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Project Spotlight: Esposito’s Puts the ‘Service’ in an Extensive Service Replacement in Randolph

New Service at Beta Realty in Randolph

New Service at Beta Realty in Randolph

“This project was very involved and not something you’d tackle every day,” confirmed Esposito’s Project Manager Albert Joseph of Esposito’s recent award-winning work upgrading the electrical service, installing separate metering, and overhauling the distribution system at the 450,000-square-foot ‘Beta Building 5’ in Randolph while ensuring no disruption to operations for the facility’s 14 tenants.

Owned by Rubenstein Properties/Beta Realty Group, the over 60-year-old facility, which provides primarily manufacturing, warehouse, and office space for its tenants, contained outdated electrical service.  Based on its 20-year-long relationship serving the building, the Esposito’s team was brought in to oversee electrical work on the extensive project, which began in September 2014 and was completed in March 2015.

“Many months of work and planning and many miles of wire were required to accomplish this task and the end result consists of new metering for each tenant service that now comes from the utility company and is no longer the responsibility of the building owner,” shared Joseph, whose team replaced incoming power to the facility during weekdays and completed tie-ins on weekends to avoid further disruption to tenants.

According to Mark Bobb, Beta Realty Group Project Manager, the project allowed the property owner to achieve its prescribed goal of “enhancing the reliability of the electric service for the building as well as eliminating the cumbersome sub-metering and tenant billing recovery arrangement.”

Against a very challenging timeline, “the staff of Esposito’s was amazing,” shared Rey Mercado, Director of operations for Beta Realty.  “Their staff worked flawlessly with the power company, all outside contractors, engineers, and most importantly our tenants, spending days in tenant’s spaces running miles of conduit and wire with minimal interruption to the business.”

Bobb agreed.  “While this project had very aggressive and specific deadlines, the Esposito’s team’s high standard of preplanning, scheduling procedures, workmanship, and coordination with and careful consideration of others involved allowed us to complete the project on time and on budget with minimal inconvenience to the tenants,” Bobb said. “Kudos to the Esposito’s team for helping to make this project a resounding success!”

“Building 5’s many tenants can now enjoy electrical service that’s more reliable than ever before,” Joseph said.  “Our team worked together seamlessly to achieve smooth, accurate, and successful results and we’re delighted with the way the project turned out.  We also applaud the Beta team for the initiative they took to drive this project in the first place – we truly appreciate the way they’ve always trusted and believed in us and are very proud of the strong partnership we’ve forged.”

Confirming their trust in the Esposito’s team, “we’ve used Esposito’s in the past and will continue to use them in the future,” Mercado concluded.

 

LEDs Light the Way to Cost Savings and Better Lighting

With both homeowners and business owners always on the lookout for ways to improve lighting quality while reducing energy costs and maintenance concerns, Esposito’s encourages customers to consider an upgrade to LED lighting.

“We’ve been doing a ton of LED retrofits for customers,” confirmed Esposito’s Service Dispatcher Jared Guyre.  “The great news is that there’s an LED replacement for most every type of lamp these days – from recessed cans to chandeliers, wall sconces, low-voltage lighting, undercabinet lighting, and more.”

According to Guyre, homeowners get frustrated by having to replace their ‘conventional’ incandescent or halogen bulbs 1-2 times per year based on their short lifespan, “but LEDs can last 10,000 hours or more, which could theoretically equate to 10 years of life based on the normal hours of lighting usage in the average home annually,” he said.  “Thanks to their long life, LEDs can save money and time, especially in high-ceiling applications where you might need to pay a contractor to replace bulbs or where you might opt to do it yourself with a long-arm device, which can be a struggle to use and can damage or break the bulb in the socket.”  In these and all situations, he noted, LEDs are also optimal because they don’t throw off as much heat as conventional incandescent technology and are available in a range of color temperatures that mimic the familiar ‘warm’ or ‘soft white’ characteristics of traditional incandescent bulbs.

In commercial applications, “the savings generated by LED bulbs pay for themselves quickly, especially for companies who are upgrading from fluorescent lighting driven by electronic ballasts,” Guyre said.  “In addition, LEDs maintain their lighting levels over their lifetime and don’t suffer from ‘lumen depreciation’ like their fluorescent and HID/metal halide counterparts.”  Certain LEDs may also be eligible for product rebates from the local utility company.

