Does Your Home Have the Safest Child Proof Outlet Covers?

Stay away from power lines. Don’t go swimming during a thunderstorm. And don’t use electrical appliances in the bathtub.

These are just a few of the electrical safety rules we should be teaching our kids.

But what about very young children who don’t yet comprehend why electricity can be dangerous?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded 5,500 emergency room visits in the United States in 2015 that were caused by electrical outlets. Children were more likely to be injured compared with share of population.

  • Kids under 5 make up 6% of US population but accounted for 27% of those injured.
  • Kids 5-17 comprised 29% of those injured by electrical outlets, double their share of the population.

Some parents install plastic outlet covers hoping to keep curious little fingers out of harm’s way. But are you using the right ones? Let’s talk about some of the drawbacks of traditional plastic covers and the advantages of more recent tamper resistant receptacles, or TRRs. Continue reading

Lower Your Heating Cost this Winter in 3 Easy Steps

Consumer Reports has warned that the average electric bill could go up as much as 20% this winter.

With the NOAA predicting colder temperatures and the cost of heating fuel on the rise, how can you stay warm and save on energy bills?

Here are three simple tips to keep Old Man Winter from taking too big a bite out of your energy budget. Continue reading

Five Tips for Rewiring an Old House

If you enjoy living in an old house and using 21st Century technology, you’ve got to make sure that old house wiring can handle the load.

Rewiring a house can have many benefits.

  • It enables your home electrical system to handle heating and cooling, doing the laundry, cooking on the stove and staying connected on all those high tech gadgets.
  • It boosts the energy efficiency of your system — which is great for your budget and the environment.
  • It makes your home safer by reducing the risk of electric shock and fire.

Keep reading for five tips on successfully rewiring your house. Continue reading

Why Electrical Maintenance Is a Good Investment for Your Business

As a business manager, you know the importance of a good maintenance program.

It’s what keeps your place of business looking its best while creating a safe and comfortable environment for employees and customers.

You may already invest plenty of time, money and attention maintaining everything from your IT equipment, to your heating and cooling, to your floors.

But have you thought about your electrical system?

Today we’ll take a look at the benefits of regular electrical maintenance and some helpful hints for implementing preventive maintenance for your own electrical equipment. Continue reading

Electrical Wire Color Code: Your Guide to Decoding Colored Wires

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when doing electrical work. Opening the panel to see dozens upon dozens of wires, all different colors, can feel like a recipe for disaster. Not knowing the meaning of each specific color can mean the difference between getting a shock and safely performing your home maintenance. Follow this guide to better understand the electrical wire color code and keep yourself safe. Continue reading

Enjoy Perfect Patio Lighting with These 5 Easy Tips

Who says all the fun has to go indoors after the sun goes down?

With the right patio lighting design, you’ve got the perfect setting for inviting guests over for an after-hours social, or some quiet time outside before turning in for the night.

The best news is that there are patio lighting options for almost any taste and budget.

If you’re thinking of installing or updating your own patio lights, take a look at these 5 easy tips while shopping around to get the most for your money. Continue reading

How Can Your Business Benefit from Commercial Lighting Design?

Commercial lighting design has more of an impact on your business than you may know. Would you want to go into a restaurant that’s practically in the dark, or go into a hardware store whose sign has been flickering on and off for the past few months? The way your business is lit plays a major role in how people perceive your business. Read our industrial lighting tips to find out how to utilize lighting in a way that is both functional and appealing for your business. Continue reading

Do You Have the Right Commercial Electrical Wiring for Your Business?

In the day-to-day routine of managing your business, electricity may not exactly be at the top of your to-do list.

But whether you’re launching a startup or helping an established firm navigate the ups and downs of today’s business climate, having the right electrical system, with the capacity for handling your organization’s requirements, is one of the foundational building blocks for your success.

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Lower Your Electric Bill This Summer with These Tips!

The kids are out of school, the sun is out, and the temperatures are about to be scorching. We all know what this means: it’s almost summer. While summer does come with great weather, that heat can take a toll on your utility bill. If you’re looking to save some money while keeping cool, look no further and follow this guide to cut down on your summer utility costs. Continue reading

Brighten Things Up with Garden Lights for Outdoor Lighting Needs

The days are getting longer and the temperatures are inching up.

Pretty soon we’ll be spending more time outdoors entertaining guests and having fun with the family — even after the sun finally drops below the horizon.

It’s a great time to start thinking about garden lights to create an inviting mood and illuminate the occasion. Perhaps the best news of all is the wide variety of styles available to fit every budget. Continue reading