Electrical Help Articles

Where to Find an Electrician Near Me

August 15, 2023
Mister Sparky electrician outdoors.

We all know someone who thinks they’re a master electrician. Still, you should always hire an electrician when you need real electrical work done.

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Electrical Safety During Storm Season: Power Surge & More

July 14, 2023
Electrical storm outside in a field.

As storm season approaches, ensuring your home is well-prepared to withstand potential damage caused by severe weather conditions is crucial.

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10 Tips For Circuit Overload

June 20, 2023
Overloaded circuit with the plug catching fire.

Circuit overload is a common problem when too much current flows through a circuit, exceeding the limited amount of electricity allowed.

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Lower Electric Bill for Summer 2023

May 23, 2023

Summers are getting hotter, ACs are constantly running, and electric bills are increasing. You can get a lower electric bill this summer by running your AC and other appliances at their maximum efficiency. If you want a lower electric bill permanently, call Mister Sparky Electrician Houston to perform an energy audit and install more energy…

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24-Hour Emergency Electrician Near Me

February 6, 2023

Did you know that electrical issues are a leading cause of structure fires in the US, accounting for nearly one-third of all such incidents? Electrical emergencies, such as power outages, short circuits, and sparking outlets, can strike at any moment, making it crucial to seek help from a 24/7 emergency electrician. 24 Hour Emergency Electrician…

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Is It Time for an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

January 20, 2023

An electrical panel upgrade is an excellent project that can improve the safety and functionality of your , home. is here to cover the signs that could indicate you may need to upgrade the electrical panel, as well as the benefits of doing so and what you can expect during the upgrade process.  Whether you are a homeowner,…

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16 Tips to Winterize Your Home & Save on Electric Bill

December 14, 2022

We’re now in the early days of winter, and the cold weather becomes more noticeable with each passing day. Colder weather means it’s time to crank up the heat and keep your living space cozy, but that also means a dreadfully high electric bill. How to save on your electric bills in winter? Winterize your…

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2022 BBB Awards for Excellence: Winner of Distinction

November 21, 2022

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…

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EV Charger Installation Near Houston

November 8, 2022

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?…

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Incandescent vs LED Light Bulbs: Which is better?

October 24, 2022

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…

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

September 28, 2022

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…

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How to Know If I Need an Electrical Panel Replacement

August 26, 2022

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…

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Why is my GFCI outlet not working?

July 21, 2022

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…

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All About Your Home’s Circuit Breaker Panel

June 27, 2022

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…

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Outdoor House Lights Guide: 6 Points to Consider

May 24, 2022

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…

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Electrical Safety for Kids: National Electrical Safety Month

April 22, 2022

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,…

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9 Tips to Save Money on Your Electric Bill in Houston

February 21, 2022

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…

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Whole-Home Surge Protection – National Electrical Code 2022 (Houston)

December 15, 2021

Almost everyone has faced the problem of electrical shocks through home appliances at one time or another. New electronic devices are hitting the market every passing day, which means that standard circuits may not handle all this electricity. For example, suppose there were five computers and six lamps in a room. In that case, it…

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What to Know About Lighting Installations

November 12, 2021

Whether it’s natural or accent, good Lighting Installations can completely change the feeling of your home. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips for lighting in your home to create an ambiance day and night. Contents Home Lighting Installations Hire a Professional to do Your Installations How Much Does Lighting Installation Cost? Types of…

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Mister Sparky Wins Pinnacle Award from Houston Better Business Bureau

October 20, 2021

We are proud to announce that Mister Sparky has received the Pinnacle Award from the Houston Better Business Bureau for 2021. The Pinnacle Award is the BBB’s highest honor awarded to one company from each category. Receiving this award from our 2020 application is especially meaningful, as this was one of the most challenging years for…

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How to Handle an Electrical Fire in Houston 

October 19, 2021

Are you dealing with an electrical fire and looking for fast and reliable emergency electricians in Houston? If there is an electrical problem that needs attention, we will be the first on the scene to fix it. So you can rest assured knowing that we’ll be there as soon as possible if you need our…

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Electrical Outlet Buzzing? How to fix it in Houston

September 16, 2021

Is your electrical outlet buzzing in Houston? In addition to appreciating music from the radio or the background sounds from an intriguing movie, some buzzing sounds may be annoying. If you hear a buzzing sound on your wall, you should first understand that it’s not normal. However, Houston residents report this common problem often. Most…

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What To Consider When Buying Energy Hogs

November 18, 2020

Top Energy Hogs in The Home Here’s the good news: The biggest energy hogs in your homes are not your flat screens. And it’s probably not your home theater system—unless you’re pumping out watts by the thousands. There are ways to save energy on those suckers, but why not concentrate your high-tech energy-efficiency efforts on…

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What Is a Short Circuit?

