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The Experience of a Launch: Galaxy VS

One of the most important experiences I’ve had in my life has been the opportunity to witness the launch of a rocket into space. In my case, I was present... Read more » The post The Experience o

Industrial UPSs Present Lots of Opportunity for Electrical Contractors – If You Know Where to Look

Industrial UPSs represent a great way for electrical contractors to increase business from new and existing customers. It’s just a matter of understanding all the potential applications for UPSs in

Increased Visibility and Risk Planning Are Life Savers for Data Center Management

One thing you can count on when you are in charge of data center management: the demand for data will keep growing. Thanks to cloud computing and mobile applications, data... Read more » The post I

Preventive Maintenance Minimizes Electrical Facility Problems and Costs

You regularly change your car’s oil. This inexpensive act of preventive maintenance keeps your engine running and saves you from having to buy a new replacement engine, which works out... Read mor

Importance of motor protection in modern industries

The basic idea behind electric motors is pretty simple – supply electricity at one end and a metal rod or an axle at the other end, which will provide you... Read more » The post Importance of mo

Why PLC Plays an Essential Role in Machine Control

A programmable logic controller (PLC) can be elaborated upon as an electronic appliance, primarily used across a host of industries to regulate and monitor building systems, production processes, and

Taking Heart, My Meaningful Purpose at Schneider Electric

Written by guest blogger Jessica Staggs Most people remember important dates in their lives; birthdays, wedding anniversaries, work anniversaries, the birth of their children, etc.  One day that cha

Getting up to Speed on 5G Strategy and Micro Data Centers with Steven Carlini of Schneider Electric

Everywhere I go, it seems that people are talking about 5G. I wanted to find out more about the specific role of micro data centers in 5G so I sat... Read more » The post Getting up to Speed on 5G

Downstream Evolution: National Oil Companies and US Players Going Big

The recent oil crisis accelerated the focus on the downstream value chain. National Oil Companies (NOCs) are rapidly adapting their strategy by investing in refining and petrochemical complexes both

Spring Cleaning Time, DFW

It’s that time of year again – Spring Cleaning Time! We need to get ready for the warmer weather by opening the windows and getting busy with ridding our homes of the dusty musty winter air. Some

Safe Driving In Wet Weather

North Texas has been a bit soggy lately. It means roads are wet, flooded, or even severely damaged by all that water draining into the storm drains. To stay safe, you don’t have to remain at home. T

DFW Out And About

Before the rains begin again, it looks like DFW is going to be enjoying some nice weather. It’s time to begin getting the kids out of the house for some fun on the weekend before the rain ends and s

What Type of Air Conditioner Is Right for You?

In many regions of the country, air conditioning is a necessity to survive the sweltering hot summers. But while forgoing AC in your home may not be an option, you … READ MORE What Type of Air Cond

Going Solar in Your Apartment: 5 Ways to Get Started

If you own a home, going solar is a no-brainer. Upon installation of a solar system you immediately begin to reduce your energy bills. As an investment, solar can provide an amazing return every month

Energy-Efficient Refrigerator Buying Guide

You can’t live without a refrigerator, and you can’t turn it off. On top of that, the refrigerator is one of the biggest energy consumers in the typical home. That’s … READ MORE Energy-Effici

Congratulations, DFW!

When you live in DFW, you realize it’s a huge place, made up of individual cities. Sometimes that idea can be overwhelming. And sometimes, having our own little city is comforting with so much going

How to Choose a Water Softener

If your home has a water softener, chances are good that it’s performing reliably and dependably. After all, water softeners don’t see a whole lot of rough and tumble action. … READ MORE How to

5 Ways to Replace Disposable Products to Save Money & Reduce Waste

With the increasing amount of waste in landfills, many people have started opting for a little- or no-waste lifestyle. Having just a mason jar’s worth of trash for an entire … READ MORE 5 Ways to

What’s New? Find Out At Dallas Startup Week!

Every one, both old and young, are constantly dreaming of new ideas or new ways to do things. People create fascinating new products and great new concepts just sitting around a coffee table. However,

How Do I Know if My AC Unit is Dying?

