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Cleaning Tips to Prepare for the School Year

on August 18, 2017

Back to school season is officially in full swing and that means teachers all over the country are preparing their classrooms for the buzz of activity from students of all ages. Soon, your classrooms are going to show major evidence of all the fun and learning that will happen – the whiteboard with phantom markings […]

How to Keep Your Pets Cool This Summer

on August 4, 2017

Although autumn is approaching with back-to-school season, it’s still pretty warm outside and the summer season hasn’t left us yet. With temperatures continuing to soar this month, we are all struggling to find ways to adapt to the heat. But, while we can adapt the heat by wearing lighter clothing, we need to be aware […]

The Best July 4th Events for Spokane and Coeur d’Alene

on June 30, 2017

The long weekend for July 4th is just ahead of us and, while we’ll still be on standby to answer your emergency call, we’re looking forward to the celebrations that run all day throughout Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.  Fireworks, the highlight of any Independence Day celebration of course, are always an amazing sight, especially when […]

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 […]