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Mister Sparky’s Energy Saving Tips

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July in Arkansas means burgers on the grill, fireworks at night, and flip-flops at the pool.  But it also means sky-high electric bills.  The good news is it doesn’t have too.  With a few simple, convenient household changes, you can see big savings on your monthly energy bills.

Open Every Vent

Some homeowners believe that closing vents can reduce energy consumption by preventing the need to cool or heat a particular room. This is a myth.  Closing vents will actually raise your energy costs.  Opening every vent ensures that your air-conditioner won’t struggle to keep your home cool or be kept running after its reached its target temperature.

Go With the Flow

Maintaining the right temperature in your home is often a matter of simple airflow.  When it’s hot, air rises to the highest portions of your house. Standing fans can help circulate the air upwards faster so that the room can be rid of the hot air more easily. This reduces the workload and power consumption of your air-conditioner and keeps rooms cooler.

Cool Down Your Dirty Laundry

It’s widely known that washing your clothes in cold water will reduce energy costs.  What’s not as well-known is just how much.  According to LG Electronics, heating the water in the wash drum accounts for about 90% of the energy your machine uses. Your dryer manages to consume even more energy.  If weather and space allow, you may opt to hang dry your clothes.  But if this isn’t an option, you can still make your drying more efficient.  The most important step you can take is to avoid overfilling your dryer.   If there’s little room for movement in the drier, the hot air won’t be able to do its job and you may have to run the dryer a second time. That’s doubly wasteful so make sure your load doesn’t take up too much room before you wash it. Leave at least 25% of the dryer unfilled so there’s room for movement, and even more if you’re drying large bed sheets or blankets.

The Night Time Is the Right Time

Sometimes saving money is simply a matter of timing.  Most utility companies offer discounts for usage during non-peak hours, usually beginning at 8:00 pm.  If you can time your dishwashing and laundry loads to be done in the evening, you can see significant savings in the long run.  You can even put suitable appliances on an outlet timer (most cost $10 or less) so that they’ll remember for you.

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Throw Cold Water On the Problem

There’s no getting around the fact that dishwashers require a certain amount of heat to adequately clean your pots and pans, but if you watch your wash cycle, you can cut down on hot water use and still have crystal clear dishes come out of the wash.  Rinsing agents like Jet Dry will prevent water spots just as easily as hot water.  And while washing the dishes might require heat, drying them does not.   Most dishwashers allow you to disable the heated dry stage of the cycle.   Air-drying your dishes will produce significant long term savings.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Find The Best Electrician Near Me!

By Krush Content,

If you are having electrical issues in your home, one of the first questions you might ask yourself is “How do I find an electrician near me?” Choosing an electrician might not be such a complicated task after all, once you know what to look for when making your choice. Read on to learn about some of the most important factors you should consider when choosing an electrician.

 

  1. Price

Mister Sparky NWA Electrician Fixing Faulty Lights

Many people in need of an electrician are on a budget. While you have the right to expect reasonable prices, it is important to remember that the least expensive electrician will not necessarily perform the best work. You need to know the difference between if you are getting the electrical issue completely fixed or if a bandage is being implemented for a reduced fee. You will also want to ask about other fees an electrician might charge. Many have hidden fees that are not disclosed upfront before the electrical repair work begins.

 

  1. Expertise

 

It is important that to select a professional electrician well skilled and qualified to perform the electrical work your home requires. Some electricians might specialize in one or a few different areas. Other electricians will have more experience and on-going training. Choosing an electrician who specializes in residential electrical home repair will help ensure the completion of a better job.

 

  1. Licensing

 

You will want to make sure that the electrician you choose is licensed in the jurisdiction in which you are seeking the work to be performed. It is also important to verify that your electrician is registered with the proper agencies.

 

  1. Insurance

 

Does your electrician have insurance? This is huge question you should be asking. There is a great deal that can happen when someone is completing an electrical job, and you should choose an electrician that is covered by liability insurance. Many home owners do not know that if an electrical repair contractor is injured on your property that the homeowner may be liable for the injury unless the electrician is properly insured. There are many electricians who do not carry adequate or sometimes any insurance.

