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Electricity Rates Comparison across the United States

Compare residential electricity rates by state across the U.S.

 

Compare commercial electricity rates by state across the U.S.

 

Alaska and Hawaii have the most expensive residential electricity rates among states.

 

Alaska and Hawaii have the most expensive commercial electricity rates among states.

 

Nevada and Tennessee have the cheapest residential electricity rates among states.

 

Nevada and Virginia have the cheapest commercial electricity rates among states.

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It seems everyone would agree in saying that it’s not a lot of fun when the electricity bill comes in every month. Americans, on average, are spending over $100 a month on their residential electric bills. That’s a pretty decent check to write every month. And then, business owners are of course having to pay their bills. But how much are the rates per state?

 

At Elite Fixtures, we were interested in finding out the average cost of electricity for both throughout the country for both commercial and residential. By using government data, we were able to take thousands of different rates based on zip codes and find the average cost per state.

 

Check out some of our findings below:

 

It wasn’t much of a surprise to see that Hawaii and Alaska came in as the top two most expensive states for electricity for both rates. They’re known for being expensive for most things. What was interesting to see is that Vermont had the third highest rate for commercial and residential. The reasons for their high rates are complicated, but some of it is that New England doesn’t have the fuels needed to generate their own electricity. While Vermont may have high rates, they typically have lower-than-average bills, meaning they don’t use that much energy compared to the rest of the country.

 

 

When it came to the lowest rates in the country, Nevada was the cheapest in the country for both commercial and residential electricity. In fact, utility company Nevada Power isn’t planning a residential rate increase for another three years. For now, it seems that many residents will continue to enjoy their low rates.

 

When looking at other states that had low rates, there were some differences and similarities when comparing commercial or residential. Nevada, Washington, and Oregon were all in the lowest five rates for both commercial and residential. However, some states, like Michigan in particular, has one of the lowest commercial rate and a significantly higher residential rate. Kentucky, on the other hand, had a very low residential rate but a higher commercial rate.

 

Electricity bills are an expense that while necessary, isn’t an enjoyable one to pay. However, what you pay can vary depending on where you live. States without access to sources of energy often have to pay more in electricity, while states who have it readily available might pay less. As alternative sources of energy continue to grow and become more popular, it will be interesting to see how these rates change in the future.

 

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Benefits of Having Bathroom Vanity Cabinets

Even in a small space, the right vanity can tie a bathroom together and give you the room necessary to store a few items close at hand.  With the multitude of options out there, it’s easy these days to find a vanity that will perfectly compliment your bathroom, no matter your style.

  • Bathroom vanities make a great area for hidden storage. I’ve seen some great storage ideas for vanities to keep things neat and tidy, and hidden from view of your visiting guests.  Use baskets or bins for larger items or hygiene products, and use storage trays in your drawers to keep your smaller items including makeup organized and easy to find.  A vanity is a wonderful way to hide the products you use every day that you don’t necessarily want to display to the world.

 

  • Your vanity can also serve as a fabulous decorative piece in a bathroom, like any other furniture. It can actually become the focal point and add a surprising punch of colour, or be fashioned from an antique that you just can’t part with but have no other use for.  Vanities have been made from old dressers and bed side tables, or even custom built out of old barn wood.  You can also purchase a box store vanity and refurbish or paint it to make it entirely your own.

 

  • Keeping clutter away from your sink and off the cupboard will enable you to maintain a bathroom that stays cleaner and is more welcoming to use. There’s nothing worse than trying to get ready in the morning and having to clear space before you can even start your grooming.  When you have a vanity available, you free up room for your morning routine and the sink area stays tidier.

 

  • A well designed vanity can certainly add value to your home. A pedestal sink can certainly look nice, but one of the first things people ask when faced with one in a home they’re thinking about buying is where bathroom items will be stored.  Without a vanity it takes some creativity to figure out how to keep necessary products close at hand.  Nobody wants to be stuck in the bathroom while the toilet paper is stored in a linen closet down the hall.  Vanities have become an item that potential buyers expect and will make resale much more likely.

