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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.

Celebrate Earth Day With Solar Panel Installation

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The first Earth Day took place on April 22nd, 1970 with the goal of a world-wide, deeper appreciation for our planet. Each year, 180 countries around the world celebrate this day to reflect on the environment and find solutions to help make it healthier. Here at Current Electric, we want to do our part in keeping our planet safe and strong for generations to come. Therefore, we offer solar energy alternatives for your home or business. Not only is it good for the environment, it’s good for your wallet as well. Solar technology is a green power alternative that saves you money. Even though it’s so beneficial, many people are still on the fence about making the switch to solar energy. We believe that solar energy is the way to go, so to help put your mind at ease, we’re here to show you all...

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A Light Bulb Guide

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Our field Superheroes hear it all the time from our clients: Buying light bulbs is more difficult and frustrating now than it has ever been before, and we agree. If you’ve ever stood in the light bulb aisle at your local hardware store with a deer-in-headlights stare, you are not alone. Between the constantly-changing technology, industry lingo, and government regulations, you might be tempted to switch back to candles and lanterns, but we are here to try and make sense of the most confusing aisle in the store so the next time you need to replace your bulbs, you can find what you need quickly and confidently. There are 4 major types of light bulbs you will find in a variety of shapes and sizes. The first step in choosing your bulb is to figure out which type you want, and each type has its...

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Preparing Your Generator For The Winter Ahead

Generators are a backup source of electricity and can be absolutely crucial to some homeowners in order to keep their basements dry, their homes warm, and their food cold. Whatever your reason for wanting a backup generator, the Superheroes at Current Electric can offer the perfect solution for any budget. Types of Generators While there are technically more than two types of generators, our clients generally choose one of the following: Automatic standby, natural gas/liquid propane generators run directly on fuel that comes through available gas lines so they are lower maintenance and don’t require constant refueling as other types of generators do. Natural gas and propane are relatively clean forms of energy that start and run well in all kinds of weather. These units are permanently...

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Solar Panel Systems

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Solar panel systems provide a clean and renewable source of energy for residential buildings. They can also help homeowners lower their energy bills, leading to considerable savings over the years. If you are interested, consider the following information. Types Solar panel systems for residential buildings are available in two main types, off-grid and grid-connected. Off-grid systems are stand-alone ones that are not connected to a local utility company. Grid-connected systems are ones that are connected to a local utility company. These systems are able to use the grid for power when they are unable to produce enough energy on their own. The utility company arranges to purchase any excess power that grid-connected systems produce. Some grid-connected systems also have a battery backup...

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Current Electric Will Be at the NARI Home Show! Booth 242!

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The Home & Remodeling Show is a vital resource in considering your next home improvement project! This show features hundreds of reputable NARI Member home improvement professionals showcasing products and information related to improvement and maintenance of the interior or exterior of the home. Whether it’s an addition, kitchen or bathroom renovation or home maintenance needs of a new roof, windows, siding, gutters or more, it’s all available at the Home & Remodeling Show. Have a one-on-one conversation to address your questions, or gather inspiration to decide on your home improvement or maintenance plans. This show is a complete consumer experience with engaging seminars, interactive spaces, ideas for the holidays and more!

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9 Warning Signs of Outdated Wiring

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Outdated wiring can cause problems to occur that inconvenience you. You may find yourself in the dark a lot due to frequently tripped circuits or blown fuses. You might not have enough power to run all of your appliances, lights, and devices at the same time. You may receive shocks frequently. You may notice your electric bill is becoming increasingly high for no apparent reason, which may attribute to old wiring. Outdated wiring has the potential to do more than just complicate your life. You could find yourself without a place to call your own once the faulty wiring sparks and starts a fire. Get a step ahead and avoid an electrical emergency, read on about the signs of outdated wiring! Benefits of Rewiring If you opt to rewire your home, you could find yourself saving money. Although it...

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5 Signs You Need A New Circuit Breaker

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Circuit breaker replacement can be an economical investment in protecting your home while avoiding damage to your appliances and fixtures. In addition, you can rest easy knowing that your family will be safe. They are a valuable first line of defense in home safety but are often overlooked as a solution to real problems.  Your electrical panel is likely hidden in the basement or in a utility closet, well out of sight and thought. If you ignore the warning signs, you may experience the following symptoms: Flickering Lights: How annoying is it when you’re eating dinner with the family and the lights keep raising and lowering like in a haunted house? While distracting, you figure you can live with it. This could be troublesome. Poor Performance from Appliances: Your stove may bake unevenly...

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Solar Panels vs. Traditional Electricity: The Benefits of Saving Energy

It’s tricky being self-sufficient when you rely on public utilities. Utilities that provide everything from your air conditioning, to the water running in your faucet, to your plumbing, to the garbage you leave on the curb. Paying your utility bills can be a pain, and there’s not always much you can do to cut down on costs without compromising your lifestyle. There is, however, an option, install some solar panels. Solar panels utilize the sun, a 100% renewable resource, to generate electricity. A typical solar panel produces 200 watts of electricity, enough to power smaller appliances like your laptop or television. Depending on where you live, how many solar panels you install, and how efficient the solar cells inside the panels are, you can generate enough electricity to power your entire...

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How to Know If You Need Rewiring Services

It’s likely that your home is at least 10-20 years old, which means you’re probably due for some serious home maintenance. When this happens, it’s understandable to groan out loud as you mentally list bill after bill, and where to begin? Does my home need new insulation? Are there out-dated appliances? What about bad plumbing? All legitimate concerns, but it’s also likely that you haven’t considered your electrical wiring as a potential problem. Checking for out-dated wiring isn’t as simple as reading a thermostat or looking for mold spots, considering the issue is literally inside your walls. Only licensed electricians can guarantee if your house needs rewiring. So Should You Rewire? If your house is old and you enjoy all the conveniences your house provides you, then yes, you should probably...

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How to Cut Down Your Energy Bills with Solar Panel Installation

Saving money isn’t easy when it comes to utility bills, especially if it means compromising your comfortable lifestyle. With changes in seasons, bills fluctuate. Summers and winters have many appliances needing to sap more electricity just to function. It’s a frustrating situation. You don’t want to spend more in bills, but there’s always a limit to how much you can cut down on using appliances. Sometimes your hard efforts just don’t cut it. So what can you do in a seemingly helpless situation? The answer is literally right above you. It might sound crazy at first, but if you’re sick of what you’re paying for utility bills, now’s the perfect time to invest. It’s time to invest in solar panel installation. Harnessing the sun provides you with a clean, renewable, and reliable source of electricity...

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