October 16, 2020

Your Complete Guide To Short Circuits Any and every electrical problem that occurs in a home setting is always blamed on a short circuit. But what does that mean exactly, and how do you find it, and how can you fix it in your home? What is a short circuit? Short circuits are shortcut paths.…

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Why Are My Lights Flickering?

September 16, 2020

Why Do My Lights Keep Flickering? Besides Christmas tree lights and faux flame bulbs, the site of flickering lights in your home can be very frustrating. However, no need to worry because the issue may be more straightforward than you may think. Usually, the flickering pattern of your lights can help you diagnose the underlying…

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Energy Efficiency Tips For the Summer

August 19, 2020

How to be Energy Efficient in the Summer With summer in full swing, the hot weather isn’t holding back. While there are a few people lucky enough to live in colder locations, many homeowners deal with this long patch of this blistering heat for months. To help keep houses cooler and more comfortable, people rely…

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What Are The Types Of Electrical Wiring?

June 17, 2020

Types Of Electrical Wiring The general concept of electrical wiring encompasses putting up wires and lighting systems. Wiring is a technical installation that requires qualified electricians to handle. Different governments and professional bodies have come up with safety measures. These standards guide electrical installation in their regions. The rules guide and apply to all types…

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Common Electrical Problems

April 20, 2020

Don’t Be Defeated by Common Electrical Problems. We are indeed living in interesting times. You may be among so many right now who are feeling constrained at home. Like many others, perhaps you have more persons at home all at the same time and suddenly recognize the expense is getting away from you, especially when…

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Mister Sparky is a 2020 BBB Awards for Excellence Winner

March 21, 2020

Mister Sparky Wins 2020 BBB Award For Excellence For the twelfth year in a row, Mister Sparky will be honored as a BBB Awards for Excellence Winner. Businesses must remain in good standing with the BBB and demonstrate commitment to excellence in their applications to achieve this award. Here’s a look back at the BBB…

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Why is My Doorbell Not Working?

February 19, 2020

Why is My Doorbell Not Working? Some homeowners like to hear a bell choir whenever their front doorbell rings. Others want to listen to a familiar, lighthearted tune when someone is at their door. What homeowners don’t like is when they push the doorbell only to hear the sound of silence. Why is the doorbell…

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Didn’t budget for electrical repairs? Our new promotions can help!

January 21, 2020

  Most people don’t budget for electrical repairs… And we get it!   With our NEW promotional payment options you have time to plan the unplanned.   We’ve got your back with payment options with no minimum purchase, no interest, and no payments.*   Below you’ll see how the promotion works and sample pricing.  …

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Everything You Need To Know About Home Security Lights

January 17, 2020

Everything You Need To Know About Home Security Lights A dimly-lit exterior can be a bigger security liability than many homeowners realize. In addition to making a property a more attractive target for thieves, vandals and even home intruders, poor illumination also increases the risk of accidents and mishaps. Especially in inclement weather or during…

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Should I Get An Electric Fireplace?

December 18, 2019

Should I Get An Electric Fireplace? Many people desire to have a cozy living room with comfortable seats and a beautiful fireplace to enjoy the chilly winter evenings. Although this dream is a lovely idea, real fireplaces are often expensive and require a lot of work and money, even if your home already has one…

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Electrician’s Guide to Holiday Lights: Minimize Power Interruptions and Stay Safe

December 10, 2019

An Electrician’s Guide To Holiday Lights Safety It’s that time of year! Your holiday decorations are out and your lights are up. Now it’s time to keep your yard brightly lit until the new year…  Each December, we visit a homeowner every day to help with power issues caused by holiday lights. That’s why we…

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How Much Energy Do Holiday Lights Use?

