Your home is probably full of appliances that you need for daily use, and they most likely require a great deal of energy to run. Excessive energy use is not good for the environment, and it also jacks up that dreaded electricity bill. Some of this energy cost is of course unavoidable, but there are simple changes you can make to decrease it. Continue reading to learn some basic tips to reduce your energy costs! Continue reading
Dishwashers can be tricky. Washing and drying dishes can make people curious about which cycle is better or worse when it comes the dishes. One question which has risen is whether air drying or heat drying the dishes from the dishwasher is better. No one wants to dry dishes because it can become quite a chore, but which is better. The thing is, each has their own benefits so it is based on personal preference. Read below to see which option is better for you.
Now that it is officially Summer, it’s time to thank mother nature and help out the environment. One of the easiest ways to do this is to recycle. It’s probably heard all year round about how important it is and it is, but recycling doesn’t only help the environment, it also helps you. Read below about the benefits of recycling.
Now is the time to prepare for the cold weather ahead. In addition to cleaning the gutters and caulking and sealing openings around windows and doors, here are some often-overlooked Fall maintenance tasks.
- Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that moves the warm air near the ceiling and distributes it around the room.
- Clean your humidifier before using it (and regularly, throughout the season) to prevent bacteria from being misted out into the air.
- Drain the fuel from gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, weed trimmers and chain saws.
- Check and test snow blowers to make sure they are ready for use.
- Flush/drain your water heater tank to remove sediment and minerals that can settle on the bottom and cause rust.
- Change the batteries out on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Make sure you have enough of these detectors throughout your home, including the basement especially if you have gas appliances.
- Clean the dryer vents.
- Check the hoses on your washer. Replace any leaking, cracked or bubbling washer hoses.
- Clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils using a condenser coil cleaning brush.
- Change or clean your range hood filter or over the range microwave oven filter.