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6 Reasons Why Your Hot Water is Unexpectedly Cold

Waking up early and hopping into a cold shower is not a fun way to start your day. So what is causing your hot water to run cold? One of these six reasons is likely to blame for your icy wake-up call.

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Reasons Your Hot Water is Cold

1. Leaking hot water pipe

If a pipe is leaking in your basement, for example, it won’t reach your bathroom, especially if your shower is on the second floor. As long as the pipe isn’t hidden in a wall, you should be able to find the problem easily. However, a leak in a hidden pipe could be more of a challenge to detect. Call us right away at (866)844-3770 if you suspect that you might have a leaking pipe.

2. The pilot light is out

This is a potential issue if you have a gas-fired water heater. If you don’t know how to check your heater for the pilot light, look in your owner’s manual. Follow the instructions to relight it and if it doesn’t work, you likely have a bigger problem that needs special attention.

3. The burner isn’t working

Electric heaters have an element (sometimes two) that heats the water. If you do not have hot water and there is no leak, your element might not be working. These water heaters typically have a lifespan of about 7-10 years so if your heater is around this age, it’s possible that the element has failed and needs replacement.

4. The thermostat is set wrong or not working.

Water heaters have a thermostat set at a specific temperature. It might be set too low and not giving you hot enough water to have your shower. Follow the instructions to change the thermostat setting. If it still doesn’t work, you may need to change your thermostat.

5. The Breaker Tripped

Your water heater might have tripped the breaker. Check your panel and reset the breaker. If it happens again, that signals an electrical problem and you should give us a call right away. You may have to replace your heater, depending on the severity of the problem.

6. The tank is too small

If everything is working well but you constantly face a cold shower if you’re the last one in, your heater might be undersized. You can either race to the bathroom before everyone else, wait for the water to heat up again, or replace your heater with one that has a larger capacity.

Call in a professional

Don’t take chances with your hot water system. Give us a call to make sure everything is working well and to keep your hot water running.

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How You Can Save Big on Your Utility Bills

Utility bills, they’re pretty much the worst! Being an adult means that each month you have to give a portion of your hard earned money to the water company, the electrical company, the gas company, etc. it’s an overall unpleasant experience. Take some of the pain out of paying your utility bills with this comprehensive money-saving checklist.

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Water Bills:

1. Try to only run your dishwasher or your washing machines when you have a full load. If you absolutely have to wash a smaller load, make sure you’re using the correct water settings

2. Upgrade to a low-flow shower head and watch the savings add up.

3. Have a running/leaking toilet fixed right away, to prevent water waste and increased a water bill.

4. If you add an aerator to your faucets, you’ll use about half as much water and save big on your monthly water bill.

5. Have a high-efficiency toilet installed, for long-term savings.

6. Use a broom to sweep away leaves and dirt on your porch, instead of using a hose to wash away debris.

7. Have any leaks repaired right away. A small leak or a dripping faucet may not seem like a huge deal, and it can be tempting to ignore the leak and save money on faucet-989515_960_720a costly repair. However, ignoring a leak is a major mistake that will cause a significant increase in your monthly water bill. If you notice a leak, contact us right away to have it fixed.

Keep in mind that not all leaks are easy to spot. You could have a leak in your pipes, where you wouldn’t be able to see it. There are a couple of signs to look out for, to help you determine if you have a hidden leak.

-You can start to see an increase in your monthly water bill.

-Your meter readings can be higher than usual.

-Depending on where the leaky pipe is located, you might start to notice some water damage.

If you suspect you may have a hidden leak somewhere, or if you just want some peace of mind, contact us today and we’ll send out one of our professional plumbers to inspect and correct the problem.

8. Opt to thaw foods in the fridge instead of running them under hot water in the sink.

9. You’ve heard this one a hundred times before, but turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth or lathering up your hands.

