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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Atlanta, GA. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Atlanta.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Atlanta, GA? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Atlanta. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Atlanta, GA, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Atlanta. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Atlanta, GA

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Atlanta to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Atlanta.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Atlanta, GA, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Kirby Smart: Atlanta Falcons feature 2 examples of players drafted who considered leaving Georgia

ATHENS — Kirby Smart has made it a point this offseason to emphasize the importance of players being willing to stick it out amid challenging circumstances rather than exit a program via the transfer portal.Smart has said the new one-time transfer exemption has made his job a “nightmare,” and he has explained it’s not good for players, either.Smart’s point should hit close to home with fans who root for Georgia football and the Atlanta Falcons.Atlanta finally ended its 11-year draft drought ...

ATHENS — Kirby Smart has made it a point this offseason to emphasize the importance of players being willing to stick it out amid challenging circumstances rather than exit a program via the transfer portal.

Smart has said the new one-time transfer exemption has made his job a “nightmare,” and he has explained it’s not good for players, either.

Smart’s point should hit close to home with fans who root for Georgia football and the Atlanta Falcons.

Atlanta finally ended its 11-year draft drought of not drafting a UGA player when it selected Justin Shaffer and John FitzPatrick on the final day of the 2022 draft.

Shaffer, an offensive guard, was selected in the sixth round with the No. 190 overall pick.

FitzPatrick, a tight end, was also picked in the sixth round with the No. 213 overall pick.

Smart recently revealed that Shaffer and FitzPatrick were two of the players who benefited by sticking it out with the Bulldogs after considering leaving the program.

It was already documented that first-round NFL draft pick Quay Walker attempted to leave Georgia via the transfer portal before being talked out of it.

Smart, who played at UGA himself, shared there are challenges most young men face after leaving home for the first time and being challenged to fight their way up the depth chart.

“Justin Shaffer, I had a long conversation with,” Smart said during an SEC Network Sirius XM interview. “He was ready to leave because he was the second guard after spring practice going into his second year.

“And I was like ‘this is just normal, you’re going to get better by going against good people. They will find you if you’re good enough.’ "

Shaffer worked his way into the starting lineup his final two seasons at Georgia, just like FitzPatrick.

Early on, however, FitzPatrick found himself buried on the depth chart behind Isaac Nauta and then incoming transfers Eli Wolf and Tre’ McKitty.

“I know Quay Walker, I know John FitzPatrick, I know there were guys that had doubts and thought about leaving,” Smart said.

Reflecting on the Bulldogs’ NFL record draft class, with 15 Georgia players picked, Smart said two-thirds likely considering leaving the program at some point.

“I look at kids that were on that stage the other day for us, there were 15 guys drafted, they were pretty successful for us,” Smart said.

“I would bet you that 10 of them had thoughts in their mind, somewhere around their first or second year … "

Georgia had 11 players exit the program via the transfer portal this year, including four former starters.

But most all of the key players are returning, and Smart likes their odds at success based on the recent draft.

“In the end, it really worked out for the guys that stayed,” Smart said. “And I’m not saying it doesn’t work out for the guys that leave, I can’t say that.

“But I’d just say it less often does than it does if you stay.”

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Parts of north Georgia, metro Atlanta under thunderstorm advisories | Weather blog

ATLANTA — In the midst of a heat wave descending on north Georgia, some counties have seen severe thunderstorm warnings on Wednesday.A level 2 risk for severe storms spans much of Georgia, with damaging winds and small hail a possibility. The severe weather comes amid record-breaking hot temperatures, marking...

ATLANTA — In the midst of a heat wave descending on north Georgia, some counties have seen severe thunderstorm warnings on Wednesday.

A level 2 risk for severe storms spans much of Georgia, with damaging winds and small hail a possibility. The severe weather comes amid record-breaking hot temperatures, marking Atlanta's hottest day of the year. Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings are in effect until 8 p.m. This is on top of severe thunderstorm warnings.

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10:15 p.m. | A downed tree broke through a highway barrier Wednesday night along Highway 74 by Kelly Drive. The tree is between highway guardrails and sound barriers, just north of Acorn Street in Fayette County.

9:50 p.m. | Haralson, Paulding, Carroll, and Polk counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 10:30 p.m.

9:34 p.m. | Habersham and Rabun counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 10:15 p.m.

9:32 p.m. | Haralson and Polk counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 10:15 p.m.

9:22 p.m. | Chief meteorologist Chris Holcomb is tracking storms. Check out the latest on his forecast.

9:01 p.m. | The NWS has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Carroll, Paulding, Haralson, Heard and Polk counties. It is set to expire at 9:45 p.m., forecasters said.

8:53 p.m. | Storms moved through metro Atlanta Wednesday night. 11Alive's photojournalist Chris Cole caught the storm systems on dash camera video.

8:11 p.m. | Powerful winds brought down a large tree in Peachtree City Wednesday night. Branches from the tree were resting on the roof of a nearby home. Caution tape roped off the downed tree.