 

  • A bathroom vanity can be the most versatile piece of furniture in the house and can easily reflect your personality. It can also be modified quickly and cost effectively; wood vanities can be painted or sanded down and re stained.  A change of drawer fronts or even just the pulls or knobs can shift the look dramatically.  A vanity becomes an easy way to change the entire feel of your bathroom without breaking the bank.

The benefits of a bathroom vanity are numerous, and adding one to your home can take a bathroom from mundane to marvellous.

This article was written by Jon Reyes from Steam and Shower UK. Jon has been writing articles for over 10 years and is a commanding voice in the health and fitness community.

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Choosing Bathroom Lighting

Bathrooms perform a double duty in the household; they’re definitely functional but can also be your haven for relaxation.  When renovating or designing from scratch, you’ll want to pay special attention to your bathroom lighting.  It’s often overlooked in the face of so many other design choices; the fixtures, the wall color, tiles, tub surround, etc.  The right lighting can take a bathroom from dull to delightful.  Here are some tips before you make your choice:

Style

Obviously, no matter what function the light is going to serve, you’ll want something that goes with the style you’re trying to create in the rest of the room.  Take into account the color of your taps and tiles when choosing your light fixture finish.  If the bathroom has a modern feel, a light fixture that has a brushed nickel or black finish with simple, straight lines might be your best bet.  Stick with the same theme throughout so that your light fixture doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb, but blends with the room as a whole.

Finish

The world is your oyster when it comes to finishes.  Light fixtures can be made of an assortment of products; metal, plastic, crystal, wood…there’s no limit to your imagination these days.  Again, you’ll want to think about the theme or feel of the rest of your bathroom.  It’s a good idea to keep the finish on your taps and light fixtures complimentary.

Task Lighting

This type of lighting is the workhorse of any room.  In a bathroom, it’s the light by which you’ll shave, apply makeup, and do all of your grooming.  Task lighting is most often placed right at the vanity where it’s largely needed, but it’s often done improperly.  If you mount task lighting over top of your mirror, the light will cast a shadow over the lower half of your face; mounted on either side of the mirror, however, improves the visibility of your whole face.  Sconces work great for this type of lighting.

Accent Lighting

If there is anything that you want to highlight in the bathroom (maybe a recessed wall with art or a tile mosaic) accent lighting is your best bet.  You could also put an accent light over a shelf with folded hand towels and soaps.  Whatever you’d like to feature in the bathroom, consider accent light to show it off to the best degree.

Decorative Lighting

Looking for a light to tie everything together?  A decorative chandelier or pendant light adds that sparkle to any bathroom, no matter the style.  Think dazzling crystal or feathered piece for a delicate, feminine bathroom, or a dark wooden frame surrounding a bare bulb pendant for a cabin style bathroom with a more masculine bend.

Natural Light and Wattage

If there’s a lot of natural light in your bathroom (during the time when you’ll most need it) then you can consider a lower wattage of bulb, especially in the case of your decorative light.  As a rule, however, it’s best to go with a 75 to 100W bulb in your task and accent light fixtures.  Since natural light changes drastically throughout the day, and can certainly be an asset, you’ll want to have control over the times when you can’t rely on what’s coming through your window.

Choosing your lighting can be as enjoyable as choosing any other part of your bathroom.  Explore the possibilities and have fun with it!

This article was written by Jon Reyes from Clearwells. Jon has been writing articles for over 10 years and is a commanding voice in the health and fitness community.

 

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Locations You’ll Pay the Most in Energy Bills

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Anchor your home furniture to prevent injuries

On June 27, 2016 Ikea decided to recall approximately 29 million of dangerous dressers!  They reported that there were at least three deaths of children with one of their dresser series and they strongly urged to “Please take them out of the room”.

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While we all know Ikea to be a well-known brand that offers inexpensive furniture, cheap isn’t always the best.  Not only for quality, but also for safety.

Prevent furniture tip over injuries and deaths!  The safest way is to anchor them into the walls for safety.  Anchoring furniture that could tip over is fairly easy and proven to save lives.  The fix is relatively inexpensive and well worth every penny if you have little ones that love to climb and don’t realize the dangers.    Losing a child is devastating to any parent and family and being able to prevent it at any cost is well worth it!  You can purchase Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps here at Babies R Us for $4.99.

