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Installing a Smart Thermostat

Setback and programmable thermostats are so smart that they'll not only make your home more comfortable, but will conserve energy and save money, too.  Unless you live in a home built recently or have upgraded the original thermostat, chances are your thermostat isn't "smart." Setback and programmable thermostats are so smart that they'll not only make your home more comfortable, but will conserve energy and save money, too. How, you ask? