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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How to cut laundry room energy costs (Part 2)

The average family does 300 leaks of laundry every year. Each load costing about $0.68 or about $204 yearly. Now, there has to be a way to minimize that cost, right? Yes! We have 10 tricks to help save energy in the laundry room!

5. Spin zone
When clothes spin faster in a dryer, they dry faster. If your dryer has the option, pick the fastest spin cycle.

6. Lint
Removing lint after every load helps your clothes dry faster, and thus uses less energy.

7. Warm it up!
If possible, have your laundry room be warm. Having it be cold makes it so the dryer has to work harder.

8. Get gassy
Gas dryers typically cost $0.15-$0.33 less than electric dryers per load.

9. Let nature take its course
If the weather is nice outside and you have the time, consider setting up a clothes line. They dry your clothes for free!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How to cut laundry room energy costs (Part 1)

The average family does 300 leaks of laundry every year. Each load costing about $0.68 or about $204 yearly. Now, there has to be a way to minimize that cost, right? Yes! We have 10 tricks to help save energy in the laundry room!

1. Use cold water
Heating up the water while washing your clothes costs a fair amount of energy. By switching to cold water you can save an average of $35/year.

2. Run full loads
If you are running loads of laundry that aren't full, that means that you're doing more loads of laundry. More loads of laundry means more energy bills.

3. Energy efficient washing machines
If you're machines aren't energy efficient, you will be spending more money for more energy. An energy efficient machine will save you about $24 a year.

4. Front loading machines
These washing machines use about 2/3 less water, which means much less water to heat up!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Keep Your Appliances Running Longer

We rely on our household appliances every day and need to me functioning at their best. Doing simple maintenance task can help to extend their life immensely.
  • Fridge: Clean your refrigerator coils regularly. They can get caked and clogged with dust.This build up can cause the fridge to fail. This is especially important if you have pets in your household because it will build up faster
  • Oven and Range: Be careful how you clean your oven and range, and what you use to clean it. Overly harsh chemical cleaners can clog range burners. It is also prudent to avoid spraying cleaner directly on to knobs because the cleaner can leak behind the knobs and cause electrical shorts. Always use soft cloths, light cleaners. If you must use a harsh chemical, apply it to the cloth before the surface.
  • Dishwasher: Don't pre-wash your dishes too much. If the dishes get put into the dishwasher with too much water on them or too much soap it can cause your dishwasher to overflow. 
  • Washing Machine: Don’t overload your washing machine. Overloading your washing machine adds wear and tear to the motor and can cause damage and leaks. Even though doing more that one load can be a hassle it will save you time and money in the long run by preventing damage.
  • Dryer: You probably already know to clean the lint trap, but make sure you also give it a deep clean to get any lint in the ducts or around the exit vents. This is where lint and dust tend to build up. Make sure to clean the moisture sensor also. Residue from dryer sheets and dust can clog it up and make your dryer work harder than it needs to.
With these maintenance tips you can keep your most used appliances in topnotch running order and keep them running longer.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to Get Your Microwave Sparkling!

Microwave Cleaning Supplies:
  • Lemons
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water
  • Microwave safe glass bowl or measuring cup
What you need to do:
  • Gather Lemons, Apple Cider Vinegar (white vinegar works great too) and water.
  • Chop up a couple of lemons, place in a microwave safe measuring or bowl.
  • Pour in about 1/4 cup vinegar, then fill the rest with water.
  • Place it in your microwave and turn on for a couple of minutes. About 3 to 4 minutes depending on your microwave. You want the water to get hot enough to create a steam.
  • After it’s done, DON’T OPEN THE DOOR. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so. The steam will lift the dried on food.
  • Using a clean damp sponge, wipe it clean.
Now you have a sparkling clean microwave that should also smell nice and fresh. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

You Could Have Money Owed to You!

A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that alleges LG-brand front-loading washing machines (“Washers”) had an undisclosed propensity to develop a Mold and/or mold-related Odor Problem. LG denies it did anything wrong. The Court has not decided who is right.
If you actually experienced a Mold and/or mold-related Odor Problem, you may be entitled to compensation in the form of either (1) a cash payment of thirty-five ($35.00) in the form of a check, or (2) a Washer Rebate Certificate worth one hundred and five dollars ($105.00), redeemable after you purchase a new Washer from an authorized Washer retailer.

For more information click here.