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

Electrical Safety for Kids

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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

Four Shopping Tips for Under-Cabinet Lighting Solutions

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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

How Much Would It Cost to Rewire My House?

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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

What Exactly Are Rolling Blackouts?

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“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