15 Apr

GFCI’s Save Lives!

Have you ever experienced an electric shock? If you did, the shock probably happened because your hand or some other  part of your body contacted a source of electrical current and your body provided a path for the electrical current to go to the ground, so that you received a shock. An unintentional electric path between a source of current and a grounded surface is referred to as a "ground-fault." Ground ...

04 Apr

Electrical safety tips can make your summer safer

This article from ISHN has some great summer electrical safety tips for the summer! Whether you’re going to be relaxing by the pool or enjoying trips on your boat this summer, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has some vital safety tips to ensure that an electrical hazard doesn’t interrupt your fun in the sun.  Pool and Spa Safety Tips All outdoor receptacles should be covered to keep them dry. This ...

20 Mar

10 Energy Saving Tips for Spring

Spring is HERE! With the start of a new season comes a fresh opportunity to find ways to save energy and money. Here are just a few simple things you can do to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home as warmer temperatures arrive: 1. Service your air conditioner. Easy maintenance such as routinely replacing or cleaning air filters can lower your cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 15 ...

15 Mar

Electrical Safety Education

If you are a do-it-yourself type, you are probably familiar with the steps involved in taking on a home project. One piece that many newbies may not take into account is what effect their projects may have on their home's electrical system. Picture it: drilling into a wall and BOOM! You've taken out an important piece of wiring, possibly starting a fire or causing you injury. Do you know where to turn for electrical safety education? Electrical Safety ...

01 Mar

Electrical Load: Overburdened and Underpowered

What's Your Home's Electrical Load?   What happens when we add extra lighting for holiday lights, outdoor lighting, and even small appliances such as space heaters? All of these things add up to increase the electrical load on your home. Can your panel box, wiring, and circuits handle it? What is 'Electrical Load?'

20 Feb

Hire An Electrician or Do It Yourself?

There are certain electrical repair jobs you can do yourself.  Then there are some that really call for a professional. Hiring an electrician can end up saving you money in the long run if a do-it-yourself project gets you in over your head. Let's sort out the DIY projects from the more complicated, "This calls for an electrician!" jobs.  DIY or Hire An Electrician?

03 Feb

DIY Electrical Projects For Kids

Do you have kids? If so "I'm BORED!" is probably a commonly heard complaint in your house! And most likely pulling out your hair trying to come up with things to keep them occupied not working for you? Look no more! I've rounded up some sites and ideas so you can get a few small, fun, educational and kid-friendly DIY electrical projects going so they can start learning about electricity. Read on! DIY Electrical Projects ...

15 Jan

How To Install A Dryer Cord

The first step of installing a dryer cord is to uncover the electrical connection box. This is located in the back of the machine. Look for a cover plate with a 3/4" hole next to it. This hole is where the cord will be inserted to make the connection. Take out your toolbox and get out your nut driver set. You will need a nut driver to remove the screw ...

05 Jan

Is Your Electrical Panel A Fire Hazard?

Do you have a Federal Pacific or Zinsco electrical panel in your home? If you do, you should consider replacing it as soon as you can as they are fire hazards. Consider the following information taken directly from official reports... Federal Pacific Electric "Stab-Lok" service panels and breakers are a latent hazard and FPE circuit breakers can fail to trip in response to overcurrent, leading to electrical fires. The breakers may also ...