10. You can reuse the water you cook with to water your plants or in the garden.

11. Plan ahead when you purchase new appliances. Investing in energy efficient dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, etc. is a great way to ensure that you’ll see long-term savings on your water and your power utility bills.

Electrical and Gas Bills:

1. Change y142715_image2 copyour air filters regularly. By changing your air filters as recommended you will help ensure that your furnace and your air conditioner are running properly and efficiently, saving you money on your monthly power bills.

2. Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.

3. Turn off kitchen, bath and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing; when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.

4. During winter, 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. Then during summer, keep the window coverings closed during the day to block the sun’s heat.

5. For real long-term savings on your utility bills, choose energy-efficient products when you’re buying new heating and cooling equipment.

6. Set your programmable thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer, and depending on the season raise or lower the set point when you’re sleeping or away from home.

7. Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenevwashing-machine-1078918_960_720er possible. About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. There are two ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes use less water and use cooler water. Unless you’re dealing with oily stains, the warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load’s energy use in half.

8. Repair and weatherize your current storm windows, if necessary.

9. Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.

10. One of the quickest energy and money-saving tasks you can do is to caulk, seal and weather strip all seams, cracks, and openings to the outside.

11. Close cooling vents in unused rooms and keep doors to unused rooms closed.

12. Have the outside condenser coil cleaned once a year.

13. Schedule yearly maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment with one of our heating and cooling technicians.

14. Attics must be ventilated to relieve heat buildup caused by the sun. If necessary, improve attic airflow by adding or enlarging vents.

15. Save money on lighting your home with 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. Our Certified Electricians can help you select and install the products that are compatible with the energy-efficient bulbs you want to use.

16. Select 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. This is not the same thing as an “anti-sweat” heater. Models with an anti-sweat heater will consume 5% to 10% more energy than models without this feature.

17. 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 haverefrigerator-1129919_960_720 a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F.

18. 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.

19. 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. By keeping your faucet in the cold position, you’ll save money on both your water and energy utility bills.

20. 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.

21. 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 company.

22. Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.

23. Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and it uses less energy.

24. 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.

25. Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens whenever it is convenient to do so. They will save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.

26. Unplug your electronics when you’re not using them. Even if you turn these items off, they will still draw power, wasting energy and your money.

27. If you aren’t going to use your PC for more than 20 minutes turn off the monitor and turn off the CPU and monitor if you’re not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.

28. Switch to energy efficient light-bulbs.

29. Don’t put hot foods in the fridge. Allow food to cool a little before placing them in the refrigerator for storage. Placing hot foods in the fridge will raise the temperature of your fridge, causing it to work twice as hard to cool the unit back down, costing you more money on your power bill.

30. Have us come out and perform an Energy Safety Savings Analysis. An Energy Safety Savings Analysis will help discover even more ways for you to save money on your utility bills.

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Mistakes That Will Have You Running To A Plumber

Hey, no one is perfect and mistakes can get costly. This is especially true when it comes to plumbing mistakes. But the good news is that you can learn from others mistakes and avoid needing to call a plumber. Check out the most common plumbing mistakes and learn how you can avoid them.

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Mistake Number One: Treating Your Toilet Like a Trash Can.

If you ask any plumber, they’ll have dozens of stories of items they retrieve from a clogged toilet. Save yourself the headache and avoid flushing any of the following items:

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  • toys
  • paper towels
  • cigarette-butts
  • plastic items
  • band-aids
  • dental floss
  • diapers
  • facial tissue
  • etc.

Bottom line, if it’s not toilet paper, you shouldn’t try to flush it. This goes double for the so-called “flushable” wipes (which are horrible for your plumbing system).

Mistake Number Two: Misusing the Garbage Disposal.

When using the garbage disposal it is important not to overload it with too much food at one time. And most importantly, do not, I repeat do not put any of the following items down your disposal.