November 13, 2019

How Much Energy Do Holiday Lights Use? The Holidays are just around the corner, and all over, people are trying to figure out the best ways in which they can decorate their homes. No matter what part of the country you live in, you are bound to find places that are lit up and adorned…

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Best Smart Home Devices You Need For Your Home

October 16, 2019

Best Smart Home Devices You Need For Your Home Smart home devices are available for different spaces, and every option provides excellent advantages and perks. This guide features some of the best options for an average home. Smart Speaker A smart speaker is a product that everyone can use throughout the day and night. Its…

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Your Complete Guide To Outdoor Accent Lighting

September 18, 2019

Outdoor Accent Lighting Perhaps you’ve passed a house with incredible accent lighting outside before. You were likely stunned by how impressive the light made the house look. When done right, accent lighting can completely transform the exterior of your home. It can highlight key areas that attract the eye and make the home look as…

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Why You Should Use A Surge Protector

August 14, 2019

Why You Should Use A Surge Protector It’s no secret; society has become extremely dependent on technology. There seems to be a new gadget coming out every single day. However, with all of these advances comes a great deal of responsibility– mainly as it concerns protecting these items. And that’s because all it takes is…

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Energy Saving Tips for Summer

July 17, 2019

Energy Saving Tips for Summer Summertime is memorable for many things — family vacations, cookouts, fireworks–and sometimes, some massive electric bills. Keeping the home relaxed, comfortable, and well-lit during all those summer festivities can give the power bill a workout. So along with searching for great grilling recipes and fun beach getaways, smart consumers will…

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Why Outdoor Outlets Need To Be Covered

June 19, 2019

Do Outdoor Outlets Need To Be Covered? Using an outlet outdoor is almost as important as using outlets inside. If you want to mow the lawn, you need electricity to power the lawn mower. An electrical outlet is very convenient to avoid the usage of a lot of extension cords during Christmas and Halloween. It…

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How do I fix a Noisy Ceiling Fan?

May 15, 2019

Have A Noisy Ceiling Fan? A great way to cool off a room is by turning on a ceiling fan. Homeowners save countless dollars by using wind chill instead of air conditioning on hot days. However, a noisy ceiling fan is an incredible frustration. Get to know how anyone can fix these fans with only…

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Top 10 Home Electrical Safety Tips

April 17, 2019

Homeowners always strive to keep their family and property safe from accidents. With so many different systems and appliances to consider, there are many things to be mindful of when securing your home. Electricity is one of those things. Check out some of our tips own electrical safety tips to keep your home and family…

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How To Prepare For An Electrician Career

March 13, 2019

If you’re technically minded, enjoy working with your hands and enjoy problem-solving, an electrician career could be right for you! To become a licensed electrician there are requirements you must meet and a process you must follow to be properly certified. For example, a basic requirement is a high school diploma or an equivalent. It…

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5 Outdoor Lighting Fixtures You’ll Love For Spring

February 16, 2019

Outdoor light fixtures can absolutely transform the look of your outdoor space, and with spring right around the corner, its the perfect time to plan an update to your yard or patio. Outdoor living spaces are extensions of our homes, so when it comes to lighting them, they should feel as comfortable and safe as…

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Why Is My Electricity Bill Higher In The Winter?

January 15, 2019

The heat of the summer has turned to cold winter days and perhaps you’re thinking that with no air conditioner constantly running, your electric bill may be a few dollars cheaper. But you open your bill each month and that is definitely not the case. So you’re asking, “Why is my electricity bill higher in…

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Space Heaters: Give them Space!

December 15, 2018

Why you should give space heaters space! Space heaters can make a poorly heated area cozy and comfortable without high whole home heating costs. They can bolster or replace ineffective whole home heating sources and make the coldest of days nice and toasty indoors. Making the choice to consolidate heating to the most used areas…

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How to clean your Electronics

November 21, 2018

Your electronic gadgets mean everything to you. After all, they are your go-to devices for just about everything — social media, gaming, browsing the Internet and of course, phone calls and text messaging. Unfortunately, with all the usage they get on a daily basis, they can become quite dirty and even seeped with nasty substances…

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3 DIY Halloween Lighting Ideas

October 24, 2018

One of the best ways to make a home look ready for Halloween is by changing the lighting. The right lighting can create a spooky atmosphere and accent a variety of Halloween decorations. Check out these cute Halloween lighting ideas that can easily be made with basic craft store items. Mummy Mason Jars These adorable…

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Will A Ceiling Fan Installation Reduce My Power Bill?

October 10, 2018

Reducing Power Usage Can a fan really reduce the power usage in your home? Absolutely. The money saved in electrical bills over the year quickly pays for the fan purchase and installation. Using ceiling fans throughout your home helps moderate the temperature within each room. Circulating the cool air that’s already been produced by the…

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Why Are Electrical Grounds Important?

