Having a gas leak in your home can be a frightening experience, especially if you do not know what procedures to follow. Home emergencies can end badly when people are not ready for the unexpected. This is why families are encouraged to have their own fire drills at home – to make sure everyone, especially children, know exactly what to do in the event of a fire.
A gas leak is an emergency; but if you are prepared and know what to do when a leak occurs, there is no need to panic.
The good news is that it is fairly easy to know when you have a gas leak. Instead of spending each day in fear, remember that gas has a “rotten egg” odor. This is added to the gas to help make it easy to notice. If you ever smell that stinking odor, you know that you have a potential problem. There are also gas detectors, much like smoke detectors, that will alert you if you have a gas leak. Read more
In this day and age of “living green”, here are many things to think about as you update your home. From new toilets to xeriscaping your yard, every little bit of saving helps.
Because water is a precious commodity, lowering the amount you use every day is a step in the right direction. And with multiple people in your family who all love to spend time in a warm shower, it can be a way to quickly see the savings pile up. By improving the efficiency of your shower, you can have more comfortable showers, as well as save a bit on your utility bills. The following tips will help you increase the efficiency of your shower.
The easiest way to make your shower more efficient is to install an energy-efficient showerhead. These showerheads have a slower flow rate. They use less water per minute, yet are powerful enough that most people do not notice a difference in water pressure. Install an energy-efficient showerhead and you may notice a difference on your next water bill. Read more
New Years Even is just around the corner. Have you made your New Years resolutions yet?
While everyone makes the standard resolutions – diet, exercise more, get organized – maybe its time to make simple resolutions you can keep. And one’s that will make a difference in the world around you too.
1. Use energy only where you need it
How many times have you walked out of a room and left the lights on or the TV going? If you’re going to be in the kitchen cooking, and won’t be returning for an hour or more, why not turn everything off? Not only will you make a difference in energy consumption, your electricity bill will be lower as well.
2. Shut off the water
Its easy to turn on the shower to warm up while you continue to do chores around the house. Instead, get ready and monitor the temperature. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the water warms, and will be able to reduce your water consumption too. Read more
Think you’re ready to tackle your own plumbing problems? Think again. While some things may seem like an easy fix – replacing a dripping faucet for instance – after many trips to the hardware store you may begin rethinking your decision.
Professional plumbers can help you save money and get the job done quickly. However, you may have heard horror stories from friends and neighbors who have chosen a plumber that is anything but reputable. How do you know who’s good – and who’s not – just by an advertisement? Here are some tips to help you through your process.
Because it is hard to tell who is good, and who is not, through a simple advertisement, start out by looking for referrals first. Ask around your community. Friend, neighbors, and family members may have used a great company in the past they are more than happy to recommend. You can also ask contractors or real estate experts, as they work in that marketplace daily and often have the perfect referral to give. Read more
Last minute gifts, baking and shopping all mean that the holidays are fast approaching.
And as you’re headed out the door with high hopes of vacations with family, friends, food, gifts, and fun this holiday season, there are some things you might not plan for: disaster. One quick way to kill the holiday festivities is to come home to a watery (or worse, mold and mildew ridden) mess.
Before you head away for the holidays, be sure your home is ready for its time alone too
1. Shut off the main water valve. Imagine your dishwasher springing a leak an hour after you leave. How many hours of water would fill your home while you are away? Water itself is a huge problem when its someplace its not supposed to be. And when the water continues to flow, it becomes even more of a problem. If at all possible, turn off the main water valve to your home. You will limit the amount of water present in case of a problem. Read more
Is your loved one a fixer-upper type? Perhaps they are a builder, or maybe they just like to tinker around in their spare time. Why not give the gift that keeps on giving, and invest in tools this holiday season.
But what kind of tool do you get them and how do you go about finding just the right one? Here are a few tool shopping tips for those of us who don’t think the hardware stores are the dream locations for a shopping spree.
The basics – Are you buying a gift for someone with a new home? Start with the basics. Every homeowner will eventually need things like hammers, wrenches, and screwdrivers. And if they have a yard, things like shovels, trimmers and clippers will also come in handy. Think basic as you make your way down the aisles, and you are sure to find something they will love. (You may find a thing or two yourself along the way.) Read more
Reverse osmosis is a process of removing salt from seawater, making it usable for human consumption.
As water issues continue to challenge us around the world, reverse osmosis is one way of dealing with the problem. Climate change has brought on a variety of water related problems, including flooding in some areas, drought in others. Quality is also being challenged as we change our environment – getting rid of forests and converting then into farmland for our swelling populations.
The natural progression was to look to the seas. Salt water oceans make up about 71 percent of the Earth’s surface. According to the International Desalination Association, there are now over 13,000 desalination plants worldwide Each of these plants helps convert seawater to useable, drinkable water. And while each of these plants are helping millions of people worldwide, what if you want something a little more close to home? Read more
Whether it’s a water heater, a stove, or a furnace, most households have at least one appliance that is dependent upon natural gas. While natural gas makes our lives easier and more comfortable, it does pose a potential health hazard.
Do you know what to do to keep your family safe and keep your natural gas appliances effective and efficient?
Upkeep - The first step to natural gas safety is prevention. If you can prevent a natural gas incident, you won’t need to know how to respond in such an instance. Your appliances need consistent cleaning for greatest efficiency and safety. Clear out filters, remove lint, clean burners, etc. Read more