7 Incredibly Important Electrical Safety Precautions at Home

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It's National Electrical Safety Month, so we thought it would be a bright idea to give you a few electrical safety tips for your home. After all, we don't want you to be left in the dark when you have the power to control your home's electrical systems. (That's not the last pun. We promise.)  Tip #1: Watch your power cords  Electrica...
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Top 12 Holiday Decorating Safety Tips to Make Your Season Bright and Safe

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Reading time: 5 minutes The winter holidays are here! Before you begin your celebrations (if you haven't already), here are 12 tips you need to know that will keep you and your loved ones safe whether you're lighting candles or decking the halls. Tip #1: Safe glowing!  Candles are a staple in all winter holidays, and according to the Nati...
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14 Insanely Easy Ways to Show Your Home Some Love

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Let's be honest. There's almost as many love songs about your home as your significant other. From the New Jersey legend Bruce Springsteen to country superstar Shaina Twain, people just love singing about where they hang their hat, but how much do they actually take care of it? This Valentine's Day, we have 14 ways you can show love for y...
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Super Important Generator Safety Precautions That Can Save Your Life

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Reading time: 4 minutes Portable generators are typically used after natural disasters, such as hurricanes or massive snowstorms. Unfortunately, when disaster strikes, people tend to panic, and safety isn't always top of mind. That's why it's important to learn generator safety precautions before you need to use one. With cold temperatures already ...
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Baby, It's Cold Outside: How to Bleed Air from Baseboard Heating Systems & the Most Popular Heating Systems Maintenance

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"I loved the Polar Vortex, so I'm not going to complete the routine maintenance to keep my heating system working," said no one ever.   Heating is no joking matter. A cold winter's night can be unpleasant at best, and rather than suffering through with blanket forts and warm tea (if you have a gas stove), complete the proper maintenance to a) ...
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Electricity and Water Do Not Mix: How to Stay Safe at Home with GFCIs

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes You might have heard – electricity and water do not mix. This can be a problem in your home where most appliances run on electricity and are often located near areas with water. Since GFCIs, or ground fault circuit interrupters, were introduced in the 1970s, electrocutions have dropped significantly, but many people take t...
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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist - Heating Tips

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Reading time: 3 minutes You're burning daylight. With the usual suspects—Jack Frost, snow, and higher utility bills—arriving sooner rather than later, you need to prepare your home for those long, cold winter nights. We have a list of affordable home heating systems maintenance that is so quick and easy, you might be able to complete it d...
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How to Tackle the 5 Most Common Electrical Hazards at Home

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Reading time: 4 minutes When staying at home during a pandemic, you might be having more issues with your electricity. This can be a major problem in terms of home safety as well as an interrupted workday. (You can't be on a video conference call without electricity or Wi-Fi.) That's why our team pulled the following advice from our member-exclusiv...
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3 Insanely Easy Ways to Save Energy at Home

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes  We love Earth. After all, it is our home – and at vipHomeLink, we have a "thing" about homes. (Some people call it an obsession. We like to call it a "healthy fascination.") We know you want to help Mother Earth be healthy, possibly by driving an electric vehicle. While we applaud you, you can double your efforts on ...
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Bought a New Home? Here's the 10 Things You Need to Know

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Reading time: 4 minutes  At vipHomeLink, we're all about celebrating our homes and the people within them. So in honor of New Homeowners Day (May 1st), we put together the top things new homeowners need to know when moving into their new abode. #1 – Smoke alarms have expiration dates  If your "new" home is an older dwelling, you most like...
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DIY Home Electrical Safety Tips for New Homeowners

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes Electricity pervades our lives. From your cell phone to your TV to your porch light, you might not realize how much you depend upon electricity until a blackout. For new homeowners, there's even a steeper learning curve when it comes to electrical safety at home. That's why Caroline and Jacqueline recently welcomed Brett B...
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Everyday Energy Saving Tips for Your Home

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes  From Wi-Fi routers to dishwashers to treadmills – energy use at home has skyrocketed over the last 30 years. While ENERGY STAR-rated appliances help to conserve energy, the largest hurdle for homeowners to overcome is changing their energy behaviors. To help you learn ways to reduce energy consumption (and lower your...
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Winter Is Coming: 10 Ways to Cut Your Utility Bill

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Reading time: 4 minutes Winter is coming...and with it comes higher energy bills. Not only can this put a strain on the environment, but it can also put a lot of pressure on your wallet. Keep more money in your bank account and keep your house (almost) as warm as summertime while reducing the energy you consume with a few quick and easy home m...
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Power Up Your Energy-Saving Home Ideas

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Reading time: 6 minutes  Many millennial homeowners struggle with home maintenance costs. An easy way to save money - and help the environment - is to make your home more energy efficient. To help you find ways to increase your home's energy efficiency (and lower your bills), Caroline and Jeff welcomed Megan Turner and Pete Seyfer of Alliant E...
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DIY Home Electrical Projects You Can Tackle (and When to Call in the Home Pros)

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Reading time: 5 minutes Who doesn't love a good DIY project? From changing the water valve in the toilet to patching a hole in drywall, you're quite the craftsperson. But there's one type of project you should always approach with the utmost caution: electrical. Electrical home projects can be dangerous, but there are a few you may be able tackle b...
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Upgrading Your Home Lighting? Here’s Why You Should Choose LEDs

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Home lighting is extremely important, especially if you're now working from home. Light bulbs that emit blue light waves create serotonin, which can make you more alert. These bulbs are generally a bright white color. Bulbs that produce a soft, warm white produce melatonin, which can relax you after a long day at the home ...
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10 Ways to Save Gas, Electricity and Money from PSE&G

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How do you make your home more comfortable, avoid pollution linked to global warming, and lower your monthly energy bill all at once? The answers are in nearly every room of your house. That's where you'll find appliances and fixtures that could be wasting energy, and money. Many home appliances run on natural gas, and even those that don't may use...
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2020 Homeowner Resolutions: Making Your Home Smart(er)

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Not all homes are built smart. In some homes, you can't turn your TV on by voice command. You manually need to flip on your lights, and you might just have to keep track of your refrigerator's dirty filter. Get out of the Dark Ages of Appliances and step into a better way to "home." Make your home a smart home in 2020 with the help of this five-min...
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