Wednesday, October 5, 2016

What to look for when buying a washing machine

You might not always look forward to laundry day, but a good washing machine can make it a little less stressful. There are lots of main points of consideration to think about, but our team at Pocatello Electric is always available to help you make the best choice. Here’s a handy guide to help you get started when looking for a new washing machine.


There are a few things to consider when it comes to where in your home you’d want your washer to be. Factors like accessibility and space should definitely come first. How many flights of stairs or how far do you have to go to do a load of laundry? Doing your laundry shouldn’t be a chore, you should enjoy the space you’re in!

Here’s a few other tips to consider:
·    For loading and unloading, allow 36 inches in front of a washer, 42 inches for a dryer
·    stacked units usually occupy less than 33 square inches of floor space and may be more accessible to people who have difficulty bending or stooping.
    Installing a washer and dryer about 15 inches off the floor will make loading and unloading more comfortable. Look for sturdy pedestal bases specifically made for your models of laundry appliances


There are two common styles to choose from – top load and front load. If you live in a small space or just want your washer to be hidden away, you may also want to consider compact washing machines like this one
 Whirlpool Washer

High Efficiency Top Load

The High Efficiency Top Load come with all the energy and water savings in an easy to use configuration. This is the largest capacity available with superior vibration control.

 High Efficiency Top Load

High Efficiency Front Load
Front load washers are still popular due to their energy efficiency and convenient features. The large capacity options allow you to wash more clothes in every load.

High Eficiency Front Load


Washing machine tubs are always measured in terms of cubic feet. The larger the capacity, the fewer loads of laundry you have to do, which means more time for the things that matter most.
Here’s a handy chart from Whirlpool to help you out:

On the hunt for a new washing machine? Browse our website for some ideas  or visit us in store

Friday, September 9, 2016

Best Value Appliance Brands For Your Money

By Pocatello Electric

It goes without saying that appliances, just like other technology, are constantly presenting new improvements. Today, most appliance brands have innovative features. That being said, some of the luxury brands not only come out with more compelling features, but they have become more affordable. Cutting edge features at great prices… now that’s best value for your money! Let’s take a look at some of the best luxury brands on the market that come with a decent price tag:

Bosch is one of the first luxury brands to understand the importance of style, efficiency and affordability. Their forward-thinking and distinctive design is what allowed them to sell so many dishwashers. In fact, the launch of their Benchmark series targeted a customer looking for a high end product at an affordable price.  However, Bosch is best known for its dishwashers, as the ranges and refrigerators are sourced from other companies.

Frigidaire Gallery/ Frigidaire Professional:
Yes, you read correctly. Frigidaire is perhaps the first manufacturer to have well-priced a stainless steel product. Their French door refrigerator option has added great style and value to their packages. In fact, along with their great value, you get excellent reliability and smudge-proof stainless steel.

KitchenAid is a popular luxury brand in the US market. They are best-known for their American-style dishwashers and refrigerators, as well as double oven ranges. They offer an attractive style at a competitive price.

Electrolux is perhaps one of the most reputable brands worldwide for cooking with innovative modes and quality induction. They also offer great laundry appliances dishwashers with high-end features at lower price points than their competition.

Most people think of Samsung for cellphones and televisions, but they also manufacture appliances. Without a doubt, this manufacturer is well-known for its innovation. They are best known for their laundry appliances and refrigerators. 

As you can see, you no longer have to spend as much to get a nice-looking and reliable appliance packages. You now have a variety of options in the affordable luxury brand appliance market.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Appliances For Your College Dorm

By Pocatello Electric

Starting college can be quite scary, since most students wind up out of state. Having said that, rather than feeling like you’re always waking up in a strange place, try to create a home away from home. Your dorm may not be as big as your home, but you can definitely manage to make a room feel homey and transform it into a functional bedroom, living room & study. If you have the typical 100 square feet to play with, you should select multifunctional pieces for your space. By selecting these pieces, you can save room for other little perks!

The Compact Refrigerator:
A compact refrigerator is a great solution to keeping your beverages and snacks fresh. They come in a variety of sizes and colors to fit your space and budget! Get your mini refrigerator and you’ll feel like you never left home!

The Microwave Oven:
Another convenient appliance is a microwave oven. Today’s microwave ovens are quite multifunctional, as they can do more than just reheat your food! By getting a microwave for your dorm, you and your roommate can benefit from reheating your food if you get distracted with studying, make some popcorn if you decide to watch a movie or even cook certain foods! It really can prove to be quite useful! Microwaves come in a variety of sizes, colors and budgets. In fact, the ultimate buy would include a convection oven, toaster oven, broiler and microwave oven all in one. Yes, they do exist. You surely will appreciate having one!

Now that you’re all set with your multifunctional furniture pieces and your convenient gadgets, you can begin your academic year with peace of mind. Good luck!

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Spring vs. Foam: Which Mattress Is Right For You?

By Pocatello Electric

Did you know that your mattress is one of the main factors that contribute to getting a good night’s sleep? If you’re already having trouble sleeping, then you may want to know the differences between a foam mattress and a spring mattress. Sleeping on a supportive mattress will directly affect your lifestyle and how you go about your daily activities. Thus, it is imperative to ensure you make the most of your sleep on the right mattress! Let’s take a look at the main differences between a foam mattress and a spring mattress:

If you’re leaning toward a spring mattress:
  • Springs are still being used because they are quite inexpensive.
  • There is a misconception that spring mattresses are supportive and comfortable. However, they do not offer sufficient pressure point relief.
  • Despite losing approximately 16% of its firmness within the first year, a spring mattress can last up to 10+ years
  • There are a variety of spring mattresses in almost every price range. The firmer the mattress, the better.