Overall, “LEDs are here to stay and are becoming more and more standard, as are lighting controls,” said Guyre, who noted that not all LED trims and bulbs are compatible with standard dimmers, so it can be beneficial to consider a dimmer upgrade as well – or to reach out to the experts at Esposito’s to help oversee an LED upgrade professionally.  “The cost of LED lighting has come down significantly and it makes sense to invest in this technology now and reap the benefits,” Guyre concluded.  “An LED upgrade will definitely pay itself back.”

Esposito’s Electric Receives 2015 Constant Contact All Star Award

16-0040-allstar2015-940x205pxEsposito’s Electric , an electrical contracting firm, has been named a 2015 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact®, Inc., the trusted marketing advisor to hundreds of thousands of small organizations worldwide. The annual award recognizes the most successful 10% of Constant Contact’s customer base, based on their significant achievements leveraging online marketing tools to engage their customer base and drive results for their organization.

“We’re happy to be recognized by Constant Contact for achieving strong marketing results and engaging with our customers,” said Marissa Esposito, Office and Marketing Manager at Esposito’s Electric. “Constant Contact’s tools have helped get our name out to more customers.”

Small businesses and nonprofits using Constant Contact’s online marketing tools are eligible for this award. Criteria used to select this year’s All Stars included the following:

  • Level of engagement with email campaigns
  • Open, bounce, and click-through rates
  • Use of social sharing features
  • Use of mailing list sign-up tools
  • Use of reporting tools

“At Constant Contact, we aim to help small businesses become marketers so they can do even more business. Our All Stars are leading the way, showing us the difference online marketing can make for a small business. It’s truly inspiring,” said John Orlando, chief marketing officer at Constant Contact. “We’re thrilled to recognize Esposito’s Electric for their commendable achievements in 2015 with this All Star Award.”

 

Esposito’s Electric Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

2015ssa_ColorLow528pxEsposito’s Electric has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

“Only about 5 percent of the Electrical Contracting companies in the New York Metro market have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Esposito’s Receives Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of New Jersey

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Esposito’s Project Manager, Albert Joseph, and others receiving the ABC Excellence in Construction Award on October 29, 2015

On October 29th, Esposito’s Electric was the recipient of a prestigious Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction during the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Jersey’s annual ‘Excellence in Construction Awards’ Presentation in New Brunswick.  Esposito’s received the award for its work on an extensive service replacement project for a nearly 500,000 square-foot tenant-lease facility in Randolph owned by Rubenstein Properties/Beta Realty Group, LLC.

According to Patrick Stewart, President of ABC-NJ, “our program showcases the hardworking and dedicated members of ABC-NJ for their outstanding abilities in construction and development,” and is designed to create greater awareness of the quantity and quality of work being produced by ABC-NJ members as well as to continually raise standards throughout the construction industry.  One of 12 elite projects to receive an Eagle Award, the award recognized the work performed by Esposito’s Electric on the ‘Beta Realty Service Replacement’ as being among the ‘Best of the Best in the Construction Industry’ by ABC.

“We’ve been members of ABC-NJ for a long time, but this was the first year we ever submitted a project for consideration in their Excellence in Construction contest,” shared Esposito’s Electric Project Manager Albert Joseph of the project, which took over six months and involved the replacement of a dated electrical service, the installation of separate metering, and a major distribution system overhaul while ensuring no disruption to operations for the facility’s 14 tenants.

Representing Esposito’s Electric at the awards ceremony were team members Albert Joseph, Craig Jones (Sales Manager), BJ Travers (Project Foreman), Mike Hubley (Journeyman Electrician), and Nicole McGuigan (Job Administrator); the team was also supported by Rey Mercado (Director of Operations), Rodger Marshal (Site Manager), and Mark Bobb (Project Manager) from customer Beta Realty Group as well as by engineers Rick Gerrity and Todd Miller from Pennsylvania-based Smith Miller & Associates.

“Overall, we’re excited to have had the opportunity to work on this project with a team of such highly-skilled professionals,” Joseph said of the award, “and we feel very honored to have received this recognition from such a prestigious industry organization.”

Product Spotlight: Control Your Destiny with the Lutron Caséta Wireless System

lutron-caseta-product-photos-12Want to drive your home’s many systems with the touch of a button? Now homeowners can control their home’s lights, shades, and temperature from anywhere thanks to the Lutron Caséta Wireless, a system of motorized shades, wifi thermostat, control units, and compatible interface with popular products from Honeywell, Nest, Logitech, and more that delivers greater peace of mind, comfort, and convenience than ever before.

