What Is a Surge Protector?

Lightning striking behind a house.

Many of us take home appliances and electronic devices for granted. We absentmindedly run the dishwasher in the morning and power up our laptops without so much as a second thought. It’s easy to forget that unexpected events — such as power surges — can damage these belongings if we’re not careful.

A Bright History: The Life-Changing Discovery of Electricity

A woman changing a lightbulb in Moorpark, CA.

Whether you’re running a load of laundry or running your air conditioner on a hot day, it’s easy to take electricity for granted. Nonetheless, we rely on electricity on a near-constant basis and panic when we encounter a sudden power outage. In its simplest form, electricity involves the presence or movement of electrical charges. While […]

What Common Household Appliances Use the Most Electricity?

Homeowner looking at horror at high electricity consumption

Homeowners are constantly looking for ways to better understand their homes, whether to cut electricity costs or to figure out the implications of home renovations to maximize their comfort. Regardless of the reason, it’s a good idea to know how much electricity appliances use in your home and its impact on you and your family. 

Why Won’t MY GFCI Outlet Reset?

A GFCI outlet in a Simi Valley, CA home.

Ground fault circuit interrupters (or GFCIs) are electrical outlets created with your safety in mind. GCFIs protect you against electrical shocks by shutting off after detecting a ground fault. Today, electrical codes make it mandatory to install GFCI (or GFIs) in places with a water source, including bathrooms and laundry rooms. However, when a GFCI […]

4 Most Common Electrical Problems Found in Older Homes

A woman replacing a light bulb in a Simi Valley, CA, home.

Electrical problems can occur in any home. However, there are undoubtedly several issues that are more prevalent in older homes. Since we rely so heavily on electricity in our daily lives, it’s crucial to be aware of the common electrical problems in older homes so that you can take the proper steps to resolve them.