Good advice is free of charge, follow these effortless, straightforward, and
free tips and tricks to saving your hard earned cash from blowing out the
window and spend it on more rewarding activities
- Close drapes, blinds and shades to help retain heat at night or during
- Check the settings on the room air conditioner. Make sure the "fresh
air" vent on the air conditioner is closed so you are not cooling outside
- Set the thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The
less difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower the
overall cooling bill will be. Between 1 and 2% of summer cooling costs can
be saved for every degree Fahrenheit the thermostat is raised.
- Set the thermostat as low as comfortably possible in the winter. The
less difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your
overall heating bill will be.
- Set the temperature lower in the winter when your home is unoccupied.
Use a programmable thermostat to automatically lower and raise the
temperature according to your settings.
- In the winter, reverse your ceiling fan motor so that the blades push
air up toward the ceiling, where hot air normally rises. The fan will drive
the warm air back down around the edges of the room, which can result in
more even heating. Better heat circulation will help combat the problem of
sweating windows that some homes experience in the wintertime because of
condensation on the glass.
- Examine your duct system for air leaks. Look for sections that should
be joined, but have separated, and then look for obvious holes. Consider
hiring a contractor to test the ducts and repair leaks and restrictions.
Leaking ductwork accounts for more than 20%-30% of heating costs in an
average Massachusetts home.
- Close drapes, blinds and shades to keep sun's rays out of the home
during the warmer months.
Ok, I promised that these tips would be free but as we all know not everything in life is. However, the
following tips are extremely low cost and not expensive at all. If you take
into regard how much money you will be saving over the years - these are
definitely worth the pennies.
- Remove and clean room air conditioner filters monthly. Dirty filters
reduce the efficiency of the air conditioner.
- Clean furnace filters monthly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and
increase energy use. Keep the furnace clean, lubricated and properly
adjusted to save up to 5% of heating costs.
- Call 1-978-249-0077 and we can send a licensed technician to your home
for a free estimate.
Hohengasser Plumbing & Hydronics works hard to help you when there's a
breakdown. We know how annoying and expensive they can be. But here's a list
of simple maintenance tips to help prevent costly repairs.
* Fix leaky faucets promptly. In addition to wasting about 20 gallons of
water a day, a leak can ruin your faucet set.
* Do not use caustic liquid drain openers on a drain that is completely
clogged. It can severely damage your pipes.
* Periodically drain several gallons of water from your water heater.
This removes sediment from the bottom of the tank to increase heating
efficiency and prolong tank life.
* Wrap outdoor or crawl space pipes with electric heat tape or
insulation to prevent freezing.
In Your Kitchen & Bath
* Do not rinse fats or cooking oils down the drain. Liquid fats solidify
in the cold drains pipes and create clogs.
* To extend the life of your garbage disposal: use plenty of cold water
when running; don't overload; never dispose of bones, corn husks, or stringy
fibrous material; never use a caustic drain opener; always use tongs or
pliers to free objects from the disposal - don't use your hands.
* Running ice through disposal helps to clean blades
* Check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. Leaks under sinks
should be repaired quickly to avoid damage to cabinets and floors.
* Use a strainer in bathroom drains. This will prevent hair and soap
pieces from clogging drains.
* Make sure overflow holes on tubs and vanity are clear and open to
prevent water damage to floors and ceilings.
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