On Wednesday, July 29, New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio urged residents of Staten Island to conserve as much energy as possible in an effort to prevent another power outage like the one that left more than 19,000 Con Edison customers without power the week before.
“It’s in people’s self-interest not to use too much electricity right now,” de Blasio said at a City Hall briefing.
Staten Islanders are particularly advised to cut down on their air conditioners’ energy consumption, SILive.com reported. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Staten Island at the time of de Blasio’s announcement, with temperatures expected to rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Many Americans look forward to owning their own homes, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But both rent to own and traditional rental arrangements offer some significant upsides, too. Problem with the foundation or roof? Your landlord will take care of it. Figure out you don’t like something about a house or neighborhood? You can look for a new one. Decide to take a job across the country? You can leave unencumbered by a huge investment. Have a baby and need more space? You can upgrade without a fuss.
In fact, the biggest thing renters need to worry about when ending tenancies is simply leaving rental homes in good enough condition that they’ll get their security deposits back. And as long as you take the following st Continue reading “Renting? Be Sure You Follow These Steps to Get Your Security Deposit Back”
As a homeowner, keeping your house’s plumbing system in check is one of the biggest concerns you may face. Without a correctly-functioning plumbing system, you can’t use your toilets, drains or sinks as you need to.
Yet a surprising number of people don’t know how much their everyday routines can help — or harm — their home’s plumbing. By maintaining a healthy plumbing system, you can keep yourself safe from sewer line replacement costs and other costly repairs.
Keeping your home’s plumbing fixtures and appliances in their best condition doesn’t have to be a challenge. To learn more about your home’s plumbing, read these three plumbing FAQs — along with their answers:
Q: How can I keep my drains from clogging?
A: Clogged drains are a common occu Continue reading “The 3 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Plumbing”
Solar energy is on the rise. For the past 15 years, use and installation has increased by 20% on an annual basis.
Want to know more about solar energy? Here’s everything you need to know about:
What is solar renewable energy?
Solar renewable energy uses the energy of the sun to generate clean and efficient electricity.
How does solar energy work?
Solar energy uses solar panels to convert the power of the sun into electricity. The solar panels are something called photovoltaic which allows the protons in the solar energy to be converted and stored for later use.
How much does solar energy cost?
While solar panels cost an average of $50,000 per home, many states such as Massachusetts offer tax rebates and Continue reading “The Ultimate Solar Energy FAQ”
When a hurricane strikes, it can cause serious damage to your home, especially your windows. Heavy winds can shatter the glass, sending a high speed hail of broken glass into your home. Any homeowner who lives in an area that has frequent stores may be thinking: How can I prepare for a hurricane? Here are some hurricane home preparation tips to keep your windows in tact, and you and your home safe.
When a hurricane warning is put into affect, many homeowners scramble to take preventative storm protection measures. Some believe that you should tape up the windows to keep them in place and protect against the wind. However, this will not help protect yo Continue reading “How to Protect Your Windows From Hurricanes”
Although it’s always a good idea to have a professional come in and take care of whatever residential electrical repairs you need taken care of, there are some, smaller, simpler electrical problems that you can deal with yourself.
If you’re willing to get your hands dirty to save some money, here a few easy electric repairs you can take care of on your own.
An Electrical Outlet Is Busted. – One of the most common electrical repairs you may find yourself having to make is fixing a busted electrical outlet. The first thing you’re going to want to do is check the circuit breaker to see if anything’s been tripped. If there isn’t, and the outage is limited to just the single outlet in question, then it might have burned out. In that case, you’re going to want to replace the Continue reading “3 Easy Electrical Repairs You Can Do on Your Own”
Today, indoor plumbing is taken for granted as a modern convenience thanks to the 104,852 plumbing and sewage companies in the United States and the nearly 730,887 Americans that work for them. With new innovations, it has never been easier or cheaper to maintain and replace sewer line. However, an Angie’s List poll has shown that 78% percent of respondents are unaware that there is a trenchless sewer line replacement that requires no digging and no excavation of the previous line. Here are some things you should know about “no dig” sewer technology.
Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement
Trenchless sewer line replacement came on the residential market about 10 to 15 years ago, yet many homeow Continue reading “How “No Dig” Sewer Technology Can Spare Your Lawn and Save You Money”
When looking into fence installation for your home, there are lots of things to consider. With so many fence styles to choose from, you may find yourself feeling a little on the fence. So if you’re overwhelmed by the all your fencing options, just remember a few things:
Fences add value to your home – If you’re looking at a new fence, chances are you’re doing it for a reason. Privacy, pet care, pool care, etc. No matter what it’s for, adding a fence to your home can increase the market value, and can offer an investment return of nearly 65%. It will make your home look sleek, safe, and new.
Fences keep your life in, and keep unwanted attention out< Continue reading “Why You Should Get a New Fence”
Summer is in full tilt currently, which means that if you were putting off some home repairs to keep cooler, you’re surely feeling it now. Don’t wait another minute to update your home for the warmer weather. Below are a few ways to make sure your home meets “ice palace” standards in a way that Disney would be proud of:
1. Add Air Conditioning
Over 100 million people nation wide have air conditioner equipped homes, and when taking a breath outside feels like drinking a hot cup of tea, who can blame them? While it is true that air conditioners suck up a lot of energy, the technology has changed drastically over the past 40 years. Many air conditioners now are energy efficient and have Energy Star certifications, and reduce power usage by up to 50% while producing the same amount of Continue reading “3 Ways To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer”
The Census Bureau indicates that since 1980, each year has seen 43 million Americans …that is,16.8% of the population—moving for one reason or another. Moving, even when welcome, is always stressful; whether it’s due to why the move is being made, the emotional strain of leaving familiar people and places, or simply for physical and monetary reasons. Whether you’re looking for tips for moving out or reliable help, a moving company can be an asset.
