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Using Space Heaters Safely

Space heaters add comfort to drafty and hard-to-heat areas and can actually save money when used to heat individual rooms while keeping the central thermostat lower. But used carelessly they can be hazards to your property and your safety.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that around 25,000 house fires…

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…

Is Your Breaker Box a Fire Hazard?

Circuit breakers, fuses, and GFCIs are safety devices designed to protect you from shocks, overloads, and electrical fires. But millions of breaker boxes installed in the 1960s through the 80s may defeat these life-saving protections.

A Federal Problem
Federal Pacific Electric was a manufacturer of circuit breakers and other…

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…

Rebates Save on Summer Electric Bills

Most utility companies in the US offer rebates on energy-saving upgrades and some of them can be substantial. For instance, Xcel Energy, the primary energy provider in Colorado and seven other Western and Midwestern states has programs that subsidize insulation, cooling equipment, and thermostat upgrades. Here’s what they offer.

Smart…

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…

Earth Day Savings Start at Home

Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has grown to a global reminder that we humans are a large part of our planet’s ecosystem and that each of us has a role to play in keeping it healthy and sustainable. While opinions vary widely on large-scale approaches to sustainability, each…

Disaster Preparedness is Electrical Safety Month Theme

In celebration of 2019’s Electrical Safety Month this May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is focusing on the importance of preparing for, surviving, and rebuilding after natural disasters with the theme "Electrical Safety During Natural Disasters."

ESFI spearheads an annual campaign to educate key audiences about the steps that…

Lighting Tips

It’s Time to Switch to LED

Long-lasting LED lamps are the unquestioned leader in economically lighting homes and offices, and with more choices and lower prices there’s no reason to not make the switch.

Early LED bulbs were low on output and high in price, but that’s changed. Today you…

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…

Planning Holiday Lighting

Whether you’re lighting a single tree or going full Griswold, it’s a good idea to plan ahead to be sure you have the equipment and electrical service you need. Do it now and you won’t be trying to string lights in sub-zero cold and wondering why your breakers keep tripping.

Internet Safety for the Holidays

Electronic devices are certain to be at the top of most wish lists this holiday season. With so many things connecting to the internet, it’s important to keep your sensitive data safe from the growing numbers of internet predators.

The National Cyber Security Alliance, in coordination with the FBI and…

Backup Generator Safety Tips

Coloradans know that power outages are a way of life. Careless drivers and construction crews knock down poles and cut into underground lines. Snow, ice, and broken limbs take down overhead lines and lightning knocks out transformers.

Most of the time, utility crews work to restore power in a matter…

Are You Ready for Winter?

Winter’s coming and along with snowmen and sleigh rides, it brings its own set of hazards to your comfort and safety. But with a few precautions, you can look forward to keeping safe and snug when winter rolls in.

Here a few things to consider:

Keep Your Home Warm and…

Is Your House Safe for—and from—Ghosts & Goblins?

Halloween is almost here and mobs of mischievous marauders are ready to descend on your castle. Some are welcome—some are not. Here are a few tips on how to keep the ones you want safe and the ones you don’t away.

Lights!

Outdoor lighting makes your home safe and welcoming…

Electrical Safety Tips for Fall

Fall is a busy time for homeowners. The calendar is full of school activities, fall sports are in high gear, and pre-winter yardwork looms on the schedule. While it may be tempting to rush through your fall chores, haste can not only make waste, it can be downright dangerous, especially…

Spring Storms Bring Electrical Emergencies

The recent windstorms on the Colorado Front Range are a reminder 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 hail storms in 2014,…

May is Electrical Safety Month

Electricity is an essential part of our lives. It powers everything from the smallest electronics to the largest appliances and tools. And with all that power at our command comes a need to use it safely and responsibly. That’s the idea behind National Electrical Safety Month, a program introduced in…

Home is Where the Smart Is Part 1: Security

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’ll take a look at security features that add convenience while keeping…

5 Easy Tips For Lowering Your Winter Energy Bills

Colorado winters are unpredictable. Temperatures can swing over a 100-degree range in January and February, and while playing a round of golf on Valentine’s Day isn’t unheard of, you can be assured that there will be bone-chilling periods, too.

