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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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How Do Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work?

  • 10/04/17

Two of the most important electronics in your home are also among the simplest. The smoke detectors that provide critical fire warnings and the carbon monoxide detectors that protect you from an invisible threat are extremely basic, and that’s part of what makes them so reliable, compact and inexpensive.

Safety Is
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Did You Know These Things Expire?

  • 08/09/17

Have you ever discovered a long-forgotten container in the back of your refrigerator, only to find a science fair experiment growing inside? That’s usually a sign it’s time to conduct a thorough audit to find expired food and toss it out. 

Conducting a purge like that three or four times per
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Be Prepared for Kitchen Fires

  • 03/29/17

It happens to the best home chefs -- a little too much grease around an open flame, and suddenly there’s a fire. A large share of home fires start in the kitchen, so it pays to prepare for this moment by gathering a few basic supplies and understanding exactly what
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Smoke Detector Maintenance is Serious Business

  • 05/11/16

Nearly all homeowners know by now that smoke detectors are critical pieces of home safety equipment. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the rate of home fire deaths in homes without functioning smoke detectors is
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When is it Time to Upgrade Your Electrical Work?

  • 08/04/15

You can't see the electrical wiring in your home, but it’s integral to your day-to-day life. The electrical work behind your walls is responsible for lighting your home, powering your microwave and electric stove, running the air conditioning and so much more. So while your electrical work might be out
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You Can Be Liable for Unlicensed Electrical Work

  • 07/30/15

Revamping your home's electrical work can be a big headache. You need to find a qualified electrician and write what could be a hefty check for work that might require opening holes in your walls and temporarily making a mess of your home. The last thing you want after a
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Soon You Will Get Text Messages from Your Electric Stove

  • 07/21/15

The Internet of Things is arriving in a big way. Smart thermostats, smart refrigerators, smart home security systems and more are all moving toward one integrated home system. One day soon, all your HVAC equipment, electrical work and appliances will be connected and in communication with
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Fire prevention safety tips

  • 01/15/15

When winter temperatures dip below freezing, families across the country fire up their furnaces, boilers, space heaters, woodstoves and other heating devices to beat the cold and keep their homes warm and snug. Unfortunately, the very appliances that ward off the winter chill can put you in danger of a
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