We all know that power outages can happen any time of year.
They may be caused by bad weather, traffic accidents, animals, and a host of other problems that crop up somewhere between the utility company and your property.
That’s what makes a generator such a smart investment for your home or business — it lets you keep using at least some electricity in the event of a power outage.
But with so many manufacturers vying for your attention and your dollars, how do you know which generator to buy?
Today let’s look at the two main types of generators: portable and standby. Continue reading
In our last blog post, we talked about the importance of having adequate emergency lighting in case the power goes out at your place of business.
But what about your entire electrical system? Whether it’s a thunderstorm, a downed utility pole, or some other cause, you must be ready to protect the safety of customers and employees in the event of a power outage. It’s also important to keep your most critical equipment functioning. Continue reading
You might have an office building. You might have a sports arena. You might have a restaurant or shopping center.
But what if something goes wrong at your place of business? What if there is a fire? Or what if the power goes out due to a storm or other reason?
People might get scared. They might get confused about what to do or how to get out. They might panic.
All public buildings must have an unobstructed means of egress that lets people easily exit the building in case of emergency. But how can people get out if it’s dark and they can’t see where they’re going? Continue reading
Like everyone else, you want to feel safe in your home. And you want your belongings to still be there when you return from work, school, or vacation.
You may have installed outdoor home security lighting to deter would-be thieves. But is flooding your property with light the best way to protect your home from intruders?
How can you stay safe and energy efficient with residential security lighting? Continue reading
With the coldest months of the year upon us, you’re probably looking for ways to stay warm and comfortable without breaking your energy budget — no matter what old man winter dishes out.
According to one story published this past fall, the U.S. Energy Information Association expects the cost of heating a house to rise this winter.
Here are 7 helpful hints for staying warm without overheating your utility bill. Continue reading
Nothing warms the heart like the soft glow of Christmas lights on a cold December night.
A 2013 survey revealed that 86% of Americans put up holiday decorations every year. Two-thirds use indoor Christmas lights and over half use them outdoors. More than 60% include at least one extension cord.
Sadly, for some families that holiday magic turns into tragedy, as the risk of electric shock and fire also increase when the decorations go up. Continue reading
Once again, it’s the season when high tech toys galore find themselves lighting up the wish lists of boys and girls of all ages.
But if Santa leaves the latest cool gadgets under your tree, how do you protect those electronic gifts from the bah-humbug of a power surge? Continue reading
Children are naturally curious. They are constantly exploring, asking questions, and trying new things as they seek to understand the world around them.
But that inborn curiosity can be dangerous — and even deadly — when it comes to electricity. Electrical accidents contribute to a significant number of deaths, injuries, and property damage every year in the United States. Continue reading
Everyone wants to save energy these days. Whether it’s to protect the environment — or just protect your wallet — residents of all income levels are looking for ways to enjoy lower utility bills.
Here’s a look at where your money goes when you pay your energy bill, and your Power 5 priorities for minimizing your costs. Continue reading
You may be looking for an effective upgrade to a kitchen or bathroom without the expense of a major renovation. Or you may just want to see better while preparing your favorite foods!
Have you thought about under-cabinet lighting? This popular option for bathroom or kitchen lighting has lots of functional and aesthetic benefits, and it’s a major turn-on for potential home buyers. Continue reading