With the coronavirus pandemic lingering, Americans are eating at home quite a bit more these days. And some are coming to grips with the fact that their aging kitchen appliances are nearing the end of their lifespan.
Like it or not, they will eventually outlive their usefulness, start racking up repair bills or just plain die. Every appliance is different, but each type has a life expectancy. Here’s a look at the average lifespan of major appliances compiled by HouseLogic, a National Association of Realtors site geared toward homeowners.
If that summer electric bill has you swooning from sticker shock, it might be time to look at ways to make one of your home’s biggest energy hogs a bit more efficient.
Yes, we’re talking about the hub for the hungry. The de facto spot for socializing. The epicenter of aromas and appliances. Your kitchen. Continue reading
As the temperature rises, unfortunately, so does the energy bill. Air conditioning in sweltering, humid climates requires a lot of electricity to keep the temperature inside your home comfortable. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioning uses 6% of all electricity produced in the United States, making the annual cost of AC around $29 billion.
Air conditioning is a great way to stay comfortable and avoid heat-related injuries or illnesses, but it’s critical to use AC efficiently to save money and energy. Keep reading below for some of our tips on how to save on your air conditioning.
Electronics are essential to the tasks we perform every day. We use our phones to communicate with friends, family and coworkers. Televisions and gaming consoles give us hours of entertainment. Smart devices allow for connection and control over our homes. Offices of all vocations require computers to complete projects and reports.
Advancement in technology encourages American workers to become more flexible in where and how they work. While a large percentage of jobs, like your trusted electrical technicians, still require hands-on, in-person work, internet connectivity allows information to be transferred in an instant, giving anyone with a computer the capability to work away from the office.
Hot tubs can be a great avenue of relaxation. Sometimes, nothing sounds better after a hard day of work than taking a relaxing soak. However, a seemingly relaxing activity can quickly turn if the hot tub’s water is discolored or the jets aren’t pumping properly.
Getting regular hot tub inspections can help to extend the life of your spa and prevent any costly “uh-ohs” when you pull the cover back and see permanent damage.
Whenever you are trying to cut costs, one of the first places you may look at is your utility bill. There are several ways to save on water consumption. On average, Americans use 80-100 gallons of water per day. This number may be staggering, but public use of water makes up only 12.1% of the 322 billion gallons of water used per day in the U.S. We use a lot of water. Using less water is better for your wallet and the environment. Continue reading
Nothing says “’tis the season” like a shining display of lights on your home for the holidays. As the season is approaching, you may be ready to show off your spirit with your array of lights. However, there are a few things you need to consider before turning your house into a beacon of holiday cheer. Check out our list of tips below to make sure you keep things merry and bright with your outdoor lighting. Continue reading
Smart home systems are growing in popularity by the day. Every time you read or watch the news, tech giants like Amazon, Google or Apple find a new way to integrate electronics into your home. Virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri are becoming smarter and better at answering our questions, making them perfect companions for daily tasks around the house.
The question is: should you install a smart home system?
There are a lot of benefits to installing a smart home system, but there are issues to consider as well. Check out our list of pros and cons to see if a smart home system is right for you. Continue reading