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Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Sep 1, 2020 6:36:00 PM

As we reported last month, rents are flattening or decreasing in many locations across the state. In San Francisco, where Livable is based, one- and two-bedroom average rents were down a shocking 11 percent in August compared to one year ago, according to data from listing site Zumper. With over 7 million in California filing jobless claims since businesses began closing in March, many are moving in with loved ones to save money or leaving the state altogether. This trend could lead to an even bigger drop in demand in the months ahead.

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Insulating water pipes is a quick and inexpensive way to lower water-heating costs. The easy upgrade reduces heat loss and allows you to lower your buildings’ water temperature setting by two to four degrees. Plus, since water doesn’t take as long to heat up, less of this precious resource is wasted waiting for faucets and showers to get to the appropriate temperature.

On smaller buildings, this is a definite DIY job that should take less than a day to complete. Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s website for a comprehensive shopping list and step-by-step instructions.