 

  1. Reputation

 

You can always ask your electrician for references to verify that they possess the ability to perform good work. You can also look up your electrician with agencies such as the Better Business Bureau to determine if anyone has had a negative experience with your electrician. The totality of reviews are also key indicators. Most people know that an disgruntled person is more likely to leave a review for service, but how often was a customer willing to take the time to provide positive feedback? This can demonstrate the true value of the service received.

 

Mister Sparky is one of the longest running and best recognized local electrician office throughout all Northwest Arkansas. Our expert electricians are the best residential repair professionals in the communities and industry. We are home of the 5-Star Electricians. This means our electricians are properly certified, receive on-going training and are experts with all home electrical issues. We provide each home owner with a 28-point electrical safety inspection. Electrical safety in your home and for your family is our number 1 priority.

 

Our prices are reasonable for the work we perform. Rather than receiving an estimate that is merely guesswork and might leave you owing more than you expected, you receive a “straight forward price” for your job.

 

We know that our reputation is important, so we back all the repairs we perform with a superior industry warranty and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. We also don’t call ourselves “America’s on-time electrician” for nothing! We guarantee the time slot that our electricians will arrive to do the job.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

 

 

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When Should I Replace Old Electrical Wiring?

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Mister Sparky Electrician NWA working on an electrical panel repair.

It is time to think about replacing old electrical wiring in the home if your house is 40 or more years old. Even though your appliances and devices seem to work without any apparent issues, exposed wires or frayed insulation materials warrant an immanent inspection. The certified electricians at Mister Sparky Northwest Arkansas will check to make sure your wiring meets or exceeds current local and/or national codes.  A Mister Sparky Electrician NWA technician fixes an electrical main panel in Northwest Arkansas.

 

When an expert Mister Sparky electrician comes to your home, we perform a safety inspection with every service call. Home safety is a top priority at Mister Sparky and we take our job to protect homeowners very seriously. Electrical wiring is the number 1 cause of house fires and we work hard to keep your home protected and up to code standards.

 

You have worked hard for your home and all the irreplaceable belongings in it. Often a home fire can quickly become a total loss of the property, when it gets out of control in an instant. We want to keep your family and belongings safe for generations to come.

 

Faulty electrical wiring in your home is a hidden and ever present dangerous situation. Electrical wiring problems can be hidden just out of sight behind outlets, leaving you clueless to the potential accident waiting to happen.

 

According to the National Fire Data Center, approximately 25,900 electrical fires occurred in residential buildings between 2009-2011. To avoid the possibility of your home being at risk for these alarming statistics simply contact Mister Sparky Northwest Arkansas for a professional safety inspection.

 

Here are some examples of electrical problems requiring professional attention.

 

  • Limited wall receptacles requiring excessive use of extension cords
  • An insufficient breaker panel
  • Outdated breakers
  • Loose connections

 

Pay special attention to warning signs indicating you may be experiencing electrical issues in your home. If you smell a burnt odor near an outlet, electric stove, television or any electrical device, your home could be in danger of a potential electrical danger. Fuses that often blow out in your home are another red flag occurrence signaling potential electrical problems.

Mister Sparky Electrician in Northwest Arkansas(NWA) repairing an electrical outlet.

 

If your home still has an old-fashioned fuse box Mister Sparky recommends you replace it with a modern circuit breaker panel. An updated circuit breaker system is more efficient and will provide a more adequate amount of electricity to meet the demands of your contemporary electrical load.

 

Other Warning Signs of Potential Electrical Danger include:

 

  • Lights that constantly flicker
  • Tingling fingers every time you touch your kitchen range or other appliances
  • Outdated two-prong electrical outlets
  • Damaged switches
  • Exposed electrical cables
  • Unprotected wire connections

 

Questions about Aluminum Wiring

 

The most common material used in homes since the early 1900’s is aluminum wiring. Many homes built in the 1970’s and earlier are often at risk for fire due to improperly installed or old electrical wiring. Aluminum wiring has a typical life expectancy of about 30 years. It is sometimes a danger because the wiring warms up as current is running through it. Connections between the wire, devices or aluminum wire splices has cause enough heat to melt and potentially catch fire.