  • Potato peels, celery, artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, corn husks, carrots or onion skins. These items tend to wrap around the disposal blades.
  • spaghetti-781795_960_720Pasta, beans, potatoes or rice. These foods absorb water and turn into a paste like substance in your drain, which can cause a clog.
  • Chicken or turkey bones, large seed pits, fatty or greasy foods, coffee grounds or seeds.

Mistake Number Three: Ignoring Tiny Leaks.

Okay, this is one issue that will likely require a plumber in order to avoid a major plumbing mistake You definitely want to have a professional plumber repair leaky faucets promptly. Even a small leak wastes gallons of water in a short period of time. Plus, that leak will continue to grow larger and more expensive to fix the longer you ignore it.

Mistake Number Four: Weighing Down Your Plumbing Fixtures.

Plumbing fixtures are only designed to support so much weight at one time. Using your bathtub spout as a handle to pull yourself out of the tub or overloading a shower caddy can cause serious damage to the fixture. You’ll also risking your own safety!

Mistake Number Five: Being to Forceful When Turning a Faucet On and Offtap-943297_960_720.

Being overly aggressive when using a faucet can cause some serious damage to the fixture. Additionally, pressing down really hard on a leaky faucet will not stop the water from dripping and will make the issue much worse.

Mistake Number Six: Failing to Properly Maintain Your Water Heater.

Your water heater requires yearly maintenance to ensure it’s functioning properly. Waking up on a cold morning without hot water for a shower is not anyone’s idea of a fun way to start the day. You can help avoid this by ensuring your water heater is well maintained.

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Bath Safety: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe in the Tub

January is Bath Safety Month and you may not be aware of how dangerous your bathroom can be! Small children are especially vulnerable but anyone is at risk of suffering a major accident in or around the bath. A trip to the emergency room is not the way most of us envision bath time ending! Follow these simple tips designed to keep you and your family safe.

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1. Grab bars are a good idea for everyone!

The majority of all major bath accidents happen when people are getting in and (especially) out of the tub. Having a bar or some kind of handle to help people get in and out of the tub is a safety precaution for people of all ages. Remember tubs are slippery when wet, making it harder for you to keep your balance.

2. Never leave small children unattended in the tub.

This is probably a no-brainer, but better safe than sorry. At no time should a child under four years of age be left alone while in the tub.

3. Prevent scalding.

Most wate1164_936860776361440_8359717173481272834_nr heaters allow you to set the temperature but have a manufacture default water heating setting. It is best to set the temperature yourself and ensure that it’s not hotter than 115-120 degrees F. By lowering the water temperature settings, you’ll reduce the risk of scalding water burns. If you’re not sure how to set your water heater temperature our professional plumbers will be happy to help! And be sure to ask about an Anti-Scald Device for added safety.

P.S. Even with the above precautions in place, it is a good idea to test the temperature of the water before jumping in.

4. Stop slips before they happen.

We all know that wet surfaces are slippery, that’s why adding a few accessories to your bathroom can go a long way in keeping your loved ones safe. Place a slip-resistant mat or adhesive decals in your tub/shower. If your floor is tiled, place a decortowel-rack-635395_960_720ative rug next to your tub/shower. If you don’t have a rug, placing a towel next to your tub will be helpful.

P.S. Don’t forget to have grab bars installed, it is not safe to use a towel rack to help you out of the tub.

5. Electricity and water are not friends.

Again, this may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how often this issue
comes up. For everyone’s safety, keep electrical devices away from the tub. If you have small children, it’s probably a good idea to make sure all devices are unplugged before running the bath water. Better safe than sorry!

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Frozen Pipes are Nightmares Come to Life, Stop them Before they Happen

Winter weather is slowly creeping up on us and your pipes are extremely vulnerable to the cold, especially at night. Whenever temperatures start dipping below 32 degrees, the water in your pipes is at risk of freezing. Frozen pipes are any homeowner’s worst nightmare during the winter months.

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When water freezes, it expands. And if the water inside your pipes expands, the results can be disastrous, not to mention expensive! If you want to avoid a fractured frozen pipe this winter, be sure to take these precautions.

