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New Water Heater Efficiency Standards – A Primer

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In an effort to help citizens cut monthly utility usage and costs, the US Department of Energy will be enforcing new production standards for water heaters – starting April 16th.

This will mean that water heaters made after that date will be more efficient, but it comes at a literal high price.

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3 Easy Steps Toward a High Efficiency or “Net-Zero” Home

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We all want to save money.

We all want to take better care of the Northwoods for future generations.

But, aren’t energy efficient homes only something that the wealthy can afford?

 

Not anymore.

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3 Tips to Avoid Water Damage During the Winter Months

This is the time of year when we begin to receive panicked calls from our snowmobile & ice fishing vacationers…

After a long drive up here, they’ve arrived at their cabin or lodge to discover water.

Water everywhere.

To add to the misery, these discoveries are typically late at night and end up turning the vacation in to something more akin to a service trip to a flood zone in a third-world country.  A frozen third-world country.

This discomfort and loss can be avoided – and more often than not, by doing three simple things.

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Rusty Heating Systems – A bad day.

When the Frasier’s heating technician arrived at this client’s home, he found a blackened 1″ air filter, rotting burners, and a plugged secondary heat exchanger.

“The furnace is not heating the house well.” she had said to him.  She could see why when he showed her the burners.

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Carbon Monoxide Scare

Share this story, and you just might save a life.

Last week, we received a call on our after-hours phone line from a man in Three Lakes, WI.  He and his wife had been waiting for three days for their regular heating service company to come back and finish fixing their boiler.  The boiler was making odd noises and the house was getting colder every day despite it constantly running.  It was below 0°F outside, and they were both experiencing horrible headaches.  They kept calling their service company, but received no response.

He thought they might be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Bill Gates Drinks (clean) Poop Water

Ever the philanthropist, Bill Gates is out to solve one of the world’s greatest crisis – the lack of clean drinking water.

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 2.5 Billion people do not have access to clean drinking water.  That’s roughly 1/3 of the world’s population.  In third-world countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and even northern Mexico – water, much less clean water, is much more difficult to come by.

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Preventing Frozen Pipes

Are you worried that your pipes might freeze with this bitter cold?

One of our Master Plumbers, took WSAW’s Emily Davies along on a frozen home call right before the New Year.  A home up in Pelican Lake was without heat because the batteries in the thermostat had died – leaving the home below freezing and with frozen pipes and toilets.

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‘Twas the Week Before Christmas


A CHRISTMAS POEM


 

‘Twas a week before Christmas and all through the house,

Family was complaining ’bout lack of hot water for showers.

Clothes were stacked in the laundry room with care,

But that didn’t matter because sewage was backed up in there.

Children cried, in-laws were out-lawed,

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We are thankful for this community.

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95 years.

That’s a long, long, long-long-long time.  When George Frasier opened up shop on the west side of town, back in 1918, I highly doubt he had any clue what would come of his little plumbing shop.  Or for that matter, what kind of community Rhinelander and the Northwoods would grow in to.

Back in 1918, most of Rhinelander did not have electricity – much less running water and sanitary bathrooms in every home.

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Why tankless water heaters?

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The Holidays are great, but let’s face it – they present some annoying challenges in keeping everyone comfortable.  One of the most common issues is making sure everyone has enough hot water for their baths/showers.  The kids have to bath hours before bed, just so that Aunt Gertrude can have her hour long “I’m on vacation, and Wisconsin is so dang cold” shower.  The mornings are no better all the tweens and teens fight for bathroom time…all the way to the Packer’s (hopeful) win at Ford Field.  Add in dishes and all the hand washing and you are using cold water.

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