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Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Moving Out? Keep These 4 Things In Mind When You Rent A Dumpster

When you plan to move to a new house, a dumpster rental can be a great way to dispose of items and furniture you will not need in your new house. However, there are a few things to keep in mind so that the process goes smoothly. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you rent a dumpster.

Find Out If You Need a Permit

If you get a dumpster without the proper permits in some towns, you will have to pay hefty fines. Save yourself some trouble by heading to your local building permit office to find out if you need a permit for your dumpster.

Your town may not be the only authority you need to check with. If you are part of a homeowner’s association, you might not be permitted to have a dumpster unless you get permission from the association board.

Make a Plan

Once you’ve called a dumpster rental company and know when the dumpster will arrive, you have to make a plan about how you will get the job done.

Since you are moving, if you already have the keys to your new place, think about moving belongings to the new place before the dumpster arrives. That way, when the dumpster gets there, everything left in the house can go in the dumpster.

If you don’t yet have a place to move your things, try gathering the things you plan to throw away. Put them as near to the door as you can, so when the dumpster arrives, you need not travel far to get to the things you want to get rid of.

Fill the Dumpster Properly

You may not have thought very much about how to fill the dumpster; you might plan to toss things in there. However, when you fill the dumpster in an efficient manner, you will be able to fit more things inside. That may save you money, because you won’t have to get another dumpster in the future.

How do you fill the dumpster properly? To start, break down as much as you can. Instead of tossing empty cardboard boxes into the dumpster for instance, break them down until they are as flat as possible. If you have furniture you can disassemble into smaller pieces, do so to make more space in the dumpster.

Save plastic garbage bags until after you’ve put in everything else you want to dispose of. That way, you can stick the bags into empty spaces.

Keep the above tips in mind, and your dumpster rental experience will be a success. You can move with only the things you want to take, and the dumpster rental company can take the rest.

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Inexpensive Ways Of Keeping Your Gas Consumption Low

Do you want to minimize your propane gas usage during the cold season? There are many ways of doing this, but some of them aren’t exactly cheap. Here are a few inexpensive measures that you can try:

Fill the Holes Around Electrical Boxes

Do your exterior boxes have some electrical boxes in them? If they do, then you are probably losing some heated air around those places. In most houses, the boxes do not have proper insulation around and behind them, which leads to considerable drafts.

Luckily, this is something you can easily fix. You just need to remove the cover plates in the boxes and fill the small gaps with acrylic latex caulk. Next, cover the outlet with a foam gasket and then replace the cover plate. If you handle the work yourself, then you will just spend the few dollars for buying foam.

Seal the Gaps Around Wall Extrusions

Apart from electrical boxes, extrusions in your walls may also have some gaps around them. Plumbing fixtures such as gas lines and water pipes, as well as electrical cables, are the common causes of these gaps. During installation, contractors use different kinds of caulks to fill them, but these dry off and let in cool air from outside. If that is the case, then you should get some expanding foam to fill the holes.

Cover the Windows Panes

Windows are some of the most common routes through which heat loss occur. Replacing your windows with more energy efficient ones would be ideal, but that is going to cost you considerable money. Assuming that there are no gaps around the frame, a cheaper alternative is to cover the windows with a film of clear plastic. Do the same for other openings covered by large glasses, for example, sliding patio doors. They are inexpensive, and there are even scratch-resistant varieties to maintain your window aesthetics.

Take Care of the Space Around the Chimney

Lastly, if you have a chimney, then you may also be losing some warm air through the chimney, thereby causing your furnace to work extra hard.  Don’t forget that closing the chimney flue doesn’t make the area airtight; some warm air will still escape.

Have you heard of a chimney balloon? This is an inflatable balloon that blocks the airflow whenever you are not using the chimney. You are supposed to take it down while using the chimney, but even if you don’t, they are designed to self-deflate when there is a fire in the chimney.

All these measures are meant to keep cold air outside the house, and to keep the heated air inside. If you don’t do this, then your furnace will consume more gas to heat up the extra air.

For more information about propane and propane tanks, contact Anderson’s Propane or a similar company.

 

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