Eastern Iowa’s Energy-Efficient Electricians

In 2002, electricians Pete and Christine McAllister knew they had a unique skill set that the town of Cascade and all of Eastern Iowa could greatly use. Together they created McAllister Electrical Services, providing customers with electrical wiring and servicing for agricultural, commercial and residential buildings.

Today the company employs five full-time journeymen electricians who are committed to energy-efficiency and electrical safety.  McAllister Electrical Services has the ability to lead lighting design in new constructions, retrofit existing structures with energy-efficient LED lighting systems, conduct home electrical inspections, plan and install solar and wind electricity-generating systems, and provide 24/7 electrical repair and service to our customers.

Providing “service that matters,” McAllister Electrical Services has the experience and resources to get the job done right the first time.

Member American Builders & Contractors (ABC), Better Business Bureau (BBB) & Cascade Area Chamber of Commerce.

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7 Signs it May be Time to Call an Electrician

We’ve all been there…we’ve had flickering lights around the house that we’ve ignored or run a little extension cord under the couch to power a new tabletop lamp.

We intend for these to be temporary fixes until we have the time or money to address a long-term solution, but did you know that some electrical inconveniences around the house should not be put off, but instead need the immediate attention of a local electrician?

At McAllister Electrical Services, we want you and your family to sleep soundly each night knowing that your home is running in optimal condition, so we compiled this list of 7 Household No-Nos that need the immediate attention of local electrical experts if you see them around your home.

Menards Home Stores

Through the years, McAllister Electrical Services has worked with numerous business and commercial entities to provide them energy-efficient service that matters.  From rewiring centuries-old buildings in rural towns, to planning and installing for new commercial construction projects, we’ve done it all.

In the last few years, some of our largest commercial jobs have been completed for the Menards home improvement store chain. We’ll take you inside and show you a little of what we’ve been up to with the Menards Corporation below.

Checking Your Detectors

Dual-sensing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are important for the safety of your home and your family, and both devices are now legally required in all Iowa residential dwellings. These products keep you safe in emergencies, but only if they’re in working condition.

Make sure that the detectors you have in place are not only present, but functioning with our top tips for checking your detectors this spring.

Meet the Team

McAllister Electrical Services has some of the best people in the business on our team.  Get to know our people by clicking on their photos below:


About Us

Peter McAllister, owner of McAllister Electrical Services, always knew that Cascade was the place he would call home.

As a young boy, Pete (Bird) grew up north of Cascade on a small family farm with his parents, six brothers, and one sister, which taught him all about the value of a job well-done: “Growing up with all brothers and one sister on the farm was one of the greatest things in my life. There was always something to do, and we always had to get the work done. My dad was the most important part of my life, and the hardest working man I ever knew.”

Once he graduated high school, Pete left home to enlist in the Army. Though it was hard to leave the farm behind, going through basic training and spending time away showed Pete that he had what it took to take risks and succeed: “The Army was an eye-opening experience that I will never forget. You learn to grow up fast and take care of yourself. [I made] lots of good friends and good times, and I’m proud to have done it.”

Bird decided to become an electrician after his Army days while job shadowing his older brother: “My brother, Marty, was doing it, and he got me into the field. After I got going on it, I knew it was for me as it was very interesting and challenging. As I grew into it, I knew I wanted my own business, and I worked hard to get there.”

In 2002, Pete saw an opportunity to do just that back in his hometown of Cascade. Many electricians in the area had recently retired, and though the town was small, it housed several small businesses, industrial facilities, farms, and homes that would need someone they could trust to service their electrical needs. For the past 15 years, Bird and his wife, Chris, have grown their company to train and employ dozens of people with McAllister Electrical Services and provide “service that matters” to Cascade and the surrounding communities.


Click one of the links below to see some of our featured projects.

Beautifully remodeled kitchen
In this kitchen, McAllister Electric installed can lighting, fixtures above the island, receptacles for appliances, and more. Click the photo above to see more of our residential portfolio.

Interior of Hog Confinement Building
McAllister Electrical Services works closely with Eastern Iowa farmers on their agricultural electricity needs. Click the photo above to see even more of our ag projects.

Interior of Autozone Dubuque
Pictured is the interior of the Autozone store in Dubuque, Iowa.  Click the photo for more of the commercial projects McAllister Electrical Services has worked on.

Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball Court
McAllister Electrical Services was proud to work on this home gymnasium project. Click above for more fun projects McAllister Electrical Services has had the opportunity to wire.