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Keep you energy bill low during the summer

The summers are so hot in Las Vegas. We are all tempted to blast the A/C in our homes. However, the price can skyrocket. If you follow these tips, your energy bill won’t be so scary this summer. Set the thermostat as high as you find comfortable. This should be around 78 degrees. It should only be set that low when you are home. You need to remember to raise the temperature every time you leave the house. Set the thermostat to 85 degrees when you are not home. This is cool enough for your pets to endure and won’t escalate your bills too dramatically. Your central air conditioner should be checked and cleaned on a monthly basis. If it is working efficiently and properly cleaned, it won’t be running harder than it should be. It is important that you minimize the heat in your home. This will prevent you from turning up the air conditioning in Las Vegas. You can minimize heat by using the microwave instead of the oven. When you use the oven, the heat tends to linger for a while and encompasses the entire room. Also, only use your dryer or dishwasher at night. These also produce a lot of heat. It is best to run them during the coolest parts of the day. If you are not using electronics or appliances, unplug them. There is no need to keep them plugged in if you are not using them. Even if an electronic is turned off, it still uses some energy when it is plugged in. It can seem like a small save but it...

Decorating your bathroom

People will decorate their entire house and leave their bathroom looking simple. All of your guests are likely going to see your bathroom as well. You certainly have to see it every day. Your bathroom should get just as much attention as the rest of your home when it comes to decorating. Because this isn’t the most important room in your home, you probably don’t want to spend a ton of money decorating it. Here are a few tips to achieving a beautiful bathroom at an affordable cost. Mirror Most bathrooms just have a simple oval or rectangle mirror hanging above their sink. This is the easiest way to get creative. You can use all types of frames for your mirror. Many stores sell already decorated mirrors. However, these might get a little pricey. You can buy a simple frame mirror and decorate it yourself. Use paint or other crafts, and you can create exactly the design you want. Shower Changing the shower head isn’t necessarily a tip for decorating, but it can improve the quality of your bathroom. Everyone likes a shower with good water pressure. It can wash out your hair more effectively and even massage your back if you buy the right one. By improving the quality of your shower, you will feel more positive about your bathroom. This will be especially good for any guests staying in your home. People usually expect to use a low-quality shower when they are staying away from their home. This will be a pleasant surprise for all your house guests. Light Many bathrooms have very harsh lighting. You don’t...

Maintaining your air conditioner

Residents of Las Vegas, be prepared. The summer is grueling, and it is not over yet. We still have at least two more months of triple digits. How is anyone supposed to live their lives when it is unbearably hot? Sometimes it feels like your skin is going to literally burn off. We do get some relief: A/C. Without air conditioning, the city of Las Vegas could not exist. So you want to be sure that your have an efficient air conditioner that will maintain throughout the summer. However, your energy bill can be scary without the proper air conditioner. Your air conditioning unit is said to be the biggest use of energy you’ll use in your home. Energy use can get extremely expensive during the harsh summer months. You need to use efficient energy so your bills won’t suffer as much. Konrad Witek, the director of engineering for eComfort.com stated, “Just like going to the doctor for a regular physical checkup can help you catch issues before they’re too large to easily fix, regular AC checkups are fundamentally important in maintaining your system’s performance.” It is important that you have a professional regularly check your air conditioner. Not only will this prevent it from breaking, but they can ensure your energy use is as efficient as possible. If someone is constantly checking your air conditioner, you can avoid breathing in polluted air. Your air conditioner traps dirt, mold and other pollutants. This can cause you to breathe in polluted air and could possibly cause damage to your air conditioner. By getting regular checkups for your air conditioner, a...

Signs of a clogged sewer line

As a homeowner, you likely don’t think about the sewer line. Everyone knows the basics of a sewer line. It takes the waste water away from your home. What happens when there is a clog in the main sewer line? This could cause sewage to back up into your home and damage everything. It is easy to prevent this from happening. Simply turn off the water as soon as you detect signs the sewer is clogged. The main issue homeowners come across is not knowing the signs of a clogged sewer line. Toilets have the most direct connection to the main sewer line. If you toilet begins backing up, this could indicate a sign that the entire sewer line is clogged. You may think that it is your toilet that is clogged up initially. If you attempt to unclog your toilet and it fails, the sewer line is likely the problem. It is important to make note that if the sewer line is clogged, it is almost guaranteed that your toilet will be affected. If the sewer line is clogged, the toilet is going to affect your other drains in your home. If you flush the toilet, the water cannot effectively go down the drain. The water will go through your drain pipes and come back up at the lowest point in your home, which is likely going to be your shower drain. Another way to see if your sewer line is clogged is by running the sink closest to your toilet. While you run the water, bubbles may start forming in your toilet. If this happens, it definitely...

Tips for unclogging a toilet

If you clog up the toilet, it can be embarrassing for others to find out. You’ll try to plunge it out by yourself in the hopes that no one will ever find out. Sometimes using just a plunger won’t work. At this point, you are at a loss of what to do. You don’t want to ask someone for help because you’re too embarrassed. Here are some tips to get your toilet unclogged. The biggest mistake people make is flushing the toilet multiple times. If it’s not going down on the first flush, do not flush again. This will cause the toilet to overflow. This will leave you will a clogged toilet and a huge mess to clean up. Flushing multiple times never works anyways. First method you can try is hot water. You should squirt a few drops of dish soap into the toilet first. This will help loosen up the mess when combined with water. You should use water only as hot as you would drink it. If the water is too hot it can damage the porcelain. If the water isn’t hot at all, it won’t be effective. Pour a pot full of water from about waist level. The height will give it higher pressure going in. Let this sit for a few minutes. This will help soften up the clog. Then repeat will more water. If the clog is still not loosening, you’ll want to try another method. Plunging may not always be the most effective method. Sometimes there isn’t enough force to get out the clog. You can use a wire coat hanger to...