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The U.S. government established a mandatory compliance program in the 1970s requiring that certain types of new appliances bear a label to help consumers compare the energy efficiency among similar products. In 1980, the Federal Trade Commission’s Appliance Labeling Rule became effective, and requires that EnergyGuide labels be placed on all new refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, dishwashers, clothes washers, room air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, and boilers. These labels are bright yellow with black lettering [Read More...]

Generally, four destination points in the home are recognized as end uses for hot water: faucets, showers, dishwashers, and washing machines. Now, you do not have to take cold showers, dine on dirty dishes, or wear dirty clothes to reduce your hot water consumption. Less radical measures are available that will be virtually unnoticeable once you apply them.

The next time you pay your utility bill, try one simple calculation. Divide the total amount by seven. The result is the amount you spend to heat your water. (If you receive separate utility bills for gas and electricity, use the gas bill for this calculation if you have a gas water heater; use the electric bill if you have an electric water heater.)

Various procedures for lowering water temperature in the home exist, depending on the method of heating. Here are some suggestions:

Looking for ways to save a few dollars on your gas or electric bill? Check out these tips on ways to cut your water-heating costs.

Change your filters every month. A dirty air filter will make the system work harder and will shorten the life of your system. A dirty filter will also produce lower indoor air quality. Clean air registers, baseboard heaters, and vents as needed. Make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes and limiting the air flow in the room. During the winter, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during [Read More...]

If you’re in the market for a new heat pump, then keep these tips in mind.

Drain stoppages cause such a mess and never seem to happen at a convenient time. If your main sewer line stops up you don’t want to wait for service. In fact the sooner the better. Corley offers several options for drain line repair. Our newest service offering is Drain Relining.

Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The less difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be. Don’t set your thermostat at a colder temperature setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. Consider ceiling fans to spread the cooled air more effectively through your home without greatly increasing your power use. Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your air conditioning [Read More...]