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What is Voltage?

by Hickerson Brothers on August 5, 2016

We view voltage as the end-all measurement of energy in a system.  We rank high-voltage lines, substations and any relatively dangerous system using measurements of low and high voltage.  These measurements are not always exact – low voltage is usually considered to be roughly 120V AC or lower while high voltage is anything over that […]

Home Lighting: LED, CFL, and Incandescent

by Hickerson Brothers on July 28, 2016

What’s the one electrical device you use more than anything else?  The answer is the light bulb (or lighting in general).  With more light available during the summer, it can be easy to forget just how much energy we spend on lighting each night.  The expenses you pay on lighting, and what you can do […]

Cell Phone Battery Maintenance Tips

by Hickerson Brothers on July 21, 2016

I love the accessibility of my cell phone.  A tiny computer with access to simpler forms of so many different computer applications that I can carry with me all day long.  The tiny battery (which takes up most of the phone’s internal space) powers it for far longer than some of the old not-quite-portable laptops […]

CAPITALIZING on Office Lighting

by Hickerson Brothers on July 7, 2016

Lighting, without it, we don’t function as effectively both because we need sunlight to trigger vitamin D release and because we can’t see without it.  Getting lighting just right in your office (whether at home or in a lofty skyscraper) helps with stress, efficiency, and overall health.  It isn’t just a matter of improving how […]

Structured Media Center

How to Wire a Media Center

by Hickerson Brothers on June 30, 2016

Monday is July 4th, the day we celebrate American Freedom and Independence with food, friends, family, and fireworks!  We hope you plan to have a great Independence Day celebration, but over the long weekend you may need some time to relax as well and for those of you who’ve been planning to upgrade your entertainment […]

Surge Protectors & Lightning

Surge Protectors & Lightning

by Hickerson Brothers on June 23, 2016

Whenever we set up expensive electronics (we’re talking about media centers, game stations, and computers) part of the setup involves a quick run to an electronics store for a power strip with a surge protector.  If you’re feeling really fancy, it’s likely that you’ll spring for a combination battery-backup and surge protector.  Of course, these […]

Battery Saving Tips

by Hickerson Brothers on June 16, 2016

Energy storage is an important part of portability and energy infrastructure.  Without the ability to store and release large amounts of energy we’re left with needing a constant feed of dedicated energy from a specialized source.  All of our portable devices, from children’s toys to cars and airplanes use some kind of battery for power.  […]

What Makes Energy Renewable?

What Makes Energy Renewable?

by Hickerson Brothers on June 9, 2016

Wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and biofuel are all energy sources that are increasingly in the public view.  The backbone of energy across the world has been coal for a long time.  In the past few years, there have been countries making great strides in moving away from the standard of coal power generation and shifting […]

Simple Electrical Upgrades

Simple Electrical Upgrades

by Hickerson Brothers on June 2, 2016

Not everything about your home’s electrical system needs to be an incredibly expensive repair or replacement.  A few minor changes and upgrades are helpful, especially if your home is 15 years older or more. Energy-Efficient Lights/New Lights How many people does it take to replace a lightbulb? Quite a lot of people actually.  Fortunately, we’re […]

Safe Electrical Experiments for Kids

Simple Electricity Experiments for Kids

by Hickerson Brothers on May 26, 2016

When it comes to electrical safety, the easiest way to stay safe is knowledge.  Which is why we spent the month covering different aspects of electrical safety for the home. Once your house is protected against accidents, the next best thing you can do is teach your children the principles of electricity and its dangers.  […]

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