Benefits of GFCIs

Posted on October 23, 2014
In 1961, Charles Dalziel, professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, invented the ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Today, GFCIs are required by the National Electric Code in all new kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, unfinished basements, and most outdoor receptacles. Here is why: A ground fault happens whenever electricity escapes the confines of the wiring in an appliance, light fixture, or power tool and takes a shortcut to the ground. When that shortcut... Read more

What is a Power Surge?

Posted on July 9, 2014
Power surges occur when something boosts the electrical charge at some point in the power lines, which can increase the current flowing to your wall outlet. According to Larry Kaufmann, an energy expert at DTE Energy, power surges happen more frequently than people realize. External power surges are caused by lightning strikes or huge demands of power; internal surges are typically caused by circuits that are simply overloaded. Lightning is probably the most familiar source of power surges,... Read more