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Read The Meter And (Don’t) Weep How To Save Money on Utilities

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Last month, the local electric company made up for its having to estimate costs all winter, and jacked everyone’s bill on Long Island up three times. Those of us living on a shoestring budget took a huge hit, and started thinking about ways to save money on utilities. Below are a few tips on reducing your utility usage long term.

Whether you rent or own, the best thing you can do for your water bill is to invest in any needed plumbing repairs. This may seem counter-intuitive, since plumbing repairs are often costly and any leaks or clogged drains seem like mere nuisances. However, small plumbing issues can waste more water (and money) than you’d think. For example, a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year-that’s

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Three Hard-to-Ignore Reasons Why It’s Time to Upgrade Your HVAC System

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Millions of Americans rely on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) to keep their homes climate-controlled during the winter and summer months. Without HVAC, we’d be incredibly uncomfortable in sub-zero and heat-wave conditions.

And despite how reliable our HVAC systems are, no heating and cooling system lasts forever — which is why it’s recommended that you replace your HVAC system every once in a while.

Is it time to finally give your home’s heating and cooling systems the upgrade they’ve been needing? Check out these three advantages of investing in a new furnace and home air conditioning installation:

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You’ll Never Guess what Prospective Home Buyers are Looking For

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Home buyers want all kinds of things: granite counter tops, wood floors, plush carpet, a great location. As a home owner who is trying to sell, the messages can get mixed and overwhelming. When all else fails, go back to the data. Here are the hard and fast numbers about what prospective home buyers are looking for.

Single Story
When you are considering dormer additions, scratch the second floor! About 57% of possible buyers report that they prefer a one story home while 31% say that they want two stories. The dormer additions that just might pay off? A two-car garage. About 53% of people say that this amenity is on their wish list.

Full Bathrooms
A half bath is just not going to cut it. People don’t just want a toilet, they want somewhere guests can shower or

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How Can Water Filtration Systems Help the Environment?

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Well water filtration systems were originally designed as water purification devices for houses that used hard water from wells, but have since become vital parts of saving the environment. Here’s how.

Water Filtration Systems Directly Reduce the Amount of Pollution in the World.

Did you know that only one in five water bottles are recycled? The other 80% of plastic water bottles create 3 billion pounds of waste — garbage which will sit in landfills for more than 1,000 years. U.S. landfills are are actually already overflowing with more than 2 million tons of plastic water bottles. With a water filtration system, a home will no longer need to de

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Knowing the Danger of Not Installing Fire Suppression Systems

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In any big space, it’s important to have fire suppression systems–whether those take the form of sprinklers, fire extinguishers, or even just water. Unfortunately, it seems that these measures are often skimped on. Between 2006 and 2010, it was reported that fire sprinklers only existed in 6% of reported home fires. Knowing how to service a fire extinguisher is important, but you should also have some kind of other protective measure, particularly in corporate or food service buildings. A restaurant should have a commercial kitchen fire suppression system as well as Read more ...

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