Tankless Water Heater Cost, Pros & Cons, And Installation Tips

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Tankless water heaters for the home are becoming very popular -- especially when you think about the fact that heating water accounts for 25% of the energy used your home. It only makes sense to heat water more efficiently, if you can. Unlike a conventional water heater that is constantly "on" in order to have hot water available when you need it, a tankless water heater is different in that it turns "on" only when it's needed and heats your water on demand. … [Read more...]

6 Ways To Have Efficient Hot Water ~ Energy-Efficient Hot Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are the latest buzz word when it comes to producing hot water efficiently. But they're not the only way! The best part about a tankless water heater is that it will only fire up when water flow is sensed. No longer will the burner ignite just because your supply of hot water has cooled to a certain temperature -- even though no one has opened a faucet. That's a good thing. On the other hand, traditional tank water heaters cycle all throughout the day wasting expensive … [Read more...]

How To Drain A Water Heater (…And Fill It Too)

It's a good idea to drain your water heater once or twice a year because sediment -- which is comprised of sand, and other minerals -- can collect in your water heater.When this happens, you have less hot water available, and your water heater will be less efficient. Here is how to drain and fill your water heater... … [Read more...]

How To Insulate Your Water Heater

Did you know that many people are increasing their energy bills simply because they haven't insulated their water heater? Well, it's true. Your water heater keeps 20 to 60 gallons of water hot (depending on the make and model) -- whether you are there to use it or not. Then, when you do use some of it up, it takes even more power to heat the cold water up to the proper temperature in order to replace the hot water that you used. However, there is one thing you can do to help save on your energy … [Read more...]

My Old Dishwasher Runs Like New Again… After Cleaning Out All That Gunk!

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So here it is 2 years later from the first time our dishwasher backed up and I was forced to do a major de-gunking in order to get it running back up to speed. That was then, this is now... Today, when I glanced at that basket in the back of our dishwasher, I noticed lots of "black gunk" had built up underneath the basket itself. There was so much blackness in there, that you could actually tell from a distance that there was some serious build-up going on in there. No water backing … [Read more...]

How To Fix A Dripping Toilet For Less Than $5 …No Tools Required!

This is all you need to repair a leaking toilet... if the leak is due to a bad seal on the flapper.Ours was.You'll recall that we had 2 toilets that were leaking profusely, even though we thought they were only small leaks at first. To give you some idea... our monthly water bill nearly quadrupled during this time!Here's how we fixed our leaky toilets... … [Read more...]

I Fixed Our Dishwasher! Here’s How I Did It…

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Jim and I are definitely do-it-yourselfers. In our 6+ years of marriage, we have never once called a repairman to our home whenever something broke or stopped working.Around the house, if something goes wrong, Jim usually has enough handyman skills in him to get us out of practically any jam.And with my research skills, I'm usually able to point him in the right direction anytime he's unsure about something. I guess we're a pretty good team.But last week, Jim was out of town -- for a … [Read more...]