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Keeping Your Home Electrical Up to Code

Whether home or business, all buildings have electrical code requirements they’re supposed to meet in order to keep people safe. But what are those specific code requirements? No matter where you live in the United States, most states follow the National Electrical Code. However, you need to pay to get access to the actual codes. So here’s a free, basic …

12 Must Have Items for an Emergency Power Out

Power outages can happen without warning, and while they don’t typically last more than a few hours, you never know how long it could take to get the lights back on. It’s a good idea to be prepared with a lights-out box (or “blackout kit”). It doesn’t cost much to stock, and it doesn’t take more than a few minutes …

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Light Dimmers: Install to Save Energy & Money

We’ve shared on this blog about various types of lighting for different areas in your home or office, and to add to that discussion, today’s topic is focused on light switch dimmers. They can help change the atmosphere of any space, but are they worth it? Can they really save money and energy? How easy are they to install if …

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Teaching Children Electrical Safety

According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), every day there are “nearly 7 children…treated in hospital emergency rooms for electrical shock or burn injuries caused by tampering with a wall outlet” Electrical safety may seem like common sense to most adults, but sometimes when it comes to teaching our young children or students about the dangers of electricity, we don’t …

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How to Install GFCI Outlets in Your Home

In almost every house today, you’ll find a ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI. These outlets are typically near water sources (kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, outdoors) and are designed to “trip” or turn off the power at that outlet when it detects a short circuit of some kind, often caused by water but not always. Electric flow happens when the …

10 Holiday Decorating Electrical Safety Tips

Decorating is one of the best parts about the holidays! Many Christmastime décor items require electricity or batteries, so it’s important to brush up on safety concerns before accidentally pulling a Clark Griswold this season. 1. Check Lights First. Unravel your string lights and plug-in decorations. Plug them in and look for burned out lights, frayed wires, and broken bulbs. …

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10 Ways to Save on Your Electricity Bill This Winter

There are plenty of ways to prepare your home’s electricity for the winter months, but there are also plenty of ways to save money on your electric bill this winter as well! Here are just a few tips on cutting costs this season while still staying warm and cozy. Accessorize! One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to stay …

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How to Replace a Fluorescent Light Ballast (In 6 Easy Steps!)

Often, we replace our fluorescent lights when they begin to flicker or flat out don’t work. But sometimes, it’s actually the fluorescent light ballast that needs to be replaced and not the lightbulb itself. What’s a ballast? According to the Lighting Research Center, a ballast “regulates the current to the lamps and provides sufficient voltage to start the lamps,” ultimately …

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7 Fast Ways to Make Your Home’s Electricity Cold Weather-Ready

Brrrr! There’s a chill in the air here in Southern Idaho, and that means fall and winter are upon us. For homeowners, this time of year typically means winterizing their abodes. Blowing out sprinklers, performing roof checks, and making sure the home is still well-insulated all come to the mind of most homeowners, but what may not be is winterizing …

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6 Ways to Tell if You Need to Rewire Your House

Just like anything else in your home, your electrical wiring will need maintenance at some point, as the wires will experience general wear and tear just like any other appliance or system in your home. How do you know if it’s time to rewire your home? If you notice any of the following signs, it may be time to think …