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Geothermal Energy: Power from Underground

Geothermal Energy: Power from Underground

We have used geothermal energy for over 10,000 years, dating back to when ancient humans cooked and bathed in hot springs. It was not until 1960 when the first geothermal power plant in the United States was established for electricity generation. Many decades down...

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Nuclear Energy: Good or Bad?

Nuclear Energy: Good or Bad?

There are many forms of energy that power our world: solar, wind, hydro-electric, fossil fuels, and so on. These are all viable, but there's no fuel quite like nuclear energy. Although if you live in Nevada, you may not know much about that. While there are about 59...

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Wind Power Basics

Wind Power Basics

Most of us want to go green these days, and if there was a way to use clean, renewable, and affordable sources of energy for all our daily needs that's what most of us would do. And while a lot of us know how hydroelectric dams and even solar power works, wind power...

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What is the Best Type of Air Conditioning Unit for You?

What is the Best Type of Air Conditioning Unit for You?

Air conditioning units are essential to keeping our homes and businesses livable despite Nevada's high temperatures. But which type of unit is the best option for your home or business? There are several considerations when selecting an air conditioning...

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Are Outdated Appliances Breaking your Budget?

Are Outdated Appliances Breaking your Budget?

Sky High Electric Bills?While the wise and frugal mindset generally strives to get the most use out of an item before purchasing a new one, hanging on to an old appliance can often be far from frugal. Older models of appliances such as refrigerators,...

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The Effects of Power Outages on Computers & Electronics

The Effects of Power Outages on Computers & Electronics

Power outages or blackouts can cause major problems at a home and business. Data loss, productivity, security and even profits can all be consequences. But in addition to the related inconvenience, the cause of power interruptions can also put sensitive...

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What Happens When Your House Gets Struck by Lighting?

What Happens When Your House Gets Struck by Lighting?

About 1 in 200 houses are struck by lightning every year. Various factors can affect your level of risk, including whether there are higher structures nearby (metal light poles can have a protective effect), the local climate, etc. In areas such as Las...

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Are You Prepared For A Power Outage?

Are You Prepared For A Power Outage?

NOW is the Time Electrical power outages can happen any time of the year due to storms, accidents, construction, or grid blackouts; but winter is by far one of the most dangerous times to be caught unprepared in an outage. Even a relatively short amount of...

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What Causes a Burnt or Melted Outlet?

What Causes a Burnt or Melted Outlet?

Recognizing a ProblemAt some point in your experience as a home or business owner, you may be going about your day as usual, only to find that one of your electrical outlets has been blackened and melted by heat (right where you were wanting to plug in a...

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Smart Home Technology: What Can it do For You?

Smart Home Technology: What Can it do For You?

Smart home technology allows for controlling certain aspects of your home. Simply defined, it is the integration of appliances and smart devices through the control of a central panel via the internet. The growing use of smart home technology is predicted...

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Powerline Networking: What You Should Know

Powerline Networking: What You Should Know

Thanks to interference from nearby Wi-Fi networks and the complications of running Ethernet cables through a home or office, powerline networking has become a more viable option for many in Las Vegas and Henderson. Still, for various reasons, powerline...

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Do Single-Story Homes Really Save Energy?

Do Single-Story Homes Really Save Energy?

The debate about energy efficiency as it relates to the number of stories (floors) in a home is not a new one. The crux of the debate has to do with heating and cooling, since that accounts for nearly half of the typical homeowner's energy expense. The...

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Dimmer Switches: Are They More Efficient?

Dimmer Switches: Are They More Efficient?

Dimmer switches are most commonly known for their ability to create a variety of lighting atmospheres with the same bulbs; whether you're hosting a low-lit dinner party for business associates, or need maximal brightness to clean the house, a simple...

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When to Consider Power Generators at Home

When to Consider Power Generators at Home

For home owners and businesses alike, power is one thing you simply cannot afford to take for granted. While the instances that we might have to go without power in Las Vegas & Henderson seem few and far between, there's no need to take chances. Having a power...

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Common Electrical Problems Found During Home Inspections

Common Electrical Problems Found During Home Inspections

Whenever a home is being sold, it's a common (and smart) practice for a prospective buyer to hire a qualified home inspector. Home inspectors can not only help assess a home or buildings condition but identify potential problems that may be factored into...

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Pros & Cons of Rechargeable Batteries

Pros & Cons of Rechargeable Batteries

In the age of the mobile device, we use more batteries than ever before. From our TV remotes and handheld GPS units, to mobile games, we depend on our batteries. While a lot of our devices now incorporate internal, rechargeable batteries, there are still a...

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The Benefits of Recessed Electrical Components

The Benefits of Recessed Electrical Components

Like everything else these days, electrical components are evolving to make life easier and more aesthetically pleasing. One of the best ways to modernize a home that's not brand-new is by installing recessed electrical components in place of older...

