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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...

In the past few years, LEDs have become the go-to for energy efficient light bulbs and can help you save money on your energy bill. Here are a few things to think about before installing LEDs in your home or business: Think About Disposal Depending on what...

It seems like new appliances are emerging every day, but which ones are worth the money you’re spending? Here are seven appliances that can not only make your life easier but also help you save: Nest Thermostat  We all know the feeling of not wanting to get...

Did you know that spending less and saving more is one of the top 15 most popular New Year’s Resolutions, according to Reader’s Digest? Here’s how running an energy audit on your home can help you meet this resolution in 2018: Room-by-Room Recommendations Energy audits are performed...

With the new year in play, we know that you will be planning to upgrade and work on a few new projects around the house this year. Don’t overlook the importance of upgrading your electrical wiring system or hold off another year! With a new year...

These days, it seems as though technology is advancing almost too quickly to keep up with. Upgrading to the latest phone, computer, or other devices can be fun and improve performance, but having the latest and greatest doesn’t have to mean wasting the products you have. Here are a few ways to recycle your old electronics that will ensure they continue to get put to good use once you’ve upgraded:
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: