Around The House

Around The House

There are lots of jobs around the house that need to be performed as routine maintenance. One idea is to mark off when each job is to be performed when you start your new calendar at the beginning of the year. This way you can keep track of what needs to be done and when you should do it so you don’t get behind in schedule. The first item is to check are the batteries in those smoke detectors. AroundTheHouse4 Nothing worse than listening to the annoying beeping alert at two o’clock in the morning and having to stumble out of bed to find a ladder and to shut it off..Fall is a great time to check for gaps around windows, doors and pipes. Seal them up before the cold weather sets in and drafts pull the heat out.

Average percentage of where air escapes from homes

  • 2% through electrical outlets
  • 4% through fans and vents
  • 10% around doors
  • 11% around doors
  • 13% around plumbing penetrations
  • 14% fireplace
  • 15% through ducts
  • 31% floors, walls, ceilings

AroundTheHouse2Proper attention to these areas will increase heating and cooling efficiency and reduce energy costs. Keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use. Also turn off ventilating fans as soon as their job is completed in the kitchen, bath and wherever else fans are installed. Hot water heaters have an effective lifespan of 10 to 15 years but start losing efficiency around year seven. To help maintain the water heater, drain a quart of water off every three months to remove sediment and improve efficiency. When replacing water heaters make certain the heater had adequate insulation.

    Hot water usage consumption by place of use?

  • 11% sinks
  • 12% bath
  • 14% dishwasher
  • 26% washer
  • 37% shower

Routine maintenance should include keeping heating and cooling equipment in top condition. AroundTheHouse3At least every three months pull the filters and either replace or clean as needed. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically maintain desired temperatures. Keep air vents cleared for maximum heating and cooling circulation. Boost energy efficiency by opening drapes and curtains to sun in the winter and shading windows and doors in the summer to keep radiant heat out. Replace old appliances with new energy saving appliances such as the washer, dryer, dishwasher and refrigerator.

    Percentage of Utility Bill for Average Household

  • 9% refrigerator
  • 14% water heater
  • 33% lighting, cooking and other appliances
  • 44% heating and cooling

Finally, it is possible to save money through the use of landscaping to reduce energy bills. The United State government says three trees property placed around the home can save the average household between $100 to $250 in heating and cooling costs annually. What better way to go green!