 

If you suspect your home still has its original electrical wiring or you experience any signs of electrical issues, call Mister Sparky of Northwest Arkansas for an in-home safety inspection. We are trained to identify any problems with your wiring and we always provide written straight forward pricing with any repair recommendation.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

 

 

 

 

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Protecting Your Family From Electrical Hazards In The Home

By Krush Digital,

Electricity provides us with light, warmth and music. It allows us to access our favorite television shows and websites. These days, many of us even read on a device powered by electricity. It’s a fundamental part of modern life, but when something goes wrong, the consequences can be deadly.

ELECTRICAL FIRES: HOW OFTEN DO THEY OCCUR?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 500 people are killed in house electrical fires each year, and a frightening 51,000 electrical fires occur in general. Even if everyone survives the fire, many families are left out in the cold after their home and all possessions are destroyed. If this sounds like your worst nightmare, rest assured that it’s preventable.

STAYING SAFE: DO YOU HAVE ELECTRICAL HAZARDS IN THE HOME IN YOUR HOME?

  1. Watch Your Lighting
  2. Never use bulbs with a wattage higher than designed for the fixture you’re putting them in. Most lamps have a small label that states the recommended wattage. Be extra careful with halogen lamps, which tend to run hotter than other lighting equipment. If you choose to use these lamps, make sure they are not surrounded by flammable materials.

  1. Check Your Sockets
  2. Overloading a socket is never a good thing. Rather than plugging multiple extenders into an outlet to allow for more devices, consider talking to an electrician about installing additional sockets. Many older homes were not designed for the modern world. A few decades ago, people didn’t have cell phones, e-readers, laptops and gaming consoles to find outlets for. Rather than deal with this hassle and possibly start a fire, it makes more sense to have an additional outlet installed where you need it.

  1. Give it a Feel
  2. If you’re concerned that an outlet might be hazardous, give it a gentle touch with dry hands. If it feels hot, you likely have a problem brewing. Many people don’t realize that electrical wiring wears out over time, much like every other part of your home. The peace of mind can be worth the price when it comes to having modern wiring put in. If you’re worried, consider getting a quote from an electrician.

  1. Deal with Exposed Wiring
  2. Not every home is up to par. If you move into an apartment and find exposed wiring in the sockets, be sure to speak to your landlord right away. This is a fire hazard, and it likely isn’t up to code. If you have exposed wiring in your own home, now is the time to have it taken care of. Make sure all outlets have covers. Not only can exposed wiring lead to house electrical fires, but it can also cause electrocution in children or pets.

KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE: NATIONAL ELECTRICAL SAFETY MONTH

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and the team at Mister Sparky Electricians share these ideas to help you keep your home safer. If you’re concerned that your wiring, lighting or electrical devices might be dangerous, please contact us today. With every Mister Sparky appointment, we provide a 28-point safety inspection to help uncover any electrical safety hazard in your home. Our expert electricians will keep you knowledgeable about the current safety status of your house. Schedule your service today at 888-8-SPARKY or just find the link at the top of the website to request service online.

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Creative Lighting Ideas For Mother’s Day Gifts

By Krush Digital,

For the people that are searching everywhere for a perfect Mother’s Day gift, think about finding some creative lighting ideas that mom will appreciate. Finding unique Mother’s Day gifts can sometimes be a challenge. We have some practical, yet very unique gift ideas to share with you.

Let’s face it, mom spends a lot of time at home. There’s no better way to show her how much you care than creative home-lighting ideas this Mother’s Day. Here are some great creative lighting ideas you might not have thought of as gifts for mom.

If your mom loves to read books, a wall light might be the perfect gift for her. Your dad might just thank you for it too! Wall-mounted reading lights come in a large assortment of styles and varieties. From long stretch cords to swinging arms, reading lights can be wall mounted or even clip on to your bed post or head board. Reading lights are a great way for mom to enjoy a good book or magazine in bed without glare from overhead lights, and she won’t have to get back up to turn everything off before going to sleep.

A wall mounted reading lamp can be extremely attractive. A beautiful example from Lightology grabbed our attention. Its body has an expansive area of reach, and the design, which features a brushed nickel finish, looks great mounted on the wall.

