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Top Electricity Tips for the Outdoors

Electricity. We use it every day. Most people would say that they have enough knowledge of electricity to keep themselves safe. However, hundreds of people die, thousands of people suffer injuries, and millions of dollars of property damage is caused due...

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How Much Do LED Lights Save?

LED lights are becoming an increasingly popular option for replacing everyday household light bulbs in the home. LED light bulbs can be used for a variety of appliances including lamps, ceiling light fixtures, and floodlights. Here is everything you need...

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When Should I Replace My Outlets?

Are you dealing with beatdown or discolored outlets in your home? Do your outlets absolutely refuse to keep your plugs in place? Are these even things that you think twice about? There are both visual and functional clues to help indicate that it’s time to...

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Are Home Electrical Inspections Worth It?

Your home is one of the biggest and most important purchases you will ever make in your life and that is why it is important to make sure that it is safe for you and your family to live in. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA),...

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How to Lower Your Electric Bill

Most people would say that their monthly electric bill is just too high. Whether your intention is to save money, decrease your carbon footprint, or both, there are plenty of simple ways to lower your energy consumption every month that will also help you...

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Common Home Electrical Problems

When it comes to using electronics in your home, you should always do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of everyone in your household. There are many signs involving your electronics and appliances that can indicate that you have an electrical problem in your...

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What Is a Power Surge?

It's raining really hard outside and you've been looking forward to settling down and binge-watching your favorite television show. You're at the end of an episode where you're just about to find out who the killer is when the power suddenly goes out. The...

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Dangers of Electric Space Heaters

Are you thinking about purchasing an electric space heater for your home? Electric space heaters are popular common household items for a variety of reasons. They’re portable, they’re cost-effective, they’re energy efficient, and they’re the perfect way to...

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What is Dirty Power?

So what is Dirty power?   You've probably heard the term "dirty power". It can cause strange occurrences, or sudden failures, in appliances and electronics around your home or business. The definition of dirty power varies from region, but here it refers to...

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Electrical Wiring 101

Homeowner basics & Need-To-Knows There are plenty of new homeowners that know very little about how their home is wired. As long as everything is working, there is no need, right? Some people think they don't need to know the basics, but we can explain why it's...

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SkyVue Apartments Grand Opening Coming Soon!

Just-In-Time For The Fall Semester Cooperating with Wolverine Building Group, United Electrical Contractors completed the electrical construction for SkyVue apartments on time and within budget and is finally set to open very soon! The grand opening is scheduled for...

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ABC Has Awarded Us Platinum Safety Status!

We have been awarded PLATINUM status for safety from ABC. The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. conducts an evaluation of the safety training for companies of any size. The Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP), is a tool used for benchmarking and...

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Get To Know Your Electric Dryer

Why do electric dryers use different outlets? Electric dryers draw tons of current. In fact, it needs twice the voltage to operate than standard outlets, at 240V to be exact, therefore you will notice it uses a different outlet. This prevents using appliances on...

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Is a generator right for your home?

Emergency Power Whether you need 24/7 electrical up-time, or you experience frequent blackouts, or even worried about losing power during heavy storms, you should consider getting a generator as a permanent addition to your home. What are the benefits of getting a...

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When should I call an electrician?

People often find themselves tackling minor electrical issues and projects around their home. But when it comes to more complicated issues, they often ask "When should I call an electrician?" Common safety problems include: Circuit breakers/fuse are...

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How Should Outlets Be Installed In The Kitchen?

Kitchen Outlets The type of outlets that are commonly questioned is how should outlets be installed In the kitchen. It is very important that the rules below are followed mainly for safety. In kitchens and dining areas, a receptacle outlet shall be installed at each...

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What Size Electrical Sub Panel Do I Need?

Electrical Sub Panel Installation Guide An electrical sub panel can vary in size and purpose. A 100 amp circuit is the minimum in most states, although with all the new electronic devices (computers, printers and TVs), air conditioning and electric heat, we suggest...

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Home Electrical Safety Checklist

Electrical Safety Checklist Every year, electrical products are associated with injuries, deaths, and fires in homes. Download this Home Electrical Safety Checklist to spot possible safety problems before they occur. This checklist is a room-by-room guide...

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How Much Can I Do Myself?

DIY Electrical Work Most states allow you to do whatever you want to your home. Although electrical work is not without its risks. The question comes down to what are you willing to risk in order to save money. Electricians go through a tremendous amount...

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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter vs Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter   GFCI vs AFCI. What is the real difference between an AFCI and a GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupter? The principal distinction between the two is that a GFCI is designed to protect...

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AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter)

What is an AFCI? The “AFCI” is an arc fault circuit interrupter. AFCIs are newly-developed electrical devices designed to protect against fires caused by arcing faults in the home electrical wiring. What is the problem? Annually, over 40,000...

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GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter)

What is a GFCI? A ground fault circuit interrupter, called a GFCI or GFI, is an inexpensive electrical device that can either be installed in your electrical system or built into a power cord to protect you from severe electrical shocks. GFCIs have played...

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How Many Outlets Do I Need?

Electrical Outlets Often DIY builders ask the question, "How Many Outlets Do I Need?" The real answer is, it depends. Electrical outlets must be installed in every kitchen, family room, dining room, living room, parlor, library, den, sunroom, bedroom,...

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