8:10 p.m. | Severe thunderstorm warnings have been extended until 8:45 p.m. for Coweta, Troup, Meriwether, Pike, Upson and Chambers counties.

7:48 p.m. | Rain is moving through parts of metro Atlanta. See if a storm is headed your way using the live radar below.

7:42 p.m. | Peachtree City neighbors report hail falling in the area. Fayette County is under a severe thunderstorm warning, according to the NWS.

7:40 p.m. | Pea-sized hail spotted by Lake Sinclair amid strong winds and lightning, 11Alive Stormtracker Terry Middendorf Rhodes said.

7:37 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Fayette, Spalding, Coweta, Pike, Butts, Meriwether and Monroe counties until 8:15 p.m.

7:32 p.m. | Meriwether and Troup counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 8:15 p.m.

7:27 p.m. | A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Carroll, Heard and Coweta counties until 8 p.m.

7:01 p.m. | A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Coweta, Jones, Monroe, Jasper, Spalding, Upson, Meriwether, Pike, Talbout, Troup, Fulton, Caroll, Douglas, Butts counties.

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Father’s Day events, celebrations and specials in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Father’s Day is the annual celebration of fathers for all of their hard work, dedication and positive impact on our lives.There are multiple Father’s Day celebrations and specials happening in the metro Atlanta area to celebrate dads. Here is a list:College Football Hall of Fame Father’s Day Event:WHAT: Fathers can enjoy the College Football Hall of Fame for free this Father’s Day with the purchase of a regularly priced ticket. The first 100 Dads Receive a Home...

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Father’s Day is the annual celebration of fathers for all of their hard work, dedication and positive impact on our lives.

There are multiple Father’s Day celebrations and specials happening in the metro Atlanta area to celebrate dads. Here is a list:

College Football Hall of Fame Father’s Day Event:

WHAT: Fathers can enjoy the College Football Hall of Fame for free this Father’s Day with the purchase of a regularly priced ticket. The first 100 Dads Receive a Home Depot Gift Card

WHERE: The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame 250 Marietta St., N.W. Atlanta, GA

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. June 19

Dad at Halcyon!

WHAT: Bring your father to enjoy live music performances, drink specials, free giveaways and good vibes for Father’s Day.

WHERE: Butcher & Brew 6690 Town Square, Alpharetta

WHEN: June 19

Family Food Fest Atlanta

WHAT: Family Food Fest on Father’s Day

WHERE: The Georgia Freight Depot 65 M.L.K. Jr Dr. SW

WHEN: 3-6 p.m. June 19

Father’s Day Brunch City Winery Atlanta

WHAT: City Winery Presents the Juneteenth Weekend Celebration Father’s Day Brunch featuring Robin Lattimore

WHERE: City Winery Atlanta at Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave. NE

WHEN: June 19 Noon

Celebrate Dad! Painting with a Twist:

WHAT: Painting with a Twist featuring fun activities with dad

WHERE: 6780 Roswell Rd. Ste D-120, Sandy Springs

WHEN: 5-7 p.m. June 19

Daddy and Me Father’s Day Tea Party!

WHAT: Celebrate Father’s Day with the Great Father of your life at the Grand Affair Father’s Day Tea Party

WHERE: 1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. June 19

Dads Free Mini Golf

WHAT: Dads Free Mini Golf event

WHERE: Area 51 - Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf 5100 Commerce Pkwy, Roswell

WHEN: Father’s Day Weekend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 17- June 19

Family Skating on Father’s Day

WHAT: Father’s Day Cascade Family Skating

WHERE: 3335 M.L.K. Jr. Dr. Atlanta

WHEN: June 18 Family Session 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Father’s Day Celebration at Six Flags White Water

WHAT: Father’s Day Celebration with a day full of fun!

WHERE: Six Flags White Water 250 Cobb Pkwy. N. Marietta

WHEN: June 18 and June 19

Father’s Day Event at Mall of Georgia

WHAT: Mall of Georgia is celebrating Father’s Day with a concert from Owl Creek Band, followed by Movies Under the Stars featuring “American Underdog” and tons of family fun.

WHERE: Mall of Georgia’s Village Amphitheatre, 3333 Buford Dr. Buford

WHEN: June 19 from 4-7 p.m.

WHAT: Free Safari admission for dads on Father’s Day (Use promo code “Fathersday” at checkout)

WHERE: 2912 Paradise Valley Rd. Cleveland, Ga

WHEN: June 19

Dad’s free visit to Chattahoochee Nature Center

WHAT: Enjoy Father’s Day with a picnic, plenty of walking trails and on-site programs at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

WHERE: 9135 Willeo Rd. Roswell

WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m.

