If you are looking into getting solar energy for your home, you can either choose between solar shingles or solar panels. Many people are choosing to have solar shingles installed, which are small solar panels that resemble traditional asphalt roofing tiles. They let you have solar energy without the large, bulky panels. The shingles are strung together on your roof similar to traditional roofing tiles, but you get the benefit of eco-friendly solar power.
Your water heater is one of the more expensive appliances in your home. It can last around 12 years, says the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. To get the most from your water heater, an annual inspection by a plumbing company, and a thorough flushing out of the water tank will help. Here is how you can flush out your own water heater and improve the chances that you'll get that full 12 years.