September 26, 2018

Electrical grounds are one of the most essential safety components of a home’s electrical system. Why do you need to ground electricity and what does this entail? A ground wire connects the outlets in your home to the electrical panel; this wire is dug into the ground surrounding your home. The soil that surrounds the…

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Common Electrical Outlet Problems

September 12, 2018

In today’s world, almost everything in a home uses electricity. We flip a switch or plug in an item. “Voilà,” it works. A properly functioning outlet is essential for the electric current to flow properly to power appliances and devices in our homes. Our small appliances are essential for making coffee and cooking. We are…

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How To Hire An Electrician

August 22, 2018

The electricity in your house brings you a host of benefits. You can enjoy heating and air conditioning when the outside temperature isn’t pleasant, and you can watch all of your favorite television shows. However, problems can also come into fruition with the electric, and handling these issues by yourself can prove dangerous. Learn how…

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Should I Replace My Electrical Panel?

August 8, 2018

If you’re a homeowner, you know that sometimes you need to fix things around the house. Plumbing wears out, air conditioners break, and furnaces need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years. The electrical panel, otherwise known as a circuit breaker, is no different. But how do you know when it is time to…

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Benefits of Annual Home Electrical Maintenance

July 25, 2018

When it comes to the electric in your home, you might be happy as long as the appliances work and the lights go on when you need them to do so. However, home electrical maintenance is about more than just what you can see. Instead of waiting for issues to arise, consider the benefits of…

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Top 5 Uses of LED Lighting

July 11, 2018

All About LED Lighting Those light-emitting diodes better known as LEDs are 90% more efficient at producing light than the incandescent light bulbs. How do they do that? LED lighting works by passing an electrical current through a microchip. As the current passes through the microchip, it illuminates the tiny LED light producing visible light.…

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How to Childproof Outlets

June 20, 2018

Having little ones in the home is a cause for great joy. However, it also means that parents, grandparents and other caretakers need to ensure that their homes are safe for children. Electrical outlets, for example, can make for a serious danger. They can cause injury or even death. Therefore, taking the time to call…

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What To Do In Power Outage Emergencies

June 6, 2018

While power outages are relatively frequent, they can seem particularly frightening when they do happen. Whether power is out for a brief moment or the electricity is down for much longer, getting used to living with the lights off is indeed a challenge. The best way to get through power outage emergencies is to prepare…

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Troubleshooting Dead Electrical Outlets

May 23, 2018

Do you have one or more of those electrical outlets that operates inconsistently or not at all? Rather than avoid a faulty or dead electrical outlets, it is better to make sure it is operating properly to avoid the risk of fire hazard, not to mention the inconvenience of having to work around dead electrical…

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Can I Add More Fuses to My Breaker Box?

May 9, 2018

So you’ve decided that you need power in other areas of your home, or that you would like to divide up the power sources for an existing room. Maybe you’ve built a home addition, such as a sun room or a spare bedroom. Or maybe your power needs have changed and you’re drawing too much…

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Landscape Lighting Ideas For Mother’s Day

April 25, 2018

Mother’s day is almost here, and you’re probably wondering what you should give the person who gave you life. It’s common for people to feel frustrated, especially if your mother is one of those people who already have everything. You gave her a candle gift set and a gift certificate to dinner last year, and…

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Home Generator Safety Tips

April 11, 2018

A home generator is an essential addition to the home that can make a real difference in the level of functioning in the event of a prolonged power outage. With the purchase of a generator, homeowners gain a sense of security and peace of mind from the knowledge that they can keep their families safe…

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Which Bulb is Best for Outdoor Lighting: LED or Incandescent?

March 21, 2018

LED lights are perfect candidates for your next outdoor lighting project.Homeowners around the world are always on the lookout for the best products that add value to their properties. This search extends to lighting the home. Buying those large, incandescent bulbs of the past used to be commonplace, but there are alternatives today. When it…

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Do GFCI Outlets Go Bad?

March 7, 2018

Since their introduction into the National Electrical Code (NEC), Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet location requirements have expanded way beyond the initial recommendations, and now include practically every outlet on your property, in and out of the house. These life-saving devices have improved to the point where they are, almost, tamper-proof, but they can…

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Space Heater Safety Tips

February 16, 2018

Central heating systems distribute warm air throughout a building, but some rooms may have cold spots or need additional heat. Space heaters can be a great way to augment heat, and they can also be the source of fires, shocks and injury. As winter drags on, many people will take their safety for granted, and…

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Know Your Home Electrical System

January 20, 2018

Electricity powers almost everything that makes our lives comfortable. Heating and cooling equipment, refrigerators, computers, lights, fans and hybrid cars require electricity to function. Before World War II, 60 amperes at the service panel was adequate to meet home electrical system requirements. Today, households require a minimum of 100 amps. Large homes, or those with…

