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Keep Your Home and Loved One’s Safe This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a busy time for a lot of us. All of that cooking, cleaning, eating and catching up with friends and family members. Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted, leaving you or your home at risk for a potential accident. An emergency on Thanksgiving is the last thing you want to deal with.kitchen-670247_640

Fortunately, there are some fairly simple things you can do to avoid a Thanksgiving disaster! Follow this Thanksgiving safety checklist designed to save your holiday!

Fire Hazards:

  1. Never fry a turkey indoors, this includes sheds or garages. Make sure that your frying in a wide open space away from your home.
  2. Never fry a turkey on a wood surface.
  3. Make sure that all of your smoke detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, the average number of cooking fircook-7070_640es nearly doubles on Thanksgiving day.
  5. Don’t leave the kitchen unattended when the stove and/or oven is on.
  6. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dried before you attempt to fry it. If ice or water hits the oil, it could cause a large splash which could cause a fire or even an explosion.
  7. Don’t wear loose fitting clothing when cooking.
  8. Keep your stove top clear of all flammable materials.
  9. Keep a heavy duty lid handy to smother any small flames that might flare up on your stove.
  10. Never pour water on a grease fire.

Food and Health Safety Tips:

  1. Continually cleaning-532411_640clean all cooking surfaces.
  2. Use separate utensils and cookware when preparing meat and/or poultry.
  3. Never thaw a turkey on the counter.
  4. Wash your hands frequently.
  5. Keep raw meat and poultry away from all other food.
  6. When thawing a turkey, place it in a pan to prevent the juices from contaminating other foods or surfaces.
  7. Wash all fruits and vegetables before using them.

Turkey Thawing Tips:

There are only three ways to safely thaw a turkey: refrigerator, the cold water method, and the microwave.turkey-218742_640

-The amount of time it takes to thaw a turkey in the fridge depends on its size. It’s suggested that you need one day to thaw a turkey for every 4 to 5 pounds. For example, a 12-pound turkey will need about three days to thaw.

– If you didn’t allow yourself enough time to thaw your turkey in the fridge, you can use the cold water method. Place your turkey in a leak-proof bag and submerge the whole thing in water. Estimate that you’ll need 30 minutes or so for every pound. Remember safety first, change the water every half hour.

-If you happen to have a smaller turkey, you can use the microwave as your thawing method. The label on the turkey should tell you if a microwave will work.

Travel Safety 101:

  1. Do not post your travel plans on any social media platforms.
  2. Make sure that all of your windows and doors are securely locked before leaving town.
  3. Do not leave your washer or dryer running while you’re gone.

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How You Can Avoid a Plumbing Disaster this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is this Thursday and that means lots of great food and a horde of family members running amuck all over your home. And all of that extra traffic in your kitchen and bathroom puts a lot of stress on your pipes. So much stress in fact, that the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.

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You’d probably like to avoid a major plumbing disaster this Thanksgiving. The good news is that if you follow these simple tips, you can!

Garbage Disposal 101:

Do not, I repeat Do Not put any of the following items down your disposathanksgiving-696164_640l.

  • potato peels
  • celery
  • artichokes
  • asparagus
  • lettuce
  • corn husks
  • carrots
  • onion skins

(These items tend to wrap around the disposal blades)

  • pasta
  • beans
  • potatoes
  • rice

(These absorb water and turn into a paste like substance in your drain, with can cause a clog)

  • bones (turkey or otherwise)
  • large seed pits
  • fatty or greasy foods
  • coffee grounds
  • seeds

Also, when using the garbage disposal it is important not to overload it with too much food at one time.

Protect your dishwasher

Make sure that all of the dishes are rinsed well before going into your dishwasher. Excess food can cause clogs and other plumbing problems.

Invest in a showbath-2192_640er drain hair catcher

If you are having overnight guests this Thanksgiving, having a drain hair catcher for the shower will be handy, if you want to help prevent clogs.

Have any “small” plumbing issues fixed before the holiday

Even the smallest plumbing issue can turn into a huge disaster on Thanksgiving. Save yourself a major headache by having one of our plumbing experts address all of your plumbing concerns before your guests arrive!

Don’t leave your toilets unprotected this Thanksgiving

Small children just seem to love flushing anything they can down the toilet. Additionally, it’s easy for kiddos to slip past distracted adults at Thanksgiving dinner. Keeping a closer eye on them or simply keeping the bathroom door shut will spare you from a mon5654.prd.s.020ster clog.

Additionally, don’t allow guests to flush any of the following items:

  • cotton balls
  • disposable wipes (which are horrible for your plumbing)
  • paper towels
  • cigarette-butts
  • Band-Aids
  • dental floss
  • diapers

Basically, anything that’s not toilet paper, shouldn’t be flushed.

Be prepared for an unforeseen plumbing disaster this Thanksgiving

Our plumbing experts, along with our heating and cooling experts and electricians will be on call for any emergencies this Thanksgiving and the day after. Just call us 1.888.9TIGER4 or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com if the worst should happen this holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Service!

