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As cooler temperatures become the norm, residents eager to fire up an alternative heat source should plan to have chimneys and wood stoves cleaned to prevent fires. Here are a few tips for home heating this winter. Burn only seasoned hardwood such as oak, ash or maple. Do not burn trash, cardboar...
11/27/2009
Look for LED holiday bulbs. The average holiday light uses 5-7 watts per bulb, and some of the older string lights use in excess of 10 watts per bulb. The new LED type lights use less than half a watt per bulb, they're shatterproof, water resistant and safe to touch. If LED lights aren't the loo...
11/25/2009
The Department of Energy reports that a home's heating and cooling costs can be reduced by as much as 30% through proper insulation and air sealing. More Comfortable- your house will have more even temperatures, less drafts, less furnace use, and more peaceful and quiet atmosphere. Cooler in the ...
11/24/2009
The potential energy savings from reducing drafts in a home may range from 5% to 30% per year. Check for indoor leaks, such as gaps along baseboard or the edge of the flooring and at junctures of the walls and ceilings. Check to see if the air can flow through electrical outlets, switch plates, w...
09/17/2009
EVERY HOME SHOULD BE TESTED FOR MOLD   According to Dr. John D. Shane, Vice President of Laboratory services of PRO-LAB millions of homes across America have hidden water leaks that are promoting mold growth that can expose homeowners to mold spores.  Mold has a potential to cause health problems...
06/10/2007
 Each year, about 280 children under 5 drown in swimming pools. In addition, the suction from drains in swimming pools and spas, under certain conditions, can entrap swimmers underwater. To help protect your family, be sure to take the following steps. Use Layers of ProtectionTo prevent swimming ...
06/07/2007
Are your energy bills too high? Is your home not as comfortable as you want it to be? Do you want to do more to protect the environment? Do you have teenagers at home giving your hot water bill a beating? Whatever your situation, this will help you to find a solution that's right for you. This gu...
06/05/2007
Are your energy bills too high? Is your home not as comfortable as you want it to be? Do you want to do more to protect the environment? Do you have teenagers at home giving your hot water bill a beating? Whatever your situation, this will help you to find a solution that's right for you. This gu...
05/23/2007
 Section P2803.1 of the International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings requires the installation of a combination Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve(commonly referred to as a TPR valve) or a separate temperature relief valve and apressure relief valve on every water heater.The pur...
05/16/2007
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You Need Homeowner's Insurance The largest single investment most consumers make is in their home. The consumer can protect their home, possessions, and liability with a homeowners's insurance policy. The Homeowner's insurance policy is a package policy that combines more than one type of insuran...
05/12/2007
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