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Top 10 Holiday Electrical Hazards

December 21, 2017

Home electrical safety may not be the most festive topic, but it’s an important consideration before pulling out the holiday decorations. Knowing what holiday electrical hazards are most common during the season, you can prevent unnecessary problems and help to keep your family safe. Here are the top 10 causes of electrical shock, fires, and…

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Electrical Inspection for the Holidays

November 20, 2017

Keep Your Home Safe with an Electrical Inspection The holidays are looming around the corner and that means a lot of time spent in the kitchen and a great time for an electrical inspection. It’s easy to get distracted by the stresses of stuffing the turkey and housing the in-laws and before you know it,…

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Two Prong Electrical Outlet Safety

November 10, 2017

Three Prong vs. Two Prong Electrical Outlet We’ve all noticed the obvious difference between a two prong electrical outlet and a three prong electrical outlet. But many have never stopped to consider why they’re different and what the difference might mean for your home. The answer is quite a bit. The main difference between a…

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Electrical Trivia from Mister Sparky

October 20, 2017

Electricity: is everywhere and nowhere all at once. How much do you know about electrical trivia and the invisible energy that lights up the world? (answers below) Question #1: Which American company consumes the highest percentage of the world’s energy? General Motors ExxonMobil Google Dow Question #2: Halogen lamps should always be kept away from?…

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Mister Sparky’s National Fire Safety Month Tips

October 10, 2017

October means Halloween, football and beautiful foliage. It’s also National Fire Safety Month. On average, fires cause 3000 deaths and 15000 injuries in the US each year. According to the CDC, children four and under are particularly susceptible to fire-related injuries and deaths. You can help your children understand the importance of fire safety through…

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Electrical Safety For Football Season

September 20, 2017

Football season is here. Whether your passions are with your high school, college, NFL, or fantasy team (or even if you’re just along for the ride for the sake of a good tailgate party), a lack of safety precaution can make your game watching experience miserable. At Home Keep electrical appliances away from the sink–…

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How To Save Energy For The Fall

September 10, 2017

Labor Day is in the rearview and autumn is almost upon us. You know what that means: Halloween decorations, pumpkin spice everything, and some blessedly cooler weather. As much as you might love the lower temperatures and turning leaves, if you aren’t careful, the season can do a number on your energy bills. Buttoning up…

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DIY Electrical Mistakes

August 20, 2017

Many homeowners like to go DIY when it comes to smaller projects around their homes. But when you’re not using a professional, it’s easy to overlook little mistakes. And with electricity, little mistakes can be dangerous, even deadly. We’ve listed five of the most common home electrical mistakes and how to avoid them. Making Connections…

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How To Avoid A House Fire In Your Home

August 10, 2017

Today we launch the first in a new series designed to help you prevent common electrical catastrophes, with tips and advice to better protect you and your family from a house fire. In the first of the series, we look at the best ways to avoid the worst of electrical disasters: the house fire.  …

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Mister Sparky’s Energy Saving Tips

July 20, 2017

July in Texas means burgers on the grill, fireworks at night, and flip-flops at the pool. But it also means sky-high electric bills. The good news is it doesn’t have too. With a few simple, convenient household changes, you can see big savings on your monthly energy bills. Open Every Vent Some homeowners believe that…

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Find The Best Electrician Near Me!

July 13, 2017

If you are having electrical issues in your home, one of the first questions you might ask yourself is “How do I find an electrician near me?” Choosing an electrician might not be such a complicated task after all, once you know what to look for when making your choice. Read on to learn about…

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When Should I Change Old Electrical Wiring

June 23, 2017

It is time to think about replacing old electrical wiring in the home if your house is 40 or more years old. Even though your appliances and devices seem to work without any apparent issues, exposed wires or frayed insulation materials warrant an immanent inspection. The certified electricians at Mister Sparky Electrician Houston will check…

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Finding The Right Electrician Near You

June 12, 2017

View all of our Blog Posts On Time Guarantee We’re Here Whenever You Need Us “We’re on time you’ll see or your electrical repair is free”. We back our superior electrical service with not only integrity, transparency, and dependability, but also our On Time Guarantee. We understand your time is valuable which is why we…

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Houston Electrician Tips Preparing Your Home For Vacation

May 20, 2017

Before you leave for your vacation, make sure your home is properly prepared for your absence and make your vacation worry-free. Check your appliances, lights, etc. around your home with Mister Sparky’s vacation checklist: View all of our Blog Posts On Time Guarantee We’re Here Whenever You Need Us “We’re on time you’ll see or…

