Time for an Upgrade? When, Why and How to Rewire Your Kitchen

If your house is more than 40 years old, there’s a good chance your electrical wiring isn’t up to code—and you’re probably feeling the effects of that obsolescence most profoundly in your kitchen. If lights are flickering when you use appliances, the number of outlets isn’t adequate or your breaker is tripping a tad too frequently, it’s likely time to rewire your kitchen. Continue reading

4 Ways to Keep Kitchen Appliance Vampires from Draining the Grid—and Your Wallet

If that summer electric bill has you swooning from sticker shock, it might be time to look at ways to make one of your home’s biggest energy hogs a bit more efficient. 

Yes, we’re talking about the hub for the hungry. The de facto spot for socializing. The epicenter of aromas and appliances. Your kitchen. Continue reading

10 Tips to Save Water at Home

A droplet of water hangs from the end of a faucet.

Whenever you are trying to cut costs, one of the first places you may look at is your utility bill. There are several ways to save on water consumption. On average, Americans use 80-100 gallons of water per day. This number may be staggering, but public use of water makes up only 12.1% of the 322 billion gallons of water used per day in the U.S. We use a lot of water. Using less water is better for your wallet and the environment. Continue reading

Outdoor Christmas Lighting Tips

Nothing says “’tis the season” like a shining display of lights on your home for the holidays. As the season is approaching, you may be ready to show off your spirit with your array of lights. However, there are a few things you need to consider before turning your house into a beacon of holiday cheer. Check out our list of tips below to make sure you keep things merry and bright with your outdoor lighting. Continue reading

Should You Install a Smart Home System?

Smart home systems are growing in popularity by the day. Every time you read or watch the news, tech giants like Amazon, Google or Apple find a new way to integrate electronics into your home. Virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri are becoming smarter and better at answering our questions, making them perfect companions for daily tasks around the house.

The question is: should you install a smart home system?

There are a lot of benefits to installing a smart home system, but there are issues to consider as well. Check out our list of pros and cons to see if a smart home system is right for you. Continue reading

What Questions Should I Ask My Electrician Before I Buy a House?

When you’re buying a new house, there are a lot of questions to ask before making a final decision. The electrical work is incredibly important and can make or break the living experience in your new home. It’s a good idea to request an inspection of the house before you close the deal to make sure there aren’t any outstanding electrical problems. Continue reading

Should I Use CFL or LED Light Bulbs?

A person replaces an incandescent light bulb with an LED light bulb.

A lot of people don’t put much thought into the light bulbs they use to light their house. After all, all that matters is that the lights turn on when you flip the switch, right? Wrong. What if we told you that the type of light bulbs you use could affect your energy usage, utility bills, and even your mood? It’s true. Keep reading to learn if you should use CFL or LED light bulbs to brighten up your space.  Continue reading