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The T12 Lighting Ban – What You Need to Know

Posted in: Residential on May 22nd, 2013

What is a T12 light, and why is it being banned?

T12 fluorescent lighting is often found in many small business offices. As an older, more inefficient type of lighting, it has been the target of numerous Canadian Energy Efficiency regulations that seek to curb the production and use of inefficient general service fluorescent (GSFL) lighting in Canadian workplaces. Once the ban takes effect, offices that currently use T12 lighting will no longer be able to buy replacement bulbs.

What options are available for small businesses?

Through the Small Business Lighting program offered by Peterborough Distribution Inc., eligible business owners* can receive up to $1,000 worth of energy-efficient lighting and equipment upgrades. The switch to T8 fixtures will provide better lighting for your office, store or workplace while saving you money on your energy bill.

The program also includes:

– A free assessment of your business’s lighting and water heating equipment

– Free supply and installation of energy efficient lighting

– Licensed electrical contractor to install the new system at a time that’s convenient for you

– Recycling and proper disposal of your old lighting

Where can I find more information?

To book your appointment for a free energy assessment, call 1-855-397-7784 or e-mail

*Businesses that have previously participated in Power Savings Blitz are not eligible

If you’re a licensed electrician, we still want to hear from you

Posted in: Residential on May 10th, 2013

Calling all electricians!

Whether you’re looking for your first job or are interested in pursuing new opportunities in your field, if you’re a licensed electrician, SRP Electric might be the place for you.

We’re currently seeking a licensed electrician to join our dynamic team. Working with us will allow you to be part of an exciting, young company that makes a real difference in the community. You’ll also have a chance to learn from experienced team members who have worked on a variety of commercial, industrial and residential electrical and solar applications.

SRP Electric isn’t just interested in projects – we’re about people and building relationships, too. We believe that customer satisfaction, community engagement and continuous learning are the sine qua nons of good business.


All interested candidates must possess:

– An electrical license

– A valid driver’s license

– Commercial experience

– Experience in solar applications is an asset

If we sound like we would be a good fit, please send your resume to or give us a call at 705-760-3270. If you are contacting us via e-mail, please be sure to include ‘Job Application’ in the subject line.

We look forward to hearing from you!

SRP Electric is hiring

Posted in: Residential on May 7th, 2013

Are you an electrician looking for work?

SRP Electric is currently seeking to grow its team and is accepting applications for licensed electricians to carry out construction, service and solar work. All applicant information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone.

Interested applicants please e-mail your résumé to or call 705-760-3270.

The April/May Issue of Business Advantage is out

Posted in: Residential on May 3rd, 2013

Earlier today, we received a visit from the representative of Admax Marketing, who brought with him a stack of proofs of the April/May issue of Business Advantage magazine.

SRP Electric’s grand opening story begins on page 9 and details all of our available commercial, industrial and residential services, including our newly implemented Customer Care Program and e-newsletter that will soon be distributed to members of our mailing list.

The story also includes details about our upcoming draw to win an iPad mini as well as the opportunity for business owners to meet with Rick to learn more about SRPE’s services (free food and great conversation – how could you pass that up?)

If you can’t get your hands on a copy of Business Advantage, don’t worry – we’ll be posting a link to access the story online as soon as it becomes available, so be sure to check back on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Until then, consider joining our mailing list so you can stay up to date on exciting news, developments and offers. It takes less than a minute and is completely free.

Thanks, and have a wonderful weekend!

Beware of these common electrical hazards

Posted in: Residential on May 1st, 2013

For new and seasoned homeowners alike, ensuring that your home’s electrical work is current and up to code can prevent costly repairs in the long run, and in some cases could even save your life.

The Electrical Safety Authority recommends that all electrical work – no matter how small the task – be carried out by licensed electrical contractors. In the event that a contractor identifies an electrical problem within your home or business, he or she will work with you ensure that the issue is resolved swiftly and in the safest manner possible.

At SRP Electric, we recommend the following tips to help keep you and your family safe from common electrical hazards.

1. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly (annually as a minimum, though biannually is ideal) to ensure they are in proper working order. The expiry date can be found on the back of the units, which should be replaced every ten years.