  1. First and foremost, turn off and/or disconnect all outdoor faucets and w
    ater supplies.
  2. Ensure your pipes are well insulated, especially the pipes that are exposed to cold air and/or wintry elements. This includes plumbing in exterior walls,
    crawl spaces and unfinished basements.
  3. If your bathroom and/or kitchen sink’s plumbing runs along an exterior wall, try leaving cabinet doors open, to allow heat to reach under the sink.
  4. Never set your thermostat lower than 55 degrees.
  5. Have any older pipes and plumbing fixtures replaced by a plumber. (You may want to replace any plumbing that is prone to clogging, as well).
  6. Be sure to seal any gaps in your insulation, especially if these gaps are near any plumbing.
  7. If you can, have any pipes exposed to cold air, re-routed.
  8. Have your heating equipment inspected by a professional, to prevent equipment failure.
  9. For colder winter nights, set your thermostat a little warmer to help protect your pipes.
  10. If you are going on vacation or planning to be away from your home for an extended period of time, you may want to shut off the main water valve to your home. Then drain all of your plumbing pipes and turn off your hot water tank.

Other helpful tips:

In the event of a power-outage, you can help reduce your chances of frozen pipes by letting water slowly drip out of your faucets. If water is not coming out of your faucets, you will want to close the main water valve to your home and drain the existing water that is already in your pipes.

If the weather is cold and suddenly one or more of your faucets/pipes stop working, you may have a frozen pipe. Remember it is possible for one pipe to freeze, while the others remain working. If this happens, follow these steps:

  1. If you can, insp65186ect the pipes to see if they are just frozen or if the pipe has burst. The flooding will not start until the water thaws buying you some time. If your pipe has burst or you are unable to tell call us at (866) 844-3770 immediately.
  2. If flooding happens, shut off your main water valve.
  3. Avoid using your toilet, unless you are 100% positive that the water supply to the toilet is functioning properly.

Winters can be rough for those of us in the Metro East Area, but remember if your pipes do freeze, we are here 24/7 to help you. Just call us at (866) 844-3770 or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.

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Winter is Coming! Here Are Some Quick Winterizing Tips

Winter in the Midwest can be brutal and unfortunately your home tends to be vulnerable to the extreme cold and winter weather. Winterizing your home now is the best way to help ensure that you’re not left out in the cold this winter!

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Check out this simple home winterizing checklist:

  • Odds are you’re about done watering your lawn or hand washing your car for the season. To prevent freezing this winter make sure that you disconnect and drain all of your outdoor hoses.
  • Remember to lock your windows tight! Locking your windows makes their seals tighter.
  • Have your pipes checked by a professional. Before the real winter weather gets here, you’ll want to have a plumber inspect your pipes for holes, cracks, insulation problems and other issues that could cause your pipes to freeze.
  •  To prevent serious plumbing issues this winter call us at 1.888.9TIGER4 to have frozen-ice-189996_640your pipes professionally insulated.
  • Clear your gutters of leaves a debris. Cleaning gutters is no ones favorite chore. However if your gutters become clogged then water will run over the sides and straight down around the foundation of your home. This may lead to erosion around your foundation and moisture can get inside your house.
  • Insulate older basement windows during winter months. Doing so will help keep warm air from escaping through your basement. Saving you some real money on your heating bill.
  • Hanging heavy curtains over your windows is another great way to cut the cost of your energy bill this winter.
  • Replace your furnace filter! A new clean furnace filter will ensure that your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to warm your home, saving you even more money on your power bill this season.
  • Stock up on salt, ice melts, shovels and other winter items now. These items have a bad habit of selling out when you need them most!

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Remodeling Tips for the Bathroom to Make Your Life Easier

Remodeling your bathroom can be a lot of fun and a great way to improve the value of your home. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make the remodeling process a little easier.