Whether you want to turn lights on as you arrive home, adjust the temperature from your office, or turn lights off and close shades from your bedside, it’s all possible through the Caséta Wireless system, which uses Lutron’s Clear Connect® wireless technology and features a Lutron app that works conveniently with the Apple Watch or other smart devices.

The system requires no new wiring and set-up is easy. Call Esposito’s at (973) 366-9902 for more information on this cutting-edge convenience or to set up an appointment for installation.

Project Spotlight: Esposito’s Helps Exxon Station Pump Up the Volume

Wayne DeKorte, owner of the nearly 45-year-old Exxon Station on Howard Boulevard in Mount Arlington, clearly recalls the havoc that Hurricane Sandy wrought on the business three years ago. After losing power, “we had 25,000 gallons of gas in the ground that we couldn’t pump, electronic credit card machines that didn’t work, and everyone was getting restless,” he said. “Thanks to a large mobile generator which I borrowed from a friend and ultimately brought down to the station, we were able to make miracles happen for people.”

As a result of that experience, the installation of a generator was a must when DeKorte elected to convert the auto repair garage on their property to a full-service, 2,500 square-foot Tiger Mart convenience store this past spring. “Our store has a decent-sized cooler and refrigerator and we didn’t want to lose food or gas in the event of an outage – we want to be a pillar for the community and stay backed-up,” shared store partner Ken Chermak, who noted that the availability of a FEMA grant towards this investment helped bring it to fruition.

While DeKorte and Chermak, both formerly in the construction industry, did much of their own framing, plumbing, and mechanical work for the new store, “we needed a competent electrical contractor to provide demolition, wiring, lighting, and fit-out support to our conversion and also specify and install our generator,” Chermak said. “We found that there are a lot of junk contractors out there and that you get what you pay for. The team from Esposito’s proved to be the only ones we could deal with – they came over quickly, saw our plans, and got it right away. We shook hands with them and never looked back,” he said.

Understanding the station’s desire to back-up their refrigeration, gas pumps, and other essentials, “we designed a system that got all of the service they wanted on it,” confirmed Esposito’s Project Manager Mike Esposito of the 48 kW Generac generator and 400-amp service that his team installed.

Since then, Chermak said that he and DeKorte couldn’t feel more empowered. “As business owners, it’s very comforting to know that you have no fear of losing your inventory – we have several thousand dollars of frozen food onsite and we can go full steam ahead as long as our suppliers are able to keep getting us product. A generator is a lasting capital investment in your property that’s transferrable to any other owner,” he said. “It adds great value to the property as well as the security of knowing that you can remain in business when the utility fails.”

Most importantly, Chermak said, he was glad to have such a solid contracting partner on the job. “The Esposito’s team was extremely accommodating, very fair price-wise, and the quality of their work was top-of-the-line,” he said.

“We’re delighted that Wayne and Ken were so happy with our work, expertise, experience, and ability to meet their tight deadline,” concluded Esposito, who said he’s also excited for the strong position the landmark Exxon station and its new convenience store are now in. “With their centralized location right off Route 80, their generator will be critical to ensuring that they can remain operational and competitive should there ever be another outage or storm like Sandy.”

De-Ice Cables Help Avoid Leaky Roof Issues This Winter

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Homeowners are no strangers to one of the worst culprits of winter — snow on the roof that melts when the sun hits it, creating ice dams. “This build-up of ice can damage gutters, create leaks through the roof, and ruin the contents of a home, not to mention saddling the homeowner with the cost and burden of getting a contractor out to put up new sheetrock, repaint the walls or ceiling, and deal with water remediation, which can promote the growth of mold if left untreated,” shared Esposito’s Project Manager Mike Esposito.

Thanks to ADKS De-Icing Kits from Emerson Industrial Automation, however, homeowners can minimize the likelihood of this unfortunate winter occurrence. “It’s a simple system involving a single self-regulating heat cable that we install in a zig-zag pattern three feet up the roof surface from the edge of the roof,” explained Esposito. “The cable is attached using unobtrusive shingle clips that blend into the shingles, so no drilling into the roof is required, and the cable can also be run down through the gutter to provide double melting action.” Esposito said that the system is usually controlled by the homeowner via an easy-to-use switch or timer clock, though an automatic De-Icing Control System is also available.

“The installation of De-Icing Kits is becoming very popular, especially after the cold and snow we experienced here last winter,” Esposito said of the service that they recommend homeowners undertake in the fall or spring. “Our team will come out and do an estimate based on a home’s linear roof length and the layout and installation is usually completed within one day.”

