Glossary: Electrical

A homeowner's guide to electrical terms including ground-fault circuit interrupter, current and fuse.

Household electricity

When you flip on the light switch, you're tapping into a massive and complex power grid that constantly brings electricity to your home. Transformers reduce high voltage current to the 110-220-volt lines used in homes. An electric meter records the amount of power drawn into the home.

Hiring an electrician

Since the days of Thomas Edison, the practical applications of electricity have become exponentially more complex. Becoming an electrician requires extensive training and continuing education to keep up with technology that changes constantly.

Common electrical problems

Although the potential dangers of electrocution and fire should make most homeowners wary of do-it-yourself electrical projects, there are some basic troubleshooting tips that can help.

Lighting Company

Glossary: Lighting

A collection of definitions and terms relating to household lighting.

How to choose lighting

Interior lighting can do more than simply brighten a room. Learn about how lighting affects home décor and color schemes, and get tips for lighting different rooms throughout the home.

Security and outdoor lighting

The installation and proper placement of outdoor lighting can enhance the beauty, security and safety of a home. Learn about lighting options, sensors, placement and other strategies.

How lighting works

Household lighting has come a long way from candles and kerosene lamps. Homes today use many types of lighting for a variety of different functions. Read on for information on lamps, wattage, fixtures and lighting control options.

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Solar Companies

Solar panels

Solar panels have been available for decades, but until recently few homes actually had them. In recent years, prices have dropped and federal tax incentives have made them more of an option.

Who should I hire to install solar panels on my roof?

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Trevor Leeds of Chandler's Roofing about proper methods for installing solar panels on your roof.

8 tips for finding the best solar panel installer

One highly rated provider shares eight tips to help you find the best solar panel installer for your home and get the best return on your investment.

Get the most out of your solar panel investment

The savings solar can provide are real despite the fact that equipment and installation can require a sizable upfront investment. Find out if its right for you.

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Generator Repair

Backup electric generator interest surges after storm power outages

Chicago residents left without power days after a storm? If only they installed a backup electric generator to restore power immediately. Here's what one costs.

Generator installation: avoid a costly electrical disaster

Homeowners have many choices when investing in a generator, but this range of options also causes problems. Learn how to avoid electrical installation problems.

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