Go green and save money with low-flow toilets

Did you know that every time you flush your outdated toilet, you’re literally flushing your hard earned money down the drain? With the average person flushing the toilet six times a day that can really add up! If you live in the Houston Capital Region and you’re in the market for installing a new energy saver toilet, you should call us and inquire about a high-efficiency, environmentally friendly, low-flow toilet.

Traditional toilets use approximately 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. For the average family, that can equate to hundreds of gallons of water every day, However, high-efficiency, low-flow toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush (with some as little as 1.28). This means that a low-flow toilet can save your household up to 16,500 gallons of water in just one year – conserving not only water, but money as well.
Aside from your sprinkler system, the average household toilet uses more water than any other fixture inside or outside your home.  However, by installing low-flow toilets you can cut over $90 from your average annual water bill. Additionally, some low-flow toilets may qualify you for a tax rebate under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which provides a tax credit to help offset the costs of making energy efficiency improvements to your home.

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The Importance of Changing Furnace Filters

Any qualified Houston HVAC expert will tell you that the easiest, yet most important way to ensure your system works efficiently is to change your furnace filters regularly.

As much as half of the energy used in your home is from your heating and cooling system.  Therefore proper maintenance of your system not only prolongs its life, but has a significant impact on your utility bills and comfort. Read more »

Why Upgrade to a High-efficiency Heating System?

With summer right around the corner, the last thing on any Capital District homeowner’s mind is their heating system. Believe it or not, now is actually the best time to consider upgrading to a high-efficiency system furnace or boiler heating system.

When winter is over, many people stop worrying about their heating system because they won’t need it for a while – “out of sight, out of mind” so to speak.  If you wait until Fall to begin the replacement process, you will have missed the opportunity to take advantage of the time you have now to do the proper research involved for this important purchase.  Many of the best deals for furnaces and boiler replacements are available by HVAC contractors in the Spring and Summer months when they are looking to move equipment out of inventory.  They will often offer very aggressive package deals for heating system replacements with central air conditioning.  Keep in mind, if you wait until it is an emergency situation, you run the risk of making a decision in a rush and perhaps even paying more than you need to. Read more »

How to hire a reputable plumber

Most people don’t think about hiring a reputable plumber until an emergency arises. However, even the smallest of plumbing problems such as clogged drains or leaky faucets can lead to large-scale issues at some point.

Therefore, it is good to do a little research finding a reputable Houston, TX plumber before you need one later in a crisis. Below are some helpful tips in screening out plumbers and finding the right one for you.

Hiring a plumber under stress can make you rush the process and not do the proper screening. To find a good plumber, one of the best things you can do is ask your family and friends. Gather personal recommendations and then do some research on the internet to make sure the plumber has the qualifications you are looking for.

Make sure the plumber is insured and licensed. Any plumber you hire should be insured with both workers’ compensation and liability insurance. They should also be able to provide you with a copy of their policy. Additionally, most states require that a plumber be licensed for their company to be considered legitimate. You can go online to look up your state’s agency to ensure the plumber’s license is current and to see if there are any complaints against the license.

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