Posts Tagged ‘football’

Are you ready for some football?

September 11, 2014

Football fans chearing on their team

It is official, we have begun another season of football.  Last Thursday, the 4th was the official kick off to the NFL season between the Seahawks and the Packers.  26.9 million people tuned into to watch these two teams battle for victory.  As the season progresses we can only expect those numbers to climb.  As those in your home tune into football, make sure you aren’t wasting money at the hands of your TV.  Our friends at ENERGY STAR have developed a list of the most energy efficient televisions in 2014 in three different categories:  Televisions under 35 inches, Televisions from 35 inches to 50 inches and Televisions over 50 inches.  Go ahead and check them out.  Whether your team wins or loses, at least you are saving money through it all.

While your TV can provide some relief on your utility bills, try other energy saving techniques like changing out your incandescent light bulbs or getting a home energy audit.

And, best of luck to your team this season.

Thanks for stopping by!

-April

Frozen Turkeys and Frozen Pipes

November 23, 2011

With Thanksgiving on the horizon and football on TV, many of us stand ready to pack it on like a linebacker for the colder months ahead, well at least in some parts of the country.  I think it’s going to be a cold one this year, I’ve witnessed doublewide squirrels around the yard big enough to take on the neighborhood cats.  By cold I’m not talking 50 degrees at night, I mean freezing, like broken pipes cold. 

Many of you across the nation know what I’m talking about, and unfortunately I’m sure many know about frozen pipes too!

Pipes freeze because we leave them exposed to the cold. Pretty simple, but why do they freeze when they run in our basement or crawlspace?  Are they really inside or outside?

The real problem is usually not the pipes, it’s often the home.  Ductwork and plumbing that runs through spaces that can freeze leads to inefficiencies, discomfort and headache.  When hot water heaters, boilers and furnaces exist in these same spaces, they work double time trying to deliver something warm to the rest of the home.  This is definitely a home performance issue.  

We could leave it to a plumber to fix it by moving the pipes, but since they were put where they are for a reason, this often won’t work.  And that heat tape you had wrapped on the pipes and forget to plug in now, is either expensive (when you turn it on), unreliable (when you forget to turn it on), or both!  The better option:  apply a little home performance and fix your home.  As with every other part of the home a trained eye will help define how to make it work best.   Insulation air sealing and you can enjoy the game instead of spending the night in the basement with a hairdryer feeling like a frozen turkey or worse with a mop after the pipes burst. 

Stay warm…and dry! 

Jason

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