Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How to Make New Year's Resolution Cookies


Pirouette New Year's Cookies
From Alyssa Noui, POPSUGAR Food

1 cup butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
40-50 1x2.5” paper strips
40-50 6x6 foil wrapper or wax paper

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Cream the butter, sugar, egg whites and vanilla until light and fluffy. Slowly add the flour and mix until just blended. 1/2 cup at a time, place the dough into a tempered glass measuring cup and microwave for 15 seconds until pourable.

Trace 4-5 3” diameter circles on one side of parchment paper. Place paper ink side down and using a spoon, place about a teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half of the batter and use the back of the spoon to create a round thin layer within in the circle, similar to a crepe. Thinner is better than too thick, you can tell it’s too thin if you can see the baking sheet through the batter.

Have a cooling rack, offset spatula and wooden spoon available. Bake for 4-6 minutes. At the first sign of browning around the edges remove the pan. Working quickly, use the offset to lift the soft cookie on to the wooden spoon. Carefully using your fingers, it will be hot, to roll the cookie around the spoon handle, pressing the edge into the seam. Place seam side down on rack.

Tips: The cookies begin to cool and harden right away so begin with 4 until you get fast enough to add one more. Then you can alternate sheet pans every 2-3 minutes. Start with the brownest ones first they will harden the fastest. You will not be moving away from your oven so have all utensils at hand.

Once the cookies are cool, roll paper strips with new years resolution messages into a tight roll and insert into the cookie. Roll the cookie in foil and twist sides, tie with ribbon.

Cook Time: 1 hour
Serves: Makes 40-50

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Basic Operation of Wiser EER56000 Thermostat

Demonstration of EER56000 thermostat operation including changing the mode (auto/heat/cool/off), temperature, scheduling, and set points.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Everyone Should Have a Home Security System

Do you need a home security system? Many people view them as a luxury - an item reserved for the wealthy. But you pay for your belongings the same way rich people do, and you want to keep them in your possession.
In fact, the argument could be made that typical households need security systems even more than super upscale ones, since working people can little afford to replace stolen items.
Depending on your insurance policy, if your home is burglarized and you file a claim, you may get only the depreciated value of your items, not the amount it costs to replace them. Electronics in particular depreciate quickly, so while you may have paid $1,000 for your computer, if it was a few years old, you will likely only get a few hundred for it, if that.
Popular Items
If you own a lot of electronics, a home security system will likely benefit you. Other items commonly stolen from homes include jewelry, which is irreplaceable if it is heirloom; clothing, which also can be hard to replace if it was a one-of-a-kind item; guns, wine and ordinary household items.
Burglaries spike in the summer, when many families are away on vacation, but they rise again near the holidays, when people's homes are brimming with gifts like iPads, laptops and Wiis.
Basic Package
You can get a decent security starter pack with a control panel and motion and door sensors for around $500, then add on the components that are most useful to you.
For instance, a glass break detector could be a handy addition if you live in a neighborhood in which this is a common method of breaking and entering. Window sensors can give you the extra protection that would bring you peace of mind.
Emergency Button
A key ring remote means no rushing at top speed to burst out of the front door and shut it behind you before your five seconds are up. A panic button can be added to the same ring so you can trip the alarm any time you have the keys in your hand. If you are afraid someone is in your house, someone is following you or something just isn't right, you can press the button.
Most people assume the danger comes from strangers, but select groups of people know they need to protect themselves from some of the people they know as well, and this feature helps you do just that.
Down the road, you can incorporate all kinds of smart home features into your system, such as temperature control, garage door openers, wireless keypads and smoke detectors.
Having a home security system installed is an important step in protecting yourself, your family and your possessions. No one wants to be a victim, but you have to step up and take action in order to stay safe. Call your local home security system provider and set up a meeting to learn more about how to arm yourself against threats.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Harmony Flushmounting Kit - Create A Brand New Look And Feel

Improve the aesthetic of your panels without having to replace your current devices. Compatible with Harmony pushbuttons, selectors, and pilot lights.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

12 Days of Klein Tools Giveaways 2015

Our 12 Days of Klein giveaways are back for the holiday season. Check our Facebook Page or visit from Monday, December 7-18 2015. You may enter once a day for each of the 12 days!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Project of the Month: AFCIs

Leviton AFCI Devices offer added protection from potentially hazardous arc-faults resulting from damage in branch circuit wiring as well as extensions to branches such as appliances and cord sets. By detecting hazardous arc-faults and responding by interrupting power, AFCIs help reduce the likelihood of a home's electrical system being an ignition source of a fire.

