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Season’s Greetings from Mainstream Electric

on December 2, 2016

Halloween and Thanksgiving are behind us and the Christmas season is ahead.  Lights, cold weather, good food, and family togetherness will abound this year, and everyone here at Mainstream feels the same way.  That’s why this year we thought we’d help out with some fun food and activities.  We know that the holidays are stressful […]

How to Become an Electrician

on November 11, 2016

It’s an interesting factor of our society that everyone goes to a four-year university or college.  In fact, the pursuit of office jobs has been so strong that many of those fields are being over-saturated with college graduates and are now requiring graduate degrees for the same work instead.  There’s nothing wrong with pursuing your […]

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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 […]

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What Is A GFCI?

on November 13, 2015

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) have one very simple job, keeping you and your home safe from a ground fault. You’ll find them attached to outlets near sinks or anyplace with a nearby open water source.  They’re also located on high demand devices such as hair dryers and space heaters.  Garages and outdoor outlets have them as well.  But what’s a […]