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Year Round Energy Saving Tips

Year Round Energy Saving Tips

There are several ways to save energy. Many apply to winter or summer and most are obvious, such as turning lights off when you leave a room. However, we want to share some additional energy saving tips that can have a substantial impact on your power bill...

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The High Cost of Low Bids

The High Cost of Low Bids

The High Cost of Low Bids on Electrical Work It can be tempting to go with the lowest bidder when you're contracting for electrical work. After all, why pay more when somebody's offering to do the job for less? But choosing an electrical contractor based...

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How To Identify Electrical Hazards in a Flood Zone

How To Identify Electrical Hazards in a Flood Zone

The recent devastating flooding in Houston following Hurricane Harvey has brought awareness of the dangers of flooding to the forefront of public consciousness. If you live in a flood zone, you should be aware of the electrical hazards that arise when your...

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Hydroelectric Power – How The Hoover Dam Works

Hydroelectric Power – How The Hoover Dam Works

Most people who visit Las Vegas make it a point to make the 30 mile drive on Highway 93 East to get a firsthand look at one of the true engineering marvels in the U.S. -- the Hoover Dam at Lake Mead. Even though the Hoover Dam is a major...

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The Most Common Electrical Hazards in Las Vegas

The Most Common Electrical Hazards in Las Vegas

We residents of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada may not have to worry about snow or ice storms cutting power to our homes, but that doesn't mean we're immune to electrical problems that can be dangerous, and even life-threatening! Some of these are aggravated by our...

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The Cost of Solar in Nevada: Things to Consider

The Cost of Solar in Nevada: Things to Consider

2016 was a stellar year for the U.S. solar power industry. The market doubled from the previous year and solar added more electric generating capacity than any other type of energy. This was a first and a sign of what is to come. Experts predict the U.S. solar...

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Are Power Generators a Good Investment? What to Consider.

Are Power Generators a Good Investment? What to Consider.

In Southern Nevada, the incidence of power outages are less common than they are in the tornado-prone Mid-West or the hurricane-vulnerable East and West coasts. That said, if you own a business that caters to the public, the last thing you need is a power outage,...

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Tips for Stopping Rodents from Chewing on Electrical Wires

Tips for Stopping Rodents from Chewing on Electrical Wires

The thought of having rodents running wild in your home while you sleep is abhorrent to nearly everyone. They multiply quickly and spread disease through the droppings they leave everywhere they go. As is that weren't reason enough to want to eradicate them, they also...

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Basic Safety Guidelines for Using Power Strips

Basic Safety Guidelines for Using Power Strips

If you’re like most people, you need to power more than one electrical device at a time, so you use a power strip. Also known as power taps, power strips are lengths of electrical sockets that are designed for powering multiple appliances. Unfortunately, many people...

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21st Century Electrical Upgrades: USB Charging Ports

21st Century Electrical Upgrades: USB Charging Ports

These days everybody in the family has a "device" -- whether it's a smart phone, a tablet or a laptop -- and regularly charging our devices has become as much a part of life as brushing our teeth or cooking dinner. As a result, USB charging ports are becoming as...

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Ways To Reduce Your Summer Power Bill

Ways To Reduce Your Summer Power Bill

According to the National Weather Service, the average high temperature last summer in Las Vegas was 99 degrees in June, 104 degrees in July, 102 in August and 94 in September—but that’s only half the story.  There’s also the number of days which reached at least 100...

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Electric Vehicles (EV’s) – Are They Worth It?

Electric Vehicles (EV’s) – Are They Worth It?

In 2015, sales of electric vehicles (EVs) passed a major milestone, with the number of such vehicles surpassing the 1 million mark worldwide.  Almost half of those new vehicles (477,000) were manufactured in the previous year.  Three countries—the United States, the...

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Common Electrical Problems in Older Las Vegas Homes

Common Electrical Problems in Older Las Vegas Homes

When it comes to keeping your house up to date, most features in need of repair or renovation are visible, and therefore you know when the work is necessary; shingles may be missing from the roof, paint may be scuffed or chipping on the walls, watermarks may be...

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How a Commercial Electrician Can Save Your Business Money

How a Commercial Electrician Can Save Your Business Money

With energy savings, efficiency, maintenance and back up / power redundancy, many businesses actually have the opportunity to save money with the help of a licensed electrician. Below are six ways a commercial electrician like Penny Electric can help achieve this...

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Electrical Outlet Upgrades: Modernize Your Home

Electrical Outlet Upgrades: Modernize Your Home

These days it seems everyone in the family has a smart phone. Then there are the laptops, ipads, and smart TVs. Sound familiar? They're some of the many reasons it pays to upgrade your home's electrical outlets so that they're in sync with today's electronics-crazy...

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Basic Electrical Tips and Requirements For Wiring Offices

Basic Electrical Tips and Requirements For Wiring Offices

Setting up a business office can be complicated and overwhelming, particularly if someone has never done it before. One of the main tasks is proper electrical wiring. If you’re considering opening an office, here are some basic electrical tips and considerations,...

