10 Best & Worst Airports in the US for Holiday Travel

This may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the words “holiday travel” can strike fear into the hearts of many. Whether you’re flying out for Thanksgiving or sometime during December, holiday travel usually means long lines, crowded airports, and delays upon delays. At Elite Fixtures, we’re about all things home, including home for the holidays. So, we decided to conduct a study into best and worst airports, airlines, and days for holiday travel.

For this study, we used government data to analyze the 50 busiest airports and all flights departing from them during the week of Thanksgiving and the last two weeks of December over the last five years (2012 – 2016). We looked for the percentage of flights delayed, the average time of delay, and the percentage of flights cancelled.

Here are our findings:

When it came to airports during the last two weeks of December, Texas has a problem. Three of their biggest airports, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dallas Love Field, and William P. Hobby (Houston), are all in the top 10 worst airports, with William Hobby in the top spot. William Hobby had 42% of all flights delayed, 1.3% cancelled, and an average delay time of 46 minutes. Oakland International, ranked number two, was similar with 42% delayed, 0.6% cancelled, and a 46-minute average delay.

Map of the 10 worst airports in the US for Christmas travel

Chart of the 10 worst airports in the US for Christmas travel

For the worst days of travel during the last two weeks of the year, the 27th and the 23rd were the two worst days. They each had 34% of flights delayed and a 59-minute average delay time. The 27th had a higher percentage of cancelled flights at 2.3 compared to 1% for the 23rd.

The 5 worst days to fly for Christmas travel

As far as the worst airlines, Southwest came in at the number one spot. Frontier, Spirit, Jetblue, and United round out the top five.

The 5 worst airlines in the US for Christmas travel

When it came to the best for Christmas travel, Honolulu came in as the best airport. They had only 12% of flights delayed and 0.6% cancelled. However, they did have an average of 60 minutes for delays. A few major airports made the best list as well, including Ronald Reagan in D.C., Detroit Metropolitan Airport, and Seattle-Tacoma International.

Map of the 10 best airports in the US for Christmas travel

Chart of the 10 best airports in the US for Christmas travel

We found the best day to travel would be on Christmas itself. It would be up to you to decide if the tradeoff is worth it. Eighteen percent of flights on Christmas were delayed and 1.7% were cancelled. New Year’s Eve was the second-best day, and Christmas Eve was third.

The 5 best days to fly for Christmas travel

Many of the smaller airlines made the list for best during this timeframe. Hawaiian Airlines was the top airline, followed by Alaska Airlines, Mesa Airlines, Delta, and Endeavor.

The 5 best airlines in the US for Christmas travel

We also looked at the some of the worst airports and airlines for Thanksgiving travel. There were some definitely similarities when compared to December travel. Looking at the worst airports, Midway in Chicago was the ranked the worst for Thanksgiving but also made the Christmas list. William P. Hobby, Dallas/Fort Worth, Oakland, Dallas Love Field, Newark Liberty, and Denver also made both lists.

Map of the 10 worst airports in the US for Thanksgiving travel

Chart of the 10 worst airports in the US for Thanksgiving travel

For the worst airlines, Southwest again took the top spot. While the percentages were lower than December travel, it still was the worst among airlines. Frontier, Jetblue, Envoy, and Delta rounded out the top five — very similar to the December list.

If you’re headed somewhere else for the holidays, chances are you’re going to have to endure some travel woes. Whether that’s traffic on the road or delays at the airport, you’re not alone in your struggle to get there. Hopefully, you won’t be heading through one of the airports on our worst airports list. From all of us at Elite Fixtures, safe travels and happy holidays.

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$1,000 Sustainability Scholarship Winner!

Elite Fixtures is proud to announce the winner of our “Eco-Friendly Sustainability” Scholarship. Congratulations to Kyle Latshaw, a junior at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania! He is majoring in mathematics.

We received hundreds of essays from students across the country describing what sustainability meant to them and what they are doing to live more eco-friendly. Kyle’s essay stood out to us because of his thoughtful comments on sustainability and what it means in American culture.

