Blog Archive | Pieper-Houston Electric

The Smart Financial Center is Opening!

The Smart Financial Center is Opening! And Pieper couldn’t be happier! We’ve been working on Sugar Land’s brand new performing arts center since December of 2014 to install electrical infrastructure — including specialty color changing lighting throughout the facility and DMX lighting control, as well as fire alarms, structured cabling, security-cameras and access control. The […]

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The Better Step: Preventative Maintenance

The Better Step: Preventative Maintenance Just like skipping your annual physical, it can be tempting to not call your electrician until a problem arises. However, that approach, called reactive maintenance, isn’t always the best course of action. A strong preventative maintenance program can save money by reducing the number of equipment failures you face and […]

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Accidents Happen in an (Arc) Flash

Accidents Happen in an (Arc) Flash Safety advancements along with new technology have reduced the number of arc flash incidents that occur each year. Unfortunately they still happen, often sending workers to the emergency room for care. What is an Arc Flash? According to OSHA, it’s “a phenomenon where a flashover of electrical current leaves […]

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Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls Let Pieper help make this holiday season bright! With all the bright, twinkling lights and warm, powerful heaters, the holiday season can put quite a load on your electrical system. Whether you need a dedicated breaker for Christmas lights or a back-up generator for your heating system, Pieper will make sure you’re […]

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Rewriting the Future of Trade Professionals

Rewriting the Future of Trade Professionals Currently experiencing a downswing in skilled workers, the construction sector is actively implementing strategies to better market professional and craft worker positions. One standout organization involved in changing the population’s mindset is Construction Career Collaborative (C3), an alliance of owners, contractors and specialty contractors dedicated to addressing the issues […]

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Seek Shelter from Lightning Strikes

Seek Shelter from Lightning Strikes The summer storms in Houston remind us that summer is the peak time of year for lightning strikes. Did you know that lightning is one of the top three storm-related killers in the U.S.? Every year, an average of 54 people are killed by lightning, according to the National Weather […]

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Stay Safe during Storm Season

Stay Safe during Storm Season Storm season is well under way in the Houston area. Rain and lightning alike have crashed down upon the city, increasing the risk of electrical fires due to downed trees and wires. While last year’s drought has made us grateful for the rain, these powerful storms are not welcome news […]

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Come See Us at the BOMA Expo!

Come See Us at the BOMA Expo! Stop by our booth at the Houston BOMA Expo, where we’ll have fun giveaways and can answer questions about your building’s maintenance needs. When: May 21, 2015 2 – 7 p.m. Where: NRG Center One NRG Park Houston, Texas 77054 We hope to see you there! […]

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Offering the Best and Brightest for Schools

Offering the Best and Brightest for Schools When the bell for first period rings, students should walk into cool, bright and clean classrooms with good lighting, study materials and technology. Building and maintaining an environment that is conducive for learning (and teaching) can be a challenge. In fact, research shows that a facility’s condition directly […]

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LEDs Lead the Way

LEDs Lead the Way An important part of our everyday lives, lighting uses about 22% of all electricity generated in the U.S., according to Department of Energy statistics. It’s no wonder that the DOE and efficiency supporters have promoted upgraded lighting technologies to improve energy efficiency and reduce building energy consumption and costs. In fact, […]

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The Bright Impact of Lighting

The Bright Impact of Lighting When you walk inside a historic church, how does the lighting affect your impression of the space? How does that experience compare to when you walk into an office building or a school? Notice how the right or wrong lighting can change your experience or mood. Research has shown that […]

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Lighting Updates Save Energy and Dollars

Lighting Updates Save Energy and Dollars Did you know that, according to a study by Pikes Research, an energy-saving lighting update to your building can provide energy savings from 10% to more than 50%? That’s right! That’s in part because lighting accounts for more than 40% of the commercial sector’s electricity consumption, according to the […]

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Transform Your Transformer

Transform Your Transformer Do you know how long a transformer is meant to last? 10 years? 20? 30? 40? The life expectancy is approximately 20 years, but rarely are transformers replaced for technical reasons only. Many transformers are retired because they become increasingly inefficient over time. If the existing transformers are older, but are working […]

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Preventative Maintenance is the Cure

Preventative Maintenance is the Cure With many people on vacation and buildings emptier in the summer and towards the end of the year, those are the perfect times to give your building a preventative maintenance check-up, complete with an infrared electrical inspection. Infrared inspections are specifically designed to identify potential problems before they happen so […]

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School is Never Out

School is Never Out Even after our apprentices complete their apprenticeship at the Independent Electrical Contractors of Houston (IEC), their education continues. At Pieper, they start a new phase in learning because school is never out. Each day is an opportunity to better yourself with knowledge, patience, leadership and compassion. Did you know that each […]

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Plan Ahead with Prefabrication

Plan Ahead with Prefabrication We have all seen the changes occurring in the construction marketplace. For years, we have watched as projects have increased in complexity and schedules have been compressed — all while fewer craftsmen enter the workplace and the margins shrink. Prefabrication can help meet these demands. Many components of the electrical system […]

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The Inner Workings of Construction Sites

The Inner Workings of Construction Sites Construction jobsites are active and dangerous places, filled with various craftsmen working on a myriad of tasks, each attempting to be productive while coordinating their efforts efficiently and safely with all other craftsmen involved. It’s a lot to say grace over. Assuming the role of conductor for the construction […]

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Bringing Retro Back to the Future

Bringing Retro Back to the Future With the growing popularity of fluorescent, CFL and LED lighting, incandescent bulbs may soon be a thing of the past. Energy efficient equipment is also growing in popularity. But you might not have to get rid of your old appliances just yet – Pieper might have the right solution […]

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Your No. 1 Hurricane Prep: Backup Power

Your No. 1 Hurricane Prep: Backup Power One of the scarcest resources after a hurricane is electricity. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most important. Medical facilities and police and fire stations need electricity to maintain public wellness, which is why they plan ahead with permanent backup power. But private businesses often see the effects […]

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Staying Grounded: The Importance of Safeguarding Your Circuits

Staying Grounded: The Importance of Safeguarding Your Circuits If you’re planning on rearranging, relocating or purchasing new machines or electronics, do you have plans in place to ensure your equipment is properly grounded? Without professional grounding, dangerous shock hazards exist that could electrocute employees, cause damage to sensitive electronics or produce showers of sparks around […]

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