As the summer months approach followed by rising temperatures, it’s almost impossible to live without air conditioning. However, with the costs of energy these days, it’s almost equally as difficult to watch our electric bills go up exponentially.
What’s a homeowner to do? While turning off the air conditioner might seem like the only option, anyone suffering from allergies and asthma will tell you that air conditioning can be a lifesaver – especially when the humidity increases. Therefore, before you switch off the A/C, below are a few tips to help you continue to keep your home comfortable in those hot months without draining your wallet.
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Even the smallest of drips around your home or office needs to be repaired as soon as possible. In fact, a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons of water a day which over time becomes costly! Although some leaks are easy to fix, others require a professional plumber. Most leaks can be heard or seen, but some are a bit more difficult to detect.
Often homeowners don’t realize they have a leak until they receive a large water bill. Your water meter might be your most useful tool in identifying water leaks on your property. When monitored properly, you will see fluctuations in your current water usage. Contact your local plumber to learn more about leak detection
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The best way to unclog a toilet will be wholly dependant on the severity of the clog. For instance, if it is a clog that is caused by too much toilet paper then your best defense is a test of time. Also known as a “soft clog,” these tend to dissipate with time. With the simple force of gravity and the loosening action of water, you may be able to dislodge the blockage within an hour.
If you’re in a hurry, add a few squirts of biodegradable dish soap into your toilet bowl. Let it sit for a few moments and then flush your toilet with hot water to dislodge and unclog your toilet.
How? The dish soap becomes a lubricant that will detach the clog from the sides of the pipes. If the bowl water is close to the rim, then do not proceed with flushing. The bowl is designed to hold only one tank of water so you will run the risk of overflowing.
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Did you know that hot water heaters are responsible for a relatively large portion of your monthly utility bills, accounting for up to 25% of your average monthly bill? That equates to a lot of money spent unnecessarily. Fortunately, there are ways to curb this energy drain.
While a lot of hot water heater manufacturers will recommend setting your water heater to 140°F (particularly if you have a dishwasher), we suggest you turn it down a few degrees. Not only can temperatures that high scald an unsuspecting person, but it can also dramatically impact your energy bills.
By simply lowering the temperature on your hot water heater you can considerably cut water-heating costs. In fact, you can save around 3% – 5% in energy costs for every 10° reduction in your hot water heater temperature. Try adjusting your temperature from 140°F to 120°F and while you won’t sacrifice comfort, you will see a noticeable savings on your next energy bill. Not to mention, by lowering the temperature on your hot water heater it slows down mineral buildup and corrosion in your hot water heater and pipes. This helps extend the life of your hot water heater and allows it operate at maximum efficiency.
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