When your air conditioning unit starts acting up, you face a critical and potentially expensive decision: Do you call in a repair person, attempt to fix the appliance yourself or … READ MORE How Do

How to Replace Your Thermostat, Part Two: Installing a New Thermostat

Welcome to the Take Charge of Your Home series from Direct Energy! Hiring a professional to perform household maintenance may offer convenience and peace of mind. You can do many of these … READ

Better Products When Companies Work Together

Most homeowners make a big mistake while planning their kitchen or bathroom remodeling project. They think that products found in their local home improvements stores or on a few websites are their on

How to Replace Your Thermostat, Part One: Choosing the Right Thermostat

Welcome to the Take Charge of Your Home series from Direct Energy! Hiring a professional to perform household maintenance may offer convenience and peace of mind. You can do many of these … READ

Should You Repair or Replace Your Home’s Appliances?

When a major home appliance breaks down, you need to act quickly to either repair or replace it, especially when it’s an absolutely essential piece of equipment like a furnace … READ MORE Should

Saving Energy by Turning Off Lights

One of the simplest measures you can take to save energy around your home is turning the lights off when you aren’t using them. If you are wondering why you … READ MORE Saving Energy by Turning O

Fuse Box & Circuit Breaker Safety Tips

Most homeowners don’t think too much about their fuse boxes until they want to install an outlet, ceiling fan, or light fixture, or one of the fuses blows. While it’s … READ MORE Fuse Box &

Going Green: 7 Tips to Create a More Eco-Friendly Home or Apartment

The quest for eco-friendly apartments and homes is spreading fast, and we have seven great ideas to quickly and constructively join the green movement. Check these out: Outside If you are in an arid c

Berkeys Earns 2018 Angies List Super Service Award

BERKEYS® Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical Earns Their Seventh Consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Award DALLAS, TX, Friday, February 8, 2019 – BERKEYS® Air Conditioning, Plumbing &

Best Places To Find A Job

Congratulations, Plano – You’ve Made The Top Ten! Finding a job can be difficult. Especially, in a big city like DFW area. It’s not easy to set yourself in the spotlight among many applicants. B

ecobee4 Smart Thermostat Review

Today is the official launch of the ecobee4 smart thermostat: the latest in what’s now a long(ish) line of WiFi thermostats from the eponymous Toronto-based ecobee Inc. Whenever ecobee releases an

EdgeRouter X vs. EdgeRouter Lite Google Fiber Speed Tests

Many moons ago, I replaced my Google Fiber Network Box with a UBNT EdgeRouter Lite router at our house in Provo, Utah… and never looked back! With a street price of under $90, the ER-Lite was a to

How to Turn Off “UPS: Passed a Self-Test” Emails on APC Smart-UPS

By default, if you configure a notification email address on an APC Smart-UPS, it will send you an email every time your UPS passes a self test. Depending on how often you have your UPS’s self tes

Review: ecobee3 Lite

Are you wanting to get on the smart thermostat bandwagon, but aren’t sure if it’s worth the $249 price tag of the full-featured models like the ecobee3 and Nest? Then has ecobee got a deal for

DD-WRT K2.6 vs K3.x vs Tomato Router Firmware Head to Head on Linksys E4200

In March of last year, I published this article claiming that the latest (at the time) DD-WRT builds based on the Linux 2.6 kernel (K2.6) ran faster on a Linksys/Cisco E4200 router than their K3.x co

How to Fix a Broken Ferrari 328 Hazard Switch

Imagine you’re driving a 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS through Utah’s Wasatch Mountain canyons near Park City with a group of other European exotics. As the group pulls off to the side of the highway to

Review: AC Infinity Airplate Cabinet Fan

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably keep your receiver, amplifier, router, network switch, or any other electronic equipment inside a cabinet… which means you have a heat problem. Heat

You Should Test and Replace your GFCI Outlets More Often Than You Think

Even if you don’t understand the function of a GFCI outlet, or know what “GFCI” stands for, there’s a really good chance you’ve seen at least one (and probably a few) in your home. This i

Dead Power Wheels Battery? Maybe You Can Trick it Back to Life!

It’s a story that repeats itself in garages across America every summer. Your kid wants to drive his Power Wheels Jeep, or her Power Wheels Escalade (is it really selling for $800-$900 on Amazo

Use an Existing SSL Certificate on a Linux UniFi Controller

UPDATE: Due to the positive responses I’ve received about this script, and repeated requests for Let’s Encrypt support, it now supports standard and Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates. Read on for


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