July 15, 2015 Newsletter



July 15, 2015 Eco Electric Newsletter


History of the Electric Car

Electric cars have been around for longer than some people realize. They were originally introduced more than 100 years ago and have continued to advance into what we see today.

Innovators from all over, including Hungary, the Netherlands and the United States, began tinkering with the idea in the 1800s. The first practical electric cars came about in the second half of the century, built by French and English inventors. Before that, a British inventor, Robert Anderson, developed the first crude electric carriage.

In the U.S., the first electric car was a six-passenger vehicle, capable of going up to 14 miles per hour. It appeared about 1890, and was created by a chemist from Iowa, William Morrison. After this, the popularity of the electric car skyrocketed. By 1900, they accounted for a third of all vehicles on the road.

This popularity was partly due to the fact that steam and gasoline cars had come about as well, but each had its own issues. Steam cars took a long time to warm up, and carrying water around was deemed impractical. Gasoline cars had to be started by hand crank, were difficult to drive, and noisy.

Electric cars were without these issues, making them a more popular choice. Electricity also became more accessible around 1910, making them easy to charge. However, despite the buzz surrounding them, their reign didn’t last for long.

Henry Ford’s Model T hit the electric car industry pretty hard. This mass-produced vehicle was introduced in 1908, and pushed the gasoline-powered vehicle back into the spotlight. It was cheaper to purchase by 1912 than an electric car by quite a bit.

After this, they got put on the back burner for a few decades. Their technological advances were minimal while gasoline was cheap and readily available until the 1960s-1970s. With gasoline shortages and high oil prices, electric and hybrid vehicles popped back up as a favorable choice.

In current times, electric cars are being produced by big brand names like Toyota. Their Prius became the first mass-produced hybrid electric vehicle. After this, more and more companies have been looking into and releasing their own versions of the electric hybrid. With wider choices of models, many people are turning to these vehicles amid higher gas prices.

As these cars become more advanced and gasoline prices continue rising, everyone is curious to see how they will be improved upon in the future. Recently, new housing construction regulations in Idaho added a requirement for garages to be equipped with chargers for electric cars. Changes like this imply electric cars could become the new normal someday.



Installing Kitchen Task Lighting

With kitchens having become the heart of the home, it’s more important that they have adequate lighting for all sorts of activities. Plain recessed lighting just doesn’t cut it anymore for the kitchen. By creating layers of lighting it will feel warm, but also functional. This is done with recessed lighting, over-cabinet lights, and under-cabinet lights.

With recessed lighting, it is best to place a light every four to six feet in the ceiling. Be practical with placement though. They don’t need to be aimed at refrigerators or stoves, because they have their own lighting. This gives the kitchen broad lighting and helps avoid shadows when working at counters or islands.

Under-cabinet lights are great for task lighting or illuminating backsplashes. They are hidden behind the bottom edge of the cabinet and placed toward the front for task lighting. To illuminate a backsplash, they should be placed toward the back.

Over-cabinet lights are usually just decoration, they don’t offer much in the way of functionality. They spread warm light on the walls and create a glow throughout the kitchen. Some people leave them on at night for a guide when getting a glass of water or midnight snack.

For help with kitchen lighting configurations, call Eco Electric. They can design and install the best lighting for any room in the house.



Benefits of Electric Garage Doors

Garages are used for many things, such as workshops, extra storage, or the perfect place to park a car. Having a garage with an electric door is even better. Electric garage doors boast many benefits over their manual counterparts.

1. Added Security

Electric garage doors can help keep the house and belongings more secure. They aren’t easily lifted like the manual versions, which have to be accessible from outside. They also have lights that turn on and off when the door is opened and closed. This makes homeowners feel more secure when coming home or leaving while it is dark outside.

2. Extra Weather Protection

Getting out of the car to open the garage door by hand in the rain, snow or cold can be the worst. With an electric garage door, homeowners can open the garage door from the comfort of their car.

3. Vacation Mode

Many electric garage door openers have a vacation mode. This disables the remotes and some functions, making it harder for burglars to break in while homeowners are away for long periods of time.

Eco Electric doesn’t just help with lighting needs. Their services extended to many electrical situations. If the electric garage door is acting up, give them a call.



Eco-Friendly Cities for Coffee Addicts

Cities loaded with coffee shops are great for those who depend on caffeine. But they’re also good for those who enjoy being eco-friendly. There’s a correlation in cities that have more coffee shops, often have more businesses with green practices.

For those who enjoy being eco-friendly while drinking their morning cup of Joe, check out these cities that combine the two:

1. Santa Monica, California

Coffee shops per capita: 5.1
GA score: 3.6


2. Redmond, Washington

Coffee shops per capita: 4.3
GA score: 4.3


3. Everett, Washington

Coffee shops per capita: 4.5
GA score: 3.9


4. Medford, Oregon

Coffee shops per capita: 4.4
GA score: 4


5. Vancouver, Washington

Coffee shops per capita: 4.2
GA score: 4


6. Sarasota, Florida

Coffee shops per capita: 4.1
GA score: 2.4


7. Seattle, Washington

Coffee shops per capita: 4.1
GA score: 4.4


8. Auburn, Washington

Coffee shops per capita: 4
GA score: 3.7


9. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coffee shops per capita: 3.9
GA score: 3.5


10. Bellingham, Washington

Coffee shops per capita: 3.9
GA score: 4.2


These cities were ranked by looking at the number of coffee houses to every 10,000 people and their Green Adopter (GA) score. Green Adopter scores are based on their businesses’ recycling, waste management, energy consumption/generation, and green amenities.


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