“Sustainability, above all, is thinking with the future in mind. This type of thinking is not always evident in American culture. We often purchase the newest item without thinking of what will happen to what we had before. We pursue profits and cost-cutting measures instead of seeking to manage our waste and possibly repurpose it. In many cases, we completely disregard the future.

“However, the future is less desolate than that pessimistic portrayal of American culture seems to suggest. Many others, like myself, have realized that we produce an astounding amount of waste and seek to do something about it. “Doing something” on an individual level is easy, and when many people do so, the changes we make create sustainability,” he wrote.

Kyle went on to describe a few ways he trying to “go green,” such as reducing his plastic waste by using refillable water bottles and reducing his carbon footprint by being mindful of his energy consumption — he always makes sure to turn off the lights in a room he’s not using.

On winning the scholarship, Kyle said he is grateful and it will allow him to continue to focus on his studies.

“[This scholarship] means I can better myself to make a larger impact on the world around me. Scholarships like this one help people make a change, and that’s what I want to do after I graduate,” he also commented.

It’s clear that not only is Kyle committed to sustainability, he also has a bright future in front of him. At Elite Fixtures, we’re proud to be a small part of that.

Congratulations, Kyle!

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Compare Electricity Rates by State | EliteFixtures

Compare electricity rates by state to see which states have the cheapest and most expensive electricity rates. Click here to see the energy rates comparison!

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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Elite Fixtures' Sustainability Scholarship

$1,000 Eco-Friendly Sustainability Scholarship

Elite Fixtures' Sustainability Scholarship

Want $1,000 for college? Elite Fixtures can help make that happen.

If you are currently enrolled in college or headed there in 2017 and want to win a $1000 scholarship to help cover expenses, consider entering the Elite Fixtures Scholarship Contest. Elite Fixtures will award a $1000 scholarship to a highly motivated student who can thoughtfully write about sustainability and how they practice green living.

THE PROMPT:

We are committed to sustainable living at Elite Fixtures, providing numerous energy efficient options for the home. In 600 words or less, tell us about what sustainability means to you and why it is important to society as a whole. Then, explain how you practice sustainability or ‘green-living’ in your own life.

HERE’S HOW YOU WIN:

  • Fill out the form below, including a link to your essay using Google Docs. Remember to change the settings so it is viewable to anyone
  • Follow all directions in the prompt.
  • We will pick a winner on December 9, 2017 and notify you. (It’s subjective; we’re going to pick our favorite response.)
  • We will email you to confirm mailing address, and send you a check, or Visa gift card in the mail for $1000.
  • We will announce the winner on our company blog.

TO BE ELIGIBLE:

  • You must be a graduating senior in high school or a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college.
  • You must be graduating high school or in college and between the ages of 16 and 22.
  • We reserve the right to verify the date of your high school graduation and/or college enrollment.
  • Any and all content may be used in future Elite Fixtures marketing.

HOW TO ENTER:

Fill out the form below:

Submissions must be received by midnight on December 8, 2017.

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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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2017 Lighting Clearance Sales – Save Up to 85%

Did you know that one of the best times to purchase a new lighting fixture is in January? Just like car dealers, lighting manufacturers typically start to make way for new inventory for the coming year – at the end of the old year. This creates a natural push to rid warehouses of older models that might not have sold very well in the previous year. One can find outstanding bargains when manufacturers race to clear space for fresh new designs that they are anxious to sell!

The irony of these great sales is that some really beautiful and very expensive fixtures end up going for rock bottom prices – sometimes up to 85% off! These sales are called ‘clearance sales’, because that’s exactly what the manufacturers are doing – clearing their buildings of products they no longer want to house.

