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"How To Save Hundreds Of $$$’s In Energy Costs & Keep Your A/C Running As Smooth As Silk"
What do the Power Company, your Checkbook, and a Fortune Teller have in common? They can ALL tell you how expensive it is to run your Air Conditioner! But, I can tell you how to do simple, easy maintenance to keep your A/C going strong like the Energizer Bunny!
Horrible Humidity – Did you know that moisture-producing chores like mopping, dishwashing, laundry and bathing make your A/C unit work harder? These activities produce humidity inside your home. To save money on energy costs, it is suggested that you save these activities for early morning or late in the evening!
Filter Time – If you have a unit with a filter, it is imperative that it be cleaned at least once a month. This can be accomplished with soap and warm water. A lot of newer models have disposable filters that should be changed once a month. At the beginning of the A/C season invest in a new filter. Clean filters will make your unit more efficient!
A 5% Savings – Set your thermostat to the highest comfortable setting. Raising the temperature just 2 Degrees will save you 5% in energy costs!
Beat The Heat - Close the blinds, shades or draperies in your home during the hottest part of the day. Turn off unnecessary lights. Much of the energy from a light bulb is heat! Keep those hot lights off - you wouldn’t turn your heater on in the middle of July!
"Simple, Easy Steps To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient!"
Did you know that 40% of all energy you use is just for heating your home? Follow these simple steps to implement a great money saving energy conservation program.
1. Give Your Furnace The Gift Of A Tune-Up! An Energy tune-up will cost you around $50. But, it will increase your furnace’s efficiency by at least 5%. The most you save will pay for the cost of the tune-up in just a few short months! If you use oil heat, your oil company can provide you with a tune-up. If you are paying for a service contract, certainly take advantage of it! This is an easy and inexpensive way to save!
2. The Big Turn Down…Do you know how much each degree on the thermostat can cost you? Well, for every degree you turn down the thermostat, you cut your heating bill by 2%. And, believe it or not, for every degree you raise your air conditioner your energy costs get cut by an entire 5%! Definitely, keep that in mind when spring and summer roll around and you decide to crank the A/C up!
3. How To Avoid Wasting 50% Of Your Energy: Nearly 50% of all the energy you use to heat and cool your home is outright wasted. It goes through the attic, the windows, the floor, the walls, etc. Insulation is the key to reducing your energy consumption. For example, by adding an additional 6 inches of fiber glass insulation to your attic floor, you can greatly reduce your heat loss. Also, a very wise investment for your home would be double or even triple pane windows. These windows have been proven to reduce energy bills by as much as 30% in the wintertime!
"What's The Best Fire Extinguisher For Your Home? Find Out ."
All fire extinguishers are not created equal! It's very important that you know which class of extinguisher to have on hand in case of a fire emergency. Using the wrong type of extinguisher can actually make a fire worse.
Let's take a look at the three different classes of fire extinguishers.
Class A-these extinguishers are intended for ordinary fires, such as wood, paper, and cloth. It's best to keep a Class A near your fireplace.
Class B-should be used on flammable liquids, like gasoline, grease, and oil. This class belongs in your kitchen.
Class C-these extinguishers are for use on electrical fires, such as in wiring or fuse boxes. Keep a Class C in your utility room.
"How To Choose The Safest Bedroom Furniture For Your Children ."
Below are 8 pointers you can follow on choosing bedroom furniture that is safe for children. If you don't have children, but have friends or families that do, you may want to pass along this important safety information.
1. Opt for wooden furniture because it is durable enough to withstand an active child. Be sure that the wood will not splinter and the paint is free from toxins.
2. Choose furniture on which the nails and screws are tight and unexposed. Also, be sure that the bolts are made of steel.
3. Look for tight construction, especially in the joints. Even small gaps where two pieces of wood meet could pinch small fingers and toes.
4. Select furniture with rounded edges to lesson any injury from bumps.
5. Chests and dressers should be equipped with automatic drawer stops that will prevent them from coming out and falling on children.
6. Choose beds with removable guardrails to deter falls by small children.
7. Bunk beds should be made of solid wood and have sturdy ladders.
8. Fasten bookcases to the wall to keep them from tipping over.
Source: Young America , children's furniture division of the Stanley Furniture Company.
"A Consumer's Guide To Choosing The Perfect Tub For Your Home ."
Trying to pick the perfect tub for your home can be downright frustrating. With hundreds of the shapes, styles, sizes, and colors to choose from, buying a tub can be a little overwhelming.
Even with the standard tub, (32 x 60 inch) you have several materials to choose from that will determine the price, durability, and cleanability.
Now let's take a detailed look at the different tub choices you have.
Plastic : plastic tubs are made from either acrylic or fiberglass. Plastic tubs offer you the most design flexibility because they can be molded into many shapes. These tubs insulate very well keeping bathwater water warmer, longer. Plastic tubs are also the lightest tubs, weighing approximately 60-70 pounds. Plastic tubs do not chip easily, but abrasive cleaners will damage the surface.
Of the two different kinds of plastic tubs, acrylic is the better buy. Acrylic is more expensive than fiberglass, but it is more durable, more resistant to fading & staining, and easier to clean and repair.
Enameled steel : these tubs are made from formed steel with an enamel coating. Enameled steel tubs are often priced lower than other types of tubs. Although these tubs can be cheaper, there are a few drawbacks you may want to consider.
The steel will conduct heat, making the water cool more quickly. If you're not careful, the surface can be prone to chipping. These tubs weigh in at around 130 pounds.
Cast iron : though coated with enamel, iron tubs don't chip quite as easily as steel. These tubs have a slightly thicker enamel coating and cast iron making them more durable and resistant to impact.
Cast iron tubs will also keep water warmer for a longer period of time. The biggest draw back, however, is the weight of the tub, which runs anywhere from 350 to 500 pounds.
Cast polymer : typically, these tubs replicate the look of marble, granite, or onyx and are available