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April Home Checklist

April is transition time. Basketball gives way to baseball, greenery starts to wake up, and longer days draw our attention to the great outdoors. In Colorado, it also means it can be 80° one day and snowing the next. So while you’re planning for outdoor living to come, don’t overlook…

Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

One of the biggest causes of home fires is holiday lighting gone bad. Here are a few tips on how to keep your home both beautiful and safe throughout the holiday season.

INDOOR SAFETY

Don’t overload circuits

Typical household branch circuits are 15 amps, and this is plenty of capacity…

Is It Time for an Electrical Upgrade?

If your home is more than a couple of decades old, your electrical system may be straining under the load of modern appliances and electronics. This can lead to annoying trips to the breaker box, interference with both wireless and wired signals, and even serious safety hazards.

Here are some…

Winter Vacation Planning Tips

Whether you’re visiting relatives for the holidays or making a pilgrimage to warmer climes for the winter, here are some tips on how to make your home safe while you’re away and pleasant to return to.

Disconnect Energy-Wasting Electrical Appliances

Modern appliances usually draw some electrical current even when they’re…

The Right Way to Hang Outdoor Holiday Lights

If you’ve already hung your holiday lights, good for you. You’re one of those people who gets things done. And we presume you did it safely, or you wouldn’t be reading this. But in case you haven’t gotten around to it yet, or would like to see if you did…

LED Lighting for Dark Sky Compliance

First, you are probably wondering what “dark sky compliance” even is. If you are ever in a large city at night, you’ll notice that the sky is not exactly “dark.” Rather, a yellowish glow covers the stars and Milky Way, so you mostly just see an overcast sky haloed by…

Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips for Summer

It’s that time of year again! The hotdogs and hamburgers are on the grill, the kids are in the pool, and summer is officially in full swing. It’s a great time of year for families to enjoy being outdoors, but it’s always prudent to remember some simple safety tips when…

Install a 220 Garage Outlet for Electric Cars

My nephew's Chevy Spark All-electric vehicle can travel 75 – 80 miles a day if fully charged. Charging requires 7 hours and the addition of a 220 outlet in his garage wall. His existing garage, built in the 1940s, has little room to accommodate any vehicle and the Spark tucks…

Roof and Gutter De-Icing Basics

Icicles hanging from your roof may be a beautiful, nostalgic winter memory, but they can also be a sign of trouble to come. The freeze-thaw cycle is what gives us icicles, and they have their charm, but when that ice buildup creates ice dams on roofs and gutters, it can…

Outdoor Security Lighting to Protect Your Home

Burglaries increase in the summer. It’s why now’s a good time to take a look at your home security measures.

You may have an alarm system, but what about using your outdoor lighting as added deterrent to burglars? Properly installed, outdoor lighting can cause burglars to think twice about entering…

Light Your Garden for Fall

The days are getting shorter and soon we’ll go back to Standard Time, but earlier sunsets don’t mean you can’t enjoy the beauty that fall brings to your gardens. The latest developments in LED and solar-powered lighting make it more affordable, too. Here are some options.

Solar Lights
Solar…

Plan 90 Days Out for a Full Kitchen Remodel

Want a new kitchen before the holidays? Start now by scheduling a pre-planning appointment with Allstar Electrical Services. The pros at Allstar Electrical know what it takes to turn an outdated kitchen into a space a gourmet chef envies. We can work with you or your designer to plan…

Outdoor lighting and electrical work expands the Colorado lifestyle and provides beautiful security

DENVER, CO — If the livin’ is easy in the summertime, well-designed lighting makes it even more pleasurable—and safer, too. Making your backyard functional and safe for summer living and entertaining doesn’t mean it has to be lit up like a night game at Coors Field. Spotlights are fine for…

Outdoor lighting is a winterstorm safety plus

DENVER, CO - Now that it’s getting dark before we even get home from work, well-designed outdoor lighting can be a big part of your home’s total safety package. Properly placed lighting discourages thieves, vandals and other undesirable visitors and helps guide the company you do desire on your property…

Do-It-Yourself v do it right. The answer is in an Allstar Electrical Services electrician’s skillset

Q: I’m thinking about doing a little remodeling myself. Is there a proper height to locate outlets and switches to conform to code?

A: There are requirements if your installation needs to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but other than that, locations are determined more by custom than by…

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