Energy Savings Tip #4 – How to stop your fireplace from leaking energy

Energy Savings Tips, Fun Facts, Tips & Tricks
It's winter time and many of us are curling up by a warm fire to read a book or enjoy some quality time with the family.  That's great!  BUT...After you're done, make sure you close the fireplace damper or your warm air will go right out the chimney. As most people in the Northeast know, heating a home can be an expense, so this mistake can be costly.   "The Good, The Bad, and the Pollution If you burn a fast hot fire, this creates very little smoke and pollution, and it can give you a noticeable amount of radiant heat gain in the room the fireplace it is in. However, this fire is also using huge amounts of your heated inside air for its combustion which exceeds your heat…
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Energy Savings Tip #3 – Use cold water for garbage disposal

Energy Savings Tips, Fun Facts, Green Energy, Tips & Tricks
Save energy and money by using cold water in your garbage disposal.  In addition to saving energy, the cold water is also helping maintain your garbage disposal. It keeps the shredder assembly, bearings and the motor from overheating. Hot water can melt fat and grease and allow it to re-solidify as a blockage further down the drain.   Bonus tip: The farther away your water heater is from your sink, the longer it takes for hot water to arrive and the more energy is wasted. Using cold water in the disposal will save you money both in your water bill and electric/gas bill. Bonus tip: Make sure to keep the disposal and the cold water running for around 30-60 seconds after the food/garbage has gone down the drain. The waste material…
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Fun facts: Presidents and Electricity

Holidays, Tips & Tricks
Happy Presidents' Day! Fun fact: Did you know President Benjamin Harrison was the first president with electricity in the White House? In 1891 President Harrison had requested the White House be wired with electricity. Legend has it Harrison was once shocked using a light switch. As a result he and the First Lady were so afraid of being electrocuted using the light switches they had their staff turn the lights on and off for them. They personally continued to use the old gaslights when their staff wasn't around. President Benjamin Harrison and the First Lady would sometimes go to bed leaving all the White House lights on because they refused to touch the light switches.  Shocking isn't it! Bonus fact: Harrison was the first president to have a Christmas tree with…
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