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Bundling Up Your Water Heater During Winter Cold Spells

Most homeowners think about their water heaters when they develop problems. Obviously, that’s too late because you’ll not only have to spend money on repairs but also put up with cold showers. Prepare your water heater for the cold season by taking the following steps. Turn off the water valve — Start by shutting off the water valve then the gas valve of a gas water heater. Unplug an electric water heater from its power outlet. Drain the tank —…

Proper Attic Insulation Can Help You Save Energy Year Round

When your attic doesn’t have enough insulation, your home can lose heat. This causes your heating system to run more frequently, leading to higher energy bills. Not having enough attic insulation can also result in drafty areas, making your home uncomfortable. Use the following information to help you understand more about insulating your attic.…

Don’t Forget to Complete Your Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

With cooler temperatures on the horizon, it’s time to prepare your San Diego area home and the HVAC system. After all, the efficiency of your home impacts your comfort, safety, health, and energy bills. Set aside a day to take care of it with these fall HVAC maintenance tips. Home Exterior Sealing: Inspect your home’s exterior for gaps and cracks in cladding, walkways, and the foundation. Use caulk, spray-in foam, and driveway filler to seal. Outdoor HVAC unit: Spray off…

Tips to Help Reduce Cooling Costs in Your San Marcos Home

Beating the heat of a San Marcos summer doesn’t have to be expensive. By taking a few simple steps to reduce the cooling costs of your home, you’ll stay more comfortable while cutting down on your need for air conditioning. Use your ceiling fan: A ceiling fan can make you feel between 4 to 8 degrees cooler so you can raise your A/C thermostat temperature by the same amount to save energy. Every degree you raise the temperature above 78 degrees can…

Here’s a Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vista Home

As you’re making your spring-cleaning checklist, remember that all home systems are connected. As such, a spring maintenance checklist that combines cleaning, minor repairs and pro maintenance is much more productive in the long-run, so make sure to add these projects to your new list: Indoor Air Quality Wash all bedding and drapes to get rid of dust and dust mites, and store away winter clothes in vacuum bags. Then, clean all rugs and scrub wood floors. Be vigilant of indoor humidity during the cooling…

Spring Clean These Energy Myths Out of Your Routine

It’s good to follow energy-saving practices, but only if they are truly effective. Unfortunately, many myths are floating around, perpetuated by those who aren’t informed. Don’t be one of them. Here’s a list of some most popular energy-saving myths: Setting the thermostat higher for faster heating: The rate at which heat is distributed is dependent on the power of your heater, not the thermostat setting. You can crank up the thermostat, but it won’t make the heater work faster. Instead,…

A Zero Energy Home is Achievable with a Few Changes

With the high energy costs that we pay here in Southern California, many homeowners are searching for ways to decrease their energy usage. There are many ways to lower your energy bills, and, if you are willing to make some small changes, it’s even possible to achieve the goal of living in a zero energy home. This may seem like a fantasy to some, but it is definitely an option, and here are some tips to get you started:…

Make Those Energy-Efficiency Upgrades Now, and They Could Help You Sell Your Home in the Future

If you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, now’s the time to invest in energy-efficiency upgrades to help you unlock its full value. Today’s homebuyers are seeking out properties that offer energy savings, and they’ll pay more if these improvements are already completed. The following suggestions can make your home more attractive to buyers, and let you enjoy increased comfort and lower operating costs while you’re living there:…

Sealing Ducts Will Give You More Value From Your Air Conditioner

There are many factors that can contribute to a better-performing air conditioner, including sealing air leaks around your home and upgrading insulation. Sealing ducts, however, should not be ignored, as the average homeowner has the potential to lose 20 percent of air traveling through leaky ducts.…