0NachoMahma 9 years ago ReplyUpvote. In most homes, the black wire will be hot, the white wire neutral, and the bare (or green) wire is ground. . Turn off the power. Connect the black wire to the brass-colored screw. Connect the white wire to the silver-colored screw. Connect the ground wire to the green screw (usually on one end of the receptacle). Turn the power back on. Viola!