How to make your basement more energy efficient?

Whether you are building a new house or renovating an older home, making spaces more energy efficient have a great number of benefits. With basements especially, there is a positive chain reaction that occurs. The two most notable things about upgrading a basement’s energy efficiency are that it’s good for the environment and it’s good for the pocketbook. Here’s a … Read More

Do I Need an Electrician To Change a Light Fixture?

Do I need an electrician to change a light fixture

People love do-it-yourself (DIY) projects — and we don’t blame them. There is a sense of real pride and accomplishment that comes after using your own hands and learning new skills to complete a job. Why do you think we got into this business in the first place? We love the feeling of completing a job, and doing it well. … Read More

The Most Common Signs at Home That You Need an Electrician

Signs at Home That You Need an Electrician

In a world awash DIY blogs and tutorials, you can do almost anything on your own. Want to learn to play guitar? Bake a cake? Build a deck? There is plenty of information online, with step-by-step instructions, to help you achieve your do-it-yourself dreams. But one area that’s best left to professionals is electrical work. In order to avoid damage … Read More

Can Power Outage Damage Electrical Appliances?

Can Power Outage Damage Electrical Appliances?

Some people love storm watching, and for good reason. Watching thick, dark, dramatic clouds roll in, lit up by bolts of lightning is a pretty spectacular display of the elements. But when lightning strikes close to home, it can disrupt the power grid and cause an outage. Even though it happens in a flash, people wonder if a power outage … Read More

Water Damage and Electricity: What to Do First

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If your home has undergone any kind of water damage – from a flood to leaks through the roof or burst pipes in the basement to excessive moisture – there is a chance that your electrical system or wiring has been compromised. Even in cases that don’t seem like a big deal, the combination of water and electrical systems can … Read More

Electric Heater Types for Homes

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Lots of people say that the cold in Vancouver is different than in other places. Because of the humidity in the air, it’s often chilly and damp and hard to warm up from. Even in the Spring, there is still a bite to the air, especially at night. That’s why electric heaters are a popular option for people who don’t … Read More

Do you need an electrician to install a ceiling fan?

Do you need an electrician to install a ceiling fan

Ceiling fans: some people love them, some people can’t stand them. Sure, they can be a little unsightly and outdated-looking, but they can make a huge difference in regulating a room’s temperature in both the winter and the summer, which leads to saving money all year long! Saving money by reducing energy costs associated with cooling and heating sounds like … Read More

Why Is My Electrical Outlet Not Working?

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Have you ever had the experience of an electrical outlet working perfectly fine one moment and the next… nothing. So you unplug your hair dryer (or phone or toaster) and switch outlets and voila! Your appliance is fired up and running again. If this happens, there is a good chance that there is something is wrong with your electrical outlet. … Read More

Top Home Electrical Panel Problems

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Though they may be daunting, electrical problems are sometimes simply a problem with your electrical panel. While we don’t recommend you take on any complicated electrical job on your own (call BPM and we’ll send over a skilled, professional electrician!), there are a few common problems that might occur with your electrical panel that you can at least diagnose on … Read More

Why is my electricity bill higher in cold weather?

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As we officially settle in for colder, shorter days, we often find that our habits change, too. We spend more time at home and indoors, making soup and watching movies. People automatically switch into hibernation mode. And that’s great! It’s the natural rhythm of things and it’s good to take some time to slow down, get cozy and recuperate after … Read More