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What’s the Scariest Thing You’ll Face this Halloween: Ghosts? Vampires? Zombies? No…

The scariest thing waiting for you this Halloween is your power bill. Fortunately, scary Halloween creatures like ghosts, vampires and zombies are make-believe but your overpriced power bill is all too real. This Halloween let’s take some of the scary out of your monthly power bill with these great money saving tips!

1. Scary movies keeping you up late this Halloween?

Horror movies are great, but let’s face it, it’s not the scary monsters that are haunting your dreams. No, it’s the added cost from all of those extra TV hours will add to your electric bill. If you know you might ghosts-982975_640fall asleep in the middle of a movie, set your TV’s timer to shut off for you. That way you won’t waste hours of extra electricity while you’re sleeping.

2. Is the thought of heating your home scaring you to death?

An inefficient running heating or cooling system is a huge expense to any homeowner. If your heating system is constantly requiring service or if it’s over 17 years old, it’s probably time to start thinking about replacing it, before winter weather sets in. A new furnace is a great way to save money and make your power bill seem a lot less scary. To have a professional explain how you can save real money on a new furnace call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit us online today!

3. Keep the heat inside your home this Halloween


During the long winter months ahead, when the weather is just so miserably cold and gross, you can help keep the cost of heating down by keeping the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day. This will allow the sunlight to enter and help warm your home. Then you should keep your drapes closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

4.  Let it go!

Remove trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if unsure about how to perform this task, contact a professional.

5. Don’t be afraid of the dark this Halloween

Turn off lights when you leave a room or when you don’t really need them. This is a simple way to save some money on your power bill.

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Money Saving Tips on Electrical Work

Any home owner knows that electrical work and maintenance is a necessity. It can also be fairly pricey! The good news is that there are ways you can help keep the costs of electrical work down.


Combine Jobs into one Call

You can save time and money on electrical work by bundling projects together. Keep a running list of electrical problems or needs in your home. Then when you call a electrician you do a walk-through of your home and get of your issues taken care of at once. You’ll find having the electrician attend to several smaller needs in one visit much more cost effective.

Consider Investing in Upgrades that Payback both Now and Later

A good way to combat rising electricity costs is to switch from incandescent fixlight-bulb-503881_640tures or bulbs to fluorescent ones providing as much or better lighting using less electricity. Another consideration is putting motion detector switches on outdoor lighting. You’ll save money while enhancing your home’s security. Attractive landscape lighting is another investment which
you can enjoy now and benefit from when you sell your home.

Ask About Flat Rate Pricing

In selecting a contractor, it’s not a good idea to pick one based on hourly rate alone. Ask questions. Contractors with low hourly rates may add on separate fees or take longer to get the job done to offset the lower rate. Ideally, it’s best to protect yourself by requesting a firm quote for work you want done up front.

Go With an Electrician You Can Trust!

Choosing a Tiger Electrician is the best way to ensure that all of your electrical work is perform correctly the first time, which will save you a lot of money on future repairs. Call 1.888.9TIGER4 or visit our website to schedule an appointment with a professional electrician today!

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Money Saving Energy Tips in Time for Energy Awareness Month

October is Energy Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to learn a few
amazing money saving energy tips for your home!

  1. When to Turn Off Your Personal Computer
  • Yes, there is a small surge in energy when your computer first starts up, but this small amount of energy is considerably less than the energy used when your computer is running for long periods of time.
  • For energy savings and convenience, consider turning off…apple-691282_640
    • The monitor if you aren’t going to use your PC for more than 20 minutes
    • Both the CPU and monitor if you’re not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.
    • Make sure your monitors, printers and other accessories are on a power strip/surge protector.
      • When this equipment is not in use for extended periods, turn off the switch on the power strip to prevent them from drawing power even when shut off.
    • If you don’t use a power strip, unplug extra equipment when it’s not in use.
  • Most PCs reach the end of their “useful” life due to advances in technology long before the effects of being switched on and off multiple times have a negative impact on their service life.
  • The less time a PC is on, the longer it will “last.”
  • PCs also produce heat, so turning them off reduces building cooling loads.
  • Note: Screen savers are not energy savers.
    • Using a screen saver may in fact use more energy than not using one.

