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While many people think surge protectors are the same thing as power strips, they are quite different. A surge protector is more than just a fancy extension cord — it plays an important role in electronic device maintenance, such as protecting your laptop, home computer,...

  Whether replacing faulty wiring or updating old wiring, rewiring projects could seem scary. Here are a few tips to help with the process. Always use safety precautions and remember it’s best to consult with a certified experienced technician. Appropriate tools and clothing Tools with rubber-insulated handles...

Spring will be here soon, and with it comes new projects to work on around the house and in the garden, but before you get too busy, now is the time to plan and prep for the upcoming season. Here are some tips that will...

With temperatures as low as they’ve been, homeowners will be cranking up the heat. To keep your energy bill from skyrocketing during these winter months, your heating unit needs to be well maintained. Here are a few tips to ensure your system is working properly and...

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...