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Six Tips to Reduce Utility Costs on Plumbing and Heating in Edmonton
Everybody likes to save money, particularly on utility bills. That is why it is important that anything related to electricity or water in your home be kept in top-notch shape. Following are some great ways to reduce the costs of plumbing and heating in Edmonton.
1. Prevent Frozen Water Pipes
To prevent frozen water pipes in winter, make sure all pipes in your home are well insulated, especially those in your attic or in any way exposed to the outside winter air. Also, garden hoses should be disconnected and drained when the weather starts to turn cold.
2. Close Vents and Doors in Unused Rooms
If you want to save cost on heating, it is a good idea to close the vents and shut the doors to the rooms you are not using. If you are baking in the oven, leave the door partly opened when you are through to allow the heat to enter the room. During the winter months, turn your thermostat down below 70 and wear warmer clothes. And if you go on vacation, turn the thermostat down to 55 or 60 to save even more energy.
3. Take Notice of Dripping Water
Always take note of dripping water or puddles near any pipes. These can indicate a leak which is costing you money on unused water and causing damage to your home at the same time. Also, watch your water bill for explained increases. This could be a sign of a leak that needs to be addressed.
4. What About Your Garden Hose Nozzle?
Buy a good garden hose nozzle, if you don’t have one already. A good hose nozzle will help you use water more efficiently and prevent wasted water when not in use.
5. Keep Your Drains Healthy
Make sure there is no grease buildup to prevent drains from becoming plugged. There are many easy to use products on the market for this purpose. Pouring boiling water down the drain from time to time will also help. Hair buildup in the drain is another thing to look out for. This can be prevented by making sure all your drains have a good screen in place when in use, to prevent hair and other matter from going down the drain into your pipes.
6. Weather Seal Door Openings
Make sure you check your doorways for leaks, each year. Weather stripping is quite affordable and easy to install. Change your old weather stripping if it needs replacement. This will save you money on climate control in your home, in cold and hot weather months.
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