learning the basics of home septic systems
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A septic system is something that is easily forgotten until something goes horribly wrong. What should you avoid running down your kitchen sink? Is one type of toilet paper safer to use than another? How often does your septic tank really need to be cleaned? These were just some of the questions that I had about my septic tank after it had backed up and filled my yard with raw sewage. Since then, I have spent hours researching septic systems so that I would not have to go through that again. I have developed my website to make learning about septic systems a little easier for others like me.

learning the basics of home septic systems

Looking To Reduce Your Energy Usage? Consider These Energy Saving Devices

Matthew Young

There are many ways you can cut back on energy usage in your home. You decrease the temperature that you keep your house at in the winter and increase it slightly in the summer. You can install energy-efficient light bulbs. And you can check the seals around your doors and windows and replace them, if needed. However, having a residential electrician install certain devices can also help you to further decrease your usage and help save you some money. Learning more about these products will help you decide if they are ideal for your household.


It is estimated that about 20 percent of your monthly energy usage is caused from lighting in your home. Remembering to turn out lights when you are not in the room is one way you can cut back on this, as is switching to lower watt light bulbs. However, if you have done all of this and you still wish to cut back even further, you may want to consider installing dimmers in your home. Dimmers allow you to adjust the amount of light given off by a light fixture based on your needs. Sometimes, you need just a bit of light, while other times, you want it to be bright in your room. A dimmer allows you to adjust the amount of light that is given off to fit your specific needs at the moment. Reducing how much light is given off can help reduce your energy usage.

Electric Shades

Placing shades over your windows can help decrease your energy usage. During the cold months, these shades can help to insulate the windows and keep your home warmer, cutting back on the amount of heat you have to use. However, shades can also help your energy usage in a few other ways, but many of us are so busy that we don't want to take the time to open and close the shades. This is where electric shades can be beneficial, especially on windows that are hard or inconvenient to reach. When it is sunny out on a winter's day, letting the sun shine in your home can slightly warm your home, decreasing energy usage. When it is hot outside, shutting the coverings can block some of the sun's heat, keeping your home slightly cooler. And letting the sunlight in during the day can help minimize the amount of light you need, cutting back on your energy usage. With the push of a button, you can open or close electric shades, allowing you to quickly and easy control the amount of sun that enters your home, and in turn, save energy.


The last device that can help you cut back on your energy usage in your home is sensors. A residential electrician can connect the sensors to a number of electric devices in your home, such as lights or bathroom fans. Despite your best efforts, sometimes your kids or spouse simply forget or won't shut the lights, or other electronic items, off when they leave a room. Leaving these items running can increase your energy usage, and thus your energy bill. A sensor can sense when someone enters a room and when they leave it. When they leave the room, the items connected to the sensor will shut off. Or you can connect a timer to the sensor so that the items shut off after a specified time after the person leaves the room. This can be ideal in places such as laundry rooms where you may enter and leave the room repeatedly as you gather up laundry and take away folded laundry. Regardless, installing sensors can help eliminate wasted energy.

Reducing the amount of energy you use is beneficial for many reasons. You are reducing your carbon footprint and saving money. There are many different ways you can go about reducing your home's energy usage. Having a residential electrician install dimmers, sensors or electric shades are just three of the ways to cut back on your usage.