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Three-Way Switch

 As you walk into your home, the convenience of switches light the rooms of your home. They complete the circuit to your light fixtures when you turn the switch on to light the light and they break the circuit when you turn off the switch to turn the light off.

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Energy Efficiency Rated Appliance Tags

Tuesday April 15, 2014

When an appliance is giving you trouble, seems to be running too long, or is just is older than dirt, it is time to update to a more energy efficient model of the vast appliance lines. When you enter an appliance store, you may notice that many of the appliances have a yellow tag attached to them. This tag tells you the energy rating and estimated cost per year to run this appliance. By doing your due diligence, you'll be able to make an informed decision on the appliance that "for the money" will save you money year to year and actually pay for itself in energy savings versus the old, outdated appliance you own now.

Initial cost of a higher rated appliance may be a little more, but the savings over time can surely save money in the long run. If you buy a refrigerator that has an average lifespan of 10 years, do the math and calculate the savings over that period of time. If you save 10% each year for 10 years, you can see the appliance paid for itself over its life expectancy. My advice is to buy smart, be an energy saver, and save money. So get out there and check out the energy rating tags.


For Whom The Bell Tolls...Or Not?

Monday April 14, 2014

Door bells are a convenient tool for announcing someone as arrived at your door. Depending on the chime, there are often different sounds for different doors to differentiate from one door to the other. When someone gets to your door they either knock or push a button to ring your door bell. When the button is pushed, it completes the door bell circuit and rings the bell. But what if the bell doesn't ring? What could possibly be wrong? Could it be operator error? Well maybe, but I would say it is a problem in the switch, wiring or the door bell itself. To find out for sure, you'll need to perform these door bell troubleshooting tips.


Are You The "Key"Man?

Thursday April 10, 2014

In an age of recycling, we all worry about the safety around and in our homes. While pondering all of the things we carry with us each day, I thought about how many cards we have in our pockets like credit cards, gift cards, business cards. etc... Still more over, the amount of keys that our key-chains have to hold to lock and unlock our worldly possessions. Think about it! We have keys for automobiles, postal boxes, padlocks, businesses, motorcycles, boats, sheds and of course home locks. This is just a sample of the many keys we need to get through the day.

Speaking of keys, here's a way to eliminate a few keys from your pocket or purse. Keyless entry systems provide a method of locking and unlocking your home with, of course, the need of no keys. Simply press the code using the numerical pad and easily unlock the door. That's right, it is just that simple. To lock the door, simply press the button with the lock symbol. Even a child can unlock these woderful door locks! Tired of all of those keys? Try a keyless entry lock today!


Camping Connection Checklist...Is Your Camper Safe?

Thursday April 10, 2014

Camper ConnectionsBefore you head out to the great outdoors for a weekend of camping bliss and relaxation, check your camper connections. Let's start the trip with working trailer lights and go from there. Make sure the tail lights, truning siganls, brake lights, and license plate marker lights are functioning properly. Also check the power trailer brakes before beginning your weekend getaway.

Pulling into a campground and connecting the power cord may seem easy enough, but are your electrical connections working properly and are the electrical devices safe? What are the requirements indoors and out? For a weekend of safe camping fun, put your camper through this camping connection checklist!


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