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How to Troubleshoot an Unusually High Electric Bill

Although everyone expects electric bill costs to rise as the temperature falls, sometimes homeowners are surprised by a large electric bill. In some cases, the rise in cost is a result of an increasing price per kWh (kilowatt-hour). Energy prices do rise pretty regularly. However, homeowners should note if the number of kWh in the

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Posted On Mar 28, 2017

Want to go Off-Grid? Three Reasons Not to Cut the Cord

With the advent of tiny homes and portable solar arrays, more people are opting to go “off-grid.” In many cases, these people have no ties to the grid. The entire energy source for their home is the solar array mounted on the roof. For some people, an off the grid system meets a personal desire

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Posted On Mar 24, 2017

Is your House giving Hints that it’s Time for an Electrical Wiring Upgrade?

When your clothes dryer starts to deteriorate, it’s pretty obvious. Your clothes are not dried properly or the mechanism stops spinning. However, when your home wiring begins to deteriorate, it’s not immediately obvious. The wiring is hidden behind the walls for safety and convenience. It’s not easy to inspect or troubleshoot. Instead, homeowners can keep

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Posted On Mar 22, 2017

3 Reasons to Install New Outlets

Homes built in the 1950’s and earlier didn’t account for how many electrical devices homeowners now regularly use. In older homes, it’s commonplace to see extension cords and additional surge protectors in every room. While these devices are a good temporary fix, extensions cords are not intended for permanent use. To add to the convenience

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Posted On Mar 20, 2017

Upgrade your Rooms with Dramatic but Functional Lighting

Although many homeowners get by with overheard ambient lighting only, the American Lighting Association recommends the installation of three different types of lighting. Properly lighting a home becomes more important as homeowners grow older. A 60-year old requires twice as much light as a 30-year old, according to the American Lighting Association. To maximize the

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Posted On Mar 18, 2017

Financing your Conversion to Solar Power

Nearly one year ago, the cumulative number of U.S. solar installations broke one million, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Solar is accounting for a large portion of new electricity generating technology. 64% of new energy generating capacity in the first quarter of 2016 was solar energy. Many homeowners are adopting this rapidly growing

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Posted On Mar 15, 2017

How Fixed Charges Impact your Electric Bill

When you look at your electric bill, you expect to see lower costs associated with lower electricity usage. Unfortunately, this expectation is not always true. The bills should show two costs: the fixed cost associated delivering electricity and a cost per kilowatt. As homeowners and business owners upgrade to high efficiency light bulbs and better

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Posted On Mar 13, 2017

Electrifying a New Laundry Room

One home improvement that can increase the value of a home is a separate laundry room. Many potential home buyers have listed a separate laundry room as “must-have.” If your washer and dryer are currently located in a dingy basement, it may also be more convenient to relocate the appliances. Other than the cost of

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Posted On Mar 10, 2017

Repair Cracked Outlet Cover Plates

Did you know that those thin plastic outlet cover plates are actually a safety device? When the cover plates are broken or removed, some wires are exposed. Even though plugging in a device is typically 100% safe, exposed wires can pose a danger. Cover plates hide these wires so that you can’t accidentally touch them.

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Posted On Mar 08, 2017

How to Design Practical Room Lighting

It can be exciting to update a room with new lighting fixtures and electrical outlets. There are a variety of options, including recessed lighting and floor lighting. Plus, updating an older home allows you to put electrical outlets where you’ll use them. A lighting and electrical system update can make a room feel more modern

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Posted On Mar 06, 2017