December 19th, 2008 | 683 Comments
Shopping for dad can be difficult. Many men view gifts of clothing much the way women view receiving small kitchen appliances and cleaning supplies as presents– way too utilitarian. Practical gifts are useful, but they are not exciting. But who wants to waste money on frivolous things in this economy? Seriously….how many office toys and other useless junk does dad really need? For a gift both exciting and practical, consider a Home Depot gift card. My husband’s eyes light up when he walks … Read entire article »
November 6th, 2008 | 718 Comments
We installed ceiling fans to save fuel–did you know that ceiling fans can reduce your energy bill by as much as 15% both in the winter as well as in the summer? Just hit the reverse switch and the current will push down the hot air that has risen to the ceiling, heating the room more efficiently. And more efficient heating equals big savings as energy costs rise. On most summer days, we just used our ceiling … Read entire article »
October 30th, 2008 | 3 Comments
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) that screw in to regular bulb sockets consume less than a quarter of the energy of incandescent (tungsten) bulbs that produce the same amount of light. They cost a lot more than tungsten bulbs, but since they also last at least four times longer they easily pay for themselves. I tried screw-in CFLs a few years ago and found that they had a number of drawbacks: Bad color quality Faint flickering Minutes to warm up … Read entire article »
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