The water heater is one of the most overlooked appliances in the home. Typically, an unassuming cylindrical tank tucked out of the way - usually in the basement or garage - we don’t think about it much, until we must. Suddenly, our hot showers don’t last as long.
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During cold weather, take advantage of the sun's warmth by keeping drapes open on south facing windows during daylight hours. To keep out the heat of the summer sun, close window shades and drapes in warm weather. Glass windows without shading allow between 75-80 percent of transmitted solar energy through, where vertical or venetian blinds allow 0-5 percent.
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