Thursday, November 13, 2008

Trabajando en nuestro primer eLibro (eBook)

Hemos estado ausentes por unos pocos meses, debido a que estubimos en entrenamientos de nuevos temas que los ofreceremos, en los proximos meses, mediante este medio y ensayos publicados. Tambien estamos trabajando en nuestro primer eLibro (eBook). Este saldra primero en idioma ingles y luego haremos la traducción y publicación en español. Este eLibro, tratara de temas relacionados con el ahorro de energía y dinero mediante el uso de retrofits de iluminación. Estamos programados para lanzarlo en el primer trimestre del 2009, junto con un seminario que tratara temas del elibro en mas detalle con sus consejos y soluciones propuestas.
Adicional a esto, de ahora en adelante traduciremos de manera simultanea los articulos escritos en ingles al español, para el beneficio de nuestros lectores de habla hispana.
Esperamos escuchar de ustedes muy pronto con sus preguntas y comentarios, los cuales pueden ser dirigidos a nuestro correo electrónico:

Working on our first eBook

We have been abscent for a few moths, because we have been on trainning on some new and exciting issues that we will be sharing with you on the months to come. Also we are working on our first eBook. This eBook would be taking on energy saving and money saving issues with lighting retrofits. We are schedule to have it out by the first trimester of 2009, along with a seminar covering the tips and solutions of the eBook.

We are also going to translate to spanish our blogs and articles for our spanish speaking audience.

We hope to hear from you in the future, you can contact us with your comments at

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Why did my flat screen tv fail?

You just move in to your brand new house. You have your family room set with all the best in sound, tv, pc (or mac), etc. A few months past and you sit down to enjoy a movie and when you click the remote, your tv does not turn on. You check the power, cables, and still it does not turn on. It is burned. What happened? Well, it could be surges. And what are surges? Surges, simply put, are voltage or current events that occur at high frequencies on your AC or DC lines. They can be produce by grid switching from your utility, lightning strikes, motor running (aka, your refrigerator, hot tub, water pump, even your microwave oven), etc. Your sensible electronic equipment can be damage by the repetitive impacts of these surges. So, how do you prevent this from happening? Well first of all you need good grounding system. Most of our homes may have poor grounding, but with the increment of sensible electronic equipment, you will need to hire a good electrician or consultant to check yours. If it needs to be improved they will give you a quote for that. The second thing you need to get is a surge protective device for your main entrance. This will reduce that high voltage or current and drain the rest to your grounding system in the event of a surge. That is why you need a low resistance grounding system.This would be your first stage protection. The second stage protection for your AC, Cable (Coax), Phone line (RJ11) and Internet (RJ45), can be provided by a Quality Surge Strip (High Energy and Low Impedance) for your AC, and separate protection for your Cable (Coax), Phone line (RJ11) and Internet (RJ45). Doing this will prevent the damages from surges to your equipment, and it's like an insurance policy for your electronic equipment.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

We are GREEN

Green is the way to go on your facility, if you want to save energy and money on your electrical bill. There are many ways to save energy and in the course of this year we will be giving specifics on how and the benefits. Some ways to save energy are the following:

1.- Energy saving bulbs or CFL's. Please try to use quality brand on these, since you want an ROI, that pays for the bulb in less than a year. There are many manufacturers of quality bulbs at competitive prices. Many are made in China, that is why you want a quality brand, behind the product. Try to buy 10,000 to 20,000 hours of life to improve your ROI. In the majority of the cases the bulbs last longer than that, but it depends on the hours use daily.

2.-LED Lights. This is a fairly new technology, that is beeing develop very fast and is getting more and more competitive and efficient for the market. LED Technology in the near future will be the natural substitute in lighting. It is still a very expensive technology, but for the life expectancy (aprox. 50,000 hours), it has a fast ROI. Well keep you posted on the developments of this.

3.- Lighting Retrofits. It is a very usefull way to save energy on large buildings and factories. Tipically it requires that you use an ESCO (Energy Saving Company), to audit your facility. The ROI is very fast, about 1 to 2 years in the States (because of low cost of energy), and 6 to 8 month in parts of the world were the energy costs are higher (aprox $0.21 per kwh in the Dominican Republic). We will give more details in future blogs on how to do this the right way, and what products to keep in mind.

4.- A/C and Heating automation. This is a very good way to save energy on A/C and Heating bills. The simplest form is to buy a Programmable Thermostat (be sure that has communications capabilities, for future upgrades. We recommend Lonworks Open Protocol). This is a very exciting subject and we will be detailing a lot of the best practices in the future. Also we will try to explain concepts on Home and Building Automation.

5.- Lighting Controls. This is also a broad subject that includes, occupancy sensors, lighting control panels, dimming, clocks and timmers. You could reduce your energy bill, by controlling the lighting when it's not needed and this is a basic pilar.

6.- Power Factor Correction. This depends if you are beeing penalized or not. This almost every time applies to industries and large buildings.

There are many other ways to save energy and we are going to talk about many of them in detail on future entries. But remember that if you save energy, you are saving money and more importantly, helping our planet. So be GREEN and save energy.

For comments, please contact us at or place them in this blog. Thanks.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Our Purpose

The purpose of the jam-ing blog is:

-To help better understand electrical concepts, providing solutions that save energy and money to building owners. We will be writing about the following topics:

1.- Energy Saving Solutions.
2.- Electrical Problems that affect the industrial and residential markets.
3.- Building Automation.
4.- Electrical Technology improvements.
5.- Power Quality: Industrial and Residential

-We will publish essays daily on these and other helpful topics, providing sources of solutions to your electrical concerns or problems. For questions and comments please contact us at

-The information will be publish in english and spanish.