It’s been our experience that sometimes a stunning design or collection is put on clearance simply because it was originally thought to be a best seller. Then over time, the fixture failed to produce adequate sales numbers. Sometimes a design just won’t sell no matter how much is it promoted. And these low volume selling designs can actually be quite elaborate and beautiful. If one shops though the clearance sales – a true gem can often be found. Sometimes it can take a little longer to peruse through the clearance racks – but it is so worth it to do so! Elitefixtures.com has three sales sections where you can find great products at bargain prices…

MONTHLY PROMO’S – There are ‘sales and promotions’ that are dictated by the manufacturers on a month to month basis. Typically, a manufacturer will issue to us a count of sku#’s that they have decided to let go on sale. These are normally priced products that they will temporarily lower price-wise for a 30 day period; with the use of a coupon code offered. Sometimes they’ll simply allow us to lower the price on certain marked items for a designated period of time. One should always check the general sales and promotions tab first to see if there is a favorite brand that might be having a great and ‘current promotion’ going on. With over 100 manufacturers on board – there is always a very wide range of fixtures to choose from.

OPEN BOX SALES – There are also ‘open box’ sales. Though there is not always a huge selection of these items available, sometimes, by just clicking on the Open Box link for a ‘quick see’; that one tiny action can land you a really great bargain that you didn’t expect. Open Box items are items that are brand new, never installed, but the packaging may have been opened for various reasons. If you don’t mind that it’s not a brand new box, you can get a great price on a fixture.

CLEARANCE SALES – are always ongoing because we house over 100 manufacturers on site. These clearance items are usually soon-to-be-discontinued items that manufacturers just want to push out of their factories. So if you choose a fixture that has several shade covers, as in a vanity with four bulbs; it would be a wise idea to inquire about purchasing at least one extra shade just in case one breaks a few years from now. Though a fixture can last a decade or longer, most often it is a shade or a diffuser that gets accidentally shattered while cleaning it. Use your smarts and make the ‘extra shade’ purchase in that case. Then you won’t go through the headache of realizing that you can’t find a replacement shade ANYWHERE online, because it was discontinued 2 years prior! Inquire about additional shades or bulbs that you think you may need and make the purchase while the manufacturer still has some of them in inventory!

Sales are great any way you cut the cake. Everybody loves a sale. But GREAT SALES happen when you truly pay attention! Check the product details. Make sure it’s still in stock. If the stock count shows only one left – it’s worth it to call in or chat in to make sure that ‘one’ actually still exists. Better get cracking! 2017 lighting clearance sales, where you can save up to 85% – are going on now!

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Cyber Sales All This Week!

Why party on just one day of the week? We’re having Cyber Sales all this week! There are over 100 top brand name manufacturers to chose from and over 100,000 products on sale this week. Listed online are both indoor and outdoor fixtures, plumbing products, range hoods, home decor, furniture, rugs, mirrors, wall art, appliances, water coolers, fans, hardware and garden ornaments.

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Authorized Dealers of these Manufacturers: A&E Bath & Shower Anji Mountain, Besa, Bulbrite, Capital, Corbett, Crystorama, Dimond, Elegant Lighting, Famination, Golden, Hinkley, Hudson Valley, James R Moder, Kichler, LBL, Maxim, Murray Feiss, Monte Carlo, Momeni, Nuvo, Oriental Weavers, PLC, Progress, Quoizel, Sea Gull, Sage, Spa World, Schonbek, Tech Lighting, Troy, Trans Globe, Thor, Uttermost, Vaxcel, Xtreme Air, Yosemite, Z-Lite & Zuo….just to name a few! Hurry! Go NOW!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

On this very special Thanksgiving, we wish each and every one of our customers and manufacturers a very Happy Holiday. To help you celebrate, we’ve given you a little turkey searching exercise just for fun. Should you fail to find all the turkeys, we’re happy to furnish you a few hints along the way….

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There are 16 turkeys total in the above image. There are 6 different kinds of turkeys to find. Some are incredibly obvious for those of you who have a ‘very little patience’ factor. There are some that are fairly well hidden, for those of you who enjoy a good solid challenge. For those of you who require a few easy hints, because you’re either very lazy or sight challenged, we’ve provided a turkey chart just below, so you can concentrate on what you’re looking for.