2. Laundry Tips

  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible.
  • Wash and dry full loads.
  • Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
  • Don’t over-dry your clothes.
    • If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
  • Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.
  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked.
    • This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
  • Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks.

3. Air Leaks and Your Wallet

  • One of the quickest energy– and money-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal and weather strip all seams, cracks and openings to the outside.
  • Tips for Sealing Air Leaks
    • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
    • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings and officiants over cabinets.
    • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
    • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists and caulk them.
    • Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane low- emissivity windows.
    • Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.
    • Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
    • Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.
    • Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces and gas-fired water heater vents with fire-resistant materials such as sheet metal or sheetrock and furnace cement caulk.

4. Air Conditioning Tips

  • Set your th10411_image6 copyermostat to 78° F or as high as comfort permits.
  • Close your blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day.
  • Close cooling vents in unused rooms and keep doors to unused rooms closed.
  • Check, clean or replace air filters every month.
  • Clean the outside condenser coil once a year.
  • Insulate your house.
  • Schedule periodic maintenance of cooling equipment by a licensed service representative.
  • Attics must be ventilated to relieve heat buildup caused by the sun. If necessary, improve attic airflow by adding or enlarging vents.

5. Energy Saving Lightning Tips

  • Indoor Lighting Tips
    • By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year.
    • When replacing incandescent bulbs from recessed light fixtures, use energy-efficient bulbs that are rated for that purpose.
    • Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR-qualified fixtures.
      • They are available in many styles, distribute light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures, and some offer convenient features such as dimming.
    • Controls such as timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when not in use.
    • Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels.bulbs-932838_640
    • Keep your curtains or shades open to use day-lighting instead of turning on lights.
  • Outdoor Lighting Tips
    • Because outdoor lights are usually left on a long time, using CFLs or LEDs in these fixtures will save a lot of energy.
    • CFLs and LEDs are available as flood lights.
      • These models have been tested to withstand the rain and snow so they can be used in exposed fixtures.

6. Water Heating

  • Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water.
  • Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the thermostat.
  • Insulate your natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the water heater’s top, bottom, thermostat or burner compartment.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations; when in doubt, get professional help.
  • Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
  • If you are in the market for a new dishwasher or clothes washer, consider buying an efficient, water-saving ENERGY STAR® model to reduce hot water use.
  • Drain a quart of water from your water tank every three months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater.

7. Heating

  • Set your thermost102754_image4 copyat as low as is comfortable in the winter.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Release trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

8. Ducts

  • Check your ducts for air leaks.
    • First, look for sections that should be joined but have separated and then look for obvious holes.
  • If you use tape to seal your ducts, avoid cloth-backed, rubber adhesive duct tape, which tends to fail quickly.
  • Remember that insulating ducts in the basement will make the basement colder.
  • If your basement has been converted to a living area, hire a professional to install both supply and return registers in the basement rooms.
  • Be sure a well-sealed vapor barrier exists on the outside of the insulation on cooling ducts to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Long-Term Savings Tip: You can lose up to 60% of your heated air before it reaches the register if your ducts aren’t insulated and they travel through unheated spaces such as the attic or crawlspace.
  • Get a qualified professional to help you insulate and repair ducts.

9. Kitchen Tips

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Energy
    • Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37° to 40°F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer section
      • If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F.
    • Regularly defrost manual-defrost refrigerators and freezers; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit.
      • Don’t allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch.
    • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight.
      • Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator.
      • If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the latch may need adjustment, the seal may need replacing, or you might consider buying a new unit.
    • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
  • Other Energy-Saving Kitchen Tips
    • Be sure to place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water; placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the faucet.
    • If you need to purchase a natural gas oven or range, look for one with an automatic, electric ignition system.
      • An electric ignition saves natural gas because a pilot light is not burning continuously.
    • In natural gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate theflame-871136_640 gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment needs to be made.
    • Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.
    • Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and it uses less energy.
    • Match the size of the pan to the heating element.
    • Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven.
      • A toaster oven uses a third to half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
    • Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens whenever it is convenient to do so.
      • They will save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.
  • Dishwasher
    • Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater in your home to a lower temperature (120°F).
    • Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones.
    • Soaking or pre-washing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food.
    • Be sure your dishwasher is full, but not overloaded, when you run it.
    • Don’t use the “rinse hold” on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it.
    • Let your dishes air dry; if you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will dry faster.

