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Home Automation & Smart Homes

on January 22, 2016

It’s been a dream of science fiction since the early 20th century: a self-maintaining home.  A place where every system, maintenance, repair, and cleaning is handled by the home itself without direct necessary input.  While that dream is still a long way off, we have made great strides in bringing domestic automation to the general […]

Simple Home Electrical Repairs

Simple Home Electrical repairs

on January 15, 2016

Unless you designed it yourself (and sometimes, even if you did), there will always be one or two things about your home that can use changes or upgrades over the years.  The electrical system for your home is no different.  The number of electrical repairs, upgrades, and additions required to make your home more like […]

A guide to common electrical receptacle problems

Why Aren’t My Electrical Outlets Working?

on January 8, 2016

When we think of home electricity, we tend to think of light switches, lamps, and climate controls.  While it’s a bit archaic now, your electrical utilities even used to be called a “light bill” (though with some power hungry devices it’s anything but a light bill). Yet your home revolves around electrical outlets more than […]

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Benefits of Dedicated Appliance Circuits

on December 31, 2015

First, a dedicated circuit is any electrical circuit from your break box that is used for a single specific purpose.  The National Electric Code requires a dedicated circuit for most appliances in your home.  As a general guideline, if it has an internal motor or is an immobile appliance (a dishwasher or refrigerator instead of […]

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Many Merry Christmas Lights

on December 27, 2015

Merry Christmas everyone!  Today is the day that all those lights, decorations, and hours spent on cooking finally pay off.  The day when everyone can relax and enjoy time off, whether you’re celebrating Christmas or not.  So today, let’s take a look at how it’s possible to save on winter electricity costs with good Christmas […]

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Choosing A Standby Generator

on December 18, 2015

In 2003, the north-eastern power grid collapsed due to a fuel shortage.  Power was out for up to a week in multiple states and part of Canada, with an estimated 45 million Americans and 10 million Canadians left without electric lights and heat. Fortunately, that event has caused many revisions in how our electrical grid […]

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Lights and Electrical Timers

on December 11, 2015

One of the greatest uses for lights arrives every year around Christmas: decorative lights!  But even Christmas lights shouldn’t be lit at all times.  Constantly running your lights can become a huge drain on your utility bill during the already expensive winter months.  At the same time, you should never leave your light display running […]

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Christmas Light Safety Guide

on December 4, 2015

Sometimes it feels like we’re just sprinting from one holiday season to the next.  With the change in season comes the change in housing décor.  Even if you don’t decorate for the rest of the year, Christmas lights are broken out in the winter by almost everyone.  Unfortunately, string lights and decorating for Christmas are […]

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Stay Safe Without Power

on November 24, 2015

We’re in the middle of a power outage and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  The high winds of last week have damaged many major high-power lines and entire city blocks have been left without electricity. Unfortunately, this will take utility companies quite a while to fix (estimates are currently set at Wednesday afternoon). While […]

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Circuit Breaker or Fuse Box?

on November 19, 2015

It used to be that all houses, buildings, and electrical equipment were protected by a fuse box. Many systems still are (your car, for example, uses a fuse box for its own electrical system).   As an electrical protection device, fuses are efficient and simple tools but as technology has advanced, so has our security […]