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Welcome to the Mister Sparky Tips & Tricks Blog! Look around to read our latest posts or delve into our archives for great ideas on maximizing your home’s energy efficiency, upgrading your electrical wiring, selecting new appliances or keeping your home safe. Whether you’re buying or building a new home, preparing for renovations, or just trying to keep on top of your own home maintenance, you’ll find interesting topics and helpful tips right here.

Technological innovations are developing faster all the time, and many of them have implications for the modern home. If you wish you could control all your appliances and electronics from a single smartphone or have a house that learns your behaviors and predicts your needs, it’s not science fiction -- it’s the smart home.

And if you’re looking to learn more about the old-school basics, like bringing your home into compliance with local building codes, replacing broken fixtures or setting up a generator to keep your household humming through a blackout, feel free to start your journey here. You might even find inspiration for a new home project or be reminded of an overdue opportunity for preventative home maintenance!

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Can your home survive a natural disaster

Should I Buy an Emergency Generator?

  • 06/13/18

With summer storms popping up all across North America, there’s an almost ever-present risk of temporary power outages. Even with storm prediction models improving all the time, it’s impossible to predict the specific events that can lead to outages, such as downed power lines and malfunctioning transformers.

To help keep your

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Taking Care of Your Portable Generator

  • 09/20/17

It has been an active summer storm season, and many homeowners are grateful to have portable generators to get them through power outages. But an unlucky few discover every year that their generators can’t perform in their time of need because of overdue maintenance or improper use.

Compared to standby generators,


Repairing Your Electrical System After a Flood

  • 09/06/17

The flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana has damaged hundreds of thousands of homes, and the recovery ahead will continue for months. Unfortunately, the hurricane season isn't over, and more storms are on the way. Flood-affected homeowners will be hard at work removing carpeting, drywall and sheetrock


How Long Will Cold Food Last During a Power Outage?

  • 08/16/17

Nobody likes a power outage. During the summer, life at home gets dark, boring and hot in a hurry. But even worse is losing an entire fridge and freezer worth of groceries. Worst of all would be assuming your food is still good and eating it, only to learn the

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Buying a Generator is a High-Involvement Purchase

  • 08/10/16

Power outages of any considerable length are a major pain. Lack of HVAC can push your home temperature into uncomfortable or even dangerous ranges. Food begins to spoil inside the fridge. With no television or Internet, entertainment options dwindle, and


With Blackouts More Likely, the Solution May Be Smart Tech

  • 04/27/16

Summertime heat waves are no picnic for anyone, but they can be especially stressful for the national power grid. When air conditioners are running across entire regions, the demand placed on the electrical grid can increase the risk of widespread


Don’t Let Winter Storms Catch You Off Guard

  • 01/05/16

It’s been a mild winter so far in many regions of North America, but there are still several weeks in which major winter storms could develop. Don’t let the unusually warm weather of the holiday season make you complacent --


New Storage Batteries Could Revolutionize Residential Power

  • 09/22/15

A home battery can solve a lot of problems. With enough storage, you can buy electricity when it's cheapest, then dole it out when you need it. Plus, you'll be protected in case of a blackout. Until very recently, the technology for a practical home battery system wasn’t powerful enough


One Day Your Car Could Power Your Home

  • 09/17/15

Here's a novel idea to ponder: One day, your car could be the power source for your home electrical work. That's right, electric cars are being primed to send electricity from their batteries back into the home and even to the electric grid. They aren't full-time power sources, of course,


Energy Department to Support Improved Home Generator Production

  • 09/01/15

Looking for new ways to reduce your electricity bills? The Department of Energy is on the job. The agency is sponsoring research that could help decentralize the nation's electrical grid – instead of powering your electrical work from large generating stations, you could create your own electricity on-site by burning

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Tips on choosing the right generator

  • 02/23/15

Don't get caught in the dark if a storm or other disruption knocks out your power. You can protect your home and your family with a backup generator. Read on for tips on how to pick out the right one for your house.

Why Do I Need A Generator?

Blackouts are unpredictable.

Can your home survive a natural disaster

Could your home withstand a natural disaster?

  • 09/01/17

Extreme weather can strike during any season, putting life and property at risk. Wise homeowners make sure they prepare in advance so their homes have a better chance of surviving disaster. The good news is that many of the steps that help disaster-proof a home also serve to make it

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Power outage safety tips

  • 10/20/14

Winter storm season is approaching in many parts of the country, and power outages often accompany severe weather. Here are some tips on what to do and what to avoid in case of a power outage.

Safety First

Some simple steps you can take to ensure your family’s safety:


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