Tag: hot water

Save Energy at Home these 8 Painless Ways

  There’s a new resolution in town. Americans still see losing weight, spending less, and (finally!) getting organized as top goals, but these days we’re adding a new ambition: “Save energy.” However, we are often unsure how to accomplish this without biting the bullet and giving up the comfortable lifestyle we’re used to. So how to get started? Try these 8 painless energy-saving tips. Set up a programmable thermostat. Once it’s up on your wall, you just need to literally “set it and forget it” to enjoy the benefits of energy savings on an ongoing basis. The thermostat will...

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Simple Water Heater Maintenance Saves Energy and Cash

“Maintain my water heater? Oh no!” you may be thinking. “Another chore to add to my list.” Don’t worry, though. Water heater maintenance is quick and easy and will keep your heater running efficiently, prolong its life, and ensure comfortable showers all winter long. Take an hour or so to do it once a year — the end of daylight saving time is an excellent reminder. Start by reading the instruction booklet that came with your water heater purchase or look up the directions for your particular model online. Then follow these simple steps. ESSENTIAL: Switch off the electricity...

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Black Specks in Your Water: Ew! How to Get Rid of Them?

Maybe we take it too much for granted — that flow of clean, colorless water we can usually activate just by turning on a tap. One thing is for sure: we certainly begin to appreciate the value of clear H2O when suddenly what our faucet is producing is full of yucky black specks. Ew! Just what causes those specks … and are they dangerous? Most important of all, how in the world do we get rid of them? Here’s a troubleshooting guide to 5 common causes and solutions for black particles in your water. Mineral Traces Black specks may be caused...

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My Fridge Is Leaking Inside! What Should I Do?

A major leak of water inside your refrigerator is certainly dramatic-looking and possibly even scary (as in, “I’m afraid for the wellbeing of my wallet if I have to shell out big bucks for a repair”). On the other hand this type of leak does not tend to have a noticeable effect on the functioning of your fridge or freezer – besides making refrigerated food soggy — so you may be tempted to hide your head in the sand and ignore the problem. Not such a good idea, as the leak will not go away by itself. However, it...

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5 DIY Repairs for Damaged Doors

Scratches, dents, or holes in your door are quite unsightly. And when you have to fight to open a door that refuses to swing freely or on the contrary, it shakes, rattles, and rolls in its frame, you’ll probably feel justifiably annoyed. The good news is that it’s often fairly simple for the home handyperson to repair door problems or breakage. Here are 5 DIY fixes for damaged doors. 1. The door is hard to open. When a door stops swinging freely, it’s usually due to the wood rubbing against the frame. Your first move should be to check...

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