Another unique gift idea for Mother’s Day is under counter accent lighting in the kitchen. This type of lighting can include hard wired puck lighting or led light strips. Both provide a nice warm glowing effect for mom’s kitchen. Pegasus Lighting has some good information about kitchen accent lighting and the best types of light sources to use. You will find some very creative lighting ideas here.

Creative lighting ideas, as unique gift ideas for Mother’s Day, are even better when they perform a helpful function. A great item to consider is an LED bathroom mirror for mom. From portable table-top mirrors to hard mounted back-lit mirrors, these products can emulate natural light which aides putting on make-up and brightens the room. Some styles are simply unique and very eye catching. We like the ones found at Decoraport. This is a self-proclaimed high-end online shop without the high-end prices. Check out this LED oval mirror for a really stunning Mother’s Day gift idea that your mom could hang in a single-vanity bathroom.

For any unique Mother’s Day gift ideas that require electrical installation assistance, call Mister Sparky Electrician in Northwest Arkansas, and we will make sure your gifts are installed in time to surprise mom. Our expert technicians all know just how special mom is and we look forward to helping you make her day a little bit brighter. Call us today at (479) 202-4757.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Energy Efficiency Tips From An NWA Electrician

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Mister Sparky Electrician in Northwest Arkansas is dedicated to keeping your family safe from electrical hazards. These energy efficiency tips will protect your family from using more energy than needed, and often these tips can reduce your household electrical utility bills. Money saved means more opportunities for your family. Take a look through these energy saving tips to find ways to improve your electrical consumption, you can always call Mister Sparky Electrician NWA for further information.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Upgrading Electrical Outlets

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Electrical outlets or wall outlets are the primary points of interaction most people have with their home electrical systems. Those of us who aren’t electricians or electrical contractors, may not ever open our main electrical panels, but we plug and unplug things from our outlets every day. Those electrical outlets don’t last forever, and they will eventually wear out. They may need to be upgraded and replaced at some point to help protect the safety and security of your home and family. Read on to learn when it’s time to make the switch.

DON’T TAKE ELECTRICAL OUTLETS FOR GRANTED

Given their steady, reliable performance delivering electricity to our appliances and devices, it’s tempting to take our outlets for granted, but they do actually have a lifespan and can become potentially hazardous over time. Especially if you live in an older house, your outlets and the wires they are attached to may be deteriorating. What’s more, older electrical outlets might not be in compliance with your local building code standards for electrical safety.

So why should you care? Old outlets can turn into major safety hazards, most notably being the source of many house fires. Sometimes, the wires connected to the outlets become loose or frayed, creating an immediate fire danger. This can be prevented by installing new electrical outlets. When you upgrade to the latest, up-to-code outlets, you can also add safety features like ground fault circuit interrupters, which decrease the possibility of electrocutions. You can also have an electrician install convenient features like combo outlets that can charge your USB devices, night-light outlets or kid-safe outlets in areas that are accessible to children.

WHEN TO CALL A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN

The easiest way to know when you need to update your outlets is to have an electrician inspect your home. There are also other warning signs that will let you know it’s time to make a change:

  • You live in a home that is more than a few decades old
  • There are visible sparks when you plug in your devices
  • The circuits in your home get tripped frequently for no apparent reason
  • Sockets in the outlet become wobbly or loose

Obviously, if you detect smoke or a burning odor coming from your outlet, you should call an electrician immediately. Fires can spread quickly within your walls before you even realize you have a problem. If you have any question about the safety of your home’s electrical system, you can call a Mister Sparky electrician for a home electrical inspection.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician, services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville. In addition to emergency electrical repair, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, flickering lights, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections. Call us today at (479) 202-4757 to schedule an appointment!

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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

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Mister Sparky Electrician NWA shares potential causes of a consistently tripping circuit breaker with Northwest Arkansas homeowners.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician, offers the best electrician services in the Northwest Arkansas area, including Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA shares potential causes of a consistently tripping circuit breaker with Springdale homeowners.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician, services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville. In addition to emergency electrical repair, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, flickering lights, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections. Call us today at (479) 202-4757 to schedule an appointment!

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