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California Outages Show Backup Power Need

California’s Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has been cutting power to hundreds of thousands of residents in an attempt to lower wildfire danger from downed power lines. Some people have been without electrical service for several days, creating concerns about food safety, water, and medical needs along with the considerable…

Smart Thermostats Save in Summer Too

When people think about thermostat settings it’s usually in the context of saving heating costs in winter. But air conditioning demands in summer can add considerably to your electrical bill, sometimes more than heating does. That’s because in some places electricity costs more per BTU than natural gas. It’s especially…

Avoid Costly Mistakes with a Mid-Project Walkthrough

Whether it’s a remodel or new construction, scheduling a work-in-progress walkthrough with your architect/designer and subcontractors can avoid annoying and costly re-dos. A careful assessment of electrical and plumbing installations after the framing is up but before drywall is hung lets you confirm that walls, doors, and windows are where…

Are You Ready for Spring Storms?

Each spring we remind readers that winter isn’t the only time that weather emergencies occur. Colorado has the second-highest number of lightning strikes in the nation, surpassed only by Florida. The state ranked third in the highest number of large hailstorms in 2014, and the Front Range has had numerous…

Call 811 Instead of 911

What a difference a digit can make! As the weather warms up and our attention turns to outdoor projects, it’s important to pay attention to hidden dangers. And some of those hazards are right under your feet.

Many utility lines are underground, especially in newer neighborhoods, but even older homes…

Your Outlet Has a Story to Tell

You probably don’t give a second thought when you plug in an appliance to a wall outlet. And that’s a good thing because it means outlets in the US are mostly standardized and safe. But not always and not everywhere. Let’s take a look.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)…

Tired of Electric Bills? 5 Low-Cost Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer

We have it pretty good here in Colorado, especially during the summer. When the rest of the country is sweltering in 90-degree heat and 80% humidity, even our hottest days are bearable thanks to low humidity and cool evenings. That combination lets us put nature to work for us without…

GFCI Outlets Required: A Life and Death Matter

You can’t turn on the television these days without running across a home makeover show. How many of the Top 12 home remodeling shows (ranked by Insider online magazine) can you name:

  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
  • Flip or Flop
  • Flipping Out
  • Property Brothers
  • Love It or List It
  • Design on a…

Home is Where the Smart Is Part 5: Connectivity

In our previous post we explored the various types of home networks. But to bring the elements of a smart home together you need to get them talking to one another. In this article we’ll look at your options.

Three Ways Computers Communicate

The networked devices in your home…

Home is Where the Smart Is - Part 4: Networking

As soon as you have multiple electronic devices communicating with one another, you have a network. But choosing the type of network to use depends on several things—who (and what) has access, what types of devices you have, and how secure it needs to be, among other things.

Here’s a…

Cutting Corners on Remodeling Can Get Expensive

As any fan of renovation or “flip” shows on TV knows, DIY construction is fraught with perils, especially when amateur fixers overestimate their abilities. “You get what you pay for” is as true in home improvement as anywhere, and with so many people choosing to upgrade rather than move, it’s…

Lighting Certification for Your Commercial Space

LIGHTING CERTIFICATION FOR YOUR COMMERCIAL SPACE

USAToday.com reported in January this year that Tracy Lynn Garner, the woman convicted in the 2012 death resulting from Garner injecting the patient’s butt with silicone…the silicone you might use to caulk around your bathtub. Garner died after serving only 3.5 years of her life…

Home is Where the Smart Is. Part 2: Heating, Air Conditioning and Home Comfort

We live in a connected world, and it’s making life easier, safer, and more efficient in a lot of ways. In our series on “smart” homes we’ll talk about the many ways connectivity can work for you.

Today, we look at heating and cooling features that add convenience while keeping…

Upgrade Your Bathroom Electrical for Extra Pleasure and Comfort

Bathroom upgrades are one of the most popular reno/remodel projects, and suppliers are ready to cater to your every whim. The whirlpool tubs of the 70s have given way to a new level of luxury unimaginable in the days of 8-tracks and pet rocks.

The 21st Century Bathroom

Today’s bathrooms…

Shocking Facts About International Travel

The holidays are right around the corner, and for many people that means travelling to exotic locales. And hardly anyone goes anywhere these days without electrical devices of one sort or another.

But electrical service isn’t uniform across borders, so before you melt your charger or turn your hair dryer…

Installing a Ceiling Fan? Make Sure It’s Done Right!

Ceiling fans are an easy and inexpensive way to add comfort to rooms year-round. They can provide a gentle breeze indoors and out in the summer and can keep cool air evenly distributed around a room. In winter, they keep warm air from collecting near the ceiling, eliminating cold spots…

Generator Service: The Electrician vs. The Handyman

Some electrical installation and repair work can be done by someone with a basic understanding of how circuits work. While hazards exist with electrical work of any kind, things like replacing a broken light switch or adding a dimmer are within the capabilities of anyone who can understand and follow…

Upgrading Your Electrical Panel - What To Buy?

As you add new household appliances and devices, you may discover that your home wiring is insufficient to handle the load. Individual branch circuits may be inadequate, or you may not have enough power available to begin with, especially in older homes.

You solve the first problem by adding additional…

Should You Install a Smart Electric Meter?