With energy costs predicted to rise between 8 and 18 percent…

Planning Your Holiday Lighting

Did you know that the added holiday lighting in the US is observable from space?

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, the light intensity in US suburbs increases from 30-50 percent in the weeks leading up to Christmas. And that extra lighting costs money, both in decorations…

Buyer Beware – Especially on the Internet

It’s never nice to have to tell a customer that they’ve wasted hundreds of dollars and hours of shopping time, but with more and more people buying on the internet, it’s becoming all too common. It happened to one of our regular customers, and she wanted us to tell her…

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…

Urban Farming and Agricultural Grow Lighting

Recent changes in local laws have sparked interest in growing plants normally found in outdoor gardens in indoor settings. These plants require more light than is typically found indoors, causing a spike in grow light sales. It has also led to numerous electrical problems, from overloading and power outages to…

Tips to Keep Your Emergency Generator Running

An emergency generator is a great option to have when the power goes out. It can keep the lights on, vital equipment operating, and the fridge running. It can even be a lifesaver, especially in remote areas where it may take days to restore power.

Here are some tips to…

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…

How to Stay Safe at the Pool and Spa this Summer

There’s nothing like a refreshing dip in a pool or spa on a hot summer day. Don’t let worn out or improperly installed electrical connections ruin the experience by following these tips:

Pool and Spa Electrical Safety Tips

● Keep electric cords and devices at least ten feet away pools,…

Prevent Electrocution from Air Conditioners and Fans

Air conditioning season is here and it’s important to be sure your equipment is in good working order. It’s also important to know your limits to prevent electric shocks, fires, and other disasters caused by improperly servicing your cooling appliances.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that 15% of product-related…

Summer Electrical Safety Tips for 2017

As the days get warmer and longer, people head outdoors to enjoy the nice weather. As you stroll around the yard and the neighborhood, it’s a good idea to keep an eye peeled for changes that may present new hazards and remind yourself of safety tips regarding the electrical systems…

Electrical Safety in Windy Weather

High winds cause all sorts of problems with electrical systems, and in Colorado, we see them all. From hurricane-force blasts roaring across mountaintops and through passes to tornados and microbursts on the plains, windstorms account for millions of dollars’ worth of damage in the state every year, and downed power…

Dangers of Childhood Lead Poisoning and How to Prevent It

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have determined that there is no safe level for lead in young children’s blood. Even extremely low levels have been shown to have irreversible, life-long effects on IQ, academic achievement, physical development, and attentiveness.

To prevent lead exposure, the CDC warns that…

Why You Need an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Electrician

You’re probably aware of lead concerns with paint and plumbing, but did you know it’s a concern in electrical work, too? 

The Lead, Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule

Reducing lead levels has been one of the most successful health goals, with anover 90% decline in blood lead levels since…

Laundry Room Electrical Wiring

If your remodeling or expansion plans include a laundry room, there are some specific requirements that you need to know. 

Circuit Requirements for Electric and Gas Dryers

The first thing to consider is the clothes dryer. Will it be electric or gas? That determines whether you’ll need both 240 and…

Low Voltage Cabling for Your Home

It seems everything is wireless these days. From streaming video and security systems to window shades and baby monitors, if it’s not Wi-Fi, it’s not cool. But cool isn’t necessarily the best, especially when it comes to data transmission and security.

Granted, advances have been made in Wi-Fi technology, 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,…

Electrical Safety Tips for Halloween

Well, summer is over and it’s now officially fall!We know what that means - holiday decorating is just around the corner, and it starts with Halloween. When gearing up for this spooky night, keep the following safety tips in mind to make sure the electrical elements in and around your…

Electrician Safety 101 – Avoiding Common Accidents

Electricians undergo specialized training and spend several years developing their skills to complete their work safely. However, even the best trained electricians are constantly exposed to on-the-job risks that can result in injury or even death.

