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16 Things All Smart Homeowners Do Once a Year

Reader's Digest Logo By Laura Richards of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 16: <p>'Sediment builds up over time at the bottom of the tank, causing corrosion,' says John Bodrozic, co-founder of HomeZada. 'Partially draining it removes the sediment and keeps the heater running more efficiently—and keeps it running longer.' These <a href='https://www.rd.com/advice/saving-money/save-home-heat/1/'>tricks can keep your house warm</a> without hiking your heating bill.</p>

Drain your hot water heater

'Sediment builds up over time at the bottom of the tank, causing corrosion,' says John Bodrozic, co-founder of HomeZada. 'Partially draining it removes the sediment and keeps the heater running more efficiently—and keeps it running longer.' These tricks can keep your house warm without hiking your heating bill.

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