Power Strip Safety: Tips for Safe and Effective Usage

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Using a power strip is a great way to expand the use of your electrical outlets. These can work very well when you have multiple devices you need to plug in at the same time. However, power strips can also become dangerous and cause a hazard in your home if not used properly. Review the […]

Sustainable Energy for a Sustainable Future

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An inexhaustible source of clean, renewable energy, solar power has long been considered a possible solution to the world’s reliance on fossil fuels. The elements are plentiful, and the sunlight is free, but the benefits go beyond just energy. Solar power can be a way to fight climate change, reduce your carbon footprint, and even […]

4 Signs You Need an Immediate Electrical Upgrade

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Electricity is the lifeblood of modern society. It powers everything from cooling homes to making coffee to running a computer. It is also very unpredictable, often subject to fluctuations and interruptions due to power outages or storms. A house that is wired to accommodate today’s technology will better ensure your ability to live comfortably and […]

What Are Signs of Problems With Your Electrical System?

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Bad electrical wiring indeed causes fires, but the most common result is an increase in your energy bills. That’s because the electricity that should be going to an appliance such as your dishwasher or fridge leaks due to the bad wiring. This forces the system to push more electricity to the appliance in order for […]

Four Appliances to Upgrade Now to Save Energy

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In the U.S. today, most home appliances are certified by ENERGY STAR. This means they use less energy, which translates into lower utility bills. However, ENERGY STAR-certified appliances tend to be costlier than conventional models. Despite this, you should still go ahead and invest in them since they always pay for themselves in the long […]

Why Are Electrical Rates Different Throughout the Year

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Compared to winter months, the cost of electricity during summer generally rises due to increased demand. This is part of the fundamental economic principle of supply and demand. The prices adjust based on consumers’ needs, creating a balance between what is available versus what is needed. During summer, houses need more energy for cooling, leading […]

Top Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Usage in the New Year

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All of us are interested in finding ways to cut down on our energy use and lower our environmental impact. One area of the home that can sometimes be overlooked is the electrical system. However, taking steps to improve your electrical efficiency can go a long way toward reducing energy costs. The following covers a […]

What Are the Benefits of Having a Home Generator During the Holidays?

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There is much that you must do to prepare your home for the holiday season. You must cook a significant amount of food, and you also need to make sure that your home is comfortable for guests. You may also want to consider having a home backup generator installed as part of your holiday prep. […]

Can You Save Money on Your Monthly Bill With Solar Panels?

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Solar panels are good for the environment and may save money on bills. You may save up to $30,000 on your electricity over your lifetime, but multiple factors create the savings. The amount you pay for electricity and energy usage trends are factors to keep in mind. What’s Your Monthly Energy Consumption? Before deciding on […]

Decorating for Halloween? Follow These Electrical Best Practices

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When we say goodbye to summer, Halloween is right around the corner. Here in Santa Cruz, a lot of people love decorating their homes and creating a spooky atmosphere in the neighborhood. At Fisher Electric, we enjoy seeing decorations, but we want to remind people that they should follow best practices when plugging things in. […]