Here, we will be looking at the top five causes of accidents electricians face…

Practice Safe Air Conditioner Servicing this Summer

It’s that time of year: family vacations, BBQs, pool time, and yes, air conditioning. As summer is in full swing, it’s important to make sure your air conditioning unit is up to par, as well as ensure you’ve had a maintenance service completed before the temperature started to rise.

According…

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…

Electrical Safety Tips for the 4th of July

Well, it’s summer, and in just a few days the biggest holiday of the season arrives: The Fourth of July! As we prepare for backyard BBQs and poolside fun, there are some important things to remember to make sure it’s a safe holiday.

Whether you are hosting or heading over…

Common Electrical Panel Problems

Regardless of the age of your home, with the use of so many utilities during the summer, many electrical problems begin to pop up. These problems are a warning sign of serious issues if left unchecked. Fortunately, regardless if you are dealing with the main service panels in your home,…

Electrical Precautions for Father’s Day 2016

As you load up the grill this Father’s Day (June 19th) and get the party started, be sure to guarantee the safety of those in your home. While keeping in mind basic electrical safety (avoid placing your radio too close to the kiddie pool, climbing into trees next to power…

LED and Induction Lighting to Cut Summer Costs

With the heat of summer soon approaching, cranking your air conditioner will have you searching for ways to save. Whether backyard parties create the need for new decorative lighting for walls and walkways, or you’re simply looking for a full kitchen remodel, going green is the pervading method of alternative…

New Denver Building Code Requires Electric Vehicle Support

The Denver City Council approved some major changes to the city’s building codes on March 10 that include a mandate to make garages of single-family homes and duplexes capable of installing charging stations for electric vehicle (EV) support.

Charging Station Installation Process

Installing charging stations to existing structures requires running…

Colorado’s Weatherization Program for Low-Cost, Efficient Energy Services

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) is partnering with local agencies and the U.S. Department of Energy to offer a free Weatherization Assistance Program to low-income residents of Colorado.

What is “Weatherization?”

“Weatherization” is a blanket term for a variety of measures that improve the energy efficiency of a home. It…

How to Maintain Your Backup Emergency Generator

Backup generators are great insurance to keep the power on when the grid goes down. They add protection against food loss, keep sump pumps running, plumbing safe, security systems active, appliances on, and can even save lives. That’s why it’s important to be sure your generator is in top working…

Safe Wiring for Multiple Devices

It’s a rare home office or entertainment center that doesn’t have cables and power cords running in all directions. Since many modern electronic devices draw very little current, it’s not uncommon to see power strips or multiplex outlets loaded with everything from battery chargers to television monitors. Sometimes, these items…

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…

Troubleshooting Your Water Heater/Boiler

Whether you use a water heater for showers and dishes or for heating your whole home, having it underperform or quit working altogether can range from a nuisance to a major problem. Following its manufacturer's maintenance procedures is the best way to ensure good performance and a long life, but…

8 Easy Ways to Prevent Common Electrical Emergencies

About 60% of home fires are caused by electricity and hundreds of thousands of accidents, injuries and deaths are traced to misuse or failure of electrical appliances. The sad part is that most of these tragedies can be prevented with a few simple commonsense measures.

  1. Don’t overload your outlets.

Aluminum Wiring Replacement

If your home or office was built between 1965 and the mid-to-late ’70s, chances are good that aluminum wiring was used for all or part of your electrical service. Aluminum is a good conductor of electricity and when copper prices soared in the mid-’60s, it came into widespread use. But…

Hot Tub Wiring Done Right

Hot tubs are popular retreats for year-round relaxation and are high on the list of DIY projects. But they typically require high-voltage electrical connections for the heaters and pumps, so that part of the installation is best left to pros unless your wiring skills are well above average.

If you’re…

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…

Prevent Break-Ins with a Security Alarm System

While nothing can guarantee your home will be safe from burglaries, statistics show that homes with security systems are three times safer than those without, plus their losses are much smaller.

