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Why 20th-Century Electrical Systems Fall Short in the 21st

Every electrician knows you need to keep up with the power demand safely and affordably. However, there is no doubt that 20th-century electrical systems - as dreamy and modern as they seemed back then - are no match for the 21st-century homes we want to live in today. Allen Gallant, who does electrical work on This Old House TV projects, says this: “The circuits in these older homes weren't designed to power the many gadgets of modern life.”

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Air Conditioning Options and Electrical Requirements

You might think it’s kind of odd that we dedicate this post to air conditioning when that’s not our gig. (You need an HVAC pro for that!) But we know you either have or want to air-condition on those hot DC summer days, and there are some electrical issues to consider. So we’ll look at central air conditioning, window air conditioning, and mini-splits so you can decide what is most suitable for your home and budget.

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Ceiling Fans, Attic Fans, and Exhaust Fans Help Handle Summer Heat

The summer heat is on its way, and DC’rs know precisely what to expect. Besides making sure your AC is tuned up, it’s a good time to think about other ways to help beat the heat without paying enormous energy bills this summer. Most often, people consider two different ways to do that. One is adding more insulation, and the other is blowing the hot air out of your attic. Read on to find out more about both options.

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Pandemic Living Continues in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many people to stay home in 2020. It looks as though home will continue to be "life central" well into 2021, too. Why not consider some additional ways to make home a bit more life-friendly with everyone spending more time indoors? Here are a few suggestions to help create a safer and more comfortable environment while staying home this year.

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3 Reasons to Heavy Up for the New Year

With everyone at home more often during the holiday season, you may notice that your electrical system is not operating as efficiently as it should. If your home is more than 30 years old, you may have an electrical system that cannot meet all your electronic devices and holiday lights’ demands. An upgrade to your electrical panel, referred to as a heavy up, resolves issues from not carrying enough power. Here are three reasons why you should heavy up for the new year.

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Surge Protectors: More Important Than Ever

How important are your electrical devices? In this new era of increased working and learning from home, the entire family is likely using expensive - and essential - electronic devices like computers, tablets, laptops, printers, projectors, and large-screen TVs. Wilcox Electric, your Washington, DC area electrical professionals, recommends that you protect your home and devices with a surge protector.

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How to Save Energy by Using Dimmer Switches

Energy bills are a necessary expense. However, it’s also an expense that can grow if you’re not careful. In particular, electricity costs you during periods of extreme weather, and as many  in the Washington, DC area know, this means summer and winter.

That said, several energy-saving tips can help reduce your electric bill. The key is turning each into a habit that you incorporate into your daily life.

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Reducing Energy Usage is the Smart Way to Lower Electric Bills

Electricity bills are continually fluctuating, whether due to the season, weather patterns, or current rates in your local area. The size of your home, your usage patterns, and the types of electronics and appliances you have are factors as well. Most people are looking to find ways to save money in today’s world—and that includes on their energy bills.

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