Should I close and open the main water supply shutoff valve (periodically).
Yes. This ensures that it has not stuck in the open position. Check fixture shutoff valves periodically as well. Both the main valve and fixture valves must be operable so water can be turned off in an emergency or when plumbing repairs are necessary.
Repair leaking faucets on an "as needed basis."
Even small drips can waste thousands of gallons of water a year! Repairing leaking faucets can save you money on your water bill. If washer type, replace faucet washer and check washer seat for roughening; smooth if needed. If washer-less, consult an installation manual or the personnel in a plumbing or hardware store for replacement procedures. If still unsure how to replace the washer, call Clendaniel's Plumbing and Heating.
What's the best temperature for a water heater?
If the temperature is above 120 degrees F to 140 degrees F, or if your automatic dishwasher does not have its own heating element, you are wasting energy. Check the temperature gauge on your water heater system (semi-annually). Consult the operating instructions to determine the correct temperature setting.
What is the most efficient thermostat setting for heating?
The best setting is the lowest temperature at which your family is comfortable. Most people are comfortable at a setting of 68 - 70 degrees. You can save up to 3% for each degree you lower your thermostat temperature.
I've heard that setting back my heat can actually cost me more when I turn the thermostat back up - is this true?
Be sure when leaving the house for extended periods of time, shut off the Main Water Valve and Hot Water Heater.