What is Energy Star? ENERGY STAR is not just about making buildings more energy efficient; it's also about saving money for homes and industries and offering best-practice solutions to make homes more comfortable, create better buildings and protect the environment. It's a government-backed program—Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - that helps businesses and individuals do just that. Continue reading
Low E Insulated Glass for Windows Glasses are the most preferred materials for windows. Many even go for French windows, which are made of full-length glass. Since glass facilitates good light from the outside, it is the favorite of many. However, at times, the light which comes in through the glass windows can become overwhelming, to the extent that you need heavy curtains to keep your space cooler. Especially during summers when the heat is too much, huge glasses add on to the discomfort. That’s the reason people employ insulated glasses to check the amount of heat that is being absorbed and the light that is coming in. Continue reading
Homeowner advice from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Most homeowners don’t give a second thought to their water heater—until the hot water stops flowing. Here’s what you need to know when selecting a new one and maintaining the one you have. Storage tank water heaters have an insulated tank where water is heated and stored until it's needed. They're available in electric, propane and natural gas models.
- Tank size is an important consideration. Base your decision on household size. One to two people will need a 30-gallon tank. Three to four people will use a 40- to 50-gallon tank.
- Also think about the recovery rate — the number of gallons of water the water heater can heat in an hour. The greater your demand for hot water, the higher recovery rate you need.
- Know the dimensions of the space where your water heater will be stored and ensure that the one you want will fit.