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Money Saving Energy Tips in Time for Energy Awareness Month

October is Energy Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to learn a few
amazing money saving energy tips for your home!

  1. When to Turn Off Your Personal Computer
  • Yes, there is a small surge in energy when your computer first starts up, but this small amount of energy is considerably less than the energy used when your computer is running for long periods of time.
  • For energy savings and convenience, consider turning off…apple-691282_640
    • The monitor if you aren’t going to use your PC for more than 20 minutes
    • Both the CPU and monitor if you’re not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.
    • Make sure your monitors, printers and other accessories are on a power strip/surge protector.
      • When this equipment is not in use for extended periods, turn off the switch on the power strip to prevent them from drawing power even when shut off.
    • If you don’t use a power strip, unplug extra equipment when it’s not in use.
  • Most PCs reach the end of their “useful” life due to advances in technology long before the effects of being switched on and off multiple times have a negative impact on their service life.
  • The less time a PC is on, the longer it will “last.”
  • PCs also produce heat, so turning them off reduces building cooling loads.
  • Note: Screen savers are not energy savers.
    • Using a screen saver may in fact use more energy than not using one.

2. Laundry Tips

  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible.
  • Wash and dry full loads.
  • Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
  • Don’t over-dry your clothes.
    • If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
  • Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.
  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked.
    • This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
  • Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks.

3. Air Leaks and Your Wallet

  • One of the quickest energy– and money-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal and weather strip all seams, cracks and openings to the outside.
  • Tips for Sealing Air Leaks
    • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
    • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings and officiants over cabinets.
    • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
    • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists and caulk them.
    • Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane low- emissivity windows.
    • Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.
    • Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
    • Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.
    • Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces and gas-fired water heater vents with fire-resistant materials such as sheet metal or sheetrock and furnace cement caulk.

4. Air Conditioning Tips

  • Set your th10411_image6 copyermostat to 78° F or as high as comfort permits.
  • Close your blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day.
  • Close cooling vents in unused rooms and keep doors to unused rooms closed.
  • Check, clean or replace air filters every month.
  • Clean the outside condenser coil once a year.
  • Insulate your house.
  • Schedule periodic maintenance of cooling equipment by a licensed service representative.
  • Attics must be ventilated to relieve heat buildup caused by the sun. If necessary, improve attic airflow by adding or enlarging vents.

5. Energy Saving Lightning Tips

  • Indoor Lighting Tips
    • By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year.
    • When replacing incandescent bulbs from recessed light fixtures, use energy-efficient bulbs that are rated for that purpose.
    • Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR-qualified fixtures.
      • They are available in many styles, distribute light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures, and some offer convenient features such as dimming.
    • Controls such as timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when not in use.
    • Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels.bulbs-932838_640
    • Keep your curtains or shades open to use day-lighting instead of turning on lights.
  • Outdoor Lighting Tips
    • Because outdoor lights are usually left on a long time, using CFLs or LEDs in these fixtures will save a lot of energy.
    • CFLs and LEDs are available as flood lights.
      • These models have been tested to withstand the rain and snow so they can be used in exposed fixtures.

6. Water Heating

  • Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water.
  • Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the thermostat.
  • Insulate your natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the water heater’s top, bottom, thermostat or burner compartment.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations; when in doubt, get professional help.
  • Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
  • If you are in the market for a new dishwasher or clothes washer, consider buying an efficient, water-saving ENERGY STAR® model to reduce hot water use.
  • Drain a quart of water from your water tank every three months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater.

7. Heating

  • Set your thermost102754_image4 copyat as low as is comfortable in the winter.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Release trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

8. Ducts

  • Check your ducts for air leaks.
    • First, look for sections that should be joined but have separated and then look for obvious holes.
  • If you use tape to seal your ducts, avoid cloth-backed, rubber adhesive duct tape, which tends to fail quickly.
  • Remember that insulating ducts in the basement will make the basement colder.
  • If your basement has been converted to a living area, hire a professional to install both supply and return registers in the basement rooms.
  • Be sure a well-sealed vapor barrier exists on the outside of the insulation on cooling ducts to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Long-Term Savings Tip: You can lose up to 60% of your heated air before it reaches the register if your ducts aren’t insulated and they travel through unheated spaces such as the attic or crawlspace.
  • Get a qualified professional to help you insulate and repair ducts.

9. Kitchen Tips

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Energy
    • Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37° to 40°F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer section
      • If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F.
    • Regularly defrost manual-defrost refrigerators and freezers; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit.
      • Don’t allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch.
    • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight.
      • Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator.
      • If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the latch may need adjustment, the seal may need replacing, or you might consider buying a new unit.
    • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
  • Other Energy-Saving Kitchen Tips
    • Be sure to place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water; placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the faucet.
    • If you need to purchase a natural gas oven or range, look for one with an automatic, electric ignition system.
      • An electric ignition saves natural gas because a pilot light is not burning continuously.
    • In natural gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate theflame-871136_640 gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment needs to be made.
    • Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.
    • Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and it uses less energy.
    • Match the size of the pan to the heating element.
    • Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven.
      • A toaster oven uses a third to half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
    • Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens whenever it is convenient to do so.
      • They will save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.
  • Dishwasher
    • Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater in your home to a lower temperature (120°F).
    • Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones.
    • Soaking or pre-washing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food.
    • Be sure your dishwasher is full, but not overloaded, when you run it.
    • Don’t use the “rinse hold” on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it.
    • Let your dishes air dry; if you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will dry faster.

