What does it do? It simply lets the water that feeds your water heater (sometimes as cold as 40 to 50 degrees) stand around and come up to room temperature before it reaches the heater. During the summer, you can get as much as 30 degrees of absolutely free heat this way. During the heating season, however, any heat your water absorbs comes indirectly from your furnace, so net savings at that time are zero.
Add motion-detecting lights to your home’s front entrance. By switching off the lights when they aren’t needed, motion detectors will knock a few bucks off your electric bill. A lighting system that uses motion detectors to illuminate the exterior of your home can be an useful theft-deterrent.
When you are working on the outside of the house, a thing to think about adding is some lights that will detect motion. Rather than leaving your lights on throughout the entire night, motion detecting lights will only light up when there is nearby movement. Also, intruders are more wary of lights that turn on because of their movements.
The house Painter is telling his Customers about Joe – and Joe is telling his Customers about the Painter – each of them just doubled their exposure to potential new customers.
Invest in a drain snake to save money on Plumbing house calls. You will avoid the cost of buying expensive drain cleaners. A drain snake should not be used by someone who is inexperienced, so ask a plumber to show you the right way to use it. Ensure that you purchase a snake that properly fits your drain.
You should have the basic tools for doing the simplest of plumbing repairs. Tools like plungers and snake should be basic ones that need to be found in each and every home. If you want to do more complicated repairs then you can get additional tools such as those used by professional plumbers.
Eight years ago, I installed a 25,000 BTU vent free infrared gas heater directly above my workbench in the back of my two car garage. I love being able to turn the thermostat up when I’m at my workbench, then turn the thermostat down again when I leave. This keeps cost of operation very low – just pennies a day to keep at 55 to 60 degrees all the time. It helps that my garage is well insulated.