WRAP YOUR HEATER IN A THERMAL BLANKET
Boost your water heater’s efficiency by wrapping it in a thermal blanket. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, adding an insulating wrap to your water heater can reduce heat loss by as much as 45 percent and save as much as 10 percent on water heating costs. If unsure whether or not your water heater needs a wrap, give your tank the “touch test”. Tanks that are warm to the touch are losing too much heat and could benefit from additional insulation. Thermal blankets are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at most hardware stores.
HAVE LAWN-IRRIGATION SYSTEMS PROFESSIONALLY DRAINED
Irrigation systems are in serious danger if not drained properly. Water left in the lines will expand as it freezes and can cause your pipes to burst. To ensure all water is cleared from your pipes, use an air compressor to force water out of the system. This process, known as “blowing out,” should be done by a professional. The amount of pressure needed to blow out the water will vary from one system to the next, and if not done correctly, it can cause considerable damage to your pipes and other components.