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November 15, 2019

Meet Jan Harless:  Bell Electric Office Manager

If you've called the Bell Electric office sometime since 2010, chances are you've already spoken to Jan. As our office manager for the last eight years, Jan keeps our office running smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Among other things, she coordinates daily operations, organizes payroll and acco...

October 15, 2019

Home electrical outlets have come a long way in 100 years. Since their invention in 1904, AC sockets have become much safer and easier to operate -- evolving from basic power points to high-tech gadgets. In the last decade alone, convenience features and smart-home technology have converted these ubiquitous household items into multitaskin...

September 15, 2019

The typical family spends an average of $2,200 per year on utilities, according to the US Energy Department. Making small changes and tweaking your energy usage can lower your electric bill by as much as 25%, without making a huge impact on your family’s comfort level. Check out these tips that will help you increase your home’s efficiency...

September 7, 2019

An invisible fence is a safe and cost-effective option for your energetic pup, but how does it affect your monthly electric bill? In short, you may notice a small increase every month but there are other factors that could impact installation cost, monthly charges and upkeep for your invisible dog fence.

How Do Electric Fences Work?

Invisibl...

August 10, 2019

Summertime is all about enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family, and one of our favorite ways to upgrade our outdoor spaces is with well-planned lighting. Whether you want to highlight your lush summer garden or create an entertaining-friendly space on your deck, exterior lights go a long way to transform the look and feel of o...

July 28, 2019

As you invest in high-tech electronics and smart home technology, it's essential to protect your devices from damaging power surges. An electrical surge is a spike in voltage that only lasts for a fraction of a second but can reach over 1,000 volts. Spikes can degrade wiring insulation and destroy electronic devices like televisions, compu...

June 29, 2019

A tripped circuit breaker can leave you in the dark or without access to important appliances. A breaker tripping once or twice is an inconvenience but probably nothing to worry about. However, if you experience tripped breakers frequently, it may signify a larger problem that needs to be addressed. 

A circuit breaker “trips” (shu...

June 23, 2019

We had the amazing opportunity to visit Virginia Tech's FutureHAUS last week, currently on display on the campus drill field in downtown Blacksburg. The smart home was completed early last fall after years of

research, design and construction and with the help of over 100 Tech students and faculty. In October 2018, the house traveled

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April 16, 2019

We are constantly seeking connectivity and convenience at work or the coffee shop, why not at home too? These gadgets can turn your home into a smart hub, capable of turning your thermostat up on a cold morning, unlocking your doors when family arrives, and playing your music with a simple voice command or touch of a button. Setting up you...

February 27, 2019

Bell Electric is proud to be the electrical contractor for this innovative brewery opening spring 2019 in the Blacksburg Industrial Park. Eastern Divide Brewery is a 12,000-square-foot facility boasting a production area with 1,000-gallon brew tanks, a full kitchen and tasting room, and a breezy dining area with room for 200...

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