So how much does a lighting upgrade cost?

If you have an office or plant complex that is primarily fluorescent tubes, budget $1.50/square foot. Payback is between 2 – 4 years depending on how many hours per day you operate your business.

If you have a commercial set up like a restaurant that mainly uses screw in light bulbs, it is about $0.70/square foot. In this case the payback is between 1 – 2 years.

Note that every place is different – and a site visit is required to give you an accurate estimate. In many cases, the costs will be lower.

Note that these prices include: bulb and ballast disposal, dust and clean of fixtures, replacement of any worn parts/wiring, and clean up. When Shand Power leaves your site, it was like we were never there! You only notice better lighting and peace of mind knowing your lighting system is as good as new.

All replacement bulbs and tubes are guaranteed for two years. If they just quit working, we’ll come out and replace them at no charge to you. Better us on the ladder than you or your staff – you folks can concentrate on running your business and making $.

Call anytime at 780-910-7031 to discuss your lighting needs. Or you can send an e-mail to:

So stop living in the twilight and come to where the future is bright…


HVAC costing you money?

Here is a way to save! Not just on utilities but also extending the life of your equipment. The temperature ranges can be broadened for both occupied and unoccupied scenarios. Pretty easy to do if you have the right control system set up. Also easy to make a mistake and cause damage. If you are unsure, call today for free consultation to discuss your needs and see if an upgrade from Shand Power can save you money.

Scaring customers for money

So last month, I got an e-mail with the following subject:

“Her(sic) is some scary information to Owners and Managers”

The article, written in VERY POOR English, went into some detail about how a business owner’s power system is a potential liability for them. But in this day and age, everything is a liability!!!

For the record, all power systems need to be installed per the latest version of the Canadian Electric Code presently being used in your local Canadian jurisdiction, treated with care, properly operated, and continuously maintained. These actions will solve the majority of your problems and issues.

For anything else, Shand Power can assist. And I will also state for the record that our corporation will not willfully engage in any kind of scare tactics just for the sake of making a buck off a one-time sale.

/rant off

Have a great and safe day!


Why everyone has NOT switched to solar…

So why do more people not have solar energy?

Let’s do some math: my house uses an average of 1200 W of electricity continuously. I got that off my power bills and doing some simple math (yes Mr. Prentice, “Math is hard!”). I consider my house to be an average one in my part of Canada.

At 8760 hours per year, that is 10,512,000 Watt hours or 10, 512 kWh of electricity every year.

Edmonton gets about 2200 hours of sunlight per year on average. So in order to live off the grid and completely rely on solar power, you need your system to produce: 10,512/2200 = 4.8 kW of electricity when the sun is shining. If your average panel produces 100 W of power, you need 48 panels on your roof. Plus wiring, storage batteries and an inverter.

Yes there are ways to reduce your power bill. So let’s say you can get the average consumption down to 900W? Good, but you are only reducing the size of your system by 25 % so you still need 36 panels.

The costs can add up quickly and you still have to do maintenance on the system.

And what happens if your system gets pelted by a hail storm and you cannot aim the panels away? Damaged panels = more money for replacement.

It is tough being your own utility. Now if you can find a way to continuously generate between 1200 – 6000 W of power, you can be self-sufficient. Solar panels are not and cannot be your only answer.


High Water Bills?

So if you have high water bills, do the following math: Find out how many cubic meters of water your household has consumed in one month. That should be on your bill somewhere. I am on a well so I don’t get a water bill. Multiply that number by 1.39 and that’s your average consumption in liters per hour. Factoid: a dripping tap that is leaking 1 ml of water per second will use almost 2600 liters of water per month.

So Much to Talk About!

In the next few weeks, I will have a lot to talk about. It is going to be a wild ride so you’ll want to hang on! Check back often. In the meantime, stay well.

Welcome to our Website

This is something new for our company. We strongly believe in educating the public and our customers on the products and services we offer. That way you know exactly what you are getting when you are making that purchase. Stay tuned!!!