Do Broken Water Heaters Make Baths Impossible?

Having a water heater in need of water heater repair comes with a lot of challenges. Not only is it a little more difficult to get your clothes and dishes clean with a water heater in need of water heater repair, but showering can be very tricky as well. Thankfully, getting clean when you have a water heater in need of water heater isn’t impossible, just tricky. Here’s how to do it in five steps:

Tips to Keep Clean With a Broken Water Heater

1. Boil a Large Pot of Water on the Stove

Just because your water heater is in need of water heater repair does not mean that you have to go completely without hot water. Simply bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove.

2. Place a Few Inches of Cold Water in the Tub

You won’t want to put boiling water right on you, so fill the bathtub with a few inches of cold water. Add just enough hot water to make the water warm enough to bathe. Save the rest for pouring over you.

3. Gather Supplies

Gather your supplies ahead of time so you won’t have to jump out of the warm bath later. In addition to your usual shampoo and soap, you will also want the hot water and a pitcher or bowl to pour water onto yourself since your water heater is in need of water heater repair.

4. Mix Water as Needed

Don’t pour the hot water directly onto your skin and risk burning yourself. Mix it with the cold water to make it the perfect temperature. Get your water to the perfect temperature and you may forget all about your need for water heater repair.

5. Bathe
Once you are all set, simply wash yourself with the warm water you mixed and pour it over yourself to rinse. While this makeshift bath won’t compete with your usual shower, it will keep you clean and fresh smelling while you wait on your water heater repair.

Info courtesy of All Star Heating, Cooling and Plumbing

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Ways to $ave Energy with your Water Heater

  • Always wash with cold water, laundry detergent works just as well, and you’ll save 40 cents per load.
  • Check your hot water pipes for leaks, which can drain your energy savings.
  • Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads – available at home improvement stores – to reduce your hot water use.
  • Turn off your water heater until if you plan on leaving home for a few days. And you get back. Most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.
  • Shorten those showers to cut hot water costs.
  • Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater. It’ll keep your comfort high and your energy bills low.
  • Get an insulation wrap to help your old water heater heat in more effectively.
  • Reduce your water heater temperature setting from 140 degrees to 120 degrees — it will save you money while keeping water hot enough for showers and cleaning dishes.
  • Look for the EnergyGuide label when purchasing a new water heater — if a more efficient heater is more expensive, you’ll save money over time.
  • Make sure you are washing a full load if you like using hot water for your laundry.
  • Stop that dripping hot water faucet. Leaky faucets not only increase water bills but also increase gas or electricity use for heating the wasted water.
  • Install a timer for your water heater that will turn it off when you are not at home.
  • Choose the right water heater for your needs. While they may promise savings, tankless models are pricey to install – and on-demand water heaters may actually increase your electric bill.

Source: Duke Energy


Bosch Experience Center

Bosch is rolling out a brand new program, called ‘ABC Contractors’, and we are really excited to be a part of it! Below is some information on the Bosch Experience Center, located close to us in Serenbe:

Serenbe is the creation of Atlanta restaurateurs Steve and Marie Nygren, who bought the first 60 acres of land that was the beginning of Serenbe back in 1991. The weekend visits became a full time life when the Nygrens and their children moved to the farm in 1994.

Serenbe in the years to come grew from being a place to live to becoming a raison d’être for Steve Nygren. He feared that the suburban sprawl of metro Atlanta would overtake one of the last undeveloped stretches of land in the Atlanta area. Nygren, his neighbors and his business partners decided to turn Serenbe, which now comprises 1,000 acres, into an ecologically sound, sustainable planned community.

Land preservation is a big part of the community — 80% of the land is designated for green space — as is organic farming. The community, however, embraces green and sustainable building practices in a way that would make any plumbing and mechanical contractor happy.

Using newly designed, yet inexpensive reuse water techniques, treated effluent water is reused for irrigation and future water supply for toilets. Other wastewater is treated in a two-stage chemical-free passive system that incorporates non-disruptive filtration and dispersion.

The Bosch Experience Center features a functional demonstration of a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Rather than creating concrete spillways that concentrate storm runoff, Serenbe storm water runoff is directed into natural systems of vegetated filter strips and shallow channels of dense vegetation. These natural filters remove pollutants while dispersing water flow.

Of particular interest to contractors, all homes are built to the standards of the EarthCraft House Program. These standards include energy efficiency, low maintenance, air quality, water conservation, and resource-efficient building materials and systems.

Earthcraft was a bit ahead of its time when it was created in 1999. The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface launched EarthCraft House, a residential green building program designed to address the climate conditions of the Southeast. (Southface is an energy efficiency education and consulting firm that performs services such as building assessment and certification, energy modeling, and training.)

The EarthCraft House program is intended for single-family detached homes, townhomes and duplexes. The program is a blueprint for creating and maintaining energy- and resource-efficient living environments

EarthCraft House certifications are determined through a points-based worksheet, which allows builders to select the sustainability measures that are best suited for their project. Worksheet items address proper site planning, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, resource-efficient building materials, indoor air quality, water conservation and homebuyer education, and all are verified during site visits and inspections. EarthCraft-certified homes must also pass diagnostic tests for air infiltration and duct leakage standards, and homes certified at the gold or platinum levels must meet Energy Star requirements.

Given the environment and mind-set in Serenbe, a manufacturer of high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment and appliances fit right in.

On May 31, the Bosch Group held a Grand Opening Event for its Bosch Experience Center, an educational and interactive demonstration center for Bosch products, located within the Serenbe community. Representatives from Bosch and Serenbe along with invited dignitaries and press members were in attendance.

