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New Year, New Home: How We Can Make Your Home More Livable

Tuesday 16th January 2018
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A new year is about new beginnings! And that doesn’t mean you have to be the one making all of the changes. Now is a good time to look around your home and see which projects your home may need.  The team at Artisan Electric wants to help make your home a better place, so here are a few ways we can help make your home better in this new year.

Make Your Home Prepared for the Worst

Safety is our priority when it comes to making your home a better place. We offer a variety of services including generator and smoke detector installation.  These proactive solutions act as a safety net for your family and your home, so your safety solutions are in tip top shape!

Hiding Wires

Technology is great, but the wire octopus your wires leave behind can take away from the finished, homey look you’re trying to accomplish. We at Artisan Electric offer services to hide those pesky wires and make your life easier.

Home Repairs

Chances are, there’s a home repair you have looked at and thought to yourself “I’ll fix that later” and chances are, you probably haven’t gotten around to it. Start the new year off on the right foot by crossing some home repairs off your list. No project is too big or too small for us.  And it’s safer to have a professional take on the job so you only have to repair it once.

Larger Renovations

Go big or go home, right? Maybe you saw your dream kitchen on Pinterest — the one that you fell in love with at first sight, or maybe you realized that the last time your cabinets were replaced was when Madonna released her first hit single. Whatever the reason, we’re here to help make your home the place of your dreams.  

Call us today to schedule time to discuss renovations or repairs: (603) 743-4005.

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Easy New Year’s Resolutions to Adopt This Year

Thursday 4th January 2018

We here at Artisan Electric are big on making your life better— and that can be anything from renovations to giving you tips to living a happy and healthy life style.

And there is no time like the beginning of the year to make some adjustments to your current lifestyle.

But not every resolution should have to be a complete overhaul of the way you live. Those resolution can often be hard to achieve and will have you probably itching back for your old life.

So here are a few simple resolutions you can make this year that may be easy enough for you to keep track of them.

Instead of Becoming Organized: Start With 3 Minutes of Cleaning A Day

If you find yourself a habitual slob like myself- but want to turn it around, buying a bunch of storage containers isn’t going to solve your problems— as much as retail store want you to believe. Good habits start with small gradual changes, and cleaning will seem much more manageable if you keep it to the average length of a song everyday.

That way bigger messes are less likely to pile up and you won’t find yourself spending your time off enjoying yourself.

Instead of Getting a Gym Membership: Use The Internet

Gym memberships can be expensive and an easy way to waste your money if you’re not going regularly. Save yourself some money and see if there are any local free workout groups. You’ll be more motivated to workout because you’ll be a part of a group.

Instead of Cooking Everyday:  Meal Prep

You want to become a better cook, but chances are that you don’t have time to put together Rachel Ray’s 30 some-odd step salad every night. Instead, commit to setting aside time to do some meal prep. I like to listen to a podcast or watch an episode of a TV show I don’t need to pay attention to while I meal prep. That way it becomes more fun.

Those are some easy ways to jump start your new year’s resolutions.

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Which is Better For the Environment: A Real or Fake Christmas Tree?

Thursday 21st December 2017
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The holiday season is here, and if you celebrate Christmas, you’ve either bought your tree, or are about to. But which one is better for the environment? Well environmental scientists say it depends on what you do with the tree.

Real Christmas Trees

Real Christmas trees are a great way to have an authentic Christmas, but it is important that you remember to dispose of them properly. If you just chuck it at your local landfill— it will take a long time for the tree to decompose— leaving a large carbon footprint.

The best thing to do is find a local group who can break your tree down into wood chips. Then you can use it for composting. Buy a tree from a local tree farm is also a good way to try and reduce your impact while supporting a local group at the same time.

Fake Christmas Trees

Fake trees— while less authentic— are much more low maintenance to their wild counterpart. Clean up is incredibly easy. While creating the fake trees takes a lot of plastic and by that logic, a lot of CO2, they can make sense if you plan to reuse them for several years.

So if you wind up buying a fake Christmas tree, buy one you know you’ll want to use next year. And make sure you have a good place to store it. Those key things could make a fake tree a smart investment for your wallet, but also one for the environment.

If you’re looking for other other tips on saving the environment this holiday season, stay tuned for our upcoming blog post where we will tell you how to reduce your impact.What about you? Are you pro real tree or fake?