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1. Don’t Forget to Upgrade the Wiring

When remodeling your bathroom, you’ll likely be replacing your electrical outlets and fixtures. But don’t just upgrade your electrical fixtures appearance, you’ll also want to replace and upgrade the wiring. This is especially true if your home is older. Years of high-powered hair dryers, curling irons, hair straighteners, space heaters, electric shavers, radios, etc. have taken their toll on your outdated wiring. So when it comes to remodeling your bathroom, consider having a professional replace and upgrade your electrical wiring as well.

2. No Wall Paper!

Wallpaper may come in a variety of fun patterns and colors, but it simply won’t last long in your bathroom. Even with an exhaust fan, your shower will produce too much humidity to keep your wallpaper in good condition for long. Instead, choose tile or wainscoting for a long lasting solution to your remodeling needs.

3. Choose a Counter Top that Fits Your Needs, Not Just One That Looks Nice

When it comes to picking out a countertop for your bathroom sink, you’ll wanbathroom-809820_640t to choose materials that work for your lifestyle.  Natural stone and marble are beautiful, but they also cost more and require more long-term maintenance. Natural material countertops must be sealed several times a year. Plus, limestone and marble will likely become stained if chemicals and toiletries spill and are not cleaned immediately. Laminate counter tops are much easier to maintain and will save you some major bucks on your remodel.

4. Don’t Let Selecting a New Toilet Become an Afterthought

When remodeling your bathroom, a new toilet may not be the most exciting decision you’ll make, but it’s certainly an important one! Think about it, where do you spend the most time in the bathroom? That’s why you’ll want to make sure that you spend a little more time when it comes to choosing a new toilet. There are many different options out there, especially when it comes to size, color and features. Then there is the extremely important task of picking the right toilet seat! So weigh this decision carefully and once you do pick the perfect potty, make sure you have a professional install it for you.

5. Keep the Hot Water Flowing

A popular trend in bathroom232472 (1) remodeling is adding extra shower heads in bathing areas. Having warm water hitting you at every angle sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? But these multiple shower heads won’t do you much good if your hot water runs out quickly. So, what’s the solution to your hot water problems?

The key to more hot water lies within your water heater. If you desire more hot water it might be time to upgrade your water heater. There are a couple options for choosing a new water heater to increase your hot water supply. If you’re a fan of the traditional tank water heater, you can simply upgrade to a larger tank size. The larger the tank size, the more hot water it will store.

However, if space and long term cost are a concern, you may consider switching to a tankless option. Tankless water heaters are small and fit right onto your wall so they can be placed almost anywhere. Additionally, they only heat water as you need it so you won’t be paying to heat and store hot water.

What’s the best part about tankless water heaters? Unlimited hot water! That’s right, tankless water heaters heat water as you need it. Which means your hot water supply will never run out! Contact us to learn more about how tankless water heaters can keep hot water pouring out of those multiple shower heads!

Call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit TrustTiger.com to have one of our Plumbers and/or an Electricians assist you with all of your bathroom remodeling needs.

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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.
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    • 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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The Silent Killer: Carbon Monoxide 101

Carbon monoxide(CO) kills an estimated 660 Americans each year. What makes carbon monoxide so dangerous is its lack of warning signs. Smoke typically precedes fire; gas leaks often produce strong odors. Carbon monoxide, on the other hand, is an odorless and colorless gas; you may not know you’re breathing until it’s too late.gas-stove-138885_640

CO is created by the incomplete burning of gasoline, wood, charcoal, natural gas, propane, oil or methane. Vehicles running inside an attached garage, furnaces, gas ovens, poorly vented stoves or fireplaces, are some of the most common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The effects and dangers of carbon monoxide vary depending on several factors:

  • Infants, small children, pregnant women and those in poor health, are more at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • CO poisoning can be a long, slow process if a person’s exposure is limited or the carbon monoxide leak is small.
  • However, carbon monoxide poisoning can happen much faster, if the leak is larger. Carbon monoxide can kill within minutes if a person is exposed to enough CO.

