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Thou Shall Not… The Energy Cutting Commandments

Thou Shall Not… The Energy Cutting Commandments

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Energy prices are rising, and that isn’t good news for the average homeowner. Keeping the finances out of the red isn’t easy as it stands currently, but higher energy bills only make it harder. The result is that the majority of people are looking for ways to cut their expenses in half. Unfortunately, there are so many tips on the Web that finding the ones that work is difficult. In fact, it’s almost like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, this post has put together the great and the good of energy cutting tips.

Here are the commandments that you need to implement in your household.

Go Green

Run of the mill homes burn fossil fuels to keep warm. Although it’s effective, it is also expensive and bad for the environment. The obvious solution is to implement eco-friendly methods to help save the planet and your bank balance. Take the kitchen appliances as an example. On an average day, a family can use these devices dozens of times. Some don’t even turn off at all, such as the fridge. By turning them down, the amount of energy they use is a lot less throughout the week. By the end of the month, this should reflect in your bill.

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Switch Providers

Almost everyone picks a supplier and never changes. The reason is the hassle. Apparently, it is too much bother to pick up the phone or browse the internet. The truth is that it couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is click on a comparison website and input your search. The results then appear, and you choose the one which seems the most beneficial. Quite simply, they do all the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to worry. Because energy providers are rivals, the discounts they offer to new customers are significant.

Maintain The Boiler

The boiler is without a doubt the biggest culprit when it comes to energy bills. Most of them are outdated and use energy as if it grows on trees. Thankfully, there are ways to get it to tow the party line. For starters, you can replace it with a newer model. Yes, this is expensive in the beginning, but the savings are quite remarkable after a couple of years. Or, you can use experts like Heat-line to prevent heat loss. The electric heat tape that they sell, for example, regulates water temperatures so that it doesn’t keep on heating and cooling down. If this doesn’t sound appealing, you can do it yourself with a furnace cover or foil.

Replace Light Bulbs

Standard light bulbs are remarkably inefficient. In essence, they produce more heat than they do light. That means the majority of the energy is wasted on needlessly. It’s almost like throwing money down the drain. By installing CFLS bulbs, there is no reason to lose money any longer. These are eco-friendly bulbs that have a much better light to heat ratio. Sure, they are not as bright, yet they get brighter with time.

Follow these commandments and there won’t be any nasty surprises.

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Amateurs Beware! When Not To Attempt Household Repairs

Amateurs Beware! When Not To Attempt Household Repairs

Many of us fancy ourselves as an amateur tradesman. If there’s a paint job that needs doing or a leaking pipe, we suddenly become an expert and roll our sleeves up. In some cases, attempting your own repairs is fine. In others, it can have disastrous consequences. Here are some scenarios when it’s best to relinquish maintenance jobs to the professionals.

Anything that involves wires or electricity

If you’ve got a problem with your wiring, steer well clear. Electrical injuries can be life-threatening. You may have excelled at circuits at school or done a few basic jobs in your time. But it’s always best to be on the safe side. Electricians have advanced training, and they are much better placed to the do than you are. If you think there’s something up with the electrics in your home, search online for a local electrician or ask family or friends for recommendations.

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Complex plumbing issues

You may be able to shift a minor blockage in the sink. However, if you come across more complex plumbing issues, it’s best to investigate professional plumbing services. In your quest to resolve the problem, you could do a lot more harm than good. You may be at risk of injury, and the bill could increase significantly. Examples of problems you may need a plumber for include leaking pipes, hot water issues, and decreased water pressure.

Damp

Damp is a very common problem in older houses. It usually stems from leaks in the roof or cracks in the wall, which lead to excess moisture. You can often see patches of damp on ceilings and walls. There can also be a distinctive musty smell. If you spot signs of damp, it’s best to tackle the issue as quickly as possible. This is a problem that will only get worse, especially during the winter months.

Furnace malfunction

If you have problems with your heating, this usually indicates furnace malfunction. By all means, have a look at the control panel, and see if there are obvious issues. But don’t try and rectify problems by removing parts of the furnace or playing around with dials. If the furnace is faulty, this can be very dangerous. It’s best to call a qualified, certified engineer. They will be able to carry out an assessment, and hopefully, find a solution.

Loose roof tiles

If you spot loose roof tiles, resist the temptation to get the ladders out and embrace your inner Spider-Man. Going up onto the roof poses a risk of injury. If you fall, you could suffer fractures, dislocations or even head and spinal injuries. Call a roofing firm and leave it to the experts. They have the safety equipment and experience to do the job properly.

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Sometimes, doing jobs around the house can save you time and money. However, it’s essential to know when a scenario requires expert attention. If you encounter any of the household issues listed above, don’t put your safety at risk. There’s a reason why people train for years to do dangerous jobs.

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