Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How To Save Electricity At Home: Decrease Monthly Electricity Bill Easy Way


One of the most essential ways to lower your monthly electricity bills is to help save electricity.

Your electric bill is definitely one of the most expensive payments that you make monthly aside from home loan and credit card. If you could save electricity, you can also lower your electricity expenses each month. This will undoubtedly reduce financial pressure each month, specially when you're paying plenty of bills.

Actually, you do not have to be an electrical engineer or an electrician to understand how to reduce energy as you'll find straightforward ways to do it. Below are a few of the straightforward ways to save energy and lower your monthly consumption.
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Some people leave their lighting facilities open 24/7 as they actually believe that it'll not use up plenty of energy. In case you're doing this, then you can expect that your monthly electricity bills will not go down no matter what you do.

You will undoubtedly use up plenty of energy if the light bulbs are switched on 24/7. The best thing that you can actually do to save energy is to turn off unnecessary lighting in your house and rely on natural light during day time.

 There are some areas at your house where you won't need to turn the lights on so you can simply open them when it is required.

Monday, June 6, 2016

History of the Water Heater

The History Of Water Heaters or Geysers:


The water heater has been around for so long now that in today’s society it is mostly taken for granted.  However, hot water for bathing is a luxury that once was reserved only for the elite.



The first reports of people using warm baths came out of Rome which is of little surprise as the Romans are credited with having invented plumbing and aqueducts that carried fresh water in and waster out of the city.  They were master engineers.  Around 300 AD, large soaking tubs of heated water were being introduced in the great bathhouses of Rome.

For centuries the only way to have a hot bath was to heat water on a stove or by burning wood and hanging pots of water over the fire until hot.  This hot water was then poured into wooden or metal tubs for bathing.

Then Came the 1800s


First on-wall instant boiling water heaters with enhanced energy efficiency and an increased capacity. by ZIP

Around 1850 some inventors began experimenting with how to heat bathwater.  One method involved a series of gas jets that were lighted directly under the tub, unfortunately, while the jet flames heated the water; they also heated the tub making it too hot and impractical for regular use.  Moreover, most people didn’t have a gas pipeline in their homes.


Then in 1868, English painter Benjamin Maughan invented the Geyser, a cylindrical contraption that used gas to heat a series of wires which in turn heated the water.  With no ventilation for the gas build-up, it was considered a dangerous method of heating water.

Years later, in 1889, Norwegian immigrant and mechanical engineer Edwin Ruud improved on the designs of previous inventors and built the first electric (storage tank) water heater and founded the Ruud Manufacturing Company which still is in business today some 125 years later.

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Water Heaters of Today

Since the days of Maughan and Ruud, water heaters have come a long way with better and more efficient models being designed that save water, energy and money by heating water more efficiently and by eliminating the old style storage tank system that many of us grew up with.
This new water heater from Gorenje Tiki is actually a heat pump which saves money and contributes to a cleaner environment

Some of the newer designs available are tankless water heaters that heat the water as it passes through the pipes thus eliminating the need for a bulky tank that heats the water all day long whether used or not.

There are also solar models that use glass tubes containing heat-conducting rods to heat the water, thereby reducing energy costs.

All of these improvements have led to better and more energy efficient water heaters providing us with enough hot water at our fingertips to make even the Romans jealous.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Troubleshooting Home Plumbing Problems

How to troubleshoot home plumbing issues


Credit for the creation of what is deemed our modern plumbing system, began with the Romans.  The concept and some crude plumbing predating the Roman era have been discovered but it was they who improved and modernized plumbing, as we know it today.  Aside from better materials, the principle remains the same.

From ancient Rome to present day Los Angeles, plumbing is still just a series of pipes and valves that uses air-pressure to bring clean water into the house and carry away the used water.  Simple enough, but should any of those fail, the whole system is jeopardized.

When Things Go Wrong


Plumbing is a wonderful convenience in a modern society but the lack of it can quickly plunge us back into the dark ages should something go wrong.  In Los Angeles, where the average person consumes 92.8 gallons of water per day, plumbing issues are going to arise.

A stopped-up or even worse, overflowing toilet, is more than just an annoyance, it’s an emergency that simply cannot be ignored.  A leaky faucet, while seemingly harmless can cost you more than you might realize.  Addressing and fixing these problems early on can prevent even more damage or inconvenience.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Steps to Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger

What to do when you have a clogged toilet and no plunger?

The problem

It is TAX season and having a clogged toilet is a subject most people do not want to discuss at all! It is a matter of pride, privacy and good manners. While a clogged toilet is a common occurrence, it is not a common topic of conversation, and with good reasons!
This blog is certainly not for accountants, as I believe they have their busiest time and will have the budget to hire a plumber to unclog the toilet!

