BOISE: Winter is Coming!
The Winter heating season is already underway; for many in the Northwest this year means even higher energy costs. Heating costs can make up 45% of your Winter energy bill. Hefty energy bills don’t have to dampen your holiday season however! Here are some great tips to help you save on staying warm during the cold months.
First, do an energy audit. You can do this yourself by taking a look at your energy bill and thinking of ways that you can cut back on non-heat related costs. This may be as simple as unplugging electronics that aren’t in use, or turning off lights in rooms that you’re not going to be using.
Set the thermostat at 68 when you are home; even lower if you are not going to be home. Don’t let it slip below 58 degrees if you live in a really cold area. By just setting the temperature a little lower for a few hours a day you can save over 10% on your bill in most cases.
Set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees to cut back on heat lost to the environment. Heating water can account up to 18% of your energy bill so it’s good to insulate your water heater and also any pipes that carry hot water as well.
Seal up air leaks. Use a candle to test windows for drafts. If you find a draft you can seal the edges of windows with caulking or spray foam depending on the size of the leak. Also consider under door sweeps for exterior doors.
Window glass can be a big reason your home loses heat. Clear windows on the South side of your home to let as much natural light and heat in as possible. If you don’t have double paned windows, you can also keep drapes closed or use a window insulation kit to help keep cold air from coming in from the outside.
Don’t hesitate to contact a local handyman or home service provider to ask them for advice on improving your home efficiency, in some cases they will have tips that can help, or you can even hire them to come and fix the issues for you.
Saving pennies can make sense in the long run! Don’t get all heated up over high energy bills this Winter!
Cleaning Quick Tips!
Keeping up with the house can be, no pun intended, a real chore.
Between work, family, the yard, and then trying to have some kind of social life it’s not hard to get behind on the tidying up. So here are some good tips to make the job a little easier!
Put on some music.
Having some music to distract your mind and lift your mood never hurts to help make the time go by!
Go in circles.
Seems counter intuitive at first but if you start at the furthest corner of the house and work your way in you can maximize your time. This is especially true for vacuuming.
Go through and empty and garbage first. Carry a bag or bin room to room and do a quick pickup of obvious trash. Having a clear floor to start will make the whole thing easier and garbage bins will be empty for any new trash you need to dispose of in the process.
Clean top down.Back-to-front.
It really just makes sense. Start high, finish low. By doing this you can more easily get any dust or grime down on the floor before doing a final sweep or vacuum.
Clean as you go.
You don’t have to make cleaning just a weekend thing. In fact, if you take care of smaller messes during the week as you notice them you will have less to do all at once; can spend that extra time actually relaxing on the weekend!
Working a little double duty into the routine can make it less of a rut. Fold clothes while you watch tv, unload the dishwasher while a commercial is on. Just find little ways to work cleaning into your time and you will be surprised at how much you actually get done.
Put things in their place.
A place for everything and everything in it’s place, right? When you use something, be sure to put it right back when you’re done. Whether it’s a remote or a screw driver, putting things where they are suppose to be helps keep things de-cluttered and keeps you from having to put them back later when you are already in full clean mode.
It’s a hassle, sure, but until you train the kids to be butlers or hire a live-in-maid you can at least make it as little of a production as possible. We hope these home cleaning tips have been of some help! If there is ever anything we can do to help, don’t hesitate to ask!
Fall in Boise Already?!
Believe it or not the last week of Summer is upon us here in Boise! It seems like it was just last week that we were wondering if the sweltering heat would ever see an end; yet here we are already getting the coats out of the closet and thinking about starting the Christmas shopping.
Even though it’s not quite the end of Summer just yet, it’s still a good time to start taking care of seasonal home maintenance items before they get the jump on you!
Here are some good tips to help you keep your household in great shape for the change of seasons ahead!
Check for Drafts
Feel for drafty windows and doors. You can use a lighted candle near entry points to your home to detect where you might be experiencing air leaks. Keeping the heat in your home over the winter can save you big bucks. Talk to our Boise HVAC Pro if you need help!
Here’s one place you do NOT want to have to deal with mid-winter! If you are able to do so safely, now is the time to at least give your roof the quick once over to check for loose shingles or leaks. Need a roofer in Boise? Talk to our Roofing Pro!
Clean the Gutters
Keeping the gutters clear of debris can really help make things run a lot smoother, especially as we have the more wet Fall months ahead of us. A good once over should do the trick, but if your gutters are hard to reach or just too much to take on All Valley Window Cleaning can help you take care of them – or you can give our Boise Handyman a call also!
Winter will be a terrible time for leaks or burst pipes! Get ahead of those items by inspecting your water systems. This includes blowing out sprinklers, storing hoses, and making sure outside faucets are weather ready. Our Boise Plumbing Expert can help you with any of your plumbing questions or needs.
Chimney sweeps aren’t something just out of Mary Poppins – and if you’ve ever experienced a clogged or dirty chimney you know they are no children’s faerie tale! A filthy chimney is not only inefficient but it can be a real hazard! Keep your house warm and safe – talk to our Chimney Sweeping Pro!
No matter how long your list of honey-do’s and get-ready items may be the Boise Builders Group can help you get those things marked off your list! Get your home ready for the Winter now so you can enjoy these fast fleeting months of Fall in Boise while they last!
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Titan Restoration and Boise City Handyman
What an amazing Summer we’ve been having in Boise this year! Despite the horrible wildfires and constant haze in the sky overall we’ve felt genuinely blessed to be able to live in such a beautiful and diverse state! July and August are always busy busy months, what with the Western Idaho State Fair and so many other great events and festivals going on it’s hard to keep track of them all.
That said, with Summer rapidly coming to a close ( can you believe it’s already almost September?! ) it won’t be long before it’s time to begin getting your home ready for the long – hopefully snowy! – Idaho winter ahead. We hope you will keep the Boise Builders Group in mind when the time comes to get things checked off your list this Fall – ALL of our great Idaho home services are at your beck and call!
This month we are excited to welcome two great new Boise Builders Group affiliates to our list of exceptional service providers for Idaho. In a very short time both have really proven themselves to be members of outstanding quality!
Specializing in flood and water damage restoration, Titan Restoration is your trusted source for extraordinary water damage repair and mold remediation services. Whether your home is damaged by flood, or gets damaged by water from leaky pipes or other problems Titan Restoration is here for you. Offering the most complete and thorough restoration available – guaranteed!
Chuck Lichtenhan of Boise City Handyman has a passion to serve. His dedication to his customers and to his community have made him a fast rising star on the local home services scene. We here at the BBG have been thoroughly impressed with his can-do attitude and positive mindset even when faced with immense challenges.
Boise City Handyman specializes in Drywall, Painting, Carpet Repair, and a myriad of other services to help get your home working right and help keep it working right! More than just a handyman for residential customers, Boise City Handyman is also proud to work with many Boise area property management companies as well. Call them to tame your to-do list today!
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