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When anchoring your furniture, be sure to:

  1. Use two restraints for each piece of furniture, anchoring them on either side.
  2. Make sure to install them into solid wood and into the wall studs.
  3. Ensure the restraints are tight and check them regularly

 

At EliteFixtures.com, our talented team scans thru products and puts them thru a rigorous screening to see if it meets our standards as we take the safety of each product sold at EliteFixtures.com very serious.  Check out our Dining Room Furniture, Living Room Furniture and Bedroom Furniture for brand names and great prices.

 

 

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EliteFixtures Awarded Google Trusted Stores Badge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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Hillsborough, NJ – EliteFixtures.com, which offers home décor fixtures from home appliances, lighting, bathroom & kitchen faucets to range hoods, vanities and more, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program and awarded the Trusted Stores Badge. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the EliteFixtures.com website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

We realized that partnering with Google.com and gaining their acceptance reinforces our commitment to serving each and every customer as if it was our only customer!  We will do our very best to make every buying experience through EliteFixtures.com enjoyable, easy and stress-free!

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with EliteFixtures.com and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like EliteFixtures.com attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on the website.

Aside from providing exceptional customer service, EliteFixtures.com is filled with lighting and home decor fixtures to suit any style and price point. EliteFixtures.com offers free shipping on all orders over $39, along with free returns. If you happen to find a product for a lower price by any other authorized dealer site, we will match it, no questions asked. There are hundreds of e-tailers on the web, but putting the customer first has separated us from the pack, and allowed us to satisfy thousands of customers since 2005.

www.EliteFixtures.com
174 US 206 S
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
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EF’s Acclaim Lighting on HGTV!

Copy the Curb Appeal: Providence, Rhode Island

HGTV Magazine took a spin through Providence to round up eye-catching houses loaded with inspiring ideas.  Christine chose Arts and Crafts–style lanterns, which were popular when the house was built. Acclaim Lighting Outer Banks 6 ½”W x 8 ½”D x 16″H plastic outdoor light in matte black, $60, elitefixtures.com

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Read the full article here: http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/copy-the-curb-appeal–providence–rhode-island-pictures

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How To: Make Your Chandelier Your Own

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By Lindsy Jacob

When we think about a chandelier, we think about an ornate fixture that becomes the focal point of a room all on its own; whether it is dripping in crystals, or has a one of a kind finish. This may be the case with some chandeliers, but definitely not all. The simplicity behind certain designs allows the consumer to truly customize their piece and take it to the next level, if they choose. There are many ways to do so and they can be quite inexpensive; we are living in a world where DIY-ing has really become the norm. I have an idea of something I’m looking for, but unfortunately I am unable to find the exact piece in any stores or even online. No biggie! I am able to turn on the TV for inspiration, browse Pinterest, or even watch some YouTube videos. Decorating your chandelier may sound taboo to some, but I use the word decorate loosely. By no means am I saying break out the popsicle sticks and finger paint, I am merely saying that there are tasteful ways to dress it up and really make it your own.

Chandelier shades can be a fast and easy way to accessorize your chandelier. The patterns, textures, colors, etc. are endless and always readily available. They are also very inexpensive, and if you’re crafty enough you can make your own. Livex Lighting offers various holiday/season themed shades which are a perfect and convenient addition to any chandelier.

Crystals allow you to add some bling to your chandelier in a tasteful manner. You can simply hang crystal strands from the arms, and body of the fixture to add something special. Crystals come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors and are also reasonably priced. You can also swap out some of the metal parts of the fixture and exchange them for crystal “body” parts. This is a very neat idea because it really can change the entire look and feel of your chandelier.

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Ceiling medallions are probably my favorite way to dress up any chandelier because they can take the chandelier to a whole other level. You can get a simple solid steel medallion or ones with beautiful intricate detailing; it really is all up to you. They are an easy way to pull the room together, without having to do much to your chandelier. Again, these come in all sizes, colors, and even materials. Choosing the perfect fit is dependent on variables such as the size of the room along with the size of the fixture. If you are unsure, you can always find assistance at your local showroom or even look up guides online.

Dressing up your chandelier can be a gradual process, so do not get overwhelmed. Once you get a feel for your design style and have a solid vision, then these are things you can start thinking about. Be sure to check out the Livex Lighting selection that EliteFixtures.com carries, and if you decide to use any of my tips, please submit your pictures to our Facebook page!

