Electrical Ideas & Inspiration

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The 5 Best Inverter Generators (2024 Review)

With enhanced fuel efficiency, an inverter generator allows you to power devices and appliances without wasting energy. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best inverter generators on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home.

The 4 Best Portable Power Stations (2024 Review)

A portable power station can be a lifesaver in the event of a power outage at home or if you’re on an off-the-grid trip. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best portable power stations on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

8 Best Solar Generators (2024 Review)

A solar generator gives you backup energy from the sun if you’re out camping or if you’re experiencing a power outage. We’ve reviewed the top solar generators here.

Top 7 Tools for Electrical Projects

Master electrician Heath Eastman shows host Kevin O’Connor the tools he uses the most during day-to-day electrical work.

The 5 Best Solar Panels (2024 Review)

Portable solar panels can provide energy to power your devices while you're camping or RVing. Here are our top picks for solar panels online.

Best Portable Generators (2024 Guide)

Generators keep you prepared for at-home power outages as well as outdoor camping trips. This review examines the best portable generators.

How to Choose a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Ask This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman discusses new technology for bathroom vent fans.

Ask TOH Know-How: A Device That Makes “Sense”

In this episode, Ross learns about a super-savvy energy expenditure monitoring device that can help homeowners conserve energy—and save money

Home Safety: Why You Should Conduct an Electrical Audit

You remember to change the batteries in your smoke/CO detectors. You have guards on your windows. There’s a high-tech security alarm at your door. The safety of your home and its occupants is always top of mind. But when was the last time you thought about the safety of your electrical system? Read on to find out when it may be time to conduct an electrical audit of your home, and how to go about it.

Best Uses for an Electric Tankless Water Heater

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey discusses which houses are the best fit for an electric tankless water heater

Turn an Outlet into a USB Charger

Adapt your wall socket to a charging station

Power-Outage Essentials

Expert picks for what you should have on hand in case the lights go out during stormy weather season

How to Install Outdoor Garage Lights

A step-by-step guide to lighting the driveway with outdoor garage light fixtures with a motion sensor.