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November is about family gatherings and holiday cooking. That means the stove and oven will be working overtime and using a lot of energy to prepare your holiday meal. Follow these Sparky tips to reduce energy consumption and avoid surprises when the bill comes. Avoid opening...

While a fire can start any time of the year, there are things people do as temperatures drop that could pose a bigger hazard. Holiday cooking and baking, Christmas lights, space heaters, dryers and cranking up the heat will pose fire hazards. Watch for these...

As the hurricane season continues to unleash its fury, it’s fairly common to experience pop-up thunderstorms and inclement weather. This means households across Texas experience power outages that have become more frequent and more severe. Knowing what to do during a blackout is key to...

When it comes to electrical problems, we can live with a couple of inconveniences, however, there are some seemingly minor electrical issues that may put you in serious danger, or present a code violation. Taking care of the problem as soon as possible not only...

Although fall is just around the corner, it’s still very hot outside. That means our energy costs will still be very high. Last month, Texas declared an energy conservation emergency as temperatures across much of the state approached or exceeded 100 degree. That prompted the Texas...

It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure all electrical equipment and wiring in their properties are code compliant. While in some instances—where the tenant has caused electrical damage—the renter could be held responsible for electrical repairs or replacements, it is usually the landlords’ sole responsibility...

Texas weather can be brutal, especially if you lack any sort of air conditioning in your home. Installing a central air conditioning unit is quite the undertaking and can be expensive; so many homeowners opt for window units or ductless A/C units instead. But do...

As you spend more time outdoors during the summer months, make sure your family avoids outdoor electrical hazards that may present themselves in and around water. Following these guidelines could help your family stay safe while enjoying outdoor activities. Always have a qualified electrician regularly inspect...

As the scorching heat of summer approaches, making sure your HVAC system is working properly will ensure your home stays cool without incurring outrageous energy costs. To help keep your electric bill down, we’ve compiled five HVAC maintenance tips that will get you through the...

Smoke alarms are a key part of keeping your home and family safe. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and could be deadly. Working smoke alarms give you an early warning so you can get to safety quickly. However, while many homes or...