If you’re leaning toward a foam mattress:
  • A foam mattress significantly reduces pressure points. That being said, having less pressure points will in turn cause less tossing and turning.
  • Unlike spring mattresses, memory foam mattresses do not need to be flipped. There is absolutely no maintenance in this respect.
  • Allergies are less likely with a memory foam mattress. Dust mites can only live on the surface, and not on the inside of the mattress.
  • Memory foam mattresses are extremely sensitive to temperature, which means that temperature will determine how long it takes for the mattress to adjust itself to your body. The colder the room, the longer it will take the mattress to shape itself.

Now that you have the pros and cons for each mattress, you can evaluate your needs and make the right purchase!

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Over- The - Range Microwave Ovens

By Pocatello Electric


It goes without saying that microwaves are a common household appliance, but have significantly evolved to include more advanced features. They have become increasingly more powerful and compact than ever! An over – the –range microwave has a dual technology that proves to be very efficient & convenient. Let’s take a look at why it can be an interesting option in your kitchen;

Microwave: The majority of modern microwaves feature sensor cooking. This means that the microwave uses a technology that senses moistures to determine whether food is cooking properly. Then it assesses if any adjustments in temperature need to be made in order to finish. Basically, a microwave is no longer used for its traditional duty – to reheat a meal.

Vent:  An over- the - range microwave oven has an alternate function, as a vent that is! Yes, you read correctly. This microwave-type now has a great ventilation system that can replace a range hood. Some of the top quality vents can handle quite the strong airflow, with multiple speeds for different cooking purposes. In fact, some also automatically start when they detect too much heat. Then, once you’re done cooking, the microwave will go back to its sleek and attractive look, by hiding its vents.

Design: The cooking area is known as the center stage of your kitchen, as the appliances in this area seem to take the spotlight. That being said, there are a number of designs and colors to choose from, so that you can embellish your kitchen’s d├ęcor. Obviously, if you prefer the look of a range hood, then this design will not be appealing. In that case, you can opt for a countertop microwave. 

In a nut shell, an over- the – range microwave will save counter space and can execute the tasks of two appliances. It offers great features and will compliment your kitchen nicely, if your heart is not set on traditional looking ventilation.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

A New Approach To Recipes

By Pocatello Electric

Perhaps one of the latest culinary trends is best summarized in the slogan: “Food that’ll make you close your eyes, lean back, and whisper “yessss”. Snack-sized videos and recipes you’ll want to try.” Tasty enhances your cooking experience by visually demonstrating the step needs needed in a large array of recipes! In fact, here is an example of a little piece of heaven – Swedish Meatball Pasta.

What you need:
1lb of ground beef
½ cup seasoned pepper (for meatballs)
½ tablespoon pepper (for meatballs)
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups of beef broth
2 cups of milk
½ tablespoon salt (sauce)
½ tablespoon pepper (sauce)
1 tablespoon Worcestshire sauce
4 cups egg noodles
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
½ cup chopped parsley

In a large bowl mix the ground beef, breadcrumbs, minced onion, egg, salt, and pepper until evenly combined. In a stockpot, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Grab about a golf-ball size of the meat mixture and roll it into meatballs. Place them into the pot, and cook them for one minute. Make sure to flip them.

Add the beef broth, milk, salt, pepper, and Worcestshire sauce. Give it a stir. Bring the liquid to a boil, and then throw in the egg noodles. Stir constantly until the pasta is cooked and the liquid is reduced to sauce. This takes about 7-8 mins. Finally, add parmesan and parsley, stir, and you’re ready to serve!

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Friday, March 4, 2016

March; A Time To Be Green

By Pocatello Electric

The month of March is green for a number of reasons. First, St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday that is often associated to the color green. Next is the first day of spring, which symbolizes blooming and greenery. Finally, this month also features Sun-Earth Day, a day that educates people about the sun is a powerful source of energy for the earth. This month is quite eventful to say the least!

                                *Taken from

So how exactly can you promote being green this month to make mother earth smile? Opt to improve your energy efficiency when you wash a load of green clothing! It seems that Energy Star’s most efficient washers are front loaders! Their design features a short central agitator, which reduces the level of water consumption. In fact, it seems that the average Energy Star- certified washer will cost $85 a year to run.


By using Energy Star washers, US consumers will save the following yearly:

  • 540 million kWh of electricity
  • 20 billion gallons of water
  • 1.8 trillion BTUs of natural gas
  • A grand total of $250 million in energy bill savings annually

                                    *Taken from

Despite the fact that one has a green washer, it might be a good idea to verify its effectiveness as well - no one wants to find their shirt shredded. Also, most of the highest performing washers come with a price tag. Although some of them can be quite pricey, your savings will result in the long-run. The idea is to do your research by looking at the latest tested models via consumer reports. That way, you can find the middle ground between, energy efficiency, effectiveness and price point.
Unfortunately, dryers do not get an Energy Star rating for the time being. We have yet to figure out how to create hot air inexpensively. Therefore, the focus has been shifted to doing wonders with washers.
So be green this March!

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