractors and electricians will be able to safely and seamlessly run wires from your router to your entertainment system without a cable or wire in sight. The end result is faster, more enjoyable streaming services.
  • Surround Sound System Speaker Wiring-  The cost of movie tickets have gotten pricey, and they only seem to be going up. Once you pay for tickets, snacks and drinks, you could be spending over $50 and that’s just for two people. Imagine having that awesome movie theater experience in your home. It is easy with the proper surround sound installations. Doing a DIY sound system installation can often leave unsightly wires hanging or mess up the quality of sound. Nipper Electric is here to properly install and program your surround sound if needed.
  • Lighting-  The wrong lights can cause distracting glares on the screen, but not enough lighting can create opportunities for messy spills and accidents. The answer is using under cabinet lighting or lighting strips for pathways. These lights are easy to install, inexpensive, and can provide just the right amount of light for your home theater.

Break Out the Popcorn, Bring On the Buffalo Wings! Professional Home Theater Installations Are a Hit!

logo - NipperElectricNo matter what kind of viewing party you’re throwing or what you’ll be watching, your home theater will be a hit with professional installations. Nipper Electric is here to bring your entertainment system to life. So go ahead and get ready for gameday or that season winter premiere, we’ll take care of the rest. Call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We’ll have you relaxing in no time.

Keep Your Home Running Safely with GFCIs

Virginia Beach Professional Electricians Provide the Best in Electrical Safety

bright-kitchen-lots-of-lightThere’s a tiny device that could be saving your life every day. Most homes, offices, and even recreational buildings have them, but most people know nothing about GFCI outlets. At Nipper Electric your safety is our top priority. For over 18 years, we have been offering the best in Virginia Beach electrical services. To keep you and your family and/or staff safe, some of the services we offer include:

  • Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Aluminum Wiring and Rewiring
  • Meter Box Replacement
  • Receptacle Installations
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Panel Upgrades
  • Generator Installations

To keep you safe, we are sharing some important information about a tiny lifesaver, GFCI outlets.

What is a GFCI?


The term GFCI stands for Grand Fault Circuit Interrupter. These devices are part of a special
safety precaution that is placed on outlets or directly to circuit boxes. They were purposely designed to prevent extremely dangerous electrical shocks that can occur near water or when wires become loose.

How Do GFCIs Work?

When currents travel through wires and sockets, they can sometimes go off course or surge. This causes dangerous currents that can lead to and electric shock or arcing.

GFCI-replacement - NipperElectricThe Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter measures the live current that is leaving the power source and compares it to the neutral current that is returning to the power source. If the two currents don’t equal each other in power, the GFCI works to quickly stop the flow of electricity by tripping the current. Optimal trip time is somewhere around 25 milliseconds. The purpose is to stop the current before dangerous or life-threatening electric shocks can occur.  After the circuit is interrupted, you must manually reset the outlet by pushing the reset button.

There are two main types of permanent GFCI Installations, those that are circuit breakers installed onto your electrical panel and those that are part of an electrical outlet. If you aren’t sure if you have the proper GFCIs, call our team at Nipper Electric. We are here to help you with any job, no matter how big or small.

Where Do I Need GFCIs?

One of the biggest hazards near electricity is water. Even just a drop can short circuit your outlets or create lethal and dangerous electrical currents.

A GFCI is required by code in any area that is near water. Check these areas for GFCI outlets:

  • gfci-outletKitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Garages
  • Outdoor Outlets
  • Near Radiators
  • Unfinished Basements
  • Any Area Near Sinks or Water Sources
  • Poolside Areas
  • Hot Tubs
  • Under Windows That May Frost Over


If you find that any of these areas are missing GFCI outlets or if you find that your panel doesn’t have a GFCI installed, call your trusted electrician immediately. They can help you determine which areas need repair or installations.

Bringing Safety to Your Home or Office

Your home or business should be safe. At Nipper Electric, we love our neighbors and friends in Virginia Beach. We work hard to provide you with the very best in electrical services that you can trust. If you are having trouble with your electrical circuits or have found areas that are in need of GFCI outlets, call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We will make sure your home or office is running smoothly and safely.