Author Archives: Gary Houston Electric Company

Tips on How to Use Extension Cords and Surge Protectors Safely

Years ago life was simple and electrical outlets were abundant. No more. Now it seems we’re overrun with TVs, DVRs, modems, appliances, computers, you name it. And what few outlets are left fill up with phone chargers and tablets.

Extension cords and power strips are often used to fill the gap, but improper use is dangerous. Small devices such as lamps, radios, and the like may generally be powered with an extension if needed, and heavy duty extensions rated appropriately can be safely used to temporarily power electrical tools and other devices.

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How LED Lights Save You Money

There are many things that you can do around the house to lower your electric bills, including adjusting your thermostat, installing weatherstripping and/or storm windows and doors, checking attic insulation, and turning off lights when you’re not in a room. These methods have been around for as long as people have had air conditioning and electrical lighting in their homes, and a few small changes can typically lead to significant savings right away.

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Four Factors that Make an Electric Company Reliable

When you need an electrical contractor to work on your home or business, you want to know that you’re getting the best you can find, and that the electric company is reliable and trustworthy. At Gary Houston Electric Company, we believe you should be able to easily tell which electrical companies deserve your business, based upon four factors by which you can judge their reliability.

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How to Prepare Your Business for Winter

Despite the unseasonably warm weather in December, winter has arrived in Arkansas, and if you haven’t prepared for it you don’t want to let any more time get away. This time of year, you are never more than one winter storm away from big problems, especially if that storm packs a one-two punch that makes travel impossible and knocks out power for an extended time.

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A Few Things to Consider When Looking for a Licensed Electrician

There are many quality electricians in Arkansas, and it’s always a good idea to shop around before making a hiring decision. Soliciting multiple estimates is standard procedure for most contractor jobs, and you can quickly learn how companies match up on price. But should you simply hire the lowest bidder?

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