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Protecting Your Family from Electrical Hazards in the Home

May 13, 2017

Electricity provides us with light, warmth and music. It allows us to access our favorite television shows and websites. These days, many of us even read on a device powered by electricity. It’s a fundamental part of modern life, but when something goes wrong, the electrical hazards can be deadly. Electrical Fires: How Often Do…

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Creative Lighting Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts

April 30, 2017

Finding unique Mother’s Day gift ideas can sometimes be a challenge. We have some practical, yet very unique gift ideas to share with you. Let’s face it, mom spends a lot of time at home. There’s no better way to show her how much you care than creative home-lighting ideas this Mother’s Day. Here are…

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Upgrading Electrical Outlets

March 29, 2017

Electrical outlets or wall outlets are the primary points of interaction most people have with their home electrical systems. Those of us who aren’t electricians or electrical contractors, may not ever open our main electrical panels, but we plug and unplug things from our outlets every day. Those electrical outlets don’t last forever, and they…

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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

March 17, 2017

Mister Sparky Electrician Houston potential causes of a consistently tripping circuit breaker with Houston homeowners. Mister Sparky Electrician Houston, America’s On-Time Electrician, offers the best electrician services in the Houston, Texas area, including Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress, Spring, The Woodlands, and Kingwood. Mister Sparky Electrician Houston, America’s On-Time Electrician, serves Houston, Texas and its surrounding cities including Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress,…

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How Do I Find An Electrician In Houston

February 22, 2017

As a homeowner, there will be times when you find yourself needing some electrical assistance. You will want to upgrade your homes electrical system. An example of this would be adding or replacing smoke detectors or adding whole house surge protection. Other times, your outlets may malfunction or the electrical power may quit working in…

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Accent Lighting Ideas from Houston Electrician

February 21, 2017

Looking for new accent lighting ideas? Check out these tips from Mister Sparky Electrician Houston! When you assess the lighting in your home, you should be able to pick out several layers of illumination. General lighting is typically centered on the ceiling, casting a bright light around the room. Task lighting, such as desk lamps,…

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Power Outage Safety Tips

February 10, 2017

Mister Sparky Electrician Houston shares power outage safety tips for Houston homeowners. Mister Sparky Electrician Houston, America’s On-Time Electrician, offers the best electrician services in the Houston, Texas area, including Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress, Spring, The Woodlands and Kingwood. Mister Sparky Electrician Houston, America’s On-Time Electrician, serves Houston, Texas and its surrounding cities including Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress, Spring, The…

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Big Game Electrical Safety from Houston Electrician

January 20, 2017

Mister Sparky Electrician Houston, America’s On-Time Electrician, offers the best electrician services in the Houston, Texas area, including Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress, Spring, The Woodlands and Kingwood. Electrical safety tips provided by Mister Sparky Electrician Houston. Mister Sparky Electrician Houston, America’s On-Time Electrician, serves Houston, Texas and its surrounding cities including Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress, Spring,…

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Houston Electrician Offers Whole-Home Surge Protection

January 10, 2017

Today, homes are more in need of whole-home surge protection than ever before. With the increasing use of technology and electronics, 80 percent of the electrical surges in a home are generated by people. Generators and appliances such as air conditioning units and washing machines introduce small surges into a home’s electrical lines. These surges…

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Houston Electrician 2017 Home Lighting Trends

December 20, 2016

As the end of 2016 draws near, the days have become shorter with darkness arriving much earlier! We find ourselves spending more time inside our homes, and we can easily contract a bit of cabin-fever staring at the same walls every day. A bit of relief can come from switching things up. Consider making a…

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Residential Electricians In Houston

August 16, 2016

When you’re looking for the best licensed and bonded residential electricians in Houston, look no further than Mister Sparky Electrician Houston! All of our electricians are educated, clean cut, and courteous. And we can solve just about any of your residential electrical repair needs. What Problems Can Residential Electricians in Houston Solve? Our Houston electrician…

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Houston Electrician Installs Portable Generators

May 11, 2016

Houston, TX, residents have faced detrimental flooding since April 18, causing more than $5 billion in damage to the city and 123,000 homes to lose power, according to CNN. There’s not much these people could have done to prepare for the vast amount of damage caused by the flooding, but having Portable Generators installed by a…

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No Power – Dead Electrical Outlet

