Water Heating Energy

Water Heating Energy

Most people are surprised to learn that the second largest energy consumer in the home, after space conditioning, is water heating. Water heating uses more than 15% of the average home’s total energy use. Because it is an out-of-sight energy consuming system,...
Water Heating Energy

Installing a Toilet

If you’re updating a bathroom, you’ll need to know how to replace the toilet. Apply a wax seal over the floor toilet flange to prevent sewer gases from entering the room. For extra protection, put a second bead of plumber’s putty to seal any...
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On Demand Hot Water

On demand electric water heaters are installed under a kitchen or bathroom sink to provide instant hot water only when needed. Because plumbing runs are short and hot water isn’t heated unless it’s being used, these units reduce water-heating costs. On...
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Scribing

When installing counter tops, scribe the the new splash guard to the wall with a compass. This will transfer an exact copy of the wall to the splash plate.
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Dripping Faucet

Did you know that a hot water faucet leaking one drip per second wastes 200 gallons a year? Repairing leaky faucets will lower energy bills substantially.
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Toilet Detective

If you suspect your toilet is leaking, but aren’t sure where, add some food coloring to the water in the tank. If you see colored water inside the toilet bowl, suspect a defective flapper that needs to be adjusted or replaced. If it shows outside the toilet near...