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Knob and Tube Wiring vs. Insurance Companies

Knob – and – tube wiring was the accepted method of electrical wiring for buildings constructed in North America from 1880 until 1950. This system of wiring is considered obsolete and a safety hazard. How Knob and Tube Works Knob...

Ice Storm and Blizzard Outage!

Ice storms and blizzards can snap power lines just as easily as any hurricane. Heavy ice can accumulate causing overweight branches to come crashing down on power lines even days after a storm, spawning prolonged power outages during the darkest...

Stores without Generators

During a blizzard blackout, you can’t just jump into your car and rent a backup generator. Heck you can’t find a generator for weeks. After 4 days without road access I was finally able to drive to Home “Sold Out” Depot. I...

Sizzling Idea

If you purchase a portable generator, make sure you purchase a Manual Transfer Switch too.   Why? Most furnaces don’t have electrical outlets. You can’t plug your generator into your furnace, electric oven, hot water tank, or...

Deep Freeze Warning

If you’re traveling or work away from home often (like a vacation home in the mountains or a office in the city), buy a simple Temperature Alarm that will call you if the power goes out or THP201P_500the inside temperature drops...

Generator Safety

Downed utility lines, power company blackouts, heavy snowfall or Summer thunderstorms could all lead to temporary power outages - some lasting for days, or even weeks. December 2008 we who were residing in the Northeast experienced a devastating Ice...

Extension Cords Can Pack a Punch.

If plugging in extension cords inspect each cord for any damage like cuts, cracks or broken grounds (don’t use non grounded cords). Ungrounded damaged cords can lead to electrocution and even death. Large appliances require a heavy duty 20-amp...

Transfer Switch is Key!

For over 35 years I have installed generator systems and can tell you that the best way to use a portable generator is with a Power Transfer Switch. These indoor surface mounted transfer switches are designed for fast installation in residential...

Plugging Leaks

The low cost of saving.   The small things can take some time but one by one you can tackle them. First, have you ever notice the cold breeze across the living room floor? That’s the small leaks or gaps around the doors, windows and...

Thinking Big

The much larger cost fixes. What else can you do now or in the future? Replace appliances, heating units, light fixtures and bulbs with high-efficiency replacements. Unfortunately, it costs money to save money. But it’s good to keep in...