Heating your home can be a major expense if you depend on gas or electricity as an energy source. There are other options for home heating, such as thermal storage, geothermal heat pumps and biomass heating systems. These systems use renewable energy resources to help heat your home and reduce your energy costs. If you want to have a more affordable solution to heat your home, here are some energy efficient solutions you may want for your home: [Read More]
How To Find Your Home's Air Leaks
If you have parts of your home that are causing air to leak out, this could raise your energy bill when you use your air conditioner. The first thing you need to do is locate the leaks. Then you can seal those areas and lower your energy bill in the process. Here are some tips for finding the air leaks. Check the Exteriors The first place to look for air leaks is outside your home. [Read More]
Cleaning Your Gas Furnace's Pilot Light When It Keeps Going Out
When the pilot light on your gas furnace keeps going out, the orifice could be partially clogged up. This could be preventing the gas from reaching the flame enough to keep it burning. If you feel this could be the problem, use the method below to clean the tip of the pilot light. What You Will Need Before you begin, gather the following items. Small piece of 1,000-grit sandpaper Firm bristle toothbrush Lint-free cloth Small bowl or bucket of water Thin piece of wire The 1,000-grit sandpaper will remove any rust or burnt-on grime. [Read More]
Do You Really Need To Replace Your Electric Hot Water Heater With A Gas One?
When you purchase a home with an electric water heater, your home inspector, along with your friends, may recommend that you replace it with a gas water heater. Gas water heaters, it is often said, are more efficient; making the change will save you money. While this is true for many people, it's not true for everyone. Make sure you consider the factors below to decide whether replacing that electric hot water heater is actually a wise choice for you. [Read More]