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44 Money Saving Tips: Kitchen Edition

Just think about all of the money that gets wasted in the kitchen! Running water, gas and electric appliances, food waste, cleaning products, etc. Your kitchen is a money sucking black-hole.kitchen-345707_640

So here is a comprehensive list of money saving kitchen tips:

  1. Be sure to placmixer-tap-413745_640e the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water; placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the faucet.
  2. If you need to purchase a natural gas oven or range, look for one with an automatic, electric ignition system. An electric ignition saves natural gas because a pilot light is not burning continuously.
  3. Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.
  4. Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and it uses less energy.
  5. Match the size of the pan to the heating element.
  6. Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven. A toaster oven uses a third to half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
  7. Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens whenever it is convenient to do so. They will save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.
  8. Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater in your home to a lower temperature.
  9. Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones.
  10. Soaking or pre-washing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food.flame-871136_640
  11. In natural gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed. Consult the manufacturer or your local utility.
  12. Be sure your dishwasher is full, but not overloaded, when you run it.
  13. Don’t use the “rinse hold” on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it.
  14. Let your dishes air dry; if you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will dry faster.
  15. When shopping for a new dishwasher, look for the ENERGY STAR label to find a dishwasher that uses less water and 25% less energy than required by federal standards.
  16. Look for a refrigerator with automatic moisture control. Models with this feature have been engineered to prevent moisture accumulation on the cabinet exterior without the addition of a heater.
  17. Chip clips are a great inexpensive way to keep bagged food items fresh, so you’re not wasting money by tossing out stale food.12833307_10153675209694877_1381876056_n
  18. Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37° to 40°F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer section.
  19. If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F.
  20. Ensure that your refrigerator and freezer doors seal airtight.  You can test them by shutting a piece of paper in the door, leave enough paper sticking out of the door so that you can pull on it. If the paper slides out when you pull on it, then your seals aren’t air tight and cold air is seeping out around the cracks.
  21. Never go shopping without a list. You’ll likely spend a lot more money if you go shopping unprepared.
  22. During winter months, after you’re done using your oven, crack the door and let the leftover heat warm your kitchen and home a little.
  23. By using cloth rags to wipe your kitchen counters, you’ll save a lot of money on paper towels
  24. Ditch the metal bake ware. Glass and ceramic pans are better conductors of heat, meaning your baked goods won’t need as much time in the oven.
  25. Save energy when cooking pasta. By only leaving the water boiling for two minutes after you add the pasta, then you can place a lid on the pot, turn off the heat and leave the pasta tospaghetti-569067_640 finish cooking for 15-20 minutes.
  26. If you cut your sponges in half, they’ll last twice as long!
  27. Turn off kitchen exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking
  28. When replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.
  29. You can stretch out a bottle of liquid dish-washing soap by turning an empty olive oil bottle into a dispenser. This way, only a few small drops of soap will come out at a time, which is likely all you’ll ever need.
  30. Have a professional plumber repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time.
  31. Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
  32. If you place food or drinks in your fridge without covering them, they will release more moisture, causing your refrigerator’s compressor to work harder, increasing your energy costs. So always make sure to wrap food before it goes into the fridge.
  33. Thawing frozen foods in hot water or in a microwave adds to your utility costs. If you plan ahead, you can save some money by thawing foods on your kitchen counter or in your fridge.
  34. Water filters and/or a water filtration system will save you a ton of money in bottle water expenses in the long run.
  35. You don’t need to buy hand soap for your kitchen, your dish-washing soap works just as well for washing your hands.milk-518067_640
  36. If you’re never able to use all of your milk before it goes bad, consider switching over to organic milk. Organic milk has a much longer shelf life.
  37. You can store opened cereal in the freezer to prevent it from going stale.
  38. By storing your opened jarred foods upside down, you can prevent mold from growing in the jar.
  39. Keeping bananas from spoiling is tricky. The best method is to break up the bunch, individual bananas rot slower than those in a bunch. (P.S. Never store bananas in the fridge).
  40. After you’re done cutting a block of cheese, spread a thin layer of butter on the end you cut. This will prevent that end from becoming hard and unusable.
  41. Don’t throw out brown sugar that’s gone hard. Instead toss bread into the bag to soften the sugar.
  42. You can use a paper towel to keep your lettuce fresher, longer. Simply place the paper towel on top of your lettuce, cover and place in the fridge.
  43. Keep your butter in the freezer to keep it from spoiling.
  44. Call 1-888-9TIGER1 or visit TrustTiger.com to have a Licensed Plumber, HVAC Technician and/or Electrician come out to your home and address any issues or concerns you may have with your kitchen.

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