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Fire Prevention Day: Home Safety Checklist

It’s Fire Prevention Day and you may not be aware of all of the potential fire hazards that are in your home. Fire prevention is no joke and ensuring that your home is up to date and that  the risks of home fires are minimal is essential for any homeowner.


Here are some simple fire prevention facts and tips to keep your home and family safe!

Electrical Fire Prevention:

  •  Electrical Fire Facts:
    • Home electrical fires claim an average of 485 lives in the U.S. each year and another 2,305 more are injured
    • There are an average 67,800 electrical fires in the U.S. each year
    • Electrical fires cost an estimated $868 million in property losses every year
    • Fire deaths are highefire-175966_640st in winter months with December being the most dangerous month for electrical fires.
      • More indoor activities and increased in usage of lighting, heating and appliance are the main causes for the increased number of electrical fires during the winter months.
    • Most electrical wiring fires start in the bedroom.
  • Causes of Electrical Fire:
    • Most electrical fires result from problems with “fixed wiring” such as faulty electrical outlets and old wiring.
      • In urban areas, faulty wiring accounts for 33% of residential electrical fires.
    • Problems with cords and plugs, such as extension and appliance cords, also cause many home electrical fires.
    • Many avoidable electrical fires can be traced to the misuse of electric cords, such as overloading circuits, poor maintenance and running the cords under rugs or in high traffic areas.
  • Home Appliances to Watch Out For:
    • Electric stoves and ovens
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    • Central heating units
    • Televisions and radios
  • Use These Safety Measure for Your Electrical Fire Prevention Strategy:
    • Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring.
    • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately.
    • Use electrical extension cords wisely and don’t overload them.
    • Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors and counters; pay special care to electrical appliances in the bathroom and kitchen.
    • When buying electrical appliances look for products which meet the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) standard for safety.
    • Don’t allow children to play with or around electrical appliances like space heaters, irons and hair dryers.
    • Keep clothes, curtains and other potentially combustible items at least three feet from all heaters.
    • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
    • Never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
    • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.
    • Use safety closures to “child-proof” electrical outlets.
    • Check your electrical tools regularly for signs of wear.
      • If the cords are frayed or cracked, replace them.
        • Replace any tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, overheats, shorts out or gives off smoke or sparks.

Heating and Cooling Systems and Fire Prevention 101:

  • Natural Gas Appliances Fire Safety Tips:
    • Follow directions from the manufacturer for using and taking care of gas appliances. Seek professional help when necessary.
    • Keep combustibles such as papers, fluids, paints, curtains and rags away from all natural gas appliances.
    • Keep gas ranges clean.
      • Make sure burner bowls are free of used matches, grease, paper, etc.
    • Have a fire extinguisher near gas appliances at all times.
      • Use a CO2 or dry-chemical extinguisher for the kitchen.
    • Teach children never to light or play with the controls of any gas appliances.
    • Keep flame-580342_640the pilot lights of your gas range lit.
      • If you put them out to save energy, a dangerous gas build-up can occur if someone accidentally turns on the range.
    • Look for a certification seal when purchasing a new gas appliance.
      • This ensures that the equipment design meets strict safety standards.
    • Never use your gas range to heat your home or apartment.
      • This practice creates a serious fire hazard and puts you and your family at risk from dangerous carbon monoxide fumes.
  • If You Smell Natural Gas:
    • Open windows or doors and leave your home.
    • Do not look for the source of the smell with any open flame (even using a flashlight could be dangerous).
    • If the smell is very strong, or you hear a blowing or hissing noise, leave immediately.
    • Do not use anything that could generate a spark
    • Do not use the telephone
    • Do not turn light switches or equipment using electricity on or off.
    • Do not turn vehicle ignitions on or off.
    • Go to a neighboring phone and call the fire department or 911.
  • Fire Prevention and Your Heating Systems:
    • Heat pumps and oil-fired furnaces and boilers need a yearly professional tune-up
    • A close inspection will uncover leaks, soot, rust, rot, corroded electrical contacts and frayed wires and other potential fire risks.
  • What You Need to Know About Dryer Vents and Fire Prevention:
    • Almost 16,000 residential fires each year involve lint-clogged dryer vents
    • Cleaning your lint trap after every load will aid in your dryer vent fire prevention plan, but this action is not enough on its own to prevent a clothes dryer fire.
    • According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these clothes dryer fires result in 20 deaths, 370 injuries and over $75 million in property damage each year.
    • Periodic cleaning of your dryer vent helps eliminate the risk to your home and family.
    • If you haven’t cleaned or checked your vent in the last four years, you should do it now.
    • Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Services has invested in the proper tools to clean your dryer vent quickly and without leaving a mess in your home. Call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit today to have your vents professionally cleaned.

