Seven Water Heater Saving Tips

Seven Water Heater Saving Tips

It’s no secret that utility bills can be expensive, especially during the winter months. And, although we all enjoy the luxury of a hot bath or shower, it comes at a price. Energy costs are continuously going higher and higher and with that in mind, it’s time to focus on your water heating bills. Water heating is the third largest energy expense in your home and accounts for 12% of your utility bill. However, there are several ways that you can lower your bills without sacrificing comfort. To help with water saving, energy and money saving, follow these simple tips. Seven Water Heater Saving Tips Use Less Water. The simplest water heating tip to save money is to use less water. You’d be surprised at how much you can reduce your usage without even noticing it. Some older showerheads have flow rates of 5.5 gallons per minute. Newer models flow at less than half the rate and get you just as clean. Insulate Your Tank. Insulating your hot water tank is a great idea, but you need to be careful. If it’s electric, you want to make sure that you don’t cover the thermostat. If it’s natural gas or oil, make sure you don’t cover the top, bottom, thermostat, or burner compartment. For the safest insulation, call a professional to help you. Use Less Heat. Even though new water heaters sometimes come from the manufacturers with temperatures set at 140-degrees, many people have found that you can lower your water heater temperature to 120-degrees and still be comfortable. Give it a try and see for yourself. Insulate Your Pipes....
5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

There’s nothing better than having a fresh start to a new year. It’s so refreshing to get a second chance to reorder and reprioritize your life. Every new year we tend to focus on ourselves, but have you ever thought about ways you can better take care of the place you spend the majority of your time, you know, your home? The air inside your home has a great impact on you and your family’s health. Not many people know, but the air inside your home is actually five times more polluted than the air outside. Scary, right? Because of that, this year you should try these five New Year’s Resolutions for your home and its HVAC system. These five resolutions will put your house in tip-top shape, working to the best of its ability. 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home Change your air filters regularly. It’s easy to forget to change your air filters on a regular basis, but it must be done. When a filter is clogged, it forces the air handler to work harder to push the air through the filter, increasing your energy bill. To avoid this, write a reminder on every third month for the rest of the year so you won’t forget. Organize and de-clutter your home. This gives you one of the best feelings in your home. Set aside time to go through closets and drawers and throw out things that are no longer needed and are “just taking up space.” Use totes and boxes to organize your things properly. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but it...