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What Is A Circuit Breaker You may not realize it, but circuit breakers are an essential part of making sure your home is up to modern-day safety standards and practices. A circuit breaker cuts power when electrical wiring in a building has too much current flowing through...

Congratulations! Likely you've recently bought a video doorbell like the Ring or Nest! Here are a few differences in the way you can install and integrated these with your home:   Hardwiring Your Video Doorbell One option is to hardwire the video doorbell into your existing wiring. Make sure...

How Do LED Christmas Lights Work? LED lights use light-emitting diodes making  LED lights more efficient, durable and longer-lasting than fluorescent incandescent lights. They don't burn out, like other bulbs; and they also don't get hot to the touch, so they're a lot safer, too.   How Much Money and...

Before you break out the blow up Santa's and strings of lights, you may want to consider that fewer decorations can mean more savings on your electricity bill this holiday season. Here are a few typical decorations and the impacts they can have on your...

Halloween brings out all kinds of ghoulish fun and stories about your delightfully frightful creatures. One of these creatures, in particular, does exist in your home – Vampires. Unlike the myths and legends, the vampires in your home “suck” or use energy, even when not...

Halloween is a great time to celebrate all things spectacularly spooky, but there's nothing scarier than an extremely high energy bill! Keep these tips in mind as you decorate your frightfully delightful door and home: Try Solar Powered Lights Walkway lights are a great way to save...

Voice assistants in your home are the latest and fastest growing trend. But what exactly does this mean for your energy bill? An E-Source article shares just how much energy these devices consume. First, they looked into the power draw of Amazon Echo and Google Home based on...

High electric bills can come as a major shock. Here are five reasons you may be paying more for your electricity: Reason #1: Unplugged or Running Appliances When appliances like TVs or game consoles that don't get turned off properly stay plugged in all day, the can continue...

Garage door openers are simple parts of our day-to-day lives, but a problem with one can be a huge inconvenience. Simple maintenance can help keep your garage door opener working, or alert you to a problem before it arises. When you first get one… familiarize yourself with...