The U.S. aging water utility infrastructure may be leaving some towns and cities open to water contamination and the danger of water-borne bacteria. Though city and municipal suppliers treat your water at a local treatment plant, contaminants can infiltrate aquifers and springs. Water main breaks and broken pipes, for example, are the major cause of Boil Water Advisories (BWA). A BWA can cause businesses and households to lose access to clean, safe water. In addition, pesticides, herbicides and chemicals may not necessarily be monitored by city water suppliers. One way to combat water-borne bacteria is to have a whole-house ultraviolet (UV) water filtration system installed. Here is more about them, and what to do during a BWA.
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Opting for automatic oil delivery brings peace of mind year-round. It also offers customers the benefit of building a relationship with your fuel oil company. When you need service and annual maintenance you will have priority over those not on automatic delivery. If you take advantage of automatic fuel oil delivery, your oil company is monitoring your usage throughout the year so they can refill your tank on time. But lifestyle changes can affect how often you need a refill.
Is your heating system more than 10 years old? The older your furnace or boiler gets, the less efficient it becomes. The efficiency of an older system can range anywhere from 50% to 70%, whereas more modern heating systems can achieve up to 99% efficiency while potentially cutting your heating bills in half.
Preparing for storm season in advance can help you to minimize or avoid uncomfortable situations such as being out of power for a few hours to several days, depending on the severity of the storm.
Just as with the different octane ratings of the gas you put in your car, the different grades of heating oil come down to a standard of measurement of performance. Premium gas, having higher octane, provides more efficiency during combustion and better fuel economy, and is better for your car’s engine since it keeps it cleaner. The same is true for the fuel oil you buy for your home.