Monday, May 25, 2015

WHAT!!! You charge to come out??

What's the purpose of the trip charge?

If we were given a dollar for every time we're asked this question, we probably wouldn't have to charge for it. I get it, it can be misunderstood at first, however business owners should have a better understanding. Bottom line, in order to run a sustainable business, we must take note to this fraction of our operating cost. If homeowners understood what it takes to run an electrical contracting company, this cost wouldn't be an issue, at all. In fact, it would actually be a deal. 

What does this fee cover?

In order to get a state licensed electrician with the proper hand tools, equipment, and supplies to your doorstep, this fee is the cost for this. 
As an Electrical Contractor operating in the State of Alabama, we are required to be licensed by the state, county(s), city(s), hold a master's license, hold a bond, provide general liability insurance and worker's comp, administration, continual education, association fees, and so many more expenses.

Associated cost:
• State Contractor's License
• Master Electrician License
• State Business License
• City Business License
• City Bond
• General Liability Insurance
• Workers Compensation
• Vehicle Insurance
• Tools and Equipment 

The alternatives:

Jack of all trades

Please remember, this is a skill craft, it requires licenses and continual education. It is the law, believe it or not. Contrary to what the JOAT says. You know the old saying, jack of all trade but a MASTER of none. This is your home or your place of business. Besides, this can have your insurance cancel. Please be wise in this matter. I need not say much on this subject. 

Companies that don't charge these fees

They are most certainly going to either get it on the job itself, try to compromise the requirements, or run themselves out of business. It's impossible to honor any warranties or repeated great service without this structure. The cost of operation is imperative to any business. The average service call is $75. Believe it or not, this is a small fee to come to your home or place of business.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

It's Time to Retofit Your Lighting!!!

Why now is the time? The pricing of LED lighting has come down tremendously. You are saving money instantly. Now, who don't want to save? Yes, the cost is way more than the standard bulb, initially. But the payback is at least 2-3 years.

So, look at it like this, you and your neighbor just replaced your bulbs at the same time 3- years ago, they used the standard incandescent bulb and you used our LED bulb. Now the average home use up to 4 hours of lighting in the main rooms after school and work. The rooms are, the living room, kitchen, 1 or 2 of the kids bedrooms, and bathrooms(s). Of course, some rooms are left on all night. So let's look at the math:

Your home: 
$3 a LED bulb (bulb life 15,000 hours)
1,460 hours of usage year one. Note: This bulb is still burning
$1.32 energy cost year-1 (9w at $.10 a kWh)
 $4.32 total cost spent

Neighbor home: 
.75 a Inc. bulb (life 1000 hours)
$8.76 energy cost year-1 (60w at $.10 a kWh)
$10.26+ total cost spent

This is basic arithmetic. Keep in mind, the cost of power usage is more than 10 cents. But, you get the point. You're simply paying more with the standard bulb. And the additional plus, is that, the LED bulb is eco-friendly. So, it's a win-win all around. Now, re-adjust your budgets and go out and retrofit your homes and businesses.

Contact us through email for your Energy Audit. Thank you. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

WHAT!!! I can't use my heater...

Why is my power company telling us not to use my heater, are you kidding me?
Simply put, too much demand at one time.  Just like in any other industry, a demand that's not supplied properly may resolve to outages. Kinda sort of like a tripped breaker or blown fuse in your house.

How is this so, did they not know we all have heaters?
  Infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure, I'm sure you heard of this around election time. Well, here it is in living color. This is first hand experience. These power systems were put in place at a time when much power wasn't used. 
  Now, we face a situation where the demand is high. If, we haven't re-stock the shelves(per-say) for the overflow, we will come up short.


You mean to tell me they don't have enough money to handle this? 
I can't answer that one...that's another blog. I'm out of my league with that one. 

Can it be fixed?
Of course, in the famous words of an electrician, "You need to rewire this."

Saturday, November 22, 2014

State Appointed

Curtis K. Richardson Appointed By Governor Bentley to the Alabama Small Business Commission


BIRMINGHAM – Curtis K. Richardson, President and CEO of C&J Electrical Services, LLC has been appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to the Alabama Small Business Commission.  The Commission held its first meeting in Montgomery on Tuesday, October 21st with Governor Bentley calling the meeting to order. 


The Alabama Small Business Commission, created by executive order in September, serves as an advisory body in formulating policies, encouraging innovation, and discussing issues critical to the economic growth of small businesses.  The Commission promotes policies to assist new business start-ups and the expansion of existing businesses. Members of the Commission will be made up entirely of small business owners from across the state.


“Small businesses are the engines of job growth and an integral part of the framework that makes up the American economic system,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “We have assembled an impressive group of thirty Alabama small business owners from every corner of Alabama to discuss issues critical to the growth of small business and promote policies to assist new business start-ups and expansion of existing businesses. Each member brings a wealth of real world experience on what it takes to be a successful small business owner. The knowledge members will share with the rest of the commission is integral to helping support the growth of both new and existing small businesses.”

The Commission members will serve a two year term with the option of a two year reappointment.  For the purposes of this Commission, the definition of a small business will be 50 or fewer employees. During the meeting Tuesday, Governor Bentley announced the launch of Atlas Alabama, a new website for entrepreneurs and small business owners that will provide a consolidated access point for basic information on doing business in Alabama including details on licenses, taxes, loans, funding sources and insurance. In addition, the site features a comprehensive list of national and state resource partners that exist to assist small business owners.  The link to Atlas Alabama is


Atlas Alabama also represents the Alabama Small Business Commission and Advisory Committee, detailing its mission and listing its members. The website will provide a collaborative forum for the public to submit recommendations to the Commission.


Rosemary Elebash, State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business chairs the Commission and Advisory Committee. The Commission will present an annual report to the Governor at the end of each calendar year beginning December of 2015.




Friday, September 26, 2014


Metro D Construction
Lonny Moore, PM

'' Your company performed your portion of the work professionally and in a timely manner, We hope to have the opportunity to work with you again in the near future.''

Southern Company
Will Taylor

'' He is a personal friend that have done personal work for me and did a great job.''

t. howard + associates architects, inc.

'' Thank you for your commitment and hard work to make today a successful inspection. This was greatly appreciated. The State Inspector was pleased with the work that had been performed.....''

Planned Parenthood
Staci Fox, CEO

'' From our Board, staff and most importantly the clients we serve, we are truly grateful. It was just a few weeks ago when we thought this project was beyond its reach. Thank you for your extended time and skills that will allow us to stay open.''

Battle-Miller Construction
Jason, Superintendent

'' You guys are extremely prompt turning in needed Davis Beacon reports.''



'' I've got N..... at 250k and you were next at 252k out of 7- ECs ''

'' Your bid was competitive, within a couple of 100s, but unfortunately was 4th....''

'' You were low on part of the work but if they accept all the good lternates, you were not low.''

'' You were low with us on the electrical by 6/7k...''


'' If you looking for a great electrician, contact C&J Electrical.''
Roy Williams

'' C&J Electrical is the only electrical company I use.''
Terrence Robinson

'' I just like to say how impressed I was with C&J Electrical today. The professionalism at this company is priceless......''
Latonya Richardson 

"Thanks for the exceptional service! "

"Mike did an excellent job today. He was courteous and professional. It is much brighter and looks 100% better. Thanks for prompt service!"
Thomas Parchman 

"We were impressed by the professionalism, efficiency, and knowledge of C&J Electrical Services in helping us address major electrical problems in our first house.  We highly recommend them."
Sarah and Chris Lee