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Whole House Surge Protectors – Why You Need One

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If you’re like many homeowners, you believe that the power strip where you’ve plugged your computer, printer, television, stereo, lamp, cable box (the list could go on) is protecting your appliances and electronics from a power surges. The truth is that these power strips offer very little surge protection and are most often a glorified extension cord. The delicate electronic circuitry of your home is vulnerable if it’s not protected by a whole-home surge protector. Power strip surge protectors are in fact a good idea, and can be valuable.  Lightning strikes can enter the house from anywhere, and having the whole-house protector working in tandem with the power strips provide the most effective protection.

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Is Your Home Up To Code?

When was the last time you checked to see if your home meets the minimum electrical code standards? Many central Texas homes don’t. The National Electrical Code (NEC) is a set of basic standards that ensure safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment in the U.S.  It’s designed to prevent fires and electric shocks, to keep circuits from overloading, and more. The code is updated every three years so you can imagine that parts of your home’s electrical system may not meet the suggested safety standards.

Here are just a couple of improvements worth considering:

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Give Your Home a Yearly Electrical Checkup

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Fall is the time to give your house its annual check up before the holidays get here.  No matter how well you take care of your home, the electrical system is prone to wear and tear over time. Regularly testing and evaluating the various switches, receptacles and breakers in your home’s electrical system can prevent a dangerous situation from occurring later on.

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Outlet Fires: What Causes Them And How To Prevent Them!

This photo is from a house in which 4 outlets caught fire and had 2 blown switches (click the image to full-size).  This was not an old house.  Some people think that because of the age of their home, they should be fine and everything should be in great working order.  In most cases you would be right, but that is not always the case.  

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Thinking About Going Green? What Are the Benefits?

Are you thinking about Going Green and saving money all at the same time? Do you know the Benefits of Going Green?

We see and hear the words “Go Green” all the time these days. While you may know their meaning, you may not know what great benefits they can provide. The most obvious benefit is saving the earth. Another important benefit is saving money. By reducing consumption and increasing efficiency, you can save money on energy costs and in just about every area of your life. This is great because you’re saving energy, the planet and your money all at the same time. People are seeing this more and more these days.  Going Green can improve your health both physically and mentally. You’ll feel better because you did your part for a cleaner, greener environment, and with a little help, the world around you will be a better place for everyone.

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