“It’s a preventative maintenance measure that can save you a lot in the long run,” he concluded. “The cost will pay for itself and help keep you headache-free.”

Top Tips for Maintaining Your Generator

With summer storm season behind us, “the threat of early-season snowfall and winter’s icy grasp are just around the corner,” shared Larry Pelham, Esposito’s Generator Service Manager. “A generator is a sound investment to protect you, your family, and your property in the event of a power outage and is very much like your car, which you’d get serviced before a long road trip. Similarly, it’s advised that you service your generator prior to storm season so that you’re optimally prepared. ”

Larry repairAccording to Pelham, “a failed generator always happens at the worst time and can lead to tremendous loss of property and security.” When a generator fails, he said, “cherished keepsakes, wine collections, and food are just some of the items that can be lost, not to mention any structural damage resulting from flooded basements and ruptured water pipes, which can further lead to damaged, wet walls and mold. Security cameras and alarms will only operate for so long on battery backup, so a regular maintenance regime and scheduled maintenance from Esposito’s Generator Solutions can help avoid the inconvenience and heartache of a failed generator.”

Following are some of Pelham’s best tips to help ensure that your generator is running smoothly when you need it most:

  • With the leaves beginning to fall, be sure to keep your generator’s end louvers and rear vent free from obstructions.  Proper air flow is very important to keeping the engine cool.
  • Be sure to maintain your generator’s proper oil viscosity and level, especially during an extended outage.  Every manufacturer has different maintenance intervals and oil grade requirements; for added security, keep an extra quart of oil on hand for topping off the engine during long outages.
  • The engine-starting battery is under constant charge so that it’s strong enough to start your generator when you need it most, but that constant charging shortens the life of the battery, so it should be changed every 2-3 years for increased generator dependability.
  • Generac generators have a convenience light on the ride side breaker panel door to alert you of the status of the generator – ‘green’ means the unit is ready to run, ‘yellow’ means the unit will run but is in need of service, and ‘red’ means the unit failed to start and is unable to run when needed. Any color other than green is a signal to call Esposito’s service department to schedule a service appointment.
  • A cold weather kit will help ensure that your generator starts in even the harshest conditions.
  • If you want to confirm that your generator is continuing to protect your home while you’re traveling, Esposito’s offers several remote monitoring options to meet your needs, including its custom monitoring program, through which Esposito’s will respond to any issues that may arise with your generator.

For more information on Esposito’s generator monitoring programs, cold weather kits, or if you have questions or want to schedule a service appointment, call us at (973) 366-9902. Esposito’s certified, factory-trained technicians are available for emergencies 24/7/365 and can meet all of your generator maintenance and repair needs.

Project Spotlight: Keeping the Doors Open at Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts-Fairfield 016Hurricane Irene in August 2011, the infamous Halloween snowstorm of that same year, and Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 represented a disastrous time for Sam Biazzo, franchise owner of Dunkin’ Donuts in Fairfield, which suffered storm-related floods and power outages so severe that they resulted in significant store downtime. “After Sandy, we were closed for a week, which represented the loss of thousands of dollars in revenue,” Biazzo shared. As a previous customer of Esposito’s, who had installed a residential generator at his home 1-2 years earlier, Biazzo reached out to them once again in 2013 for a generator solution that would ensure uninterrupted power to his popular 4,000-square-foot store regardless of weather or utility conditions.

After a thorough onsite analysis of the store’s electrical layout and needs, “we installed a 100 kW, 3-phase Generac industrial generator, which is a highly-efficient approach to delivering electricity in a commercial setting like Dunkin’ Donuts because of the way in which it disperses the electrical load,” said Esposito’s Electric Sales Manager Craig Jones, a 39-year electrical industry veteran. “This investment will ensure that this franchise location won’t be out of business and that they’ll be making money when everyone else’s power is out.”

Since installation was completed in the summer of 2013, Biazzi said that his new generator has activated twice and has delivered a peace of mind that’s been priceless. While he acknowledges that it can be a sizable investment up-front, “you forget how much it costs when the power goes out – I could have bought a generator and a half with all the money I lost during our power outages,” Biazzi said. “I had shopped around to three other firms, but Esposito’s made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and their installation was very clean and professionally done,” he said. “I’m also very happy with their automatic maintenance service – all I have to do is pay the bill.”

With the possibility of future storms threatening the operation of any home or business, “we’re here to help,” Jones concluded. “It’s like an insurance policy and we have a generator for every home or store owner’s needs and budget.”

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