May 10, 2016

Electrical outlets, sometimes called receptacles, are in nearly every room we live in. They deliver the electricity that provides light at night. Outlets provide power for our computers and allow us charge our phones, and they keep the clocks on time so we can get to our jobs on-time. They’re so important to keeping us…

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Houston Smoke Detectors For Fire Safety

April 18, 2016

Mister Sparky Electrician Houston promotes smoke detectors for fire protection week in October! Mister Sparky Electrician Houston has been on a mission to educate the public on fire safety, including the proper use and maintenance of smoke detectors. Your First Line of Defense Your first line of defense for fire safety is taking proper precautions…

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Assessing The Trade Skills Gap – Electrician Careers

April 8, 2016

Imagine an America where trade skills industry professionals such as electricians, plumbers and HVAC technicians are scarce. The majority of workers in the industry have retired, and there are not enough excited young people lining up to fill newly vacant positions. This unfortunate situation hurts the trade industry business, its consumers and the economy. Knowing…

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Flickering Lights

March 20, 2016

Do you have an annoying flickering light in your home that you can’t seem to fix? While flickering lights may seem like a simple nuisance to a homeowner, Mister Sparky understands that the presence of such a faulty light can be a sign of a more serious underlying problem. Flickering Lights and House Fires Believe…

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Electrical Outlet Repair

March 11, 2016

Electrical outlets are one of those necessities that we take for granted. With the ease of use and accessibility, our daily routines would be greatly disrupted without them. So when an outlet isn’t working properly, and we’re faced with an electrical outlet repair, the whole ordeal can feel like a nuisance. Replacing an outlet may…

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Spring Houston Electrician Safety At Home

March 10, 2016

  New Survey Finds Home Safety Tips For Daylight Saving Time The start of Daylight Saving Time is a good time to check the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, but a new national survey by Mister Sparky®, finds some people may need to change more. Daylight saving time officially starts this…

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Houston Electrician Careers

March 9, 2016

View all of our Blog Posts On Time Guarantee We’re Here Whenever You Need Us “We’re on time you’ll see or your electrical repair is free”. We back our superior electrical service with not only integrity, transparency, and dependability, but also our On Time Guarantee. We understand your time is valuable which is why we…

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The Season For Safety: Fall Electrical Tips

September 17, 2015

In Texas, we like to label the first “cold” front of the year as a good indicator that fall is just around the corner. The cooler weather means more time for do-it-yourself projects, more time spent outdoors, and more time prepping for holiday decor. With this boost in productivity, it’s easy to overlook crucial safety precautions involving electricity.…

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Why You Should Think About Installing Dimmer Switches

August 30, 2015

So you’ve started to really think about the lighting in your home, and have even installed some LED light bulbs to save energy and reduce your monthly electrical bill. Next on your list: installing dimmer switches! Here’s how to save even more money and continue to make your home look and feel great with dimmer…

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Back to School Electrical Safety Tips

July 30, 2015

As the summer winds down, both parents and kids start prepping for another school year. Though the routine of typical school days is all too familiar, electrical hazards lurk around each corner and in each classroom. Here’s a few simple reminders about electricity for students of all ages to keep in mind when heading back…

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Saving Energy: One Room at a Time

July 29, 2015

Make saving energy in your home simple and easy this summer by taking it one room at a time! Saving energy can be complicated when there are so many costly, energy sucking appliances and electronics in your home. Here are some energy saving tips for the rooms in your house that are the biggest energy…

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Get Storm Ready: Portable Generator Safety Tips

May 30, 2015

Heavy rains and storms are currently upon all of Houston. As the hurricane season gets underway many of us will stock up on supplies and possibly invest in a generator. With the many that were left without power during our last rain event, it only seems reasonable that a generator can be a valuable thing to have in a…

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Energy Saving Tips To Beat The Houston Heat

May 21, 2015

As the temperature rises it’s important to stay on top of your home’s energy use. Keep these energy saving tips in mind as you try to keep your electric bill in check this summer. Turn that thermostat… up? As great as an iceberg-like home feels on a hot day, try to get in the habit of…

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Get Rid of Backyard Electrical Hazards

May 4, 2015

Summer is so close, we can already feel the heat! And with all the time that you and your family will spend outside playing, grilling and swimming, it seems like a perfect time to talk about hidden outdoor electrical dangers to keep your family out of harms way. Power and Utility Lines Many backyards are equipped…

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Essential Ceiling Fan Tips To Keep You Cool This Summer

