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At Current Electric Co in Brookfield, Wisconsin, we know a thing or two about electrical projects and the best ways to do them. We decided to take that knowledge and make it available to you so that you’ll know what to do about your electrical systems. Look through our blog below to learn more and get expert advice.

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Emergency Generator – Why it Can Be One of Your Best Investments

There may be nothing more annoying and inconvenient than a power outage. Lost work time, spoiled food, loss of heat. These things are all consequences that home and business owners face when the electricity unexpectedly goes out.  There is a solution to these problems, and investing in a backup generator is that solution. Although these emergency generator systems aren’t cheap, even if you just purchase a portable generator, they are a great investment. 8 Benefits of Investing in an Emergency Generator Whether you’re a business owner or you’re just looking for an emergency generator for your home, there are big benefits to getting a backup power system. You’ll save money, irritation and mental energy in the long run. Consider the following points as you weigh the...

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4 Lighting Upgrades to Consider This Spring

Lighting upgrades are the perfect choice if you’re looking to enhance your home’s atmosphere this spring. The snow and sleet has melted, the days are growing longer, and the time for boosting home electricity is just right. With spring in full bloom, homeowners are looking for a change. Perhaps this comes in the form of spring cleaning, breaking out the mop and dust pan to eliminate any remaining traces of winter. However, spring cleaning isn’t just limited to household chores. It’s also a chance to make your home’s lighting work better than ever. There is a good chance you have some lights in your home that are in process of burning out. Your lighting problems may extend beyond flickering, and instead get to the point where it’s becoming difficult functioning in your home at all. A combination...

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What You Should Know About Aluminum Wiring

It’s time for a little history lesson. Back in the 1960s, copper experienced a spike in price. For newly constructed homes, this proved inconvenient and aluminum became an acceptable, cost-efficient alternative, especially for electrical wiring. Due to its comparatively lower cost, aluminum saw a surge in popularity over the next decade as it became the go-to choice for reliable electrical wiring that wouldn’t leave homeowners with an empty wallet. But its glory days wouldn’t last forever. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, aluminum wiring was found to be the cause for many residential fires, which only proved one thing—cost-efficiency does not equal high quality. Much like the disco songs and bell bottoms of the era, aluminum wiring suddenly became out of style and copper wiring got back in...

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Get with the Times: Why You Need to Replace Knob & Tube Wiring

The year is 2017, and if you’re still living with knob & tube wiring, you may just as well be living in the age of the dinosaurs. Knob and tube electrical systems were common in homes built between the late 1800s and 1930s. While they were considered the norm for a long while, you also have to remember their popularity came at a time of lesser electrical demands in the average home. There were none of those fancy kitchen aid mixers, hot tubs, washers, dryers, and perhaps worst of all, no television for people to binge watch the latest Netflix series. Since they cannot possibly keep up with modern electrical demands, they are incredibly unsafe to have in your home. In fact, they are illegal in several counties across the United States. There are other risks as well like low circuit capacity,...

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When Should You Call for Circuit Breaker Replacement?

Circuit breaker replacement is necessary if you want dependable electricity in your home, especially during the winter when electrical consumption increases. Though your circuit breaker panel is your first line in home electrical safety and can last you a long time, refusing to call for replacement when the time is right can give you all sorts of trouble. This includes flickering lights that will disrupt life in your home in more ways than one. You’ll also risk damaging your most essential lights and appliances, meaning you may have to spend more cash on replacing them. Worse, when too much power is drawn through a power cord, an electrical fire can result from overheating. Your home could be severely damaged by smoke, water and flame. With the increased safety risk, you will also notice...

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10 Electrical Upgrades for the New Year

The New Year is here which means it is time for homeowners to consider electrical upgrades throughout their home to remain safe and secure. Why do you ask? Well, per the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 50,000 fires are caused by faulty electrical systems in homes each year. And unfortunately, 450 deaths have occurred, as well as up to 1500 injuries. All homeowners would like to believe that their electrical system is safe and sound, but can you really know for sure? Electrical upgrades need consideration especially at the beginning of the year and the only way to know if your family is safe is though these ten resolutions. Why Take Advice from Current Electric? Here at Current Electric, it’s our top priority to ensure that you and your family are safe from any electrical danger....

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Holiday Electrical Troubleshooting

Electrical troubleshooting is one of the most important things you can do for your home this season. This time of year generally means adding decorative lighting both inside and outside your home. Unfortunately, faulty electrical problems don’t take breaks for the holiday season. If your home is full of outdated electrical features or faulty lighting, this season may not be so cheerful after all. This can be especially concerning if you are planning to have guests over for the holidays. Nothing says “holiday nightmare” like being unable to provide working electricity to your guests. If you don’t properly maintain your electrical system, you may face a wide range of problems. Don’t let electrical issues prevent you from enjoying the holidays this year. The winter season is already a time...

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5 Warning Signs You Need to Replace Your Home’s Electrical Outlets

Electrical outlets are able to provide power to all of your appliances. In fact, it’s probably one of the most essential aspects of your home’s electrical system. Without them, how else would you expect to watch a show on that big HD television or make a delicious smoothie in a blender? How could you expect to function in your home at all? The obvious answer here is that you can’t at all. However, since so many homeowners will take their outlets for granted, they do not receive the attention they deserve, allowing any problems to linger until it’s far too late. There is no electrical safety hazard greater than a faulty outlet. It can easily give rise to home electrical fires, especially it begins sporting some serious damage. If left uncovered or have their covers broken, faulty outlets...

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5 Factors to Consider Before Installing Whole Home Surge Protection

Whole home surge protection can keep most appliances away from the threat of power surges. A surge will occur when the flow of electricity in your home is interrupted, then suddenly kick starts again. Though it only lasts mere seconds, it can bring plenty of damage to your electrical system because it’s such a huge surge of electricity. Imagine doing work on the home computer, only for a power surge to prevent you from meeting deadlines and causing you to lose important data. If that sounds inconvenient, it may discomfort you that it can impact some other essential appliances as well. HVAC systems are also at risk, especially if it knocks out power to heating & cooling systems during the coldest and warmest times of the year. During lighting storms, it becomes even worse, as power surges...

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