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How To Go Green This Holiday Season

Tuesday 12th December 2017

Whichever holiday you celebrate this time of year, the winter is full of present giving, getting a festive tree, and eating food at fun holiday gatherings. 

While these activities can be a lot of fun, they can also take a toll on the environment and even cost you some extra money. So here are a few tips we have if you want to lessen your footprint this holiday season.

Ditch the wrapping paper for cloth

This one may seem crazy, but hear us out. Think about the amount of trash you have to take out after everyone opens their presents. The pain of trying to wrap things that simply do not want to be wrapped and having to constantly look for the tape. All of that work and it takes your kids two minutes to unwrap it all.

Instead of jumping through hoops, spring for recyclable bags. You can find eco friendly bags for sale online. They are especially useful because you can reuse them for years to come.

Properly Dispose Your Tree

If you got a real Christmas tree this year, you’ll be wanting to throw it out not too long after New Year’s. But make sure it’s going in the right place. Instead of tossing it in a landfill, see if your local dump has a wood chipper, which can break down the tree quickly and make it useful for composting.

Freeze Your Leftovers

After a fantastic holiday meal, you may feel inclined to keep your food out in the fridge in case you want a snack for later in the week, but it may be better to freeze what you can sooner rather than later. That way the food is less likely to be wasted, and you’ll have good home cooked meals for when you’re in a pinch. Don’t forget to label them!

What is your favorite part of the holidays? 

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Easy New Year’s Resolutions to Adopt This Year

Wednesday 6th December 2017

We here at Artisan Electric are big on making your life better— and that can be anything from renovations to giving you tips to living a happy and healthy life style.And there is no time like the beginning of the year to make some adjustments to your current lifestyle. 

But not every resolution should have to be a complete overhaul of the way you live. Those resolution can often be hard to achieve and will have you probably itching back for your old life.So here are a few simple resolutions you can make this year that may be easy enough for you to keep track of them.

Instead of Becoming Organized: Start With 3 Minutes of Cleaning A Day

If you find yourself a habitual slob like myself- but want to turn it around, buying a bunch of storage containers isn’t going to solve your problems— as much as retail store want you to believe. Good habits start with small gradual changes, and cleaning will seem much more manageable if you keep it to the average length of a song everyday.

That way, bigger messes are less likely to pile up and you won’t find yourself spending your time off enjoying yourself.

Instead of Getting a Gym Membership: Use The Internet

Gym memberships can be expensive and an easy way to waste your money if you’re not going regularly. Save yourself some money and see if there are any local free workout groups. You’ll be more motivated to workout because you’ll be a part of a group.

Instead of Cooking Everyday:  Meal Prep

You want to become a better cook, but chances are that you don’t have time to put together Rachel Ray’s 30 some-odd step salad every night. Instead, commit to setting aside time to do some meal prep. I like to listen to a podcast or watch an episode of a TV show I don’t need to pay attention to while I meal prep. That way it becomes more fun.

Those are some easy ways to jump start your new years resolutions!

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4 Eco Friendly Cleaning Tools that People Online Swear By

Saturday 25th November 2017

Cleaning is an essential part of owning and maintaining a home. And by cleaning it, you will prolong the life of many of your appliances.

I’m a person who likes to keep my home clean, but also wants to avoid carcinogens every chance I get. That being said, there are times where products that are amazing for the environment, actually don’t clean my home. We at Artisan Electric have compiled a list of eco friendly cleaning tools that are eco friendly, but are also not loaded with chemicals.

Puracy Natural All Purpose Cleaner

With over a thousand reviews on Amazon, this top rated cleaning product is an all purpose cleaner that does the job while being all natural at the same time. It advertises being streak free and able to get the job done.

Green Works Oxi Stain Remover

We love our pets, but we hate the messes they leave behind. Reviewers say this product is amazing at getting pet stains out without any harsh chemicals.

Mrs. Meyers Products

Not only is this brand environmentally friendly and get the job done, but it will also leave your house smelling fantastic. It’s no wonder it has such high acclaim from those who use it.

Caldrea Dish Soap Liquid

This stuff says its plant based, but that doesn’t stop it from working. Reviewers say this dish soap is fantastic at getting those gross remnants of food.

Now with these products in hand you can go forth and attack the messes that may be in your way. Stay tuned for our next article, where we will teach you some ways you can clean your home with stuff you probably already have in your kitchen.

