Easy Ways to Lower Your Energy Bills

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During the winter, homeowners are reminded just how much energy their appliances are capable of consuming. As your HVAC system works overtime to keep your home comfortable and more fuel is used to heat water for showering, washing dishes, and cleaning clothes, your energy bills grow more expensive. Here are a handful of ways you can reduce your energy bills during the winter and throughout the year:

Insulation Checks

Poor insulation accounts for a great deal of energy loss in a number of homes. By checking your home for air leaks, sealing those leaks, and adding additional insulation to your attic or other poorly insulated areas, you may be able to achieve monthly energy savings of up to 30%.

HVAC Tune-Ups

On average, a furnace tune-up can cut a household’s heating costs by more than 10%. Hire a heating repair professional to inspect, clean, and maintain your heating and cooling system at least once a year. In addition to reducing your energy bills, HVAC system tune-ups can result in additional savings through the early detection of problems that only grow more expensive the longer they go undetected.

Appliance Upgrades

Aging, inefficient home appliances are a serious drain on energy. If your refrigerator, water heater, or HVAC system has been in use for more than a decade, or if you can tell that it is not working as effectively as it once did, replace it with a modern, ENERGY STAR-qualified system.

Proudly serving the Sacramento area since 1975, Ace Plumbing understands that homeowners like to keep their energy bills low. We also understand the importance of conserving limited resources. To help homeowners and the environment alike, we specialize in the installation and maintenance of state-of-the-art, energy-efficient home heating and cooling systems . If you would like to have your HVAC system inspected or an ENERGY STAR-approved home HVAC system installed in your Sacramento home, call (916) 455-4548.

How to Stop a Leaking Pipe as You Wait for Professional Help

Under the sink.

As far as home infrastructure nightmares are concerned, leaking pipes rank near the top of the list. Unfortunately, leaking pipes are common enough that most Sacramento homeowners experience at least one. Upon discovering a leak in your home’s plumbing, you should promptly call a plumber. While waiting for the plumbing professional to arrive, take the following steps to stop the pipe from leaking and reduce the water damage.

Turn off Main Water Supply Valve

Locate the main water supply valve for your home’s plumbing. Turn the valve to the “off” position. Hook a garden hose to an outdoor spigot and turn the spigot on to allow all water remaining in your home’s pipes to drain out.

Clean Out Under-Sink Cabinet

If the leak is confined to a pipe under a sink, remove everything from the cabinet underneath it. Locate the leak and use a rag to dry the leaking pipe.

Measure Leaking Pipe

To determine the size of the repair clamp you should use, measure the leaking pipe from edge to edge. If you do not already have a repair clamp, you should be able to pick one up at your neighborhood hardware store.

Affix Repair Clamp

Next, affix a repair clamp onto the pipe at the leak, rotating and adjusting until the leak is completely covered. To secure the repair clamp, you will need an open-end wrench, a socket, and a ratchet.

Turn Water Supply On

Once the clamp is securely in place, you can turn on the main water supply valve and start using your home’s running water again. Check under the sink frequently to ensure that the repair clamp is preventing further leaking, but the secure clamp should suffice until a plumber arrives to provide a more permanent solution.

By taking the steps outlined above, you should be able to temporarily stop most leaking pipes. If the leak is major or a pipe has burst and parts of your home are soaking wet, you should call a plumber who offers emergency services and shut off the main water supply valve immediately. To speak with a reputable plumber who offers 24/7 emergency plumbing services throughout the Sacramento area, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548.

The Importance of Water Conservation in Dry Winter Months

Northern California has experienced an exceptionally dry winter, making water a scarcer-than-usual resource in Sacramento and the surrounding areas. To learn more about this problem and what you can do to help conserve water in your home, watch this KCRA news clip.

Low-flow plumbing fixtures, especially low-flow toilets and showerheads, can noticeably reduce a household’s water consumption without changing your water use habits. If you do not already turn off the water when you are shaving, brushing your teeth, or hand-washing dishes, start doing so in order to save water.

Leaky faucets, leaking pipes, and other plumbing problems are a huge hindrance to water conservation efforts. If you experience a plumbing problem in your Sacramento home that you cannot repair yourself, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 to schedule repair services.

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