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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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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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Five Serious Summer Plumbing Problems You Can Avoid

The first official week of summer is upon us and it’s time for all the fun the season brings; cookouts, swimming pools, cold ice-cream, vacations, lots of time outdoors and much more. Unfortunately, all of this summertime fun can lead to some not so fun issues with your plumbing. Here’s a list of five common summer plumbing problems and ways you can avoid them.

  1. Washing Machine Overload

With all of the extrplumbing problemsa time, you and your family will be spending outdoors, your clothes will get dirtier and you’ll likely be changing your outfits faster than normal. This means that your poor washing machine will be working overtime during the summer months, which can lead to some serious issues.

  • Check your machines hose for any signs of damage. Keep in mind that your hose should be replaced every three years or so, to avoid more expensive maintenance issues.
  • Make sure your washing machine is about four inches or more away from the wall, to prevent any new damage or kinking of your hose.
  • Try to only run your washing machine when you are home so you can stop your machine if it starts acting up.
  1. Over Feeding Your Disposal

After a long cold winter, BBQ season has finally arrived and you’re loading up on lots of grilled yummy foods, just be careful about what foods you feed your plumbinggarbage disposal.

  • Remember your disposal isn’t meant to handle everything, some foods should just be pitched.
  • Avoid putting food items like corn cobs, potatoes, watermelon rinds, chicken or other bones in your disposal.
  • Additionally, shoving too much food into your disposal too fast may damage or break your disposal.
  • Keep in mind that portion control could save you a lot of stress and money during this summer’s cookouts.
  1. Sweaty Ductwork

The warming weather brings more humidity with it, which can cause your ducts to “sweat” from the extra condensation, which can lead to long-term issues if the extra water can’t drain properly.

  • Check to make sure all of your drains are clean and water can flow through freely.
  • Check the drain pan, if you have attic installation, and make sure there isn’t water building up in the drain pan.
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People tend to use the toilet more during the summer months. Some toilets may have difficulty dealing with the extra workload.

  • Consider using less paper when you can.
  • Explain to young children that they only need to flush when they actually use the bathroom. Freshly potty-trained children tend to over flush.
  1. Water Works

Summer means lots of time in the water. Whether you’re kicking back next to the pool, running through the sprinklers, watering your lawn or filling up water balloons, you’ll want to ensure that the water keeps flowing.

  • Check your embedded sprinkler and make sure the heads are clear and be careful not to run them over while mowing.
  • Keep your pool’s filter clean and keep an eye out for leaks on aboveground pools.
  • Replace leaking hoses, to keep your water bill under control.

If you’re still concerned about the condition of your pipes or have other plumbing concerns and you would like an inspection from a local plumbing professional, you can schedule an appointment online or give Tiger Plumbing Services a call today at 1-866-TIGER70.

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Holiday Plumbing Tips

The holiday season is upon us! It starts with festivities as early as Halloween then the serious preparations begin with Thanksgiving meals, friends and family, house to house; moving on to December when schools go on vacation and we look forward to a longer celebratory time with Hanukkah and Christmas, finally wrapping it up with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day.

With an additional load on the household, it is best to take a few precautions during the holiday season. With these simple plumbing tips, we can help keep the holidays a time for rejoicing and not plunging!

small_5031946320Garbage disposal – Take the time to run the garbage disposal ahead of time to make sure that it is clear before disposing of more food. Run hot water for about 15 seconds before and after use. Once clear avoid depositing stringy, fibrous or very tough materials down the disposal; for example; potato peels, pumpkin pulp, celery. Instead, set up a waste basket for excess food in easy reach for children to scrape their plates, then simply take the trash out after dinner. You will be glad you did.

Do not pour oils and fats down the drain. Wipe the pans with a paper towel and throw it in the trash. Keep the hot grease safely out of reach from guests and children.

small_5454967607Treat all of your drains with this environmentally friendly mixture: One cup of salt, one cup of baking soda and ¼ cup cream of tartar. Pour the mixture down each of your drains and follow with two cups of boiling water.

