Meeting Minutes - Ray Biffis: Electricity in the Home - March 8th. 2018
Ed welcomed group to meeting at 10:00 Am and a special welcome to Ray Biffis who will present on electrical issues and safety in home.
One Guest: Len Corby was introduced and Ed was encouraging and was sure he would join
Andy reminded everyone of the coffee club at Symposium and Airpark Cafe on alternate weeks to club meetings at 10:00 AM
Ray shared the upcoming activities with a focus on the anniversary luncheon coming up April 5. Cost is $15 and funds and payment is due at this or the following meeting as numbers have to be conveyed to caterer.
Ed told us of the March 22 topic that will be “Room for optimism with endangered species”.
Also annual dues of $80 are to be paid in April.
Julian introduced Ray who started as an apprentice right of high school and has a long career in the electrical field. The presentation was mostly visual and hands on. LED bulbs were demonstrated as saving power compared to incandescent bulbs and also how dimmers do save power by reducing the load. There were numerous questions and one was about fluorescent bulbs compared to LED. These contain mercury so more difficult to dispose of and they do get warm. LED’s are expensive but do last a long time and save power. Safety is paramount and Ray recounted a few times he was injured so was adamant that everyone turn off power when changing switches or plugs as a shock can be very dangerous. If in doubt always have a qualified electrician. Surge protectors were also covered as being a good idea for sensitive equipment like TV’s or computers. There were many questions that Ray answered that provide good and useful information to all. Julian thanked Ray and mentioned how helpful this was to us all as we try and conserve power and stay safe at home. Julian also mentioned Summer Lecture Series that also takes place at Trinity on opposite weeks to club meeting.