The so-called “Internet of Things” is a hot topic these days, and is not without controversy. On the one hand, being able to see inside your house from your phone or tune into the Weather Channel on your refrigerator door has definite advantages—plus it’s pretty cool. At the same time,…

Need the Power Off? Use an Electric Circuit Breaker Finder!

Ever find yourself doing a little solo DIY electrical work and need to turn off a circuit? Then you go to your electrical panel and the breakers are mislabeled, illegible or unmarked. The MacGyver way is to plug in a radio and start flipping switches or yanking fuses until the…

Must You Protect Power Feeds at their Source?

Fuses and circuit breakers are designed to stop the flow of electricity when an overload occurs. They’re an essential part of protection against fires and shock hazards and are mandated by code for all feeder circuits in homes and businesses.

Most tripped breakers and blown fuses in service panels occur…

All You Need to Know About GFCIs

An electrical circuit is a closed pathway for electrons to flow in order to generate power. That’s why you’ll always see at least two wires in a circuit, a hot (line) wire that carries current to an outlet, switch or appliance, and a return (neutral) wire to carry the current…

Interesting Electricity Facts

Electricity is a basic necessity for modern life. We use it to power lights, televisions and computers, charge our phones, run our washers and dryers, and warm our ovens so we can prepare food. Although there are countless other ways we use electricity in our daily lives at work and…

Prevent Electrical Fires during the Holiday Season

Fall is in the air, and the holiday season is just around the corner. Like most of us, you are probably starting to formulate your plan for decorating your home inside and out. Even though most holiday decorations are designed to withstand the rigors of being put up, taken down,…

Advantages of Photovoltaics for Solar Power

You may not be familiar with the term “photovoltaics,” but you will come to know them quite well by the end of this article. Photovoltaics are the small solar cells that make up solar energy panels. You’ve seen them on top of houses, possibly standing in a field, and even…

Best Vehicles and Cargo Vans for Electricians

If you are starting your career as an electrical worker or as an electrician, there will come a time when you need to consider upgrading your vehicle to meet the needs of your job. Normally, if you are working for an electrical contractor, chances are they will provide a vehicle…

The Top 10 Tools for Every Electrician

Every electrician requires some basic tools, especially when starting out. These essential tools are the ones you will generally use everyday and likely on every job. Having said that, you will also grow your tool collection the longer you remain in the profession.

The Electrician’s Tool Belt

Your tool belt…

Find Problems Before They Start with Infrared Panel Scanning

The challenge of assuring dependable power throughout your home should be addressed through consistent maintenance of equipment and taking immediate action to rectify any problems found. One great preventative measure is performing an infrared panel scan to identify any issues up-front.

Causes of Component and Equipment Failure

Heat and increased…

HVAC Installation and Service Done Right

Home heating and air conditioning haven’t changed their basics much since we stopped relying on manually-stoked fireplaces or boilers and hand-held fans. The widespread availability of electricity made automation of furnaces and coolers practical, and electricity continues to be what powers improvements in modern HVAC systems, whether they rely on…

Important Things to Remember Before You Renovate

Whether you’re moving into a fixer-upper, getting your place ready to sell, or updating the old homestead, there are things you need to do before the first tool comes out of the box. Some of these help the project to stay on time and on budget. Others can prevent it…

Standby Generators Keep You Running When the Lines Are Down

It’s frustrating to be stuck in a power outage with no light, computer access, or entertainment and being afraid to open the refrigerator for fear of spoiling hundreds of dollars’ worth of food. And with more people working from home these days, power outages can affect not only conveniences, but…

Allstar Electrical Brings Productivity and Power to Your Business

On time, on budget, and on plan is a phrase that brings a smile to any business owner’s face. Bang for your buck is a close second. That’s why businesses on Colorado’s Front Range turn to Allstar Electrical Services to power their operations…from design-and-build to preventive maintenance.

Allstar’s Commercial Services…

Is It Time for Your Business to Go Wireless?

It used to be that your business needed a phone, a fax, and a credit card machine to operate. Then you added a computer and a printer…workstations…and a network. All these things helped your business grow using Cat 5, cable and coaxes. But now the wires connecting essential equipment are…

Dedicated Server Rooms Offer Protection for Valuable Business Technology Resources

DENVER, CO -- We’re so used to computers that it’s easy to forget how vulnerable they can be. Inexpensive power strips with surge protectors may be fine for your home computer, but what about the devices your business depends on for its very existence?

It doesn’t take a lot of…

Energy controllers can save homeowners and commercial property managers 6% to 30% on electrical use

DENVER, CO – Commercial property operators and homeowners alike are all looking for ways to cut energy consumption and utility bills these days without sacrificing work load or lifestyle, and they are increasingly turning to such “green” products as highly efficient lighting systems and light bulbs, EnergyStar and more efficient…

Modern lighting technologies can significant cut electric bills for commercial property owners

Lighting options for homeowners have never been so varied, allowing for a wonderful mix of functionality, security and aesthetics like never before. The same is true for commercial buildings – office buildings, warehouses, industrial plants, restaurants and retail – but beyond the lighting issues that homeowners look for, commercial building…

Commercial Electrical Evaluation Audits head off work stoppages, speed lease and sales negotiations

Electrical service on commercial and industrial properties is an all-important aspect of any commercial property owner’s operations, as an interruption can cause tenant downtime, and faulty, inadequate or outdated electrical to the facility can and often does hinder a sale of the property or delay the occupancy of a new…

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