Home Tips & Tricks

Drafty Door Prevention Products

The potential energy savings from reducing air leaks or drafts in the home can be as high as 40% per year. Caulking, filling gaps and adding weather stripping to eliminate a home’s drafts and temperature differences will help to make you feel much more comfortable in your home. Here are some steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient: Save up to 40% on your energy bill by

Home Repair Must Have Tools!

It doesn’t matter whether you own a home or you are renting, every home needs to be maintained or repaired. As long as you have a roof and four walls that you call home, you will need to repair, install or update that home. And all those home newbies should definitely get prepared with the home maintenance and repair essential tools. It will make it easier to enjoy your home.

Sprinkler Repair

Spring Sprinkler System Start-ups Checklist The calendar finally reads “Spring” and time to put away the snow shovels and start enjoying the warm weather. But, before you put on those shorts and flip-flops you need to crank up the sprinkler system, consider the following as part of the process necessary to reactivate those slumbering sprays and rotors: Make sure all manual drain valves are returned to the “closed” position before you

How to Calculate your Air Conditioning Unit Size

Air conditioners are great for cooling us off during the hot summer months, but if you don’t choose the right unit you may never get that cool comfortable summer that you deserve. Tips for purchasing a room air conditioning unit A great way to cool a room on those hot summer days is by using a window air conditioner.  Did you know that  purchasing a bigger room air conditioning unit will

How to Make Hanging Garage Shelves

For many homes, the garage is easily the converted stock room where items that the family does not use anymore are junked and stored away. As this is the case, the garage, all too often, gets really messy and unorganized. Sometimes, it is no longer used to park the cars in, especially when there are just so many items inside. This can be avoided with some cleaning and of course, a

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How to Install a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable Thermostats Save – $200 in Heating & Cooling Costs   What is a Programmable Thermostat? A programmable thermostat allows you to pre-set your home’s heating and cooling system to work around your schedule, providing ultimate comfort for your household.  Programmable thermostats help you ensure efficient operation of your heating and cooling system, resulting in real energy saving and lower energy bills.   The Steps to installing a Programmable Thermostat: 1.

Insulating Water Pipes - Save Money

Insulating hot water pipes will prevent costly heat loss, while insulating cold water pipes will prevent condensation from forming and keep them from freezing in the winter.  Pipes the aren’t insulated will cause your pipes to work less efficiently,it makes your hot water heater work harder, and ultimately results in an increase of energy bills. Cost: $1.50 – $7.50 / 6ft section of insulation Time: 1-2 hours, depending on amount of

Sprinkler System Maintenance Fixes

Sprinkler Maintenance Tips to keep your Sprinkler System running smooth all summer long. Save money by keeping your sprinkler system running longer. Maintaining your sprinkler will extend the life of your system and save you money. Prevent your Sprinkler System from Clogging Over time due to dirt, sand, algae, hard water deposits and other debris sprinkler systems become clogged. Help Prevent sprinkler system clogging by Spraying Weed Grass killer around your