Welcome to the Mister Sparky Tips & Tricks Blog! Look around to read our latest posts or delve into our archives for great ideas on maximizing your home’s energy efficiency, upgrading your electrical wiring, selecting new appliances or keeping your home safe. Whether you’re buying or building a new home, preparing for renovations, or just trying to keep on top of your own home maintenance, you’ll find interesting topics and helpful tips right here. 

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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...

During a hurricane, failing to take the proper safety steps can be dangerous or even fatal. Learn how to prepare and manage your electricity during a hurricane to protect your home and family. Before the Storm In a recent blog, we discussed choosing a generator. A generator...

During the hurricane season, it is important to have a generator on hand. Strong winds and rain are notorious for cutting off the power during a heavy storm, but generators can help to restore your home. Whatever your needs are, it is important to choose...

Energy efficiency is an important feat to helping you save on your electric bills. However, could a common mistake be the reasoning for a higher bill at the end of the month? Here's how not letting your food cool down before sticking it in the...

USB Combo outlets are the new craze for tech savvy homeowners. Every device usually comes with a different bulky adapter and USB wire, making it even more difficult to figure out where to plug in our dying devices.   What is it? You may be asking yourself, “What...

We've discussed the types of different smoke detectors and how they work in one of our past blogs, now it's time to learn how to care for and clean your smoke detector. Maintaining your smoke detector is important for it to function properly and keep your home...

Light switches aren’t something most people pay attention to in their homes. While long-lasting and low-maintenance, time and wear take a toll on these everyday appliances. Here are the telltale signs its time to think about replacing your light switch:   Signs to Look For If you notice...

Two of the most important and reliable electrical devices in your home that keep you safe are also very simple in design. How exactly do these work? Smoke detectors Smoke detectors can be one of two types – either ionization or photoelectric detectors. Ionization detectors use a trace amount...

Even little changes to your house and lifestyle can make a big impact on your energy bill! Here are four ways to make your home more green this spring: Use smaller kitchen appliances when possible While traditional ovens and stoves are great for cooking big meals, they...