2022 BBB Awards for Excellence: Winner of Distinction

The Better Business Bureau recognizes Mister Sparky Electrician Houston as the recipient of the 2022 Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence: Winner of Distinction. The Better Business Bureau recognizes non-profits and businesses for their achievements and continued commitment to providing a quality workplace. Mister Sparky Electrician Houston is proud to be one of the 264 companies recognized at the November 2022 BBB Awards for Excellence. Mister Sparky Electrician Houston received the Award for Excellence for the second year in a...

EV Charger Installation Near Houston

Do you own an electric vehicle? And, if you do, are you always searching for someplace to charge it? Well, with a home EV charger installation, you'd never lack car power again. With that in mind, let's consider nine common questions about EV chargers and the EV charger installation process.  Contents What Are EV Chargers? What Wiring Is Needed for EV Chargers? Can a Normal Electrician Handle an EV Charging Station Installation? Do I Need an Electrician for an EV...

Incandescent vs LED Light Bulbs: Which is better?

Moving into a new home or apartment can be an exhausting process. Moving can take a lot out of you and your wallet. One of the simplest ways to save money is via your electric bill. Lighting is a huge part of your energy usage. Different types of lighting use various amounts of energy. The energy usage is notably different for incandescent vs LED lights. If you're moving into an older home or apartment, it may be full of traditional...

Fire Prevention Week 2022 – The Importance of Having a Fire Safety Plan 

National Fire Prevention Week 2022 is the week of October 9-15! Since 1922, the National Fire Prevention Agency has celebrated this special week.  For the one-hundredth anniversary of National Fire Prevention Week, the 2022 NFPA slogan is, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape,” to remind you about the simple but important things you can do to keep yourself and those around you safe in the event of a home fire.  A home escape plan is perhaps the best fire safety...

How to Know If I Need an Electrical Panel Replacement

Knowing if it is time for an electrical panel replacement is not as easy as it seems, but there can be a few indicators that it might be time to check it out. But first, let's cover the basics of electrical panels. An electrical panel, also known as a circuit breaker box or an electrical box, is a metal box that contains your home's circuit breaker switches. The switches can turn off or "trip" when a power surge is detected,...

Why is my GFCI outlet not working?

Ground fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs, can cut power to the entire outlet in certain circumstances. They are most often in locations like hallways, bedrooms, and kitchens. GFCIs monitor the level of electricity traveling through a circuit. If too much power comes through, the GFCI shuts the circuit off. They are designed to respond to quick, high-voltage surges. Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters, inversely, respond to sustained, low-voltage surges.  GFCIs are often placed in kitchens and bathrooms. These are places with...

All About Your Home’s Circuit Breaker Panel

A circuit breaker box panel is a box that holds all of your home's electrical breaker switches.  You know, that magical plot device that heroes in movies need to get to escape trouble or break into an impenetrable fortress?  From Samuel L. Jackson's famous "Hold onto your Butts" line in Jurassic Park to cutting power in Vegas in Ocean's Eleven, it seems the circuit breaker panel is an all-powerful tool to fix whatever problem you have. In terms of everyday...

Outdoor House Lights Guide: 6 Points to Consider

Outdoor house lights are a great way to make your home more aesthetically pleasing. You can use outdoor house lights to illuminate walkways. You could also use them in your backyard for events or make them motion-detectable for safety purposes. Outdoor house lights come in many unique styles. From string lights to motion detection to wide-range lamps and ground-level path lights, you can find a set of outdoor house lights for any situation. But is it good to leave outdoor...

Electrical Safety for Kids: National Electrical Safety Month

How to Teach Your Kids About Electrical Safety It's May. The weather is warming up. The school year is ending. And kids are going to be home much longer than usual. For a parent, it's great to have your kids back for the summer. But this time can present some hazards for your little ones, and that is why electrical safety for kids is so important. May is also National Electrical Safety Month in Houston and the US. Here at...

9 Tips to Save Money on Your Electric Bill in Houston

If you are looking for ways to save money on your electric bill, we got you covered. Nothing eats into your budget quite like a hefty electric bill. However, your electric bill is the easiest utility to save on! Here at Mister Sparky Houston, we’ve identified some key methods you can use to save money on your electric bill in Houston, TX, this year. Contents 9 Ceiling Fans 8 Electrical Wiring 7 Whole-House Surge Protector 6 LED Lightbulbs 5 Insulation...