Father’s Day Special at the Cherokee Aquatic Center

WHAT: Free admission to dads accompanied by a paying child guest at the Oasis outdoor pool

WHERE: 1200 Wellstar Way, Canton

WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. June 19

Father’s Day Special at Baskin-Robins

WHAT: Ice Cream Cake special

WHERE: Select Baskin-Robins locations

WHEN: June 19

Bulla Gastrobar Father’s Day Brunch

WHAT: Father’s Day brunch featuring favorites such as steak and eggs, chicken and waffles and classic huevos rancheros. For dinner, dads will receive a complimentary box of chocolate clusters. Dads will also receive a $20 gift certificate for his next visit.

WHERE: 60 11th St. NE. Atlanta

WHEN: 10 a.m. June 19

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Georgia Power offering tips to help customers save money during summer

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Georgia Power is offering tips and tools to help their customers save money and energy throughout the year and especially during the hot summer months.The company offers the My Power Usage program, which is a free service that allows customers to track their daily energy use online.Simple summer tips to save money and energy include:Think Thermostat – Heating and cooling costs mak...

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Georgia Power is offering tips and tools to help their customers save money and energy throughout the year and especially during the hot summer months.

The company offers the My Power Usage program, which is a free service that allows customers to track their daily energy use online.

Simple summer tips to save money and energy include:

Think Thermostat – Heating and cooling costs make up nearly half of your average power bill. Set manual thermostats to 78°F in the summer for peak efficiency and make the most of programmable thermostats, which help decrease energy use based on your lifestyle.

Use your Fans – A ceiling fan costs only about $1.50 a month to operate and will help you feel cooler without having to adjust your thermostat.

Clear Air Vents – To maintain consistent temperatures throughout your home, keep air vents and return-air registers clear of obstructions such as furniture, curtains and rugs.

Trim Plants and Change Filters – To ensure your unit receives proper airflow, change filters once a month, or every three months for pleated filters and trim plants around your outside units.

Caulk & Strip – Replace cracked or peeling caulk or weather stripping around doors and windows to save up to 10 percent on energy use.

Use Blinds & Curtains – Cover sun-facing windows with blinds or curtains to help limit direct sunlight and heat from entering your home.

Unplug Certain Electronics – Electronics account for 5-10 percent of household electricity use. Save up to $100 a year by either using an advanced power strip or unplugging electronics when not in use.

HVAC System Tune-Up – Hire a technician to ensure your HVAC equipment is working properly and schedule an equipment tune-up if necessary.

Other programs to help Georgia Power customers save money and energy throughout the summer months include:

A Free Online Energy Checkup – Take a quick and easy online energy checkup that provides a customized energy usage report and ways to save money. Visit www.GeorgiaPower.com/EnergyCheckUp to get started.

Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP) – The Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP) helps Georgia Power customers reduce energy use, save on energy costs and improve the comfort of their homes. Residential customers can earn rebates from Georgia Power for implementing and installing qualifying energy savings improvements. Learn more at www.GeorgiaPower.com/HomeImprovements.

Home Energy Efficiency Assistance Program (HEEAP) – The Home Energy Efficiency Assistance Program helps eligible income-qualified customers make free energy efficiency improvements in their home. At no cost to the customer, a program contractor performs the recommended energy efficiency upgrades. Customers can learn more and apply at www.GeorgiaPower.com/HEEAP.

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Demand for swim lessons rises in Georgia | Here's how to find free or low cost lessons

According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for kids under 5-years-old, and the second leading cause of death for those under 18.ATLANTA — A record 69 people drowned in Georgia lakes last year according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). That’s more than any other year...

According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for kids under 5-years-old, and the second leading cause of death for those under 18.

ATLANTA — A record 69 people drowned in Georgia lakes last year according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). That’s more than any other year, since the DNR started tracking drownings in 1999.

Every summer in Georgia there are also several reported drownings in pools.

That's why 17-year-old Olivia Haynes said she's grateful her parents enrolled her in swim lessons early.

“I was put into swim lessons by my parents just to make sure that I was comfortable in the water," she said. "Just knowing that if anything ever would have happened, where I can't stand, I'd be okay.”

Haynes is now a lifeguard at the East Cobb YMCA.

Haynes explained she's seen enough to know that’s not a given, adding "kids overconfident in their abilities to swim, it can end really dangerously.”

According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for kids under 5-years-old, and the second leading cause of death for those under 18.

“Drowning is preventable," explained Becky Shipley, group vice president for the Metro Atlanta YMCA. “In Georgia, it's a southern state, so you might not have a pool in your backyard, but chances are eventually they might want to play on the Chattahoochee, or jump off the rocks, or be at lake Lanier with friends.”

Shipley added she also knows swim lessons can be expensive, which is why the YMCA has launched programs across the metro to reduce or fully cover the cost of lessons for Georgia families.

“We want to make sure that no one is turned away for the inability to pay," she said. "We are on pace to teach 10,000 kids to swim who wouldn't have had access otherwise."

Other organizations like Hope Floats also provide financial assistance for lessons.

Most accept kids as young as 3-months and any age beyond.

"You can start from a little baby or even a grown adult," Haynes said. "It can be really helpful that you know how to swim if you have kids later on that you would be able to help them if they were ever in danger. It's never too late to learn.”

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