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
Maybe you already live in an older house. Perhaps you’re planning to move into one.
While dance crazes and must-have gadgets come and go, the classic appeal of a well-maintained older home never seems to go out of style.
One of the most important ways to keep your old house going strong is to keep the electrical wiring in good condition. Continue reading
Have you got a building, remodeling, or home improvement project coming up that includes electrical work? If so, listen up!
While your attention may be focused on important things like aesthetics and efficiency, you also need to put safety at the top of your priority list. Continue reading
“Rolling blackout” is a term you’ve likely heard on the news from time to time. You may know that it has something to do with a loss of electricity.
However, you may not know exactly what a rolling blackout is, what causes them, what to do if you experience one, and perhaps most importantly, how to reduce the likelihood of one occurring. Continue reading
Just a quick look around is a reminder of all the ways electricity helps us. It lights our buildings, charges our phones, and keeps us in touch.
But electricity is also is a powerful force that can be extremely dangerous. Electrical hazards frequently cause accidents that lead to property damage, injuries, and even death. Continue reading