Energy Saving Tips for Summer

Energy Saving Tips for Summer Summertime is memorable for many things — family vacations, cookouts, fireworks--and sometimes, some massive electric bills. Keeping the home relaxed, comfortable, and well-lit during all those summer festivities can give the power bill a workout. So along with searching for great grilling recipes and fun beach getaways, smart consumers will also check on energy saving tips to reduce the cost of their summer fun. There are plenty of simple, low-cost steps that every homeowner can...

Service Project: 13 Days Living Without Power Until Community Came Together

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – ten days after a large storm that rolled through DFW, causing outages for days – David Goins of WFAA reported that Mr. Robert Crossland in southern Dallas was still without power. Robbie, an electrician on our team, saw Mr. Crossland's story on WFAA right after it was published and was moved to help. He immediately shared the story with our team member, Olivia, who leads our community relations. "I reached out to you because...

How to Avoid Electrical Fires

With the vast amount of electricity that the average American pumps through their home all day, every day, it’s no surprise that we’re at a greater risk for electrical fires than the generations before. Most homes simply weren’t built with this type of electrical load in mind. And since the amount of electricity we use doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down any time soon, we need to be aware of how likely an electrical fire could be in...

Guide to Making Outlets Safer

Odds are, you don’t spend a ton of time sitting down and studying the types of outlets that are installed in your home. At least, if you do, then you’ve either got some time on your hands or a very practical hobby. Most people just plug in whatever they’ve got – or they try to and notice the plug doesn’t fit the outlet. Has that happened to you? Some outlets only fit two-pronged plugs, while others are designed for three-pronged...

How to Prevent Power Surges During Summer Storms

Although the Dallas-Fort Worth area hasn’t experienced too many summer storms lately, when they have rolled in, they’ve been nasty. But since they’re so sporadic, we might not remember to take into account how dangerous and volatile they can really be. Storms have the power to wipe out our delicate and valuable electronics and appliances with one fell swoop. If we’re not prepared, the expensive devices we own can get fried and become completely useless before we know it. And...

Staying Safe in the Pool

One of the best parts of the hotter summer months is jumping into a pool full of cool water where you are free to float around, aimlessly, for as long as you want while the cares of the world twist in the wind. And while getting in the pool isn’t limited just to August and the end of summer, obviously, it just isn’t the same as escaping from the hot, humid air here in the Dallas-Fort Worth dog days. Pools...

When Do I Need an Electrical Inspection

In the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, remembering each of the dozens of tasks you need to accomplish is a difficult thing to do. On top of the important boxes you have to check off on the to-do list, scheduling an electrical inspection isn’t likely to be a priority. It’s almost an abstract task you have to complete – and do you even need one? After all, you haven’t noticed any sparks or warm outlets, so odds are pretty...

Why Isn’t My Outlet Working?

Of all the amenities in our home that we take for granted, there might not be any that we use as much as outlets. They’re the source for all the power we use in our home, and when that harmony is disrupted it can throw a mighty big wrench in our day-to-day routine. You’ll jiggle the plug, take it out and re-insert it, and any other minor methods of troubleshooting you can think of to try and get it back...

3 Easy Ways to Remove the Threat of Electric Shock From Your Home

Ah, summer. The sun is burning bright, sizzling our woefully under-prepared skin with yet another sunburn, the kids are out of school (or almost there), and the pool is getting more use than it has over the last half a year combined. It’s truly one of the best times of the year, and it offers plenty of opportunity for the whole family to have fun together. However, just because the end of May unofficially marks the season of fun and...

Eco-Friendly Indoor Lighting: How to Light Your Home More Efficiently

We’re in-between a rock and a hard place, so to speak, when it comes to lighting. We can’t go about our daily lives without using the lights in our home -- unless we start exclusively using candles or sunlight to brighten every room – but as a result we’re forced to shell out tons of money on the energy bill every month. So, the choice is there: cut down on using lights or continue paying entirely too much to use...