Be sure to test your back up generator every year, especially prior to the cold seasons when it is imperative it work. Also check the oil level, spark plug and fuel filter as prescribed by the owner's manual.
Most people are surprised to learn that the second largest energy consumer in the home, after space conditioning, is water heating. Water heating uses more than 15% of the average home’s total energy use. Because it is an out-of-sight energy consuming system, most forget about this major contributor to the home’s energy bill. For quick savings, this is a great place to start because some minor changes that are fairly easy to make can make a noticeable difference in your energy bills.