With energy costs representing a significant strain on the budgets of lower and middle class Michigan families, finding ways to save money on heat can go a long way to help you stretch your paycheck. If you are part of the 53% of Michiganders who bring an annual income of $50,000 or less, you are spending an average of 21% of your after-tax income on energy. If you’re among the lowest income houses in the state-earning $10,000 or less-you’re paying a whopping 79% of your family’s income on energy. As energy prices continue to surge state-wide, the strain energy costs put on your household can be daunting and the last thing you need is to have your budget increased by wasted energy seeping through drafts in your home. That’s why we’ve put together a list of four easy tests to walk you through how to find drafts in your house!
When is the WORST time for your furnace system to go out? Those in our area would probably agree – during a winter storm. While you can’t guarantee that you won’t lose heat due to an electrical outage, you can take steps to make sure your furnace is operating at peak performance levels. Read on for our 7 winter furnace safety tips to keep it running smoothly through the storm.
Remember the good ol’ days when turning up the thermostat actually meant turning it up? Those days are almost gone, thanks to technology. New WiFi programmable thermostats are now affordable and easy to use (really)! Not only that, they can even save you money on your heating and cooling costs. But which one is right for you? Here are our choices for the 3 top WiFi thermostats:
There are a lot of stories in the media about air pollution and how it affects your health. For the most part, those stories are about outdoor air pollution. However, indoor air pollution poses a threat, too, and it’s nothing to sneeze at when you consider the following:
- Most people spend 60 to 90% of their time indoors.
- 50% of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air.
- The average six-room house collects 40 pounds of dust each year.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health.
How can you make sure your indoor air isn’t hazardous to your health? One way is to have your air ducts professionally cleaned.
Let’s face it – nobody wants to think about winter, especially now, when we’re enjoying some of the most comfortable temperatures we’ve seen in months. But like it or not, that first cold blast is right around the corner, and when it comes, you’ll want your furnace to be clean and ready to go. While there is a lot of information about cleaning your own furnace on the Internet, we’d like to caution you against tackling this job on your own. In fact, you should consider cleaning a furnace a DIY Don’t!
Spring is finally here. The days are longer, the flowers are blooming, and tree pollens are taking no prisoners. Just when you thought it was safe to open the windows and enjoy the fresh air again, spring allergies have made a comeback with a vengeance! Is it time to close the windows and turn on the air conditioning? Not so fast; you could be in for a sniffling, sneezing surprise.
As a homeowner, you’re used to the astronomical costs that go along with energy usage. There’s no way around it, unless you want to live in artic or tropic conditions for half of the year.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, in 2013, homeowners spent an average of 12% of their after-tax income on energy-related expenses, with lower income brackets spending as much as 79% on energy costs. With energy costs rising, it’s no surprise that homeowners, now more than ever, are looking for ways to save on energy and keep money in their pockets.
We’ve all been there. You get through the first cold month of the season with your thermostat set to a comfortable temperature, then end up shocked and overwhelmed when the first huge winter energy bill arrives. You may wonder if it’s possible to stay warm during the winter without breaking the bank, but we’ve got five simple tips that will help you do just that.
Winter in Southeast Michigan can be harsh, which can make staying active difficult. However, there are plenty of fun winter activities to do in and around Lenawee County that will keep you busy and warm, despite the cold temperatures and snow. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of five winter activities in Michigan that you can enjoy with the whole family.