Lower your water bill by installing a second water meter for outside water use. Outside water use does not use the sewer system and in most cases is exempt from sewer tax. (Check with your water department for availability.)

Change the air filters on your forced hot air heating and air conditioning system at least every 90 days to protect your equipment from unplanned repairs also a dirty filter requires more energy to operate your air handler. If people in your house have respiratory problems, then this task becomes more important.

Clean your heating system annually: Having your heating equipment serviced by a reputable heating specialist before the start of each heating season could reduce your fuel bill as much as 10 percent and could save you the discomfort and expense of equipment breakdown during the winter.

Check to make sure the shut off valve on you water main works properly. In the case of a frozen pipe or a unplanned water leak, it is vital for you to be able to shut the water off to your home.

Run cold water while the disposal is on. Keep disposer and water running for 30 to 60 seconds after the waste matter has cleared your drain. The waste still has a distance to go. Cold water keeps the motor, bearings and shredder assembly from overheating. It also lets the waste go down easier because the water is pushing it down. Don’t use hot water, because it can melt fat and allow it to re-solidify as a blockage further down in the drain.

Stay clear of liquid drain cleaners. Liquid drain cleaners are made of hazardous chemicals that can be harmful if they come in contact with your skin and if inhaled. Liquid drain cleaners are harmful to the environment and may not be as effective as seen in commercials. If you do decide to use this product please be sure to wear gloves and a mask for protection. Also, if you have to call a plumber after using them please inform them so they can take precaution when professionally clearing your drain

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