Ever think about installing a geothermal heating system or maybe you have one already installed? Th

For the ultimate in comfort and energy conservation, start by digging a hole An electrically powered, geothermal heating and cooling system transfers heat between your house and the earth using fluid circulated through long loops of underground pipe. How It Works Given all the attention being paid to solar power these days, you might be surprised to learn that one of the most promising solutions to high energy costs isn't up in the sky but buried deep under your lawn. Superefficient geothermal heat pumps provide clean, quiet heating and cooling while cutting utility bills by up to 70 percent. "With this technology, everybody could be sitting on top of their lifetime energy supply," says TOH

Wax Rings - Time to replace? Benjamin Franklin Plumbing breaks it down

Behind every good toilet -- or rather, beneath -- is a good wax ring. But with time, even good wax rings can go bad. The wax ring is exactly what it sounds like: a ring made of sticky wax that helps form a watertight seal between the bottom of the toilet and the sewer pipe. It requires no maintenance and can last 30 or more years, often as long as the toilet itself. But sometimes wax rings can dry out, crumble and fail prematurely, and when that happens, they need to be replaced. The telltale sign of wax ring failure is water leaking out from around the base of the toilet. You might also notice a toilet feeling unusually wobbly if the wax ring is coming loose. Wax rings are available at most



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