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Monday, August 24, 2020

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How to Deal with PG&E Cutoffs

It's not new news about the horrible fires that are currently ravaging parts of California. As those fires unfortunately spread, certain precautions must be made to make sure there isn't more damage done that can be avoided. For PG&E (a unit of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.), public safety is taken very seriously, and many shutoffs need to happen to protect the public during times of disaster (i.e., the notorious Camp Fire). This precautionary measure is going to affect millions of Californians across 34 counties, leaving them without power from hours to days. How does one deal with these cutoffs from PG&E? The following will help those who understand what to do before a scheduled cutoff of power takes place and what to expect during.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

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Is UV Light Safe for Killing Viruses and Germs

Is UV Light Safe for Killing Viruses and Germs

With the threat of Covid-19 still lingering in the air and affecting every aspect of our lives, we are left wondering how we can effectively and safely disinfect our surroundings to help protect ourselves from the virus. 

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Monday, April 20, 2020

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How to Sanitize High Touchpoints in Your Home?

How to Sanitize High Touchpoints in Your Home?

Unless you've just woken up from a two-month-long coma, your life has been sent into chaos because of the coronavirus. Washing our hands and disinfecting surfaces that could be contaminated has become a vital way to fight against this unseen enemy. Hand sanitizer, essential cleaning products, and for some reason, toilet paper are luxuries that not everyone can obtain. Now we are left scratching our heads on how to protect ourselves and our homes.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

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How to Deal With PG&E Electric Cutoffs?

How to Deal With PG&E Electric Cutoffs?

It's not new news about the horrible fires that are currently ravaging parts of California. As those fires unfortunately spread, certain precautions must be made to make sure there isn't more damage done that can be avoided. For PG&E (a unit of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.), public safety is taken very seriously, and many shutoffs need to happen to protect the public during times of disaster (i.e., the notorious Camp Fire). This precautionary measure is going to affect millions of Californians across 34 counties, leaving them without power from hours to days. How does one deal with these cutoffs from PG&E? The following will help those who understand what to do before a scheduled cutoff of power takes place and what to expect during.

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Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 13 seconds

Friday, May 31, 2019

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3 Energy Savings Tip for the Bay Area

3 Energy Savings Tip for the Bay Area

Summer is creeping up, and so are the hotter months of the year! The Bay area is no stranger to hot summer days and this year will be no different with temperatures predicting to be just a bit warmer than last summer. It's super tempting to stay indoors with the a/c on full blast to escape the heat but think of the power bill the following month! Fortunately, there are a few ways to save energy (and a little bit of money, too) on the west coast this summer and you'll find some of the best tips here!

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Monday, April 29, 2019

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The Benefits of a Whole Home Surge Protection System.

There's nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of cooking dinner or enjoying a new episode of your favorite show on tv then dealing with an unexpected power outage. Surge protectors are a lifesaver, so why not have your home installed with a whole home surge protection system?

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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What do do in case of an electrical fire.

What do do in case of an electrical fire.

As we weather through Winter, the chances get higher than your home could experience an electrical emergency. With extra electrical needs pulled from things like holiday lighting, the extended use of the light inside your home with daylight savings time, and increased heating use, the stress on your electrical system raises when the temperature drops.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Are LED outlet covers really a thing?

Are LED outlet covers really a thing?

There was a time when outlet covers were just flat pieces of plastic used to hid the metal housing and wiring to your outlets. Sometimes you could even find some stylish wooden covers or maybe even one with your favorite sports team's logo on it.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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How does a GFCI work and why do I need them?

How does a GFCI work and why do I need them?

One of the most deadly electricity-related dangers is those that occur by electric shock - primarily by a shock from a ground fault. When electricity escapes the usual confines of the wiring of an electrically powered appliance, power tools, or even light fixtures, the electricity takes a shortcut to the ground the result is what's called a ground fault.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

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DIY Electrical Work: Just Don't

DIY Electrical Work: Just Don't

The fact is, the biggest danger of DIY Electrical work is the simple fact that electricity is deadly and when not handled properly, the consequences are irreversible. 

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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How to train your thermostat to work for you

Wi-Fi thermostats are an exciting evolution of heating and cooling control for your home or office. This state of the art technology builds upon the basic options of temperature control, scheduling and digital interfaces that existing programmable thermostats include, but with a much wider variety of added features.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Teaching Children About Electrical Safety

Teaching Children About Electrical Safety

Kids are naturally curious and have a strong desire to explore the world around them. When it comes to electricity, however, seemingly innocent exploration can lead to highly dangerous consequences. While it’s important to teach children to respect electricity, it is also important for them to learn how to handle electrical situations responsibly. 

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Household Tips

Important Clues it's Time to Update your Electrical Outlets

Important Clues it's Time to Update your Electrical Outlets

An important part of keeping your home maintained and safe is knowing what to look for when it comes to updating your electrical outlets. Since 2008, National Electrical Code requires that new and renovated dwellings have tamper-resistant receptacles, or TRRs. Designed to prevent children from inserting objects into outlets, TRRs have spring-loaded shutters that close off the receptacles’ contact openings (slots). When a plug is inserted straight into the receptacle, both springs are compressed and the shutters open. But, if someone attempts to insert an object into only one opening, the shutters do not open and there is no contact with electricity. source

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Household Tips

What you should know about Appliance Timers

What you should know about Appliance Timers

In our homes today, appliance timers are proving useful for saving power by automatically turning off and on appliances when we need them. We use the timers to control anything from lighting, sprinklers, water heaters and coffee makers.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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Early Warning Signs of Electrical Wiring Problems

Early Warning Signs of Electrical Wiring Problems

As a homeowner or renter, keeping a close eye on what your electrical system is telling you is crucial to the safety of your home and family. Several internal issues could be lurking in your home that require immediate attention and if they are continually ignored, serious problems could occur.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Household Tips

LED Outlet Covers

There was a time that outlet covers were just boring pieces of plastic that hid the metal housing and wiring of your outlets. Sometimes you could even find some ornate wooden covers or maybe even one with your favorite sports team’s logo emblazoned on it.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

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5 Common Electrical Hazards In Your Home

5 Common Electrical Hazards In Your Home

You have a lurking danger in your home, something you may not even think about. Almost everything in your home runs off of electricity, from your cell phone charger to your refrigerator. Without these items, how would you live your everyday life? Electricity is a blessing in the modern day home, however, it's also a large hazard if you're home isn't properly protected! Some of the most common hazards are also some of the most easily prevented!

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