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Ways to Reduce Your Winter Power Bill

Ways to Reduce Your Winter Power Bill

Spring and fall in Las Vegas are the best times for your power bill. You can leave the windows open to catch a fresh breeze, and there's nothing that can't be solved with a blanket across your lap, or by carefully choosing which shirt to wear that day. When the...

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What Landlords Need to Know About Electrical Safety

What Landlords Need to Know About Electrical Safety

Electrical fires are among the most deadly fires faced by U.S. residents. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), they account for more than 51,000 fires each year and nearly 500 deaths, not to mention well over a thousand injuries. And in...

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Electrical For Detached Buildings, Sheds and Garages

Electrical For Detached Buildings, Sheds and Garages

Does your Las Vegas home include a detached garage, a shed, or perhaps a separate building that you use as a studio or a workshop? If so, how are you providing electrical power to your detached building? If you're getting by with extension cords run from the house to...

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Dramatic Lighting Upgrades To Improve Home Value and Function

Dramatic Lighting Upgrades To Improve Home Value and Function

Unfortunately, many Las Vegas homeowners don’t realize just how much they can improve their home’s appearance and functionality by upgrading their lighting fixtures. By just adding a few simple lighting upgrades, you can significantly increase the value of your home,...

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The Benefits Of Ceiling Fans in Las Vegas Homes

The Benefits Of Ceiling Fans in Las Vegas Homes

Today's Las Vegas homes combine the ingenuity of materials and techniques originally conceived by Native Americans, with modern technology such as air conditioning and ceiling fans. It's this wise combination of old and new that make desert homes comfortable even in...

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Knowing When it’s Time to Call an Electrician

Knowing When it’s Time to Call an Electrician

No matter how handy you are around the house, dealing with electricity is rarely a DIY job. Sure, you may have single-handedly installed a new toilet or sink in the bathroom, not to mention doing a pretty professional-looking job tiling the floor and the shower, but...

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5 Steps to Childproof Your Home against Electrical Hazards

5 Steps to Childproof Your Home against Electrical Hazards

As a parent, your major concern is to keep your children safe from harm, both inside and outside of the home.  Children face a variety of dangers indoors, from choking hazards to poisonous substances stored under the sink or in medicine cabinets to injuries sustained...

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What Causes Circuit Breakers to Keep Tripping

What Causes Circuit Breakers to Keep Tripping

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your circuit breakers until you lose electrical power. However, it’s the circuit breakers that protect a house or building from having an electrical overload, which can not only damage appliances but...

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Home Security Outdoor Lighting Tips

Home Security Outdoor Lighting Tips

Outdoor lighting is your first line of defense against prowlers or intruders. Security lighting discourages prowlers and unwanted guests from entering your property (Dark clothing and dark skies are a burglar's best friends!). In addition to warding off intruders,...

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Smoke Detector Installation and Maintenance

Smoke Detector Installation and Maintenance

You can significantly reduce chances of injury or death with the proper installation and maintenance of smoke detectors in your home. In fact, since smoke alarms were introduced and have become required in most states, fire fatalities in the U.S. have significantly...

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Appliance Hacks For Power Savings

Appliance Hacks For Power Savings

Whether a person is interested in saving money or saving the planet, one step in their mission is minimizing power usage at home. There's much more to be done than adjusting thermostats and turning off the lights. Here are some power saving tips that go a long way to...

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Hiring An Electrician: The Checklist

Hiring An Electrician: The Checklist

When you decide to hire an electrician for work around your home, it's important to choose one that's going to meet all of your needs. You should always use a licensed and experienced electrician and this means having a checklist to ensure you're able to vet them...

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DIY Vs Handyman Vs Licensed Electrician: What You Need To Know

DIY Vs Handyman Vs Licensed Electrician: What You Need To Know

When you need electrical work done within your home, your business, or anywhere else, you have options available to you. Understanding DIY versus handyman versus licensed electrician will help you to determine how to get the work done, and ensure that the work is done...

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Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

DIY holiday lighting installation is common. You want your property to look great, and this might include hanging lights off of your gutters or shingles, adding lighted decorations on the lawn, and more. There are quite a few lighting and electrical tips to follow in...

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What Light Bulb Saves the Most Money?

What Light Bulb Saves the Most Money?

When figuring out your household budget and looking for ways to cut costs, lowering energy consumption is a great place to start. We make it a point to turn the lights off when we leave the room, we may upgrade to Energy Star appliances and then hope to see a drop in...

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Programmable Thermostats

Programmable Thermostats

We decided to research this topic at Penny Electric because there seems to be disagreement as to whether or how programmable thermostats result in a cost savings. We also wanted to see how the dynamic and exceptionally hot summers in Las Vegas / Southern NV could...

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Avoid Unlicensed Electricians

Avoid Unlicensed Electricians

Your home or business is often one of the largest investments you make. Never place that investment in the hands of unlicensed contractors who are not properly trained and certified in their respective fields. Despite the economic impact on those making an honest...

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