Home Works Blog

Thanks for visiting our home improvement blog! Here you'll find some great information on saving money, staying comfortable in your home, and keeping your family healthy and safe in all seasons and weather. From furnaces to air conditioners to energy audits and carbon monoxide, our blog will keep you up to date.

Just Like Aspirin

As homeowners, we tend to use a wide variety of tools to accomplish a lot of different tasks. Today, I’d like to tell you what I consider to be the “aspirin of all tools”. What am I referring to? My personal favorite…WD40.

Unlike conventional tools, this one isn’t made of steel that can rust away… as a matter of fact, it prevents rust. There are only about 2000 things that this handy little tool can do so we better get started.

This little can of liquid gold can;

Heat your Michigan Home with Hybrid Heating - Is it For You?

Almost everyone has heard of the hybrid vehicles that use two energy sources, usually gasoline and electricity, to increase fuel efficiency in their cars, but with the cost of natural gas reaching an all-time high, many homeowners are turning to the same technology to heat and cool their homes.

Energy Audits, the DTE Rebate Program, and Federal Tax Credits – Get Money Back for Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

It’s that time of year and we’ve all recently opened the highest heating bill of the season. I’ve had people tell me that this is the highest bill in years. Whether it’s the highest or not is unimportant; the important factor is that it’s high. The important questions are: What can be done? Could you benefit from additional insulation? What’s the right amount of insulation? Is there insulation in your walls? What about the drafts? All of these are great questions and they do have answers.

Carbon Monoxide Safety for Your Family

Every year about 600 Americans die from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and thousands more are hospitalized and often misdiagnosed by health care workers since the symptoms so closely resemble the common cold or flu. Some of the symptoms often include

Clothes Dryers and Potential Fires

Most of us do laundry every week, and never even think twice about it.  But what you don’t know about your clothes dryer, could hurt you.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates there are 24,000 clothes dryer fires each year in the United States, amounting to $96,000,000 in estimated property damage, but they could be prevented with proper installation and maintenance. Here are some tips to help keep you out of harms way.

Wet basement alert!

For those of us with basements, I’m sure I don’t have to explain how important our sumps pumps are. Let one fail just one time and you’ll remember it forever! Here are a couple smart ideas that will help you save money, prevent damage to your property and a whole lot of hassle in the event of a water emergency. 

One option is what’s called a high water safety alarm. It is 9 volt battery operated and has a sensor that you place where, if water reaches the sensor, it sends an audible alarm alerting you to the potential hazard.

8 Holes in Your Home That Energy Dollars Silently Escape Through (part 8 of 8)

Energy Scams: Some people are probably most surprised by this last tip. In prior years there wasn’t much need for a tip like this on an energy savings report. However, with all this talk on global warming, energy scams are great ways for some people trick the general public and cash in. In the name of energy savings, you can get ripped off in an ever growing number of ways. Be on alert when dealing with door-to-door salespeople or unsolicited letters or phone callers that promise to save energy and big bucks on your bills.

8 Holes in Your Home That Energy Dollars Silently Escape Through (part 7 of 8)

Water Heaters: By insulating hot water piping and turning your water heater down 10 degrees you can save up to 5% annually on your hot water heating costs. The average life of a standard hot water heater is 10-15 years depending on many factors such as the water pressure in your house and the quality of the water.