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Power Surges 101

When most people think of a power surge, they envision a smoking laptop or a blacked-out TV.  The truth is that not all power surges immediately destroy your electronic devices. In fact, that’s pretty rare. But, all surges have the potential to cause damage, so it’s important to understand why they happen, what they can…

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How Much Is Your Old Fridge Costing You? Recycling it May Be Easier Than You Think.

A second refrigerator tucked away in your garage or basement might be good when you need to store extra food or beverages.  But is the convenience these second refrigerators provide worth the added energy costs?  Before you stock up your backup fridge, consider the costs of keeping that energy hog running: According to, more…

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How Well Do You Know Your Home?

Smart Thermostats Give Homeowners Greater Control of Their Heating and Cooling Costs

You’re probably aware that using a programmable thermostat can help you manage your electric bills. It can be programmed to a preset schedule according to when you’re home and away, saving you money and hassle. But, how effective is your programmable thermostat in understanding how well your HVAC system is performing? While programmable thermostats are…

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