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Electric Resolutions for 2019

Most people’s New Year’s resolutions focus on getting healthy, saving money, paying more attention to family, etc. All well and good, but how about putting a “charge” in your New Year’s resolutions by changing how you use electricity (sorry about the pun). Here are some thoughts: 1. Get the LED in. LED lights, while more […]

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Plumbing Resolutions for 2019

With 2019 fast approaching, no doubt you are beginning to think about your New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight. Saving money. Exercising more. What else? Chances are, you don’t have any plumbing resolutions. Allow us, in the holiday spirit, to offer these 10 resolutions. First, a few “be nice” resolutions: Be nice to your garbage disposer. […]

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Whole House Humidifiers

Not only does winter bring cold air, it also brings dry air into your home. Dry air makes you uncomfortable, and can also damage wood floors, musical instruments, artwork and other objects. The key is to keep the humidity in your home between 25% to 50%. You can do that by purchasing a whole house […]

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“Smart” Thermostats

Programmable thermostats (by these we mean thermostats which can be programmed but are not connected to the Internet) have been around for a long time now. And they have many advantages over standard models. For one thing, they save money on your utility bills by allowing you to set different temperatures for different times of […]

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Water Softeners – Part 2

If you think the Lake Michigan water coming out of your faucets is too hard (and many people do, considering that it is rated medium-hard), here are some tips on buying water softeners. There are four different types of water softeners: Salt-based ion exchange softeners are the most popular. These units remove the hard minerals […]

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Water Softeners – Part 1

Here are a few things to know about water. The hardness of water is measured in grains per gallon of calcium carbonate (137 mg/l of CaCO3). Lake Michigan water measures eight grains per gallon, which is considered medium-hard. Hard water is actually recommended for drinking, since it contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, carbonate and […]

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Bathroom Safety Tips

How many times a day do you go to the bathroom? It is likely the first room you go into in the morning and the last one at night. But bathrooms are often the site of serious – and preventable accidents. In fact, about 230,000 people a year are injured in the bathroom, according to […]

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Winter Energy Saving Tips

With winter coming, you know it’s going to be cold outside. But inside you want to be warm. At the same time, you want your heating bills to be under control. So, in addition to making sure your furnace is in good working order, here are some more tips. Note that many of them are […]

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Electrical Terms 101

When an electrician comes to your house, or when you’re looking at electrical items at the hardware store, you might be exposed to some language you absolutely do not understand. Here we provide some plain English definitions of some of the most frequently used terms. Current – The rate of flow of electricity. There are […]

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