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Shopping for a new home? Consider this….

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Shopping for a new home? There are many things to consider when shopping for your new home. However, finding the right neighborhood is equally as important, if not more important, than finding the right home! Think of it this way; you can always update any part of your home, but you cannot remodel your community.  You are just a small component of what makes your community! Consider this….

  1. Homeowners Association (HOA)
    A homeowners association regulates the rules of the neighborhood, monitors crime and can be a great asset to your neighborhood.
  2. Neighborhood schools
    If you have children, it is critical to have good schools (elementary, middle and high schools) in your neighborhood.
  3. Surrounding amenities
    Does the neighborhood have a nice park? Is there a grocery store just a couple blocks away? What about a nearby gym or rec center? Does the community provide services and functions for everyone?  Good amenities can make a huge difference!
  4. Future development
    It’s important to check with your city planning office on the community’s plans for road expansion, property development and construction. Future construction can really add to or take away from your ideal setting.
  5. Good record
    Crime rates, school tests scores and diversity are all statistics that may help you decide on your next community.

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EliteFixtures Protects Customers Against Fraud!

NEW YORK (AP) — Credit card fraud is serious business. The new chip credit cards that shoppers are getting in their mailboxes may prevent criminals from stealing from stores, but many thieves are expected to move their operations online. Small businesses could be the most vulnerable.

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Online fraud in the U.S. is expected to nearly double to $19 billion by 2018 from $10 billion in 2014, according to Javelin Strategy & Research, a consulting company based in Pleasanton, California. In Britain, which began shifting to chip cards in 2001, online fraud rose 55 percent from 2005 to 2008, according to the UK Cards Association, an industry group. “It’s inevitable it will happen,” says Steve Platt, an executive vice president at Experian, the credit reporting company.

Banks and other card issuers are sending consumers the new cards because the chips embedded in them are harder to counterfeit than magnetic stripes. Issuers began sending replacement cards in the last year because, as of Oct. 1, merchants are responsible for financial losses from fraud committed with chip cards if they don’t use new equipment to process chip card payments.

Small businesses are likely to be most vulnerable because many can’t afford the sophisticated software big retailers use to quickly determine whether transactions are fraudulent. Banks no longer have the liability in such cases. And there’s another wrinkle that could make operating difficult for businesses that experience a lot of online fraud: Companies that exceed a limit on fraudulent transactions — usually 1 percent of their total transactions — may be barred from accepting credit cards. People attempting to commit fraud online buy card numbers and other information from hackers who invaded computers systems at companies such as Target Corp. and Home Depot Corp. Then they use the stolen card numbers to make online purchases.

To stop the criminals, Allen Walton examines orders at his surveillance equipment company, SpyGuy Security, one by one. “We manually scan all orders for anything suspicious, like fake names, requests for overnight delivery, and high-ticket orders,” says Walton, whose company is based in Dallas. He finds fraudulent orders several times a month.

The increase in online fraud is likely to happen over time, partly because the switch to chip cards is ongoing and expected to continue into 2016. “The crooks tend to go where there’s less security,” says Ken Paterson, a vice president at the consulting firm Mercator Advisory Group in Maynard, Massachusetts.

Technology can help companies root out fraud with software that analyzes a number of factors in a transaction: whether shipping and billing addresses match, whether the order is placed from an unfamiliar computer or device and whether the email address associated with the order is unfamiliar. A high number of transactions in a short time is another red flag, says Tom Donlea, director of e-commerce at Whitepages, a Seattle-based company whose services include address verification for online businesses. When several suspicious factors are present, the software flags a transaction so a retailer can investigate.

EliteFixtures.com, a retailer of lighting fixtures, plumbing and home decor products in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Elitefixtures protects customers against fraud. It has built a fraud detection system that it says has almost completely eliminated fraudulent transactions. “If someone is ordering a $10,000 chandelier and it’s going to a ZIP code where the median home price is $130,000,” says owner Steven Annese, “that doesn’t make sense.”

Courtesy of AP News: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/61273ab8ccd04c4a993c28339731f187/expect-more-online-fraud-new-credit-cards-arrive

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