Home Care Tips
Money Saving Tips
At Ryan, we are proud that our craftsmanship and the quality products we install in your home will function effectively
efficiently. The list of tips below will help protect our environment while you protect your wallet!
Appliances - Dishwasher
Run the dishwasher when it has a full load and allow the dishes to air-dry. A full dishwasher uses less energy and water than washing dishes by hand.
Appliances - Water Heater
To reduce the risk of sediment build up and promote efficiency in your water heater it is recommended that the appliance be drained once per year.
Set the temperature setting so that when you have your shower turned to full hot it is slightly above your preferred temperature. When the temperature setting is too high, you have to mix in cold water to lower the water temperature, which wastes energy to boil the water. Water at 130°F is hot enough to scald you.
Granite countertops are porous and thus should be re-sealed annually. You can use a standard granite sealer kit available at any local home center. (To test if your granite countertops need to be resealed, drip a few droplets of water on the countertop. If the water beads up, the sealer is still doing its job. If not, sealer should be applied.)
Electrical - Lighting
Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in all fixtures. These bulbs use less energy than regular bulbs. Note: Do not use CFL's on fixtures controlled by a dimmer switch.
Use a motion sensor for outside lighting (check with your HOA to ensure there is no requirements for outside lighting). Motion sensors will automatically shut off the lights after 1-15 minutes, so you're not paying to run them all night.
Use low wattage bulbs for the lights that are always on. For example, using a 60 watt bulb instead of a 75 watt bulb will use less energy.
Installing and periodically testing photo sensors on exterior lights, such as lamp posts, will help ensure that they are not left on during the day.
Flooring - Ceramic Tile
If you have natural stone tiles, you should seal the grout AND the stone tile every 2 years.
Home Exterior - Shutters and Trim *
Applying paints or stains properly can extend the life of wooden shutters and trim.
HVAC - Heating and Cooling
Ceiling fans use significantly less electricity as air conditioners and the moving air allows you to feel comfortable with temperatures set several degrees higher.
Ceiling fans do not cool the air; they invoke a cool feeling by moving the air around. Therefore, ceiling fans should be turned off when leaving the room and should not be left on during the day with nobody home.
Closing blinds and drapes on hot days will help deflect sunlight and minimize solar heating.
Conversely, open blinds and drapes on cold days to allow sunlight in to warm the home.
Reduce heat from lighting. Lights create a lot of heat which your cooling system has to remove, so avoid leaving unnecessary lights on, particularly during the day.
HVAC - Humidifiers
Operate the humidifier during the winter months while you are running the furnace. Start with the unit set at the number 5 (or medium-level) setting.
HVAC - Thermostat
Use your thermostat to create programs to raise or lower the temperature (based on if you are heating or cooling) 2-4 degrees to conserve electricity during known times when you will not be in the home (such as the workday).
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