Weekly home tips to extend the life and value of your home,

 3. Replace incandescent lights.

The average household dedicates 11% of its energy budget to lighting. Traditional incandescent lights convert approximately only 10% of the energy they consume into light, while the rest becomes heat. The use of new lighting technologies, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), can reduce the energy use required by lighting by 50% to 75%. Advances in lighting controls offer further energy savings by reducing the amount of time that lights are on but not being used. Here are some facts about CFLs and LEDs:

  • CFLs use 75% less energy and last about 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. 
  • LEDs last even longer than CFLs and consume less energy. 
  • LEDs have no moving parts and, unlike CFLs, they contain no mercury.

 I have also found that in my home installing occupancy sensor switches in rooms such as the bath rooms, closets hallways, has saved me an additional 3 to 6 percent. The lights come on and stay on while you are in that room or area, But when you leave that area because of a knock at the door or a phone call. The lights are not let on for hours at a time. They turn off after a set amount of time.

 

1. Toilets

Water leaking from your toilet tank will not only cost you money when it comes to your utility bill, but it can also cause water damage to your bathroom floor and premature wear of your toilet’s internal workings. To find out whether your toilet tank is leaking, add some red food coloring to the water in the tank. Come back in about an hour and see if the water in the bowl is pink. If it is, you have a leak.

ATTIC FANS!

A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF ATTIC FIRES IN THE SUMMER MONTHS ARE CAUSED BY THERMOSTATICALLY CONTROLED FANS CUT INTO THE HOMES ROOF. THIS TYPE OF FAN IS BENIFICAL IN HELPING TO VENTALATE ATTIC AREAS. MOST TIMES THESE FANS GO UN-SERVICED FOR YEARS, A GOOD RULE OF THUMB IS TO LUBE THE MOTOR SHAFT EVERY SPRING TO AVOIVD THE MOTOR SEEZING UP, OVER HEATING AND CAUSING A FIRE.

 Out Door CENTRAL AIR UNITS;

One of the hardest working devices to keep our homes comfortable. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THE HOME OWNER CAN DO IS TO KEEP THIS UNIT CLEAN.

  1. Pull the water hose over to the condenser units.
  2. Mix the coil cleaner in the pump sprayer per the manufacturer's instructions. ... 
  3. Spray on the coil cleaner.
  4. Wait about 5 minutes for the cleaner to foam up.
  5. Wash off the cleaner and dirt with the water hose.

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