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Electrical Safety Tips for Your Halloween Decorations

on October 6, 2017

Halloween haunts usually mean strings of decorative lights, fog machines, strobe and black lights, animatronics, electrically powered decorations and the list goes on. These things all add to the ambience of your haunt, but they also create the added dangers of fire, electrocution and other nasty and potentially disastrous accidents. It is very important that […]

DIY Home Maintenance Tips for the Fall

on September 29, 2017

Each season your home goes through changes in temperatures, weather conditions, aging, and of course human abuse! In order to keep all your components of your home running smoothly, and to avoid costly repairs later, it’s helpful to conduct seasonal maintenance actions each season.  Since it is starting to cool down this week, this is […]

Fun DIY Outdoor Lighting

on September 22, 2017

Cooler weather makes it more appealing to be outside after the sun goes down, and do-it-yourself lighting projects can add a distinctive flair to outdoor gatherings. Mainstream Electric has ways to power your tomorrow and help make your backyard the place to be on autumn evenings with these great DIY backyard lighting ideas. One of […]

Accent Lighting for Your Home

on September 15, 2017

When you assess the lighting in your home, you should be able to pick out several layers of illumination. General lighting is typically centered on the ceiling, casting a bright light around the room. Task lighting, such as desk lamps, under-cabinet lights and reading lamps, are designed to help you get things done. Finally, accent […]

Early Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Home

on September 1, 2017

It’s helpful to start prepping your home for fall before it actually arrives. Late summer is the ideal time to begin preparing for autumn and the rough weather to come. Use the following tips to get your home’s interior and exterior in tip-top shape for the cold season. Interior Home Safety Before you close up […]

How Much Money Can You Save by Turning Off the Lights?

on August 25, 2017

Some people have a bad habit of leaving the lights on when they exit a room. Some even forget to shut off the lights before they leave the house. Is this a big deal? Find out much energy lights really use. How Much Does It Cost to Leave the Lights On? Not all light bulbs […]

Ways to Budget for an Emergency

on August 11, 2017

Would you believe that 66 percent of American families have less than five months’ worth of income saved for an emergency? And a whopping 28 percent have no emergency savings at all, according to a 2012 survey by Bankrate.com. Emergencies happen all the time, unfortunately. When it comes to emergency repairs and replacements with home […]

How to Handle High Summer Temperatures

on July 14, 2017

While Washington and Idaho aren’t known for searing-hot temperatures, our summers can get pretty warm (especially when you’re used to or favor the cold).  With temperatures peaking in the mid to high 90s over the next few weeks, it’s important to consider just how warm it’s going to be outside when you make plans. Air […]

Mainstream’s Tips for Better Outdoor Grilling

on June 16, 2017

It’s summer, and with July 4th just a couple of weeks away (and Father’s Day even sooner) what’s better than an outdoor barbecue with friends and family (or maybe just friends).  It’s likely that you either own a grill or know someone who does.  But if you’ve recently upgraded from a charcoal grill to a […]

Water Heaters – Ownership Do’s and Don’ts

on June 9, 2017

Hot water is essential to daily life.  While we mostly use it for cleaning, it’s such an essential part of life that when the hot water runs out, our plans for the day screech to a halt.  When your hot water tank is on the fritz showers are uncomfortable and it takes more energy for […]

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