Fire Prevention and Your Water Heater

  • Water heaters are not only fire hazards but a neglected water heater can potentially cause an explosion
  • Water heaters come equipped with temperature and pressure valves
    • These valves are designed to open up and provide ventilation, if your water heater over heats or pressure builds up.
    • If these valves malfunction and fail to open, the pressure and temperature in your water heater can build up, causing an explosion.
    • For your safety, you should have your temperature and pressure valve checked once a year by a professional plumber.
  • Combustion Chamber Hatch in Gas Water Heaters
    • If dust or debris accumulates underneath your water heater it can lead to issues with your combustion chamber hatch, turning your water heater into a fire hazard.
    • For ultimate fire prevention and protection, you should have the area around your combustion chamber hatch inspected and clean by a professional plumber yearly.

When it Comes to Fire Prevention Smoke Alarms are Your Best Friend

  • Smoke alarms are your number one defense against a potential deadly house fire
    • In the event of a fire, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms will provide an early warning that could save your life.
  • Where Should You Put Smoke Alarms in Your Home?smoke-315874_640
    • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement.
    • Many fatal fires begin late at night or in the early morning.
    • So for extra safety, install smoke alarms both inside and outside sleeping areas.
    • Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible.
    • Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions or have an Electrician professional install them for your piece of mind.

Fire prevention is no joke and if you have any concerns about the potential fire hazards of your homes plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical systems call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit to have your systems evaluated for potential fire risks.

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Fall is Here! Is Your Home Ready for the Changing Seasons?

autumn-581074_640Fall has finally arrived! Which means winter is not far behind. I know, no one wants to think about winter on the first day of fall, but it’s important that you take advantage of the nice weather while we have it.

The beautiful weather of the fall is the perfect time of year for maintenance. Plus, no one wants to worry about their furnace going out or their pipes freezing in the dead of winter. Take a look at our fall home maintenance checklist, so when old man winter comes knocking, you’ll be ready for him!

1. Caulk Your Windows

If your windows aren’t properly caulked and ready for the cold weather, you’ll have a long winter to look forward to. Cold air will creep into your home, warm air will seep out and you’ll watch your power bill climb higher and higher as your furnace works to keep up!

2. Clean Yicicles-431975_640our Gutters

Everyone’s favorite job right? Of course not, but it’s important to clear away all of those fallen leaves, to avoid ice damage down the road.

3. Give Your Roof a Quick Inspection

While you’re on that ladder cleaning your gutters, you might as well hop onto your roof and check for any signs of damage. The condition of your roof is something that you need to stay on top of. Repairs are expensive and the damage done to your home by a leaky roof will be even more costly!

4. Insulation, Insulation, Insulation

Heating and cooling your home accounts for at least 47% of your total energy costs each year. This percent increases if your home is improperly insulated.

5. Battery Check

Fall maintenance is the best time to check and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms  and carbon monoxide detectors. Don’t forget to test your alarms to ensure they’re in proper working order!

P.S. Remember that Carbon Monoxide risks increase greatly during the colder months.

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Late September and early October are the best times to have a professional technician inspect and clean your heating systems. Annual maintenance is your best defense against your furnace failing you in the middle of winter. And having your system checked each fall will ensure your furnace will be ready the first time you turn it on!

7. Get Your Humidifiers Ready

Winter brings dry air and dry air means dry, cracked, itchy skin! Which is what makes humidifiers so important. Make sure that your humidifier is cleaned and ready to go, to avoid itchy consequences.

P.S. Make sure that you clean your humidifier every two to three weeks to prevent bacteria building up in your system and distributing throughout your air.

8. Prepare To Give Your Air Conditioner A Much Needed Vacation

The heat will soon be gone, hopefully, and your air conditioner will no longer be needed. Fall is a great time to dry vac the outer parts of your unit, so it’ll be ready to be turned back on next spring.