April 22, 2015

As warmer weather becomes the norm, you’re probably dreading the next few electric bills. Ceiling fans can be saviors this time of year. By keeping the air in constant circulation, they provide the feeling of a cooler room without the need to turn the air conditioner down. Here’s a few things to remember while trying…

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Landscape Lighting: Never Too Late To Illuminate

March 31, 2015

Landscape lighting can elevate your home’s curb appeal, adding a high-end look, while providing that extra security factor that all homeowners can appreciate. Whether it’s spotlights that highlight certain architectural or landscape features, or floodlights that illuminate large areas, you’ll have an exterior that you can be proud of. Quick tip: Go outside with a flashlight…

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Troubleshooting 3 Common Home Electrical Problems

March 31, 2015

Many of the electrical issues you face in your home today are the same that plague many other homeowners. Here’s a quick guide on troubleshooting what may cause some of these electrical problems and what you can do to fix them. Lights Problems Flickering or Dimming Lights- While flickering lights could be a simply loos…

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Recessed Lighting Installation: Why You Shouldn’t DIY

March 28, 2015

So you’re thinking of replacing your old lighting systems to a new recessed lighting solution. It may seem like it will be a simple replacement of light fixtures, but there are so many more risks associated with using recessed lighting without proper installation. We’ve mapped out three major reasons why you shouldn’t be doing this…

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A Shocking Guide To GFCI Outlets

February 23, 2015

Roughly 200 people in the United States die from ground faults each year. That accounts for two-thirds of all home electrocutions. So what’s a ground fault? When electricity from a wire escapes and passes through something, or someone, it heads straight for the ground. This chain of events is oftentimes fatal, but completely preventable thanks…

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Quick Tips- Energy Conservation For Kids

February 22, 2015

“I unscrew the light bulbs in my house if I see the kids leaving the lights on in their room,” says Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Every time they leave the lights on, one more light bulb goes. And eventually within a week, they end up in a dark room… Now they don’t ever leave the lights on…

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Circuit Breakers vs. Fuses: What You Need To Know

February 20, 2015

Circuit breakers and fuses are at the apex of your home’s electrical system. Though they essentially do the same job – protecting your home from electrical overloads – it’s done in completely different ways. Your air conditioner is on full blast, every ceiling fan is spinning, the television is blaring, the oven is heating up…

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Electrical Wire Inspection: Is Your Home At Risk?

February 3, 2015

Around 18,200 home fires each year are caused by electrical wiring, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, causing 120 deaths and 530 injuries, and not to mention $450 million in property damages. Keeping your home and family from becoming a part of this statistic is our main goal at Mister Sparky with consistent electrical…

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Heated Floors: Do I Need An Electrician?

January 31, 2015

You’re planning on getting rid of your cold floors forever. Great, because in Houston, no matter the temperature outside, our floors are still cold in the mornings! Now you may be looking into different options, supplies, etc. but your biggest question is how many technicians will I need to have involved: a plumber, electrician, an HVAC…

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The Future Is Now: Home Automation

January 30, 2015

Our homes, whose sole purpose at one time was to simply protect us from the elements, are well on their way to becoming “living,” smart devices that learn our habits and adjust the environment around us accordingly. Home automation is the now, and there are an unbelievable amount of ways to tap into this technology and…

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Avoiding Electrical Fires During Winter

January 29, 2015

It’s obviously no coincidence that more electrical problems, especially electrical fires, occur during the colder, winter months. In fact, it’s estimated that over 28,000 house fires ignite in the U.S. each year because of electrical issues – with most of these occurring in December, January, and February. A majority of these sometimes-fatal catastrophes can be…

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Super Spooky Electrical Problems

October 25, 2014

Tis’ the season for ghouls and cavities! The Mister Sparky electricians never stop their interest in keeping Houston families safe from freak electrical accidents, even if that means sharing a few images of scary electrical jobs that you should never settle for! Really Frightening Rewiring Rewiring jobs, like the one posted above, show the carelessness…

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Texas-Sized Heat Brings Texas-Sized Electrical Problems

October 7, 2014

Because Texas is so large, energy consumption is well beyond any other state in the nation. As a result of electrical use being so high, there are similar problems that many residents face. Precious Lone-Star humidity If there’s one thing southeast Texans don’t miss when they’re out and about traveling, it’s the ridiculous humidity we…

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How To Test Your Smoke Alarm This Week

September 3, 2014

So we all know what smoke alarms are and that they are supposed to be inspected fairly often, but how many times have you tested your detector this year? It’s quite common to skip the monthly testing because we simply forget or some may even consider it to be a waste of time however, Mister…

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