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Seven Useful Steps to Ward Off Porch Pirates

Anyone who has purchased something online knows that packages delivered and left on porches and doorsteps are vulnerable to theft. But the Washington, DC metropolitan area does not in fact have one of the higher rates of package theft. Read below to find out which are the top three states that do have the highest rates, along with seven helpful suggestions to keep your packages safe.

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Trends in Residential Lighting

When it comes to trends in residential lighting, the number one thing we see is that more and more homeowners are moving to smart technology. While styles and fashions come and go, the trend toward automating the lighting in your home is particularly popular. Technology is only going to continue to improve, so the best electricians are plugged in and getting it done.

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Is it Time to Upgrade Your Outlets With USB Chargers?

Quick question – how many devices that charge with a USB drive live in your home right now? 4, 10, 25? It’s crazy how fast those smartphones, tablets, earbuds, and other devices start to add up, right? Next question: How much time do you spend running around looking for an adapter for the outlet so you can plug in your USB device? We can’t do much about how many devices your family loves, but we can stop the scramble for the chargers. It’s time to upgrade your outlets to include USB chargers.

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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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Electric Vehicles: Is it Finally Their Season?

Almost 70% of America’s massive oil consumption in 2019 went to road transport – gas and diesel poured into vehicles, putting millions of miles down the highways. However, many people are cutting their consumption of fossil fuels by purchasing electric vehicles (EVs). We’ve seen these battery-operated vehicles around for a while now, but are they finally "in season" for America? For you?

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Hybrid Work and School May Be Here to Stay

Adjust, adjust and adjust some more. Many of us could sum up the past year or so with that motto. Between viruses and vaccines, work and school, lockdowns, and re-openings, if you haven’t had to adjust things in your life, you’re one of the few. A lot of Americans frantically searched for ways to respond to the changes in business and schools. What began as temporary adjustments are now turning into permanent solutions for a lot of us.

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