9. Ensure Your Winter Equipment Is In Working Order

The middle of a snow storm is not the time to discover that your brother-in-law never returned the snow shovel he borrowed, you’re out of salt or your snow blower won’t start. This fall, take the time to ensure that you have all of your snow removal equipment is in working order, stocked and in its proper place.

10. Don’t Let Your Pipes Freeze Up On You!

Frozen pipes are one the worst things that can happen to any home owner, but luckily there are a few steps you can take, to help prevent this type of disaster.broken-frozen-pipe

  • Turn off the water valves to your exterior pipes.
  • Ensure that any opening in which pipes enter your home are well sealed, insulated and caulked.
  • Have your pipes checked by a licensed plumber each fall, to ensure there are’nt any cracks or weak points that might freeze.

11. Have Your Portable Generator Inspected

Portable generators can be life savers if the power goes out during a strong snow storm. However, they can be very dangerous and need to be inspected by an electrician on a regular bases to ensure they are functioning properly.

12. Do You Feel A Draft?

Check your basement windows for cracks, loose frames and other sources for cold air to enter your home. Caulk where needed.

13. Change Up Your Air Flow

Since heat rises, it is to your benefit to redirect the air flow away from your ceiling,  back down toward the floor. You can do this if you change the direction your ceiling fan spins, so that it creates an upwards draft and sends the warm air back down.

14. Call 1-888-9TIGER1 or visit to have a Licensed Plumber, HVAC Technician and/or Electrician come out to your home and address any fall or winterizing issues or concerns you may have.

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Electrical 101. What You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe.

Electrical issues are no joke, serious injuries or death can occur if handled improperly. The safety of your family and home are at the top of your priority list and you may not be aware of the electrical safety mistakes you’re making every day.

With the goal of keeping your loved ones as safe as possible. Here is a list of important electrical information, every homeowner should know.

1. Don’t Cover Power Cords

Power cords can be real eyesores and tripping hazards. Like a lot of people, you might place furniture on top of your cords or run your cords under a rug to hide them. This is a big fire hazard! The visual appeal is not worth the risk.

2. Blown Fuses and Tripped Breakers, Shouldn’t Be Ignored

IMG_0008 2Whether you have an older home with a fuse box or a newer home with circuit breakers, if they are consistently malfunctioning, it’s a sign of a much bigger problem. Fuses and breakers are sized to protect and handle the wiring of your home. So there is no reason you should be tripping breakers or blowing fuses. If you’re having this issue, it’s time to call a Licensed Electrician to assess your situation.

3. Frayed Wires Can Cause More Issues Than You Think

You may think that some minor fraying or damage to power cords or wiring is no big deal. Well, think again! Not only are fraying wires a fire hazard, but they also pose a huge safety risk. Small children and pets like to explore and if they get a hold of a frayed cord, they risk being shocked, electrical burns or worse. If you have concerns about faulty wiring a Licensed Electrician can replace any damage and dangerous wires.

4. Being Grounded is A Good Thing

You want to be sure that all of your circuits are grounded properly. Improperly grounded circuits put you and your family at risk for being shocked. Additionally, any outlet or circuit in your bathroom, kitchen, basement, laundry room or other damp locations, need to be ground fault type. If they’re not or you’re not sure, you need to have an Electrician inspect your grounding as soon as possible.

5. Know the Warning Signs of Electrical Fires

Electrical fires are extremely dangerous and can slowly burn in the wiring of your walls for days before you notice. Be on the lookout for these signs that might indicate the beginning stages of an electrical fire. Flickering or dimming lights, sizzling sounds or a burning odor you can’t locate the source of if you notice any of these have someone come inspect your wiring intimidatingly.

Bonus Tip: Never, ever use water to put out an electrical fire! Call the fire department right away!

6. Extension Cords Aren’t Permanent Solutions

Most exten10411_image6 copysion cords aren’t designed for ongoing use and should be unplugged when you’re not using them. And they’re not meant to support large appliances; dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, furnaces, air conditioners, etc. should never use an extension cord.

7. Generators Are More Complicated Than You Might Think

You shouldn’t just plug a generator into your electrical system. Often times this can cause damage to your appliances and create a fire risk. If you wish to have a generator, make sure that you have an Electrician installs it for you.

