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Duke Power As the world moves toward renewable resources and solutions to curb pollution and to protect the environment,  North Carolina has a barrier. That barrier is Duke Power’s exclusive (monopoly) over electric power and its transmission in the State of North Carolina.  In an effort control the outcome of this recent coal ash spill resulting in contamination of a 100 mile section of a significant North Carolina river. Duke Power quickly went to work cleaning up the 40 million ton arsenic laden coal ash mess and contacted the state hoping to mitigate it liability.  Thank goodness they have friends at state level by way of current governor of North Carolina is Patrick McCrory a 30+ year employee of Duke Power before his bid for mayor of Charlotte and then as Governor of North Carolina. As Governor McCrory is responsible for how the clean up is managed and later cleaned up. McCrory has found a solution to further problems with the cost of cleanup and possible fines for such Corporate pollution. As Governor McCrory has sworn a pledge to serve the people of North Carolina. The conflict with that oath is McCrory’s deep loyalties to the company (Duke Power) that  he spent most of his adult life defending and or representing. Since becoming Governor McCrory is working to rollback North Carolina’s once progressive stance as the second largest renewable power producer in America. To a state that has discontinued the State Tax Credit Program and attempts to repeal North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) that forced Duke Power to invest in Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Programs.  McCrory negative effects have not been limited to Renewable energy has refused statewide medical care and funding to schools, daycare and basically any benefit to NC small business individuals and their employees. We need a Governor that stands with the people of the state of North Carolina and not the second richest utility in America....
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What you didn’t know…Compact Florescent

What you didn’t know can hurt you. Take the compact florescent bulb for instance. While the bulb manufacturers  advertise the wattage used for each hour used as 20-27 watts. This number depends on just how bright equivalent you are looking for. None the less the overall marketing as a cost saving advantage based on wattage used per hour illuminated (on). The level of savings is normally derived by taking the advertised “27 watts” subtracted from the equivalent wattage”100 watts” this resulting number is a saving of more than 60%. Wow, I’ve got to change every light in my house to compact florescent…right?   As my grandfather always said the devil is in the details. Which means we didn’t get all the information. Our think tank laboratory team ran test on the advertised wattage verses actual and found the actual wattage to be 77 watts per hour.  The bulb may only uses 27 watts!  But, you for got to add the transformer that powers each bulb.  You see the light created by a Compact florescent bulb come from very high voltage and that voltage requires a transformer to do the step-up in voltage. This fact of missing saving that the manufactures misrepresented to us the consumer. This is something you didn’t know… Support Small Business....
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Residential Wiring in Asheville & Buncombe County

RA Thomas Electric Specializing in Troubleshooting Residential Wiring in Asheville & Buncombe County Since 1985, RA Thomas Electric has provided homeowners, multifamily housing communities and residential project developers with efficient, intelligent, responsive and highly effective electrical services. Electrical contracting for homes, mansions, residences, efficiencies, grandfather and grandmother cottages, apartments, condos and townhomes has been our passion for decades. We provide a $135 service call fee and do not upcharge for materials. Our reputation as honest and efficiency has helped our business grow in Asheville and Buncombe County.   City of Asheville Buncombe County The City of Asheville Building Safety Department has identified some areas of the North Carolina Building Codes that may require additional details. The following examples are offered to assist you with compliance: 2012 Code Enforcement Update Please take note that residential plans submitted after March 1, 2012 shall comply with the 2012 North Carolina Residential Building Code unless specifically identified on the plans. Commercial plans submitted on or after July 1, 2012 must comply with the North Carolina Building Code. From January 1 to June 30, 2012 either the 2009 or the 2012 code can be used. For more information or to view codes online, please visit The Buncombe County Permits & Inspections Department exists to protect the life, safety and welfare of its citizens by administering and enforcing the North Carolina State Building Codes as adopted by the Building Code Council. Buncombe County Permits & Inspections provides building inspections and permitting services for all unincorporated areas of Buncombe County and through contractual agreements, provides these services for the towns of Biltmore Forest, Weaverville and Woodfin. Building inspections and permitting is a cost-recovery program through user fees and not funded as a direct cost from county-accessed property taxes. Buncombe County does not maintain data concerning hazardous waste sites within the county. For information on hazardous waste sites contact U.S. EPA Region 4 Superfund Division ( at 1-800-241-1754 or the Division of Waste Management with the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources ( at (919) 508-8400. Memos House Bill 1409 – Electrical Work Exempt from Permitting 2012 Residential Code Changes 2012 NC Residential Code Part 4 of the Energy Conservation Code (Effective March 1, 2012) 2012 NC Energy Conservation Code (Effective March 1, 2012) Location Our office can also be accessed from Charlotte Street by turning into the first parking lot directly behind Tripp’s Restaurant....
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