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How to Combat Higher Prices and Colder Temps

Consumers are being hit with a double whammy this winter. Prices for natural gas are up as much as 13% and electricity is up about 2%. Heating fuel is about the same, but is still one of the most expensive fuels. As these prices increase, so has fuel consumption due to a colder than average … Continued

Unplug to Save Energy

How many devices do you have plugged in at your home right now? The average household keeps 40 or more appliances, lamps and electronic devices plugged in all the time. Each of these is using electricity, even if they are turned off. In severe winters, such as the one we’re experiencing this year, if each … Continued

How to Prepare for a Winter Power Failure

Power supply interruptions can happen in winter due to high winds, freezing rain, or sleet that brings down power lines. Most disruptions are usually fixed within hours. To remain comfortable in your home during a failure make these preparations.

Windy Days Expose Your Energy Leaks

Windy winter days are when you really notice where your energy leaks are. If your curtains and blinds billow or your shutters rattle on windy days it’s a sure-sign that you are losing a lot of heat.

October is National Energy Awareness Month

Are you aware of the many things you can do to minimize your energy usage and make your home more energy efficient? Because October is National Energy Awareness Month, it’s a good time to do an energy audit of your home. Here are things to check.

Home Comfort is More than Staying Cool or Warm

When you think about the efficiency of your home cooling/heating system, it is usually about how well it maintains the temperature in your home. But staying cool or warm is only the beginning of what a system should do.

“Green” Products for Your Home

Today is the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, first celebrated in the U.S. in 1970. One way to include environmental protections in your life style is to consider “green” products when you need to replace broken ones.

Residential Energy Tax Credits are Reinstated

Congress reinstated the 2011 residential energy tax credits for 2012 and 2013. This means that if you installed any of the energy efficient products covered by the program last year, or if you install any of them this year, you can claim up to $500 credit on your taxes.

Why Choose Summers & Zim’s

Why should you trust the plumbing professionals at Summers & Zim’s for all your residential plumbing needs? At Summers & Zim’s, we pride ourselves on our good natured disposition, unmatched plumbing experience paired with numerous certifications and focus on providing our customers with exceptional service and personalized plumbing repair and installation solutions. We’re proud to be certified by the Master Plumbing License, North American Technician Excellence, Inc. and the Environmental Protection Agency.

With our dedication to our customers, we also ensure consistent quality and satisfaction with our one-of-a-kind 5 Point Guarantee:

5-Point Guarantee

  • Design Guarantee

    For all of our repairs and installations, we guarantee it will perform as intended. If it’s not what you expected, we’ll make adjustments or replacements at no extra cost.

  • No Lemons Guarantee

    If you have a recent plumbing fixture installed and a piece of it fails to perform reliably, we’ll install a new one at no additional cost.

  • $500 No Frustration Guarantee

    If your new plumbing installation does not perform as promised or expected within the first two years, we’ll pay you $500 for the inconvenience.

  • Home Protection Guarantee

    While working in your home, if our team accidentally damages any part of your home, we will cover any repair or replacement costs.

  • 100% Money Back Guarantee

    If your new system installation does not meet your needs or expectations, we’ll remove the item and return 100 percent of your investment.