(PHOENIX)– Welcoming family and friends into your home can bring a lot of joy – and sometimes unexpected expenses. To avoid a holiday hangover, the experts at family-owned Donley Service Center offer ways to conserve energy and avoid plumbing house calls:
Before guests arrive:
· Let the sunshine in: Remove sunscreens, open window blinds and curtains to bring in heat.
· Keep your refrigerator at least one inch away from the wall and set it between 30-42 degrees.
· Improve door seals by placing Vaseline along the rubber.
· Dust the coils, which you can find behind the fridge or under a panel in the front.
· Keep your freezer and fridge full to use less energy. If you’re running low on food and drinks, just fill them with gallon containers of water.
· Microwaves cook food quickly and use significantly less energy than conventional ovens.
· Use the window to check food in your oven. Opening the door – even just a few seconds – lowers the inside temp by as much as 25 degrees.
· Turn off the oven several minutes before food is fully cooked. If you keep the door closed, the heat will finish cooking the food.
· Crack the oven door when finished baking to allow excess heat into house
Disposal Do’s and Don’ts
· Don’t treat your disposal like a trash can. Instead throw leftovers in garbage or compost pile.
· Avoid putting starchy, stringy and fibrous waste into the disposal. Potato peels, celery and turkey skin don’t sufficiently break down.
· Turn the disposal on before you toss in scraps. And, do it gradually to avoid overloading the disposal.
· Keep water running while disposal is on and for a full minute after it’s turned off.
· If you think there’s a problem with your disposal avoid using the dishwasher because it discharges into the disposal.
· To clean the disposal, run a tray of ice cubes through it. Then, slowly feed a cut up lemon or grapefruit into the running disposal to deodorize.
Watch the grease
· Avoid pouring cooking oil and fat down the drain.
· Use a paper towel to wipe off greasy pans before placing them in sink.
· Never flush food down the toilet.
· Never flush cotton balls and swabs because they don’t dissolve.
· Waiting 10-15 minutes between showers can give slow drains time to do their jobs. If you have an ongoing issue with a slow drain, you may need to consult a professional.
About Donley AC & Plumbing
Jim and Mike Donley and their employees have been providing honest, caring service to Arizonans since 1976. Family-owned Donley Service Center has twice been honored with the Better Business Bureau’s Ethics Award. Donley technicians receive ongoing training to provide the most comprehensive service for air conditioning, plumbing, heating, sewer repair, maintenance management and solar hot water. www.donleyservice.com