Stores and shopping centers are already starting to put up their holiday displays, and soon homeowners will find themselves hanging their own seasonal decorations.

Bright and colorful, Christmas lights are a longtime favorite. However, all those extra lights can put a bit of a strain on a home’s electrical system.

That’s why this time of year is a good time to consider a rewire to improve both the safety and efficiency of your system. If your home was built more than 40 years ago, the wiring probably does not meet today’s safety standards. This could put you and your family at risk. According to K. Schenk Electric, an estimated average of 50,900 residential fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in 2003-2007 were reported, resulting in approximately 490 deaths, 1440 injuries and $1.3 billion in direct property damage.


Combining a rewire with the installation of a photovoltaic system powered by solar panels can yield even greater benefits. Your electric bill can often drop down to nothing except for the standard HECO surcharge, and there are also federal and state tax benefits for making the switch to solar energy. K. Schenk Electric recently began offering solar energy panels.

“I’m excited about the photovoltaic systems that we have started installing,” said company owner Kaulana Schenk. “Going green really benefits the owner and Mother Nature.” K. Schenk Electric is offering a 10 percent discount on a full-house rewire through the end of October. A rewire can be a great option for homeowners who have installed photovoltaic systems, since it can help to best utilize all the new power coming in from the solar panels. “This discount will allow homeowners to prepare for the holidays and know their house is safe,” said Schenk. “Prevent a holiday fire by calling us for an electrical rewire.”

In addition to rewiring and photovoltaic systems, K. Schenk Electric provides a wide range of services for homeowners, ranging from renovations and electrical upgrades to general troubleshooting. They also work with businesses, including renovations, remodels, new construction and maintenance of rental units.

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