Back in 2010, a report came out that stated that more than 1 billion people did not have access to electricity. This was a shocking number to me, but I suppose the one benefit is that they’ll never risk an electrical fire or have to pay for retrofit panel updates. I’ve lived in this single-family home for 47 and a half years now and have not updated the electrical system since the home was built. In addition to that, last winter, a tree fell on the house and damaged the electrical system. When the bathroom toilet flushes, the light flickers. When the blender is on, the microwave needs to be unplugged. Lastly, power has completely crapped the bed in the basement. I’m not a millennial, but I tried to be one for about a week. I spent 23 hours watching YouTube videos trying to figure out how to fix my electrical wiring so I didn’t have to call someone. In hindsight that was probably a tremendous waste of time. Even after watching all these videos, I don’t know how to update an electric panel and I really have zero interest in being shocked to death. People think it’s a joke, but thousands of people are electrocuted each year and I don’t plan to be one of them. My Albany home is situated on Central Avenue just down the road from Colonie Center Mall, Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, and Kurver Kreme’s ice cream shop. Being in the Capital Region, there are plenty of local electricians in the area. But in my opinion, Albany Electricians is the only company to call, especially for electric panel retrofitting. Albany Electricians provides electrical services to homes and businesses in Albany, and they are the only electrical company I trust to get the job done. The last electrician I had in my house messed up the wiring and nearly burned the house down. It was completely unacceptable, and I had to call the corporate office to get a refund. Albany’s leading electrician (AE), was a different story. They sent over Lloyd Mathers, an experienced electrician that used to run his own contracting company based out of Latham. Lloyd looks at the panel, laughed, and then got to work. The panel updates took about an hour, and then he was done. $80 was absolutely nothing to pay for such efficient, quality work. This is why you hire a professional instead of trying to do everything yourself. I understand that some people think it’s manly or whatever, but let’s be honest – what is that pride doing for you when you die of shock? Absolutely nothing.