Home Fire Safety and Energy Efficiency Tips
By: Danny Lipford
To keep your home safe from fire, be sure to have your fireplace and furnace inspected annually in the fall. Also, install new batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm yearly, and replace smoke detectors if they are 10 years old or older.
The Kidde RemoteLync™ Monitor is a great way to keep your house safe from fire when you’re away from home. Simply plug the RemoteLync Monitor into an electrical outlet, upload the free app to your smartphone, and you will receive an alert whenever your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm sounds.
Another way to keep your home safe from fires is by installing fire resistant materials, such as Roxul stone wool insulation. Not only is Roxul stone wool insulation fire resistant, it’s easy to cut and install and will make your home more energy efficient this winter.
To make your home even more energy efficient, consider replacing your water heater with a more energy efficient type, such as a gas tankless model. Go to www.KnowYourWaterHeater.com and take the quiz to see if it’s time to pull the plug on your water heater.
Read our article on Fire Safety Tips and Products for Your Home to find out more.
Danny Lipford: Hi, I’m Danny Lipford. People across the country are firing up their fireplaces and their furnaces to keep their family nice and warm. But you need to make sure your fireplace and furnace have been inspected by professionals to make sure they’re safe to use.
Also, change the batteries in your smoke detector, that’s very important. And if your smoke detector is over 10 years old, it needs to be replaced.
Now, technology can help you keep an eye on your home and an ear on your home, because Kidde has provided these great remote link systems that are available right now. Now, the first one is a monitor that you plug right into an electrical outlet; and then you download the Kidde app, that’s completely free, no monthly charges.
And it will tell you and send you an emergency alert on your tablet or smartphone or email if your smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector is going off. Great way to really provide that extra comfort level work for your home.
Another thing you can do to make your home a little more fire resistant is to purchase fire resistant materials. It’s available in drywall, both for your walls and ceiling; but, also, a large area right above you is your attic—your attic insulation should be a fire resistant type.
I would recommend stone wool insulation from Roxul. We’ve used it a lot. It’s so easy to cut and install. It will not only make your home safer and safer for your family by being more fire resistant, it also will increase your energy efficiency of your home.
And when you’re looking at energy efficiency, look at the one system in your home that represents 13-percent of your total utility bill—that’s your water heater. Find out if your water heater is as efficient as it should be by going to a fun website called KnowYourWaterHeater.com.
It’s sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council. And it’ll tell you if maybe you need to focus on that system in your home and make it more efficient, so you can drive down those utility bills and keep your family safe.
There’s a lot more information available for you right now at our website TodaysHomeowner.com.