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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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Black Friday Shopping? Don’t Forget the Surge Protectors

  • 11/22/17

Savvy shoppers can save hundreds of dollars by shopping on Black Friday, and some of the best deals are on high-end electronics that are vulnerable to power surge damage. Many consumers are well aware of this danger and faithfully use surge protectors throughout their homes, but not everyone understands that


Malfunctioning Appliances Can Cause Electrical Damage

  • 10/11/17

When one of your appliances starts showing signs of disrepair, you might think the trouble is confined to that appliance only. But that’s not necessarily true -- there are some ways in which a faulty appliance can send surges of electricity into your home’s electrical system, and the resulting damage


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


What Do Surge Protectors Actually Do, Anyway?

  • 05/17/17

We all know that surge protectors can save our sensitive electronics from getting fried during an electrical storm, transformer explosion and other sources of electrical surges. But do you know how surge protectors actually work?

While the important thing is to make sure your household surge protectors are in place and


Surge Protection May Save Your New Gadgets and Gifts

  • 01/04/17

Did you get what you really wanted during the holidays this year? Maybe that new smartphone you've been eyeing, or that extra-big HDTV? Perhaps you even got a new laptop or tablet. Whatever your favorite gift was, if it plugs into the wall, it could be at risk of electrical

Hire an Electrician for Home Theater Perfection

  • 11/16/16

If you're ready to take the plunge and purchase a state-of-the-art home theater system, you have more to consider than just the equipment you intend to purchase. Even if all of your components are top-of-the-line, you won't get the most bang for your buck without professional design and installation.

To make


Make Safety Simple With Whole Home Surge Protection

  • 07/27/16

Surge protection is nothing new; if you own a computer or HDTV, there’s a good chance you have those electronics plugged into surge protection devices right now. But instead of buying individual devices to protect your electronics one outlet at


Get the Latest in Modern Power Strip Technology

  • 11/03/15

The lives of 21st Century Americans are filled with endless electronic gadgets and appliances. A modern home filled with computers, entertainment systems and portable devices can quickly run short of convenient electric outlets to provide power to the media extravaganza. That makes power strips a must. In addition to providing


How to Protect Your Home from Lightning

  • 10/15/15

There's nothing more important than protecting your home and its contents – including, of course, your family. That's why it's crucial to take steps to guard against lightning strikes, which can cause major damage to your home’s electrical work and can even start a fire. Fortunately, there are several measures


Get a Glimpse of the 21st Century Power Grid

  • 08/13/15

Nearly every single person living in the United States relies on the electrical grid. It's how electricity gets from the power plant to your home, powering your devices and appliances. With no grid, none of the electrical work in your home will function – no television, no air conditioning and

Home inspector

Get the Most from a Home Inspection

  • 04/30/15

When you're in the market for a new house, every little detail counts. If you overlook an important flaw, you could be in for major repair or overhaul bills in your would-be dream home. Fortunately, you can avoid unexpected costs with some savvy when it comes to choosing your home

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

Brownout sign

Protect your home from brownouts

  • 12/18/14

Hopefully, you have surge protectors set up in your house to protect your electronics from power surges, or voltage spikes, that can fry your devices. Unfortunately, surge protectors won't save you from the evil cousin of a power surge -- a low voltage event, or brownout. Dimming lights in your

Power surges damage electronics

Protect your home from power surges

  • 11/13/14

Wondering why that expensive new DVD player mysteriously stopped working? The culprit might be a power surge. A power surge can enter the home, fry the circuit breaker and spread to various outlets in the house. If an appliance is plugged directly into the electrical system, it may not survive

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