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  • Electrical issues are always a concern for homeowners and the best way to prevent these issues is to have your electrical work receive an annual system check up by a Certified Electrician.

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Surge or Strip? Protect Your Home!

Power strips and surge protectors are among the most commonly used electronic accessory items used today. While oftentimes overlooked and taken for granted, power strips and surge protectors are actually vital pieces of electronic gear that allow you to connect multiple devices while providing protection from power overloads, surges and brownouts, and “dirty” power (inconsistent flow of electricity characterized by small spikes and drops in voltage).

Understanding the difference between power strips and surge protectors is important to know so you are able to select the right one for your needs. A common misunderstanding many people have is that power strips and surge protectors are the same thing, or that all power strips includes surge protection. This is likely due to surge protectors being included on many power strips and with the words “surge protector” being printed on power strips that do feature surge protection.

8203770520_3efb5cf4a0Some power strips are surge protectors, but not all are. Basically, power strips are designed to allow for the sharing a single electrical outlet with multiple pieces of electrical equipment. Power strips are generally a series of electrical outlets contained in an electrically shielded case, which are connected to a single cable with a male electrical plug on one side. This plugs into an electrical outlet. Simple power strips are sufficient if you will be plugging in devices that would not be damaged by electrical surges and just want more outlets.

Surge protectors are an entirely different piece of equipment than power strips. Typical surge protectors act as a power strips by allowing multiple electrical devices to be plugged into them, but they also prevent the electrical current from overloading an electrical device with too much voltage. When voltage increases in the electricity coming through a wall outlet, it can overload the wiring in a house and cause damage to unprotected electrical equipment. Such surges can be caused by natural phenomena, such as lightning, and can also be caused by electrical appliances, such as those with large motors inside. Different types of surge protectors provide protection from different kinds of electrical surges.

10069972293_bf7e65b260_oThere are different types other than a standard model of surge protector that can be purchased. One type of surge protector uses a gas discharge resistor. This type of surge protector uses inert gas that can ionize when there is an electrical surge and sends excess current to the ground line. After a power surge, these types generally need to be completely replaced, as the gas is discharged and the protection is no longer in the device.

Another type of surge protector uses a fuse that will burn out when excess current overloads the fuse. This will protect connected components but will destroy the fuse which will need to be replaced. Many people may choose to purchase the most inexpensive power strips available, thinking there is no difference, and not realizing the purpose and importance of a surge protector. If relatively expensive and sensitive equipment such as home electronics and computers are being connected to power strips, it is best to purchase power strips with a surge protector.

IMG_0008 2If you are unsure which type you have, or simply do not want to check and change out all of the current power strips in your home, a whole house surge protector is an excellent solution. Connecting directly into the electrical panel, a whole house surge protector regulates the electrical current entering the house,  whether it be too low or too high, and distributes it appropriately to all circuits in the electrical distribution box. It will prevent the irregular current before it even reaches the electrical component. The whole house surge protector will help prevent damage to electronics and appliances caused by surges, spikes, brownouts, and blackouts.

If you are not sure if you have surge protectors or power strips, or are interested in learning more about whole home surge protection, contact your local electricians. We offer whole home electrical safety inspections and can provide you with surge protection solutions that are best for your home. Schedule an appointment online today with Tiger Electrical Services, or call us at 1-866-TIGER70.




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Overloaded By Electrical Concerns? Get Grounded!

A home’s electrical work is something most people rarely give any thought to… until it goes wrong. By keeping up to date with maintenance and repair, a homeowner can save thousands of dollars, and thousands of headaches, by nipping potential hazards in the bud. Not only can updating your home’s wiring, breakers, and appliances improve your home’s safety, but it can increase the value when it comes time to put it on the market – not to mention saving you a fortune on utility bills!

How to Tell if Your Home Needs an Update

There are various indicators that your home may need an electrical update. Common signs include the following:

  • Fuses that blow frequently
  • Tripped breakers
  • Flickering lights
  • Appliances that work inconsistently or not at full power
  • Old, stripped wires

If you notice any of these signs in your home, you have every reason to suspect that your electrical system is outdated and needs attention now. Putting off electrical repairs or updates not only puts your family at risk, but it means you’re using more energy than you need to. Pay close attention to electrical panels that are old and damaged wiring because it is things like these that can easily lead to hazards such as electric shocks and electrocution.

