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Although fall is just around the corner, it’s still very hot outside. That means our energy costs will still be very high. Last month, Texas declared an energy conservation emergency as temperatures across much of the state approached or exceeded 100 degree. That prompted the Texas...

It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure all electrical equipment and wiring in their properties are code compliant. While in some instances—where the tenant has caused electrical damage—the renter could be held responsible for electrical repairs or replacements, it is usually the landlords’ sole responsibility...

Texas weather can be brutal, especially if you lack any sort of air conditioning in your home. Installing a central air conditioning unit is quite the undertaking and can be expensive; so many homeowners opt for window units or ductless A/C units instead. But do...

As you spend more time outdoors during the summer months, make sure your family avoids outdoor electrical hazards that may present themselves in and around water. Following these guidelines could help your family stay safe while enjoying outdoor activities. Always have a qualified electrician regularly...

As the scorching heat of summer approaches, making sure your HVAC system is working properly will ensure your home stays cool without incurring outrageous energy costs. To help keep your electric bill down, we’ve compiled five HVAC maintenance tips that will get you through the...

Smoke alarms are a key part of keeping your home and family safe. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and could be deadly. Working smoke alarms give you an early warning so you can get to safety quickly. However, while many homes or...

  When trying to understand your home’s electrical system, you may encounter a tangle of colored wires. Here's what those colors mean, and a few things to keep in mind when checking your wiring system. If your home is older or you're having difficulty with your...

  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical fires are the third leading cause of residential fires in the U.S. Certain items like electrical cords under rugs, extension cords pinched behind furniture, overloaded outlets, or phones charging on beds can pose a serious fire...

High winds, lighting and water can be a destructive force to your homes electrical system. April showers bring more than May flowers. Many times the months of April and May bring heavy rains, storms and lighting, causing minor or even severe damage to your home’s electrical system....