The Bosch Experience Center features a functional demonstration of a geothermal heating and cooling system (recognized in 2012 and 2013 as “Most Efficient” by Energy Star) as well as a solar thermal system. It also showcases related Bosch Thermotechnology solutions as well as energy efficient appliances, security and sound systems, power tools, aluminum structural materials and automotive clean diesel technology, all from the Bosch Group.

Visitors to the Bosch Experience Center will have the opportunity to experience an array of Bosch products and solutions inside the building.

Serenbe boasts several net-zero owned and occupied homes equipped with se-lected Bosch Thermotechnology products such as geothermal heat pumps, an electric heat pump water heater, gas condensing boilers and combi boilers, a gas condensing water heater, indirect water tanks and a solar thermal hot water sys-tem.

“Bosch has been an incredible partner,” said Steve Nygren. “With the industry’s brightest minds and best products, Bosch is helping us achieve our vision of providing cost-effective, sustainable home solutions for discerning homebuyers.  With the complete suite of Bosch products, we can provide a unique one-stop solution — a critical issue for homebuilders, installers and consumers. It’s now possible to not only achieve energy efficient performance, but also retain a reasonable home purchase entry price point for the U.S. consum r of approximately $250,000 — which helps diminish a major roadblock for widespread sustainable technology adoption.”

Content courtesy of Contractor


Rebates! Rebates! Rebates! Part Two: Coweta-Fayette EMC and Georgia Power

The following applies to single family residential homes….contact your local utility company for more information, or just call us at 770-253-2665 and we’ll do our best to get the answer for you!

Coweta-Fayette EMC – 770.502.0226

– Units need to have a 14.5 SEER or higher energy rating, on equipments replaced since January 1, 2013

  • $275 gas to electric heat pumps
  • $150 gas to dual fuel heat pumps
  • $75 for heat pump replacements
  • $500 geothermal
  • $250 – heat pump water heaters
  • $250 – gas to electric water heaters
  • $150 – R11 to R38 attic insulation, $90 for R19 to R38
  • $150 for R13 floor insulation
  • $75 for AC replacement [15 SEER minimum]
  • $25 per window for double-pane or storm windows [up to 8 windows]

Georgia Power  – 800.524.2421 x950

– Equipment installed between January 14, 2013 and August 31, 2013 with notification to Georgia Power by August 31, 2013

  • $400 rebate for 15 SEER heat pump
  • $200 rebate for 13-14.9 SEER heat pump

Would you like to talk to someone about replacing your system? Call us at 770-253-2665 for your FREE in home evaluation.

 


Rebates! Rebates! Rebates! Part One: Federal Credits

And you thought federal rebates for your home’s HVAC were gone….well, they’re BA-ACK!!

Below are the exact products that qualify for a federal tax credit.

  • Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan

    An Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan is an efficient fan, or blower motor which blows the air that your furnace heats up through the duct system.

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    Tax Credit Amount: $50
    Requirements

    Must use no more than 2% of the furnace’s total energy.

  • Air Source Heat Pumps

    Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners in moderate climates. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space into a warm, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house; during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide up to 4 times the amount of energy they consume.

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    Tax Credit Amount: $300
    Requirements

    Split Systems:
    HSPF ≥ 8.5
    EER ≥ 12.5
    SEER ≥ 15

    Package systems:
    HSPF ≥ 8
    EER ≥ 12
    SEER ≥ 14

  • Central Air Conditioning (CAC)

    The best way to find tax credit eligible CACs is to ask your HVAC Contractor (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning). To verify tax credit eligibility, ask your HVAC contractor to provide the Manufacturer Certification Statement for the equipment you plan to purchase. Or, search the Manufacturer’s website.

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    Tax Credit Amount: $300
    Requirements

    Split Systems:
    SEER ≥ 16
    EER ≥ 13

    Package systems:
    SEER ≥ 14
    EER ≥ 12

  • Gas, Propane, or Oil Hot Water Boiler

    These are heating units that use water circulated throughout the home in a system of baseboard heating units, radiators, and/or in-floor radiant tubing.

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    Tax Credit Amount: $150
    Requirements

    AFUE ≥ 95

    Tax Credit includes installation costs.

  • Natural Gas, Propane or Oil Furnace

    A furnace uses the combustion of fuel and air to create heat.

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    Tax Credit Amount: $150
    Requirements

    AFUE ≥ 95

    Questions? Ask! Email us, submit a form online, or call us at 770-253-2665.

    All information courtesy of EnergyStar.gov.


Energy Costs Continue To Rise…

ENERGY COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE. IT’S TIME TO TAKE ACTION

If your home is 10-15 years old, there’s a good chance it’s not as well insulated as it should be. Not having enough insulation results in major energy loss and, whether you realize it or not, your home is constantly leaking energy – especially out of the attic. Since energy costs are only continuing to rise, it’s a smart idea to protect your home against these rising expenses.

A well-insulated home can significantly reduce the cost of utility bills throughout the year. The insulating performance of all insulation products is measured by a common standard referred to as the R-value. R-value measures resistance to heat flow and is usually determined by the thickness of the insulation. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.

By adding insulation to your attic, you can: • Save up to 20% on your home’s heating and cooling energy costs by insulating and air sealing. • Earn a 10% tax credit up to $500 • Increase the comfort of your home, especially during hte extreme heat of summer and the bitter cold of winter • Increase your home’s resale value

Give us a call today for more information!

770-253-2665