Often unseen, arc-faults can occur anywhere in the home's electrical system including within walls, at loose electrical connections or within electrical cords accidently damaged by impinging furniture.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Valena Life Energy Saving Switch

It is a 2-way switch that switches automatically the light off if no movement is detected in the room within 10 minutes. Particularly adapted to rooms where a light can stay switched on a long time when forgotten (basement, attic, laundry room...) and rooms where user forgets regularly to switch off (child room).

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Home Security Systems: More Than Just Having An Alarm In Place

It is understandable that you want to protect both your valuables and the security of your loved ones. Installing a home security system is a smart choice, but be prepared to encounter some confusion when choosing between the different types of home security systems. Rest assured, however, that whichever type you chose, you know that you've done the most to secure your home and family!
Security systems that protect a home have surely come a long way from locks and barred windows. Modern technology has made these devices surprisingly sophisticated. Luckily, this sophistication is not reflected too much in their price: affordable prices, in the range of a couple hundred dollars, made these devices relatively common in modern homes.
Some home security companies offer significant discounts just in order to get your business. For under hundred dollars a month, you can pay a home security company to have someone keep an eye on your home day and night. It is a very small price to pay for your peace of mind! In some cases, you can even get a free installation and free equipment when you sign up for a home monitoring service. Besides, just announcing the presence of a security company, protecting your home day and night, can act as a deterrent to a potential criminal threat!
Installing a home security system may actually save you money, because some insurance companies are willing to shave your premium if you have an electronic alarm system in place. Taking into account the average national premium, and how much an average electronic alarm system costs - the installation will pay for itself, just in insurance savings, in as little as three years.
There are two main types of security systems that protect your home: monitored alarm systems (video surveillance), and local area systems (so-called "bells only"). The latter are the more basic ones. These traditional unmonitored systems have various types of sensors placed in and around the house: for example, they can be hooked up to doors and windows. Some devices of this type will also include motion detectors. "Bells only" typically include the use of sound alarm that goes off when the device detects a perceived threat. This will alert you - or your neighbors, if you're not at home - of any unauthorized entry, and the loud alarm will scare off the burglars. Some devices of this type will also transfer the information about location and the type of threat to the nearest police department.
Monitored home security systems are the most advanced, and therefore a pricier option. Monitored home security systems include video surveillance, where cameras are connected to a central monitoring system. They serve as video door phone, and for identification and access control, but they can also be used as crime deterrence: their presence signifies that your home will not be an easy target. Just the sight of a video camera is enough to scare away potential burglars! They know that they are more likely to be identified when breaking into a home with a video surveillance, and the video material can be used as an evidence against them. Some types of monitored systems can also sound alarms and alert the police. The company will call your house and ask for a password, and if there is no answer, or the wrong password is given over the phone, they will call the police. When used to protect apartment complexes, they include live monitoring and a trained security guard.
The most important consideration when choosing a security system to protect your home? Using it consistently, and in a manner it was meant to be used! Teach yourself, and each member of your household, how to correctly arm and disarm your home security system. Finally, display the signs that announce that your home is protected by a home security system - that alone will keep most burglars at bay! Having a home security system in place indeed means improved home security!
Make sure that you don't become too complacent, though: a security system needs to be regularly maintained and used responsibly. Never reveal the code with deactivates your home security system to anyone. It is still a good idea to always lock your doors and windows when leaving home, and follow other basic home security measures.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Lutron Sensors: Wired vs. Wireless

Sensors are now required in many commercial spaces. Lutron Energi TriPak wireless options reduces installation time by more than 70 percent, saves material and detects fine motion, such as typing.

Let us help you with your sensor equipment. Call 707-437-2300

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Legrand: Industrial Solutions

Legrand's industrial solutions are ready to install and perform efficiently in new and aging facilities prone to adverse conditions, while maintaining the highest standard in safety.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Welcome To Our New Blog

Thanks for stopping by. This is the new blog for Pacific Power & Systems Inc. We intend to share information that is interesting and helpful as well surrounding the products and services we represent.