Do you use eco friendly cleaning supplies? Tell us what you like to use to keep your home clean.

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5 Ways to Pet Proof Your Home

Monday 20th November 2017

Having a pet is an amazing thing.

They are there to make us happy, they’re there for us when we’re sad and they are there to make us laugh. But our pets can take quite a toll on the house.

We at Artisan Electric want to help make your home a happy place for your furry friend.

Whether you own a pet or are about to here are some tips to pet proof your home.

1. Hide your wires

Wires can be dangerous for curious, hungry animals. Cats and dogs can not only get tangled in the wire but decide to eat the wires. Artisan Electric can help you put away those ugly wires.

2. Secure your knick-knacks

We love cats but we hate when they decide that your fragile decorations are toys to bat around. To keep them secure, put them up in a high enough place that is tough to climb. Better yet, invest in a glass display case to keep them secure.

3. Secure Heating Vents

Cats love warm places to nap and an exposed heating vent is an easy place for your cat to curl up. Make sure your vents are secure so no cats can get stuck.

4. Put away harmful foods, plants and chemicals

Dogs can’t eat chocolate and poinsettia’s are poisonous for cats. Make sure you store away dangerous foods, plants and chemicals. You should also make sure that your food and chemicals are properly sealed so they do not get into it.

With these things you can help make your home a happy and safe place for your pet while at the same time keeping your mementos secure.

For more tips, check out the American Humane Society’s website with their tips.

Tell us about your pet in the comments down below!

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How You Can Save Money on Your Heating Bill

Monday 20th November 2017

We’ve had an unseasonably warm fall, but that doesn’t mean winter isn’t on the way. Cold temperatures mean everything from being able to wear cozy sweaters to the several agonizing minutes as you scrape snow off your car to get to work on time.

But winter also means shelling out more money to keep your home warm.

We at Artisan Electric have a few suggestions of how you can save money on your heating bill live a happier and warmer life!

Caulk your windows

You could be losing serious money by not taking the time to sealing up your windows. This will contain the heat in your home and not send it outside.

Get a Door Draft Stopper

These things are fantastic in once again, keeping the heat in and the cold air out. There are so many different kinds too— so you can easily customize to your preference. Amazon offers a wide selection, but you can find these at most general goods stores— and even some homemade ones from specialty stores.

Invest in Blankets and Warm Clothes

If you find yourself turning up the heat with a light short sleeve shirt on then you’re instantly wasting your money. Go for a blanket or a sweatshirt instead. There are some great cheap options for blankets, my personal favorite is this one

It’s under $40 and it is seriously better than anything else on the market. With this blanket I hardly feel a need to adjust the thermostat.

Think Twice Before You Light a Fire

Fire places may look warm, but they actually can cool your house instead of heating it. So you should look at winter fire’s as a special occasion.

What do you like to do in the winter? Leave your answers in the comments down below.

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What is the No Trash Movement and How You Can Try it at Home

Wednesday 15th November 2017

A few months back I had seen this video of this person who had a mason jar full of trash.

Her name was Laura Singer and she claimed that over the course of two years, she had only produced that as trash.

Since then— a challenge has ripped through the Internet called the “No Trash Movement.”

The goal is simple— reduce your waste at all costs.

But pretty soon you’ll realize how hard it can get.

For example—in 2013 Americans generated 254 million tons of trash according to the EPA.

While you may not be ready to get your trash down to a tiny mason jar, here are some ways that you can reduce your footprint.

Avoid Packaging

Basic items are covered in unnecessary packaging. When you’re buying things like fruits and veggies— avoid non recyclable plastic wrapping.

Buy only what you need

According to CNBC the average household wastes $2,200 worth of food a year. Only buying food that you know you’re going to eat.

Take Expiration Dates with a Grain of Salt

Most expiration dates occur before the food is bad. So don’t just toss that milk because it expired yesterday— use your judgement to judge if it’s okay. And with milk— you’ll know it’s bad with one good sniff.

Buy Reusable Products

Instead of using plastic sandwich bags, go for reusable containers. They will save you money and reduce the amount of trash you produce.

Go to the Farmer’s Market

Farmers markets are much more on board with the no trash movement than others. For example— you can bring your reusable bags and containers to the market and they can put your fresh fruits and vegetables in them.

Would you go trash free? Let us know in the comments down below.

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