When guests bring “six packs” of soda or beer, please cut through the plastic rings so that wildlife do not get caught in them once the trash is out.

With a house full of overnight guests, spread showers out as best you can. Wait at least ten minutes between showers so that the drains have time to clear.

Test your water faucet temperature with a thermometer that it does not exceed 120*, if it does exceed 120* at the faucet, guests are at risk for scalding and the water heater temperature needs to be turned down.

Check shower pressure before guests arrive. If it is weak pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag, place it over the shower head, and soak. Use a twist tie to hold it in place overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and use an old toothbrush to gently scrub off the mineral deposits to help restore water flow.

small_321068461Consider using a humidifier. This will add moisture to the house and make you and your guests more comfortable. Humidifiers reduce static electricity and prevent dry noses. The moisture in the air will make the air feel warmer and also save on heating costs.

Run appliances that generate heat at night. During the holiday’s many people tend to run their ovens or extra loads of laundry in the middle of the day. Run these appliances at night when possible.

Remember that Tiger Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Services has true 24-hour service and we are available day and night, including throughout the holidays, to resolve any mishaps that might occur when you have guests over. Schedule an appointment today by calling 1-866-TIGER70 or visiting us online at www.TrustTiger.com!

Prepare Your Plumbing For The Cold Weather!

Summer has taken its last breath, but we all know that the cold days of winter will be upon us soon. When the cold weather blasts the majority of Illinois, homeowners brace themselves for both plummeting temperatures and soaring heating costs. Beyond the higher energy costs, cold weather can also bring additional expenses in the form of frozen pipes and clogged drains, causing problems with plumbing. Here are some simple tips for insulating your pocket book against cold weather costs.

Protect Outside Faucets

frozen-pipePrevent exterior pipes from breaking by protecting your outside faucets. Detach all exterior garden hoses and insulate the faucet against frigid weather. Also insulate any exterior pipes that are exposed. Tiger Plumbing offers a variety of winterizing options for your outside faucets and pipes.

Protect Interior Pipes

water-testing-002During extreme cold, even interior and covered pipes can freeze. As a prevention, turn on an inside faucet and allow it to drip during the coldest winter snaps. The running water will keep the water flowing and prevent the pipes from freezing in all but the most extreme cases.

Protect Pipes in Utility Spaces

It’s easy to forget about protecting pipes in utility spaces such as the attic or basement; however, these are also prone to freeze in severe weather. Protect these spaces from drafts as much as possible and remember to get the pipes insulated in these areas as well. Tiger Plumbing offers a variety of winterizing options for your utility spaces and crawlspaces.

Prevent Clogged Drains

One staple of the holidays is all of the home cooking and fatty foods. The drains and pipes of your home can take a beating during this time and the cold weather solidifies the fats, resulting in a higher incidence of clogged drains. Steer clear of drain problems by avoiding putting grease, oil, and hard to dissolve foods (such as potato peels) down the drain or through the garbage disposal.

article-new-thumbnail_ehow_images_a07_ft_sg_heat-frozen-pipes-crawl-space-800x800By following these few simple plumbing tips, you can bypass the most severe plumbing repair problems. If you find yourself with a frozen pipe or clogged drain, give Tiger Plumbing Services a call today at 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com to schedule an appointment. One of our qualified service technicians will get everything working properly!

 

 

Plumbing Tips for Homeowners During Thanksgiving

small_6526020857Did you know that Thanksgiving weekend is one of the common times of the year that plumbing problems occur? That’s because our plumbing systems undergo much more stress during Thanksgiving than they do during the rest of the year. Today we’re going to talk about why plumbing problems are so common during Thanksgiving and provide some tips to help homeowners avoid those problems!

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Garbage Disposal Clogged? 4 Ways you can fix it

small_5031946320A garbage disposal is one of the most convenient appliances you can have in your kitchen. However, disposals can get jammed if objects are sent down your drain that your disposal isn’t built to handle or if too many items were dropped into your disposal at once. So what are you supposed to do if your garbage disposal is clogged? Check out the four suggestions we listed below!

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