Electrical Panel Concerns

Are you looking for a way to get the most out of your home electricity usage? You may need an Electrical electrical panel upgrade. Older homes may not always have updated electrical panels because of technology changes. Many people think that homes built in the mid-19th century or before are the only homes that need upgrades. As unbelievable as it may seem, even homes built in the early 2000s may not be equipped to handle the amount of electricity the modern-day household generates.

If you’re installing a new home theater system, a state-of-the-art security system, or you’re adding exterior lighting to your home, it’s possible that your current electrical panel will not be sufficient enough. Power overloads present real dangers to households and can lead to electrical fires. Regardless of how old your home is, if you’re adding major electrical components to your home, check with a local electrician to make sure your electrical system is equipped to handle the increased usage.

Don’t Attempt Electrical Repairs on Your Own

The value of a professional electrical contractor should never be dismissed. Qualified electricians understand the intricacies of residential systems and know how to make upgrades that are safe and useful. While not all electrical work is rocket science or unsafe, it is still complicated. If you’re not a licensed electrician, you could hook up the wiring incorrectly or install a plug the wrong way and end up putting your home’s entire electrical system at risk. The end result of this kind of DIY project is a hefty repair bill.

Always consider allowing practiced and insured electricians, such as those at Tiger Electrical Services, to take care of any upgrades or repairs. Sit back and relax. Why put yourself through an exhausting DIY project when you don’t have to?

Electrical Upgrades and Repairs Increase Your Home’s Value

Today’s modern technology requires households to be plugged in 24/7. Suoccupational-safety-and-health-1038550_960_720re, many things like DVR systems, the Internet, and home security systems utilize wireless technology, but you still need a power electrical system to handle the basic electrical components of these various technologies. If you have plans to sell your home in the future, a property that has the ability to keep up with the demands of modern technology will be worth more than a property with an outdated, electrical system.

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The Buzz About Electrical Safety!


Springtime and warmer weather bring about a flurry of activity in the Metro East — inside the home and outdoors — as well as the potential for accidents. Just as homeowners begin wrapping up their spring cleaning or landscaping in the yard, National Electrical Safety Month in May provides a good time to revisit the importance of safety when working around electrical lines or equipment.

Homeowners are seven times more likely to be injured at home than at work, according to the National Safety Council. For residents considering any home improvement repairs such as roof work, exterior painting, landscaping, or building a patio, following a few simple precautions can help avoid a painful and costly accident.

“We want to make sure our customers have all the information they need to stay safe this spring and summer as the warm weather rolls in,” said Ken Bowman, PECO’s (Pennsylvania Electric Company’s) manager of safety and industrial hygiene. “For example, it is critical that customers stay clear of the service cable that supplies power to the home. And, if you are going to work underground, call to have all the underground pipes and wires marked for your safety.”

“When it comes to any electrical work inside your home or working near power lines or underground cable, the smartest thing to do is to hire a licensed professional,” Boyle continued. “It is difficult at times distinguish between a phone line, cable line or power line or know the proper safety precautions. This work is sometimes best left to the experts.”


The following are a few simple safety tips that homeowners should follow while working inside and outside of the home. For more information on electric safety, visit our website.