The  symptoms of CO poisoning are often mistaken for other common illnesses. People often believe they are suffering from food poisoning, the flu, viral infections or exhaustion. So, many people never even consider there might be a carbon monoxide leak.

Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

  • Dizziness

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Breathlessness

  • Collapsing

  • Loss of consciousness

How to tell if these symptoms are from a common illness or warning signs of CO poisoning:

  • The symptoms you’re experiencing, only occur when you are at home

  • Your symptoms seemed to improve when you leave your home.

  • The other members of your family are experiencing similar symptoms.

  • Your pets also seem to be suffering from CO poisoning symptoms.

Strategies to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure:

  • Have youreal-estate-475875_640r heating system, water heater and any other gas-, oil- or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Install a battery-operated CO detector and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.
  • Do not use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, garage or near a window.
  • Do not run a vehicle inside a garage attached to your home, even if you leave the garage door open.
  • Do not burn anything on a stove or in a fireplace that is not vented.
  • Do not heat your house with a gas oven.
  • Interconnected CO alarms offer the best protection; when one sounds, they all do. One of our Certified Electricians can install hard-wired interconnected CO alarms throughout your home.
  • Or you can install wireless alarms, plug-in alarms or battery operated alarms.

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Myth or Fact? Plumbing Urban Legend Edition

There are some pretty interesting urban legends out there when it comes to Plumbing. But which of this legend are myths and which ones are rooted in fact? Prepare to find out once and for all!

1. Snakes Biting People On The Toilet

Have you heard the stories of snakes crawling up people’s toilet pipes and biting them when they go to use the restroom? Well, if you’re sitting there thinking that this has to be a plumbing myth, then think again. Snakes entering your bathroom through the toilet is a plumbing fact.

While rare, snakes can and have, slithered their way into people’s homes, via the toilet.  Snakes can gain access to your plumbing in a few different ways, butsnake-660781_640 homes with a crawl space are the most vulnerable. Snakes love crawl spaces and if there is a hole or large enough crack in one of your pipes, a snake can easily slide right in. Then it’s just a short distant from there to your toilet bowl.

Plus, damaged or cracked pipes can cause a lot more serious plumbing and financial issues. If it’s been a while since you’ve had the condition of your pipes examined, it might be time to contact a licensed plumber, to ensure that your pipes are hole free!

2. Ice Cubes Sharpen Garbage Disposal Blades

There is a popular theory, that you can keep the blades in your garbage disposal sharp, by grinding up ice cubes. This is a plumbingabstract-18722_640 myth.

At best, ice cubes might clean the blades in your disposal. So, if you notice a strong odor coming from your sink, you might consider tossing a few cubes in your disposal to see if that helps.

3. Water Flushes  In Different Directions In Different Hemispheres

The Coriolis Effect, makes water flush counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere and
clockwise in the southern hemisphere. No, no it doesn’t, this is a huge plumbing myth.

The Coriolis Effect, really only applies to large bodies of water. Toilet bowls are just too small for the Coriolis Effect. The only thing that determines the direction water flushes is the design of the toilet.

4. Egg Shells Clean Garbage Disposals

Grinding up my morning egg shells will help keep my disposal clean and oplumbing dor free. Egg lovers rejoice, this one is a plumbing fact.

Go ahead a toss those egg shells in your disposal. They are one of the few items, soft and safe enough to go in the disposal, that will actually help keep it clean.

5. Flushable Wipes Are Fine To Flush

I can flush my Flush-able wipes down the toilet with no problem. After all, why else would they be called Flush-able? You might want to think twice about tossing those wipes in your bowl. This is a plumbing (and advertising) myth.

Keep this in mind, just because you can flush it, doesn’t mean you should flush it! Regularly flushing these so called Flush-able wipes down your toilet will cause major plumbing issues that will cost you major bucks

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