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By the way….

…and while you are searching for turkeys, we are also having lots of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales; not only to keep in the spirit with holiday shopping trends, but because our manufacturers tend to reduce their prices for the Holiday weekend. Thus, we can reduce our pricing across the board! So now you can search turkeys and then shop over 100 top name brand manufacturers on our website all day long if you please, because hopefully your employers have given you at least one day off to enjoy the company of family and friends…and to toodle around on the internet too! After all – there’s another big holiday right around the bend where usually, presents are required. So we have some shopping ideas for you, while you have some time on your hands this weekend….

For instance, all through the weekend – there is 20% off all Maxim and ET2 fixtures. There’s no coupon needed – the price adjusts at checkout! Or take a look at our Cyber Monday Sales page, with multiple brands! If you love the Hinkley brand, they too are having a 20% off Cyber Sale.

How ya doing with those turkeys so far? Find the 16 yet?

This weekend there are also some magnificent clearance sales as manufacturers clear their warehouses for next years inventory. If you’re looking for Home Decor items, take a look at the Uttermost Company who has sales up to 60% off! That includes, furniture, lamps, rugs and home decor items. Yosemite Home Decor is another manufacturer that sells more than just lights. They carry loads of artwork and water fountains, as well as unusual furnishings. Did you find all the turkeys yet? Just in case you didn’t, here are your clues to show you exactly where they all are!

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 HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

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Holiday Lights and Dining Styles

Along with a tiny dose of recent world change via the strangest election ever; humanity could use a small break. It’s been a tough year for almost all, with exception to perhaps the globes lofty 1%.  If you fall into any bracket other than that, chances are you’ve had some life challenges of late. Now, with societal changes finally manifesting into place, and with the Holidays right upon us – perhaps it’s time to take some ‘time out’. Before the New Year sets in, with it’s own sort of forward pressure rolling in; the year-end season change into winter can be a time of quieting down, laughing and just kicking back. While entertaining just who to entertain this festive season, it might be wise to give your dining table a celebratory boost as well.

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Most of the rest of the year, dining tables can become a storage house for homework, car keys, bills and other household clutter – especially if it serves as a temporary desktop in a small home or apartment. Sometimes it takes the holiday season to remind us that the table’s place mats have been lulling about just a few seasons too long. This year do things different. This year – let’s all entertain the idea of upgrading holiday lights and dining styles all across the country, via one new chandelier!

Choose a Glittery Chandelier

The Christmas Tree is not the only thing that has a right to sparkle. Creating an elegant and festive dining area for guests this year should not be an activity that causes stress and dread. It should be one where excited anticipation helps to add spark and kick to some of the standard utensils you use on a daily basis. For instance, if as in the image above, your dining decor tends to range in the beige or brown region, just one or two complimentary colors on the dining table can be enough to add a bright exciting pop to your dinnerware. It need not be much. Sometimes less is best. Where you should go for the dramatic change is in considering one or two unusually designed dining chandeliers. One whimsical choice can keep smiles of satisfaction happening all throughout the year.

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Go Modern or Not at All

One thing about modern fixtures is that they tend to be simple in overall design. That’s part of the beauty of contemporary styling. When furniture, decor and fixtures are modern styled, the simplicity allows a room to breathe with ease. Minimalists know one thing – and that is when your environment is clean and neat – internally you feel just the same. One’s environment is often considered a reflection of one’s inner health and a clean, clear room begets a sense of ease and relaxation. If your dining room of late feels a bit cluttered, maybe it’s time to clear the shelves, change the centerpiece and consider more modern chandeliers like the ones above. Featured above are the Athena Collection #3074-6P-CH and the Garvin Collection # 2360-LP-RBZ by Golden Lighting. Both scream ‘stylish’ and both easily add a touch of elegance to the room’s that they are hung in. By the way, they’ll also be far more easy to clean than the more intricately designed traditional styles! Happy Holidays all!

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