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How to Winterize Your Home for Your Extended Florida Escape: The Snowbird’s Ultimate Checklist

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 12, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in fort myers electrician, Generators, Residential Electric

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‘Tis the season when the great Sunshine State welcomes an influx of Northern snowbirds, eager to escape the chilly winter by heading south. 

As soon as the temperature begins to drop, these retirees pack up their bags and say “see ya in a few months!” to their summer home. Ready for warm weather, these nomads typically stay in Florida from November/December through March/April— or as long as the North sees ice and snow.

Four to six months is a long time to leave your home unattended, thousands of miles away. That’s why it’s crucial to winterize your Northern home before making the trek South.

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How to Replace & Test Your Smoke Detector Battery to Stop that Annoying Chirping!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 4, 2021 7:30:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in safety, residential electrician, smoke detector

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That annoying chirping sound that always seems to start at the worst possible time is your fire alarm’s way of saying, “My batteries are getting low! Replace them.” But unfortunately, the darn thing won’t stop beeping until you swap those dying batteries out for fully charged ones.

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What to Look for When Choosing an Electrician

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 15, 2020 6:30:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in fort myers electrician

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It can be a real pain trying to find a trusted professional. And when it comes to your electrical, quality and qualifications aren’t things to gamble with.

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6 Reasons to Retrofit Your Parking Lot Lights with LEDs

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 3, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Parking Lot Lights

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Do your parking lot light fixtures keep dipping further and further into your wallet? You’re not alone.

Many traditional lighting poles are equipped with high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting fixtures. While these lights are your run-of-the-mill parking lot lighting choice, often cheaper to buy HIDs can become bigger money-suckers than other slightly more expensive, energy-efficient options.

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How Does a Circuit Breaker Work? Outlet Overloads & Breaker Trips Explained

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Jaron Henkel posted in circuit breakers

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6 Ways to Lower Your Home Electric Bill

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 16, 2020 9:39:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in fort myers electrician, Residential Electric, electrician, cape coral electrician

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It’s that time of the month again: paying the electric bill. For Florida residents, this can be a painful endeavor, having to fork over the big bucks to power that continuous stream of air conditioning.

But you may be surprised to learn that there are more subtle ways to lower your energy bill that you may not be aware of.

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What Exactly is a Power Surge & How Does Surge Protection Work?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2020 8:15:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Surge Protection

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Have you been unfortunate enough to leave your phone charging during a hurricane only to come back to a damaged device, fried from an unexpected power surge? Or was there a car crash on your block that struck a power pole— burning out your lightbulbs?

While surges don’t happen often, they can significantly wear down or permanently damage your expensive electronics, like your TVs, computers, appliances, and more.

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Landscape Lighting Ideas to Brighten up Your Florida Home

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 2, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in home wiring, landscape lighting

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When you pull up your driveway after a night out with the family, do you come back to a bleak, unlit home? 

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6 Reasons to Install a Home Standby Generator & Ditch the Portable Unit

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Home Generators, Standby Generators

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If you’re considering upgrading from a portable generator to a standby unit, you want to make sure the investment is worthwhile. After all, why pay so much more for a full home generator when you could continue muddling through with your little portable unit on the rare occasion you’re faced with an outage?

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8 Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 12, 2020 7:21:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Electrical Outlets, Electrical Safety

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Local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 44,880 home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction each year in 2012-2016, according to the NFPA. And let’s not forget about electrocution. 

Some folks focus so heavily on electrical safety tips for the inside of their home, they forget about the outside! Yet, your landscape can pose its own unique set of risks if not properly managed.

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