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Decorations and holidays go hand in hand, but do you know how to decorate safely? Here are a few tips to prevent a decorating disaster this holiday season:
A dark house may seem frightening to some, but to criminals and burglars it can be inviting. With the holidays approaching, here are four ways outdoor lighting can improve your home security:
San Antonio, TX (October 25, 2017) Keeping your appliances and electronics safe during a storm is important, but do you really know how surge protectors work?
San Antonio, TX (October 9, 2017) We look for expiration dates on food, coupons, and more, but we may forget to check those on important electrical and safety devices around and inside our homes.

The recent floods in Louisiana caused 13 deaths and millions of dollars in damage. Some homes were submerged to their roofs, while others received just a few inches of water. Now that cleanup and repairs are underway, homeowners are evaluating what can be salvaged and...

You’ve probably heard that it’s important to unplug your cell phone charger when your phone isn’t connected, because the charger will continue to drain power. While this is true, cell phone chargers generally draw a tiny amount of power on their own -- you probably...

Whether or not you’re familiar with the term “energy disaggregation”, you’re likely to start hearing it more and more. That’s because technology companies have been working diligently to fine-tune this new tech, and one has just reached a significant benchmark that suggests it could be...

Most homeowners don’t put too much thought into how they use their major kitchen appliances on a day-to-day basis. The appliances feel familiar, and some basic safety precautions are probably built into most daily routines. But as the saying goes, you should always put safety...

Even if your home was built to last, it could be that the wiring hidden within your walls is in need of an upgrade. This is especially true if you know your home’s wiring to be more than 50 years old, or if you’ve recently...