The most common clogs in Los Angeles, occur when people tend to use their toilet bowls as trashcans, tossing in everything from baby wipes to paper towels, food and more. While human waste can cause a problem, the more often than not, too much paper being used is the biggest problem of clogged toilets in Los Angeles. It only takes a little blockage to become a big problem!

The Bigger Problem

Having a stopped-up toilet is an unacceptable inconvenience. If you run out hot water you can wait a while for the water to heat back up then commence with you shower, dish washing or laundry. Likewise, if your dishwasher goes on the blink you can always wash the dishes by hand. However, when the toilet gets clogged, your opinions are sorely limited and action must be taken!

The Right Tool For The Job

Of course, one of the best ways to unclog a toilet is by using that marvelous invention the plunger,

The toilet plunger consist of a long wooden handle with a open rubber cap at the end of it which is inserted into the toilet-water where, with an up and down pumping action, cause a suction that can free up mos clogs allowing the water to flow unrestricted once more. Yes, the plunger can be a very handy tool when it comes to loosing up debris, but a plunger can cause dirty water to splash out and it can not remove materials such as children toys, this been said Some Things Should Just Be Tossed in the Trash

So how to unclog a toilet without a plunger?

One effective method of unclogging a toilet without the use of a plunger involves liquid soap and a bucket of really hot but not boiling water. The following method should be employed only if the toilet is not brimming with water. There must be room for additional water to be added

What We need

  • A clogged toilet
  • Dish soap, shampoo, or any liquid soap that gets sudsy
  • Really hot water

What you do

Squirt/pour a generous amount of liquid soap into toilet bowl. Next, using a bucket or other vessel of transport, pour some really hot tap water into the toilet. Avoid using boiling water as thing may crack your porcelain.

Let this mixture stew for around thirty minutes, then flush as usual.

This handy little trick can be very effective against a paper clog when no plunger is available to you.


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Monday, November 9, 2015

Hot Water Recirculation Systems

Hot water re-circulation systems are plumbing systems which are designed to move hot water to appliances (eg. Dishwashers, washing machines) and fixtures (eg showers, faucets) quickly without needing to wait while the water gets hot. Since the water pressure is low in many water lines, these systems do not rely on water pressure to move the hot water around your home.



Two Types of Water Recirculation Systems – Dedicated Loop and Integrated Loop.

1. Dedicated loop system:  This type of water recirculation system requires that you attach a circulation pump connected to the bottom of your water heater tank.

The hot water pipe is extended in a loop throughout the home, passing near each appliance and plumbing fixture. Beneath each fixture, the loop is connected to the fixture by a short pipe to the hot water valve. Whenever a valve is opened, it takes only a very short time for hot water to reach the valve because there is always hot water circulating through the hot water loop.

Note: if you are selling your home and the home is unoccupied, you should unplug your pump because you don’t want to pay to operate the system in an empty house.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Water Drought in California - How to Save Water

It’s Summer in California and Water is Scarce


Water Drought In California

It is no secret that the drought Californians have been suffering through for nearly 4 years now is taking its toll on the entire state and its respective cities.

California Governor Jerry Brown has issued an Executive Order mandating that water consumption be reduced by 25%.  The lack of water is affecting people, plants and animals, and is wreaking havoc on the economy.

With not enough rainfall to replenish supplies, it is imperative that we make every effort to help conserve what water we do have.

Conservation starts at home and the little things we do to conserve water, when multiplied, can have a positive impact on the state while helping us save water and money.

Saving Water-Every measure Counts


With the typical person using between 80-100 gallons of water per day, you needn’t be a mathematician to realize just how much water is used collectively.  In a family of four that figure quadruples.

Below are listed some money saving tips designed to help conserve water and lower your monthly bill.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What Causes Sewer Line Stoppages

Congratulations Your a Home Owner!


Congratulations, as a homeowner you can now experience the pride that comes with owning your own home.  Along with that pride of ownership however, comes a ton of responsibilities.
There is the need for constant upkeep and regular maintenance.  And while occasional maintenance is paramount to addressing issues as they arise, just as important is incorporating a preventive maintenance program.

Prevention


Many of us are familiar with the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
In the event you are not familiar with this line, essentially, it means that the time or costs accrued in making routine inspections and addressing minor issues is well worth it compared to discovering the issue in an emergency situation such as faulty wiring causing an electrical fire or a roof that has been leaking undetected until water damage is noticed.

However, those are maintenance issues that naturally come to mind, but how often do you think of your sewer-line and what that would entail if it were to back-up or even worse, crack or break?

What Can Cause My Sewer Line to Get Blocked Up?

There are several ways in which a main sewer-line can become clogged.  One of the main problems is flushing items down the toilet that should be tossed in the trash and another way is using too much toilet tissue.  There are other factors that can come into play depending on what type sewer-line you have.  You will be better served by flushing only items which are meant to be flushed down the toilet.
For all other items or materials, using a trash can is your best bet.