If you’re thinking about a home alarm system, here are some things to consider.

Monitored or Not?

A monitored…

Outdoor Christmas Lighting Safety

Your holiday schedule is busy enough without a trip to the emergency room interrupting it. And while everyone enjoys cozying up to a fire, it’s nicer if the burning is in your fireplace instead of on your lawn or roof. Holiday lighting accidents…

Choosing the Right Smoke Alarm

It’s estimated that smoke alarms have cut down the number of fire deaths by over 50% in the U.S. alone. That’s a pretty strong case for having them in your home, but how do you choose among the dozens of options available?

Smoke alarms…

Grow Room Electricity – Setting Up the Right Way for Safety and Cost Effectiveness

With Colorado’s new laws regarding recreational marijuana, people are scrambling to set up growing areas for both personal and commercial production. While we reserve our opinions on the subject for private discussion, there are a couple of related issues on which we have very strong and very public opinions –…

Put Safety First on Your DIY List

Whether it’s wrapping up the winter projects or getting a jump on spring, rushed and poorly planned electrical work can result in shocks, burns, fires and worse.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends having only licensed professionals do electrical work, but they understand that a certain number of individuals who…

Lower Your Winter Electric Bill With These Simple Tips

As temperatures drop and days become shorter, people spend more time indoors. And more indoor time means more electricity use. Energy savings gained by shutting down air conditioning are offset by greater use of lighting, furnaces, and appliances. But you can pocket some real wintertime savings by planning ahead and…

Electrical Inspections Keep Workplaces Safe and Productive

Each year there are over 300 workplace deaths and 4,000 injuries attributable to electrical hazards. While some are due to improper acts on the part of employees, a great number are caused by faulty electrical systems that have been inherited with an older building or compromised over time by faulty…

Add Extra Security to Your Home or Business with CCTV

Alarm systems are great security devices, but what are you going to do when one goes off? Or when it’s turned off? Low cost closed circuit television (CCTV) monitoring systems let you see what’s happening without the risk of being there.

Today’s criminals are bolder than ever with carjacking and…

What will sell your house faster? Install LED lighting

Staging your home to be competitive in today’s market means not just putting a fresh coat of paint on the front door or taking down the family portraits. It means bringing it up-to-date in a more environmentally conscious, forward-thinking way. One basic improvement you don’t want to overlook that doesn’t…

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…

Electrical service upgrades for homes handle new demand and provide comfort and safety

Many homes even 10 years old, but especially older homes, have inadequate electrical service and wiring to handle the explosion of electric conveniences that define modern life

DENVER, CO – What with the real estate market continuing in the doldrums as a result of – and most likely the cause…

Electrical Hazards of Weather

High winds and severe weather can bring risks to home and commercial electrical systems

Downed power lines and the presence of water around electrical outlets and appliances are never good things, and a word to the wise is to call a professional if a risk appears likely

Throughout the summer…

With Home Electrical, Caution and Care Keep the Power Safe and Secure

From minor electrical repairs to simple common sense about the use of electricity in a home, a few safety tips will keep homeowners in the electrical loop

DENVER, CO – The electrical service in any home is at the heart of family’s lifestyle, operating the lights, appliances, the air conditioner,…

Tips to Avoid Circuit Breaker Tripping

Most times circuit breakers trip because of a minor problem that is easily addressed, but if tripping persists a homeowner should take steps to insure the home is safe and secure

DENVER, CO – A customer in Denver called us here at Allstar Electrical Services saying he wanted “a few…

Allstar’s Electrical Fire Safety Tips help homeowners avoid the common dangers of electricity

Electrical fires in homes kill 310 Americans and injure another 1,100 people each year, causing over $1 billion in property damage in the process. Following safety guidelines can avoid the dangers and keep families safe.

DENVER, CO – Electrical fires in U.S. homes cause 310 deaths and more than 1,100 injuries…

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