It is always challenging to try to keep pace with the rising cost of living. Often, utility costs rise a few dollars here and there, which doesn't seem too bad until homeowners pull out an old water bill and realize they are paying substantially more for their water than in years past. What can individuals do to try to keep their water bill increases to a minimum?
As we prepare for a change of season, it’s important to make sure your sump pump is in good working order. When it’s functioning properly, it means the difference between staying dry and being up to your ankles in water. Because a sump pump is one of those invisible home necessities, most people don’t pay it much attention – until it stops working correctly. When that happens, you could end up with a flooded basement, flooded lawn, or backed up water all over your home.
Most toilets take about a minute after flushing before they return to their normal, silent state. Sometimes after a flush, the toilet simply keeps running and refuses to stop. If you’re lucky, slightly jiggling the toilet handle might stop the toilet from continuing to run; however, that is not always the case. Here are a few tips to follow if you encounter a time when your toilet refuses to stop running after a flush.
Virtually every homeowner has experienced the inconvenience of having their day brought to a screeching halt by a clogged bathroom or kitchen drain. Clogs can damage and shorten the lifespan of your plumbing system. The best course of action is to prevent the clog from happening in the first place. Fortunately, most common drain clogs are easily prevented. Even pouring a 1/2 cup of vinegar and a 1/2 cup of baking soda down your drain every few weeks will create a chemical reaction that will help clear a drain and eliminate unpleasant odors.
Refrigerators are a huge energy sink. They're plugged in 24/7, people regularly open them to look inside, and anytime you pack away freshly cooked leftovers the fridge has to bring the temperature down. It seems like there's no possible way to make a fridge more energy efficient short of buying a new model, but there a few tricks you can use to bring down the electricity use, as well as your energy bill. Here's how: