Wednesday, September 20, 2017 / by Olivia Martin
Did you know that radon causes more deaths from lung cancer every year than both carbon monoxide and house fires combined? The scariest part is that you don’t have to travel far for radon to affect you— it could start in your own home. In fact, recent surveys have shown that 1 in 5 homes in the US have elevated radon levels.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that occurs naturally in soil. It can be released from rock, soil and water, and when it decays, solid particles begin to form and can cling to water molecules, dust, or even directly to lung tissue.
When the interior of a home is warmer than outside (most nights year-round), the home draws soil gas out of the ground to replace lost air that escaped out of the top, thus increasing overall radon levels. While radon detectors have been around for years, the tests can take days to come back from the lab and since daily radon levels tend to fluctuate, the tests aren’t always the most accur ...
Friday, April 28, 2017 / by Olivia Martin
The simplest things can make a big difference in the efficiency of your home. Many homes waste a lot of energy that could have easily been saved—not yours though, because you found this article.
Here’s a few easy ways to save a ton of money on your home energy bills:
#1. Choose the Right Windows
Windows are the biggest source of heat loss/gain in a home.
If you own an old home that still has single-pane windows, replace them with newer, energy-efficient windows and you’ll probably see an immediate difference in your energy bills.
A choice as simple as the type of windows you buy can make all the difference. You should always consider frame materials and designs when buying new windows. Hinged windows are more efficient than sliding windows because they allow less air leakage between seams. As for the materials, avoid metal frames because they conduct heat, and choose insulated fiberglass window frames for the best efficiency.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 / by Olivia Martin
It’s that time of the year again! The weather is clearing up and getting warmer, the BBQs are firing up, and Spring cleaning has begun! It’s time to take care of all those dreaded chores that you’ve been putting off all year. But before you start going on a cleaning frenzy, be sure to prioritize the most important areas of your home—areas that you probably didn’t realize was so important.
Here’s a list of some of the most important Spring cleaning tasks that you should be taking care of every year.
Refrigerator coils are a dust magnet, and if left unattended, accumulation of dust can impair energy efficiency. Too much dust will force your refrigerator to work harder and spend more costly energy to keep your precious groceries cold.
Cleaning them is easy. The coils can be found on either on the bottom or back of the machine. Just take a vacuum with an upholstery attachment and suck up all the big chunk ...
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 / by Olivia Martin
To keep your home in its top shape, it requires regular maintenance to be done every year. To reduce energy costs and prevent future costly repair bills, here are 5 important, yet often overlooked, areas to perform regular maintenance procedures.
Clogged plumbing is extremely difficult, costly, and especially dirty to fix. To keep yourself from going through this headache, consider the following precautions.
Avoid pouring your cooking grease down the drain as it is the common culprit for clogs. If you do accidentally spill grease or oil down the drain, immediately run hot water with some dish soup to break up the grease and move it through the pipes to prevent any build up and potential clogs.
Place a hair strainer over the shower and bathtub drain. Hair accumulates in the drain and will eventually build up to the point of clogging. It is certainly a dirty job to remove hair buildup from drains, so using a hair strainer will save you from this dirty chore ...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 / by Tim Hart
According to a new study done by the University of Chicago, energy efficiency upgrades still keep the planet green, but probably won’t put too much green back into your pocket.
The University set up a controlled trial of 30,000 households in Michigan, telling ¼ of them to make residential energy efficiency upgrades (with assistance) and compared their energy savings to those who did not upgrade. Households were provided $5,000 in weatherization upgrades (furnace replacement, attic and wall insulation, and weather stripping). Unfortunately, the cost of putting these upgrades into place was nearly double the difference in their energy costs. Although energy consumption fell by a noticeable 10 to 20%, the upgrades only translated into $2,400 in savings over the life of the upgrades—less than half of the costs to input them.
Of course, from an environmental standpoint, such upgrades are still a big win. But its portrayal as a “double-win” as the Uni ...