2. Inspect electrical panels every five years to ensure proper fusing and confirm that all contacts are tight and safe.

3. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacles should be installed in areas where water and moisture is close by, such as in washrooms or exterior areas. This will prevent electrical shocks in the event that water comes in contact with the outlet.

4. Limit use of extension cords. In older homes, it’s common to have only one receptacle per room, but current electrical code stipulates that there be one receptacle every 1.8m.

5. Take care when using micro-furnaces and stand-alone air conditioners. They should each be on their own circuit to avoid overloading the system.

If you have any doubts about anything in your home or business or would like to request an electrical inspection, contact an electrical contractor and arrange an appointment.

Our Newspaper Debut

Posted in: Residential on April 25th, 2013

In case you’re thinking of throwing out this week’s paper – don’t. Peterborough This Week featured SRP Electric’s ad on page 8 of its Wednesday, April 24th issue, and we’re hoping it will give us even more opportunity to connect with readers like you. Since you never know when you might need an electrician, we encourage you to hold on to the ad, which also contains all of our contact details and additional sources of information.

For all of you Peterborough Examiner fans, we’re featured in there, too. Page C10 contains everything you need to know about us – who we are, what we stand for, and what we can do for you – plus contact information in case you wish to get in touch. We hope you’ll call us sometime soon. In the meantime, visit our website to learn more about our full range of electrical services.

On a more exciting note, if you live in the Peterborough area and wish to join our mailing list, you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win an iPad mini. More details can be found on our website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

SRP Electric official launch

Posted in: Residential on April 23rd, 2013


Where on Earth did April go? (belated Happy Earth Day, by the way). It seems like just last week we were digging out from under mountains of snow and ice…Wait–it was last week.

In spite of the recent mayhem, our team has been hard at work preparing for SRP Electric’s official launch. Our goal is to be your go-to source for all your residential, commercial, industrial or solar power needs. No matter what you’re looking for – whether it’s an upgrade, a replacement or an entirely new installation – SRP Electric’s courteous and knowledgeable team is ready and willing to help.

On Wednesday, be sure to look for our ad in Peterborough This Week (we’ll also be in the Examiner on Thursday). For those of you who prefer to read a little more, you can find us in the next issue of Business Advantage magazine, or online at

While other service providers may tell you they’re not your average electrical contractor, we at SRP Electric mean it. So the next time you decide to rewire your kitchen, give us a call and we’ll show you why we’re different.

For all your electrical needs, think SRPE.

Standby Generators: what you need to know

Posted in: Residential on April 23rd, 2013

On Friday, April 12th, the lights went out for 18,000 Peterborough Utilities customers, according to a recent article in the Examiner. Outside of the city, 150,000 Hydro One customers were without power as a fluke ice storm toppled trees and crippled power lines across the province. In times like these, your home can be affected in more ways than one.

Even if your house is a safe distance from the trees, inside, a sudden interruption in your home’s power supply can cause extensive damage. The contents of your fridge could spoil, wired electronics could short circuit, or your basement could flood if your sump pump malfunctions. Even if you were able to avoid any lasting damage to your home or property, now’s the perfect time to consider investing in a standby generator.

The basic purpose of a generator is to ensure that your home continues to receive power during an outage. Within a few seconds of a power failure, the generator senses the interruption and starts automatically. With a home backup generator, you can keep the heat and lights on and watch the storm’s latest developments on TV even if your neighbours are still in the dark.

SRP Electric’s team of dedicated electricians can help you choose the generator that is right for your home. Generac, which manufactures and distributes generators for residential, commercial and industrial use, offers a wide range of products whose outputs range from 800kW to 9MG, depending on the size of the load the generator is required to carry.

The decision to purchase a generator is an investment in your home’s future. SRPE’s electricians will arrange to have the unit installed safely and efficiently on your property to prevent you and your family from being left in the dark the next time a storm strikes.

SRPE team dedicated to meeting deadline during white out

Posted in: Residential on February 8th, 2013

During the worst storm of 2013 , SRPE electricians Steve and Tim are working in white out conditions on a rooftop MicroFIT solar installation in Colburne, Ontario. “That’s dedication for you”, Steve and Tim are changing out the meter base, installing disconnects and load centres for the system getting it ready for the last stages  in preparation for connection and commissioning.