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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that "for the money" will save you money year to year and actually pay for itself in energy savings versus the old, outdated appliance you own now.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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Light Up Your Spring Outdoor Areas!

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Did you know that there are many different types of outdoor lighting available right now? Maybe you have flower gardens that you are ready to get started and you'd like to spruce their appearance a bit? A string of low-voltage lights looks great along walkways in flower beds after dark and makes walking along the pathway easier as well. You may like the option of solar lights that charge during the day by the sun's rays and use the stored energy at night to light the light.

Rope lights can fancy a deck, pool, or hot tub area fencing and leave a nice moon-glow appearance that gives you a tranquil feeling. Lighting installed under water in pools, spa, and hot tubs give an indirect lighting effect that is soothing as well!

As for security, pole lights, security lights armed with motion and/or heat detectors may be just the thing to deter burglars from stealing things from your home.

Can lights and directional lighting add depth and beauty to a home's appearance, highlighting objects or the building itself while lighting areas often traveled to and from entrance doors.

Flower gardens and back yard areas can especially benefit from many types of these different lights used outdoors. As we start our Spring flower gardens, don't forget the lighting! For now, let's consider the many outdoor lighting options.

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Spring Ladder Safety...Clean Those Gutters Safely!

Friday April 4, 2014

Now that spring has sprung, you may feel the need to get out and clean the gutters. Yes spring fever and/or cabin fever gets us in the mood to get outside and do something, even cleaning the gutters. To do this needed chore, you'll be needing a good, secure ladder to reach the gutters.

Ladders should be examined for defects like cracks, splinters, missing anti-slip feet, loose parts and foot boards, or defective locking parts, before using a ladder. Be sure to choose the right size ladder for the job. There is never a reason to be standing on the top or second from the top step of a ladder! If the job is that high, get a taller ladder or don't do the job! With any job requiring a ladder, ladder safety should be observed, especially if electricity is involved.

There are many different types of ladders and they are made of different materials. Step ladders are often used around the house and also extension ladders for the higher areas. Then there are those handy two and three foot step, platform ladders that have that handy platform to stand on, just right for reaching the upper cabinets, dusting light fixtures, and painting rooms.

Ladders are also used for doing electrical work and working near power lines and services. It may be you are shingling your roof, painting the outside of your house, or changing the pole light on the utility pole, but there are often electrical dangers in the area you are going to be working. Metal ladders should never be used when dealing with electricity. Always choose a nonconductive ladder made of wood or fiberglass. Whatever ladder you choose, be sure to observe ladder safety.

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Give Your Central Air Conditioner a Bath!

Friday April 4, 2014

Cleaning air conditioners is essential if you want them to perform at peak efficiency. Some may think a central air conditioner will cool their home year after year without any effort at all. It's an easy system to have when connected to a digital thermostat in that it cools your entire home, but you need to do a little upkeep to keep the central air conditioner running great.

Just like us humans, your central air conditioner needs a bath from time to time. I know it may sound funny, but cleaning the system will keep it running efficiently and lasting longer. So grab the rubber ducky and get that Spring cleaning done on your air conditioners!

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Power Walking?

Monday March 17, 2014

Yes it is true. By simply walking in shoes equipped with a small generator embedded within the sole of the shoe, you can actually produce enough power to run simple electronic devices. The new voltage regulation circuits that efficiently convert a piezoelectric charge into usable voltage for charging batteries or for directly powering electronics is a breakthrough by Dr. Ville Kaajakari, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Louisiana Tech University. Just think of all of the electronics you can power on the go.

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Make Your Own Power?

Saturday March 15, 2014

If you've ever wondered if there is a choice to powering your home or lessening your electric or heating bills through an alternative power source, these articles may be the starting point. Wind power, solar power and other forms of everyday free access power-generating supplies can be used to make power for your home in order to supplement the utility company feed that you currently have. Are you ready for an alternative power source?

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Can The Aging Power Grid Handle The Load Of Electric Car Charging?

Friday March 14, 2014

Can our power grid handle the additional demand by charging electric cars? With the invention of electric cars, there is a new hope of no pollution due to cars and a rechargeable means of transportation. However, utility companies fear the power demand that will be created if everyone drives one, may lead to widespread power outages and failure of aging power lines, transformers, and the power infrastructure. Can this new load demand be just too much for our power grid?

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