Heater On and Off? Find Out Why.

You’re relaxing in your living room binge watching your favorite show when the furnace clicks on. After just a few seconds, it turns off again. This process repeats itself several times an hour.

Is this just normal furnace behavior? Is it okay to ignore it and keep watching your show? Or should you turn off the tube and call for help? Continue reading

What’s the Best Generator to Buy – Portable or Standby?

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

Understanding Emergency Power Needs for Your Business

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

Does Your Business Have Adequate Emergency Lighting?

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

4 Tips for Smart — and Efficient — Security Lighting

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

7 Ways to Give Home Heating Costs the Cold Shoulder

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

Make the Season Bright by Avoiding Holiday Electrical Hazards

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