What Kind Of Move Are You Making?
While 4 out of 10 Americans surveyed predict that they will move within the next five years, some of those people will be making their moves without leaving their original neighborhood. Those sorts of moves are difficult enough, but the fact is that the most commonly cited reasons Continue reading “The Top Tips For Moving Out Making Life Easier”
According to experts, how long a sewer lasts varies because of several variables. If, however, your sewer is more than 40 years old, chances are it is in need of repair or replacement. If you are faced with the repair or replacement of your aging sewer system, chances are you are imaging broken concrete, ruined sod and piles of dirt that become a muddy mess if it happens to rain during the lengthy process. This, however, does not need to be the case. Did you know that there is a process called trenchless pipe bursting that will not create the mess that usually comes to mind with sewer repair? Trenchless pipe replacement is a method that does 90% less damage Continue reading “Trenchless Sewer Repair, While Not Well Known, is a Less Invasive Option”
The furnace is like the heart of any home. Properly caring for your furnace can insure years of heat during the winter and cool air during the summer. Do you know the steps to take to properly maintain and repair your family heating and cooling unit?
With proper maintenance and care, an HVAC unit can last anywhere between12 to 15 years:
- HVAC air filters should be changed at least once every three months to avoid costly damage and repairs.
- By having a properly ventilated attic you can reduce your energy costs by 10-12%.
- ensure that there is at least two feet of clearance around outdoor air conditioning units as well as heat pumps.
- By using ceiling fans, whole house fans, and box fans you can circulate the cool air quicker and help out your air Continue reading “Follow These Tips to Extend the Life of Your Furnace”
Why Is My Furnace Leaking Water?
There are a number of reasons your furnace will leak water. The most common are:
- Humidifier Leak: If your humidifier is not working it is critical that you call a local furnace repair company quickly because this can do serious damage to your unit. If the leak is really bad, there are 24 hour furnace repair companies.
- Condensation Leak: Condensation is created in high-efficiency furnaces as it uses cook exhaust, damaged tubing can cause leaks. standard-efficiency furnaces use a different process and should not have any condensation so if you have a leak, it could be due to a flue pipe that is incorrectly si Continue reading “How Often Should I Get Maintenance On My Furnace?”
Fences are an important part of both residential and countryside life, with their purposes extending beyond what many imagine. Both practical and decorative, a good fence can serve to protect and accent a home. Before you call your commercial fence contractors about what kind of fence you’re looking for, here are a few facts about fencing.
1. There Are Many Different Types Of Fencing
One of the most popular and practical fence styles is a privacy fence, which gives you the security of knowing that your property is safe while not sacrificing on appearance; in fact, 80-90% of fence applications are for privacy fences. Though many associate a privacy fence with ut Continue reading “4 Reasons Why You Need To Install A Fence Now!”
The New York Stock Exchange was the first building in New York to be air conditioned, and that was in 1903. Why then are you putting up with an old, nearly out of replacement parts, air conditioning unit in your current home?
Heating and cooling systems can be some of the most frustrating parts of being a home owner. Rather than wait for an emergency, smart home owners keep track of the life of the current cooling and heating systems and schedule regular service appointments with a reliable company that also provides home air conditioning installation when needed. Normally, these scheduled service appointments happen at least twice a year.
A certified air conditioning repair person can give you advice that will keep you more comfortable, extend the life of your current system, and control costs. Fo Continue reading “HVAC Industry Success Soared Higher Than Summer Temperatures”
A reputable commercial roofing company works hard to earn and keep its reputation. And although all small business owners know the importance of a good brand and reputation in the age of Yelp reviews and social media, the roofing industry in particular is rife with sketchy roof repair laborers putting the “con” into “contractor.”
Finding the right commercial roofing contractors can help maintain the value of your building, cut down on energy costs, and protect your building from pests, water damage, and inclement weather. But putting your faith (and money) into the hands of lazy or dishonest roofers can lead to financial disaster. So how can you be sure that you’re hiring the right commercial roofing company for the job?
Simple, just ask three simple questions before hiring a commercial roofi Continue reading “Don’t Get Conned By Contractors! 3 Tricks To Choose The Right Roofers”
Nobody ever wants to imagine being the victim of a home invasion situation. But if you ever are, there are some steps you can take to ensure that you are as safe as possible.
Security – The absolute smartest thing you can do for your home is to make sure it’s secure. A reported 30% of all burglaries will occur because of an open or unlocked door or window. And even with your windows and doors locked and closed, there’s still a possibility that an intruder could kick the door down. Think about investigating and investing in steel doors and windows for your home. Steel windows will keep you and your family safe from danger, and can also help you to save money on the energy costs for your home.
Planning – Though it is scary to think about, having a plan Continue reading “What To Do in The Event of a Home Invasion”