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Home Energy Storage and Battery Systems

Home Energy Storage Systems

on March 25, 2016

You might be asking, “What’s the holdup on clean energy for homes?”  While solar and wind have their issues – wind can’t be black-started (it requires a secondary energy source for initial startup) and solar has a substantial night-time blind spot in generation – they’re both effective and extremely clean systems of energy generation.  So […]

It's time for your annual spring HVAC and air conditioning maintenance

Spring Home Maintenance

on March 18, 2016

Our family here at Mainstream Electric is always looking for a way to better serve our community.  We love being helpful to our customers, friends, and family so we’re proud to add heating and cooling to both our services list and our name.  You may have noticed the name change and additional service listings on […]

Stay Safe during Thunder and Lightning Storms

Lightning Storm Safety

on March 10, 2016

No one who understands the frightening power of lightning in a thunderstorm will argue that lightning isn’t dangerous.  Severe weather advisories are given for a reason, and it’s best to follow your local weather stations advice for severe storms (with or without lightning).  But protecting yourself is one thing, protecting your home, which is exposed […]

How grounding works for your appliances

Staying Grounded

on March 3, 2016

A common question we get asked is about trying to fit 3-prong plugs into home sockets (or extension cords).  Specifically, “Can I just remove the third prong from the plug?” The short answer is yes, but you can also go sky diving without a parachute (once).  The ground post on a 3-prong plug is a […]

How to Set Up Your Network

Wired and Wireless Networks

on February 25, 2016

While not part of your electrical system, computers, tablets, phones, even your entertainment center are now hooked up to the information network of your home.  Most of this is done wirelessly, but for some items, a wired connection using an Ethernet cable is ideal.  Even if you are using a wireless network, the initial setup […]

How to splice a wire

How to Splice a Wire

on February 19, 2016

Presented with an electrical project, whether it’s a home repair or just a simple bit of DIY electronics work, you’ll eventually need to join two wires together.  While you could simply remove both wires and run a brand new wire to both points, you’d be wasting extra wire and may find yourself needing to re-run […]

how does power generation work

Where Does Power Come From?

on February 12, 2016

Where does power come from?  Unless you have solar panels on your roof or a generator in your yard, all power in your home comes from a large-scale power planet from outside of your home city.  Whether your electricity is generated by wind, water, sunlight, or heat, it’s all generated by motion.  But how is […]

Why isn't my dimmer switch working?

The Problem with Dimmers

on February 4, 2016

They help save money, reduce energy use, and give customizable light levels for any room in your home, but dimmers seem to be the finickiest and most failure prone control in the home.  How can something that is basically a glorified light switch be so difficult to install or upgrade without problems?  Don’t worry, there’s […]

What is Electric Current?

What Is Electric Current?

on January 29, 2016

Your breakers are rated by amps, your lightbulbs are listed in watts, but everything that plugs into the wall has to be 120 volts.  What’s the difference?  Why are all of these things listed with different units when they all use electricity?  Today, let’s try to unpack what these are to give you a better […]

Home automation made easy

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 […]