  • Inspect your home for electrical safety. Check outlets and extension cords to make sure they are not overloaded. Examine electrical cords to make sure they are not frayed, damaged, or placed under rugs or carpets. Make sure the proper watt light bulbs are being used in light fixtures and lamps. Install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in areas that can get wet such as the kitchen, bathrooms, or outdoors. Test your smoke detector batteries annually.
  • Hire a licensed professional to do the work. An older home may be inadequately wired for today’s electrical usage, putting your family at risk for fire and electrical shock. Hire a licensed professional to replace worn and outdated circuitry and add additional outlets to accommodate appliances and electronics.
  • Use electrical tools wisely. Inspect your electrical tools on a regular basis, including large tools such as table saws, drill presses, and bench grinders. Look for frayed power cords, broken plugs, or cracked housings. Never use a damaged product. Never use electrical tools in the rain or in wet areas — specifically, do not use electrically powered lawn mowers on wet grass. Use three-pronged outlets and plugs. Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment like face shields, glasses, gloves, and boots. Refer to the owner’s manual for recommended protective equipment.
  • Call before you dig. When working underground, “call before you dig” — whether you are planting a tree, building a fence, or laying a building foundation, contacting an underground line can be harmful. Call Illinois One Call at 1-800-892-0123, three working days in advance, to have underground utility lines marked for safety.
  • Work safely outdoors. Be sure to use extension cords marked for outdoor use. An indoor extension cord can result in electric shock or cause a fire hazard when used outdoors. Call a licensed professional if your home repairs require work near power lines.
  • Look up, stay away, stay alive. Even momentary contact with electric lines can injure or kill. This applies to lines attached to utility poles as well as those entering buildings. Always keep yourself, your equipment, and anything you carry at least ten feet away from power lines. Contractors and other professionals needing to work within ten feet of a power line should call Ameren (1-800-755-5000) or SWEC (1-800-262-0326) in advance to make arrangements to protect the work area. Be aware of power lines that run through tree limbs and branches. Climbing or trimming trees near power lines is dangerous. Trees located near aerial power lines should always be trimmed by a qualified contractor.

It only takes a moment to pick up the phone and call a licensed professional to look over the area before you begin. The safety of yourself, your family, and your home is what matters most to us. Visit our website or call us to schedule an appointment today.


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Be Prepared for Spring Storms!

Thunderstorm_stock_by_AphoticbeautyDamaging spring storms that can disrupt electrical service to homes and businesses are a fact of life in Southern Illinois. Utility companies continually prepare for unavoidable storm outages to ensure service is restored as quickly as possible; however, there are steps homeowners can take as well to make sure they’re prepared for – and stay safe – during storm-related power outages. We offer the following tips and suggestions:

small_7932506788There are a handful of tasks homeowners can do to prepare for a storm beforehand, such as assemble an emergency kit that is easily accessible. It should include a battery-powered radio or television, a flashlight with extra batteries, candles and matches or a lighter, a first-aid kit, a fire extinguisher, bottled water, non-perishable food and a can opener. Make sure you have recently changed the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Homeowners should keep a corded or cell phone on hand because cordless telephones need electricity to operate. One should learn how to manually open automatic garage doors. Homeowners who depend on electrically powered medical equipment should ask their physician about a battery back-up system. If one is elderly, or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, he or she should develop an emergency plan that allows for alternative accommodations with family or friends. Those who depend on a well for drinking water should definitely have bottled water on hand.

Rainy DayDuring a storm, additional precautions should be followed. Stay at least ten feet away from downed power lines and anything that they may be touching, especially metal fences. Treat every downed power line as if it were energized. Keep children and pets out of the area.

Downed power lines should be reported immediately to the utility company so the hazard can be assessed and marked off until repair crews arrive. Ameren Illinois customers should report power outages, and down lines, to Ameren’s website, or call 1-800-755-5000.  Southwest Electric Cooperative customers should report power outages or down lines by calling 1-800-262-0326. Don’t assume they know your power is out. After a power outage is reported, the utility company can assess the extent of the damage and dispatch crews to make the necessary repairs.

If you lose power, don’t open refrigerators and freezers more often than absolutely necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for twelve hours. Kept closed, a well-filled freezer will preserve food for two days. Partially thawed food or food that has ice crystals usually can be refrozen. Never use a gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating or cooking source during a power outage. Turn off or unplug all appliances to prevent an electrical overload when power is restored. Tiger provides whole house surge protectors to prevent overloads and surges at the main panel. Leave on one light switch to indicate when power is restored.

If using a portable generator, disconnect house circuits from utility power lines. Pull or switch to “off” all main fuses or circuit breakers to protect line crews working to restore service. Always operate generators outdoors to avoid dangerous buildup of toxic fumes. During low-voltage conditions, such as “brownouts” – when lights are dim and television pictures are smaller – shut off motor-driven appliances such as refrigerators to prevent possible damage. Sensitive electronic devices also should be unplugged. Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets or any electrically-operated appliance. The water or moisture may serve as a conductor of electricity. This can cause serious or even fatal injury.

To learn more about our storm preparedness products, or to schedule an electrical safety assessment of your home, contact the professionals at Tiger Electrical Services today by calling 1-866-844-3770 or visiting
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