We do not have the capability to accommodate specific day drafts at this time.
Properly installed surge protectors help prevent damage to electronic equipment caused by momentary large voltage surges. These surges are associated with events such as lightning strikes, short circuits, load switching, equipment failure and similar unusual events.
Some electrical equipment in commercial buildings requires three-phase power. For example, electric motors and large air conditioning units.
There are several things to look for that can increase or reduce your long-term costs.
Lighting Loss Factor (LLF) is specified in a design to create a safety margin for the depreciation of the light output over time. A design that doesn't compensate for LLF won't perform as specified after a few years of exposure and bulb age. A design with a low LLF, usually .8 or a 20% margin, costs more to purchase but less to run, which can result in a net savings in the long term.
Average, minimum and maximum foot-candles. These are often used as measures of how evenly the light is distributed by a given design. It can be misleading to state an evenness measure in terms of average foot-candles. It is possible to use fewer, higher-power lamps, to create a given "average" illumination that is actually quite uneven in areas. While this can result in a lower purchase price, these designs can significantly add to operating costs.
Uniformity Ratio. A good lighting design can provide adequate illumination with energy-efficient bulbs by increasing its uniformity. A more accurate measure of total cost of ownership is the Uniformity Ratio. This is derived by dividing the average foot-candles by the minimum foot-candles, where a lower ratio is better. A good design typically has a 6-1 ratio, with a 1-1 only achievable, in practical terms, by the sun.
Security lighting should provide adequate lighting for safety in these areas:
Brightness should be specified to give enough light for security personnel or police to see suspicious activity but not so much as to create glare in security cameras.
The deposit required for a commercial account is twice the average monthly bill of the location being connected. If we do not have sufficient usage history for your location, we will estimate your usage based on the type of business and size of your building.
We offer many different payment options for your convenience:
Debit/Credit card payments are handled by BillMatrix. BillMatrix is not affiliated with Alabama Power Company and will charge a fee to process your payment. You will need your account number to make a payment.
We concentrate our initial restoration efforts in the areas and on the power lines that restore electricity to the greatest number of people in the shortest period of time. We place emphasis on vital community needs such as hospitals, emergency services, public safety, and water and sewage facilities. Please be patient, and we will restore your electric service as soon as we possibly can.
Our Business Service Center hours are M-F 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. CST. You may contact us online by sending an email. Email inquiries will receive a response from a Business Service representative within one business day.
You may report a power outage 24 hrs/7 days a week at 1-800-888-2726.
Alabama Power Payments
P.O. Box 242
Birmingham, Alabama 35292
Note: Mail a check or money order - never send cash through the mail. Use the envelope included with your bill if possible. Always be sure to include your payment stub and write your account number on your check.
We have an establishment fee of $40, included on your first bill, along with any applicable taxes. There will also be a deposit needed to start your electric service account. To find out what your deposit will be, please complete your electric service request online.
You can check if we provide electric service to your address online. Be sure to choose the option to the right that states “For Business Services, click here”. Keep in mind that newly constructed buildings may not yet show in our system.
If you wish to stop your electric service account, we will ask for your account number and one of the following:
You will also need the date you would like to stop electric service and the address where we should mail your final bill.