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What are These? A Guide to Common Plumbing Pipes In Your Home

Plumbing DIY

Weather Master technicians know plumbing pipes, but that doesn’t mean homeowners do. We want you to feel more comfortable with your plumbing system. That’s why we created this quick guide about the most common pipes and their uses in your home. This will come in handy when you’re looking to repair your Raleigh-area home’s plumbing.…

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Energy-efficient Upgrades That Will Pay for Themselves

Energy saving home improvements

Tax refund season is here, and you may be wondering what to do with all that cash. If you don’t already have it earmarked for a summer getaway or a wardrobe-shopping spree, consider putting that money into home improvements that will actually pay you back — energy efficient upgrades. While not glamorous, energy efficiency has…

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The Top Ten Reasons Tuning Up Your Furnace Will Make You a Better Person

Top 10

Most people just don't understand the value a furnace tune-up carries.  If people understood how maintaining their heating and cooling equipment could change their lives, we wouldn't need to write this list in the first place.  Maintaining the equipment that is responsible for circulating the air that you breathe and keeping your family warm in…

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Skipping Maintenance Can Leave You Stranded

Maintain your furance

Like any large piece of equipment, your heating and cooling system requires regular maintenance to keep it running at its peak efficiency. You wouldn't dream of skipping required maintenance on your car for fear of the likelihood you would wind up stranded on the side of the road. However, many people skip annual maintenance on…

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5 Energy Saving Sites You Won’t Want to Miss

Save Money

We are always on the look out for the latest energy saving tips and tricks to pass along to our friends and customers.  If you're like us, you too are always looking for ways to save on your utility bills.  With so many resources available, it's often difficult to know where to start. Everyone has…

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Dishwashers and Washing Machines

Don’t wash away your money with the dishes. Always run your dishwasher full. You may live in an area where it is more economical to run it during non-peak hours or in the evening. Ditto for the washing machine! Always run it full. The biggest laundry expense is heating the water.

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Water Heater

Turn down the temperature on your water heater. If you set the temperature at 120° F or below, you will save about 4% of your energy cost per 10° that you lower your thermostat. When you go on vacation, use the “vacation setting” on your water heater if available.

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Toilet Leaks

You should occasionally check your toilets for leaks. Just place a few drops of food coloring in the tank (NOT the bowl). You can also use a few tablespoons of instant coffee or Kool-Aid. In thirty minutes, if the water in the bowl is colored, the tank is leaking and the stopper and valve seal…

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Insulating Ductwork and Pipes

Insulating pipes and ducts that run through unheated space will result in a significant savings in your energy bill. Heat escapes from bare hot-water pipes causing the water sitting in those pipes to cool down between uses. This results in running extra water from the faucet to get hot water. Wrapping these pipes will save…

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Weather Stripping

Inside your home, weather stripping around moving parts of windows and doors can help seal off potential areas of leakage or drafts. Storm Systems – Storm doors and windows can provide additional energy savings by preventing air loss and by creating an insulating layer of air.

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