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Posts Tagged 'Electrical'

Record utility costs may drive us to energy efficiecy

A new study shows that the price of electricity provided to American homeowners has skyrocketed over the last five years. Energy price research conducted by the USA TODAY shows that [...]

Clean and Test Your Thermostat for Winter

Most people have a "set and forget" policy for their home thermostat. But what if it's calibrated incorrectly in the first place? You can check the calibration with a simple [...]

Quick-Change Tips for Energy Efficiency

I've always maintained that the wallet--not the heart--can drive the nation toward energy efficiency. Despite our most admirable convictions, it's been the rising cost of energy that has fuelled Americans' [...]

Fix That Buzzing Light Bulb or Dimmer Switch

As much as we appreciate dimmer switches, they can make low-quality light bulbs flicker and buzz when you turn down the juice. Often the problem is with the bulb and [...]

Cut Your Air Conditioning Bills This Summer

I don't know which is worse in the town where I live--three months of hundred-degree heat or my energy bill! Believe me, I take to heart most of the recommendations [...]

Installing a Bathroom Fan

Depending on your local building codes, you may be required to have a bathroom fan even if there are windows in the room. Without a fan equipped to handle the [...]

There's Money in Your Basement (Remodeling Project)

If you're looking for a good return on a large remodeling effort this year, consider finishing an empty basement space. While the return on investment (ROI) for remodeling always fluctuates [...]

Celebrate with Care!

It's not a jolly statistic. The U.S. Fire Administration reports 200 Christmas tree fires a year resulting in more than 30 deaths and injuries-and $6 million in property damage. Worn [...]

Tripping Over Electrical Problems

The kids are home from college for the weekend. The washer and dryer are running like some crazy commercial laundromat, the sub-woofer in the living room is pounding like a [...]

Radiant Floors for Your Kitchen and Bath

As I grow older, my feet get colder. Every winter I wish I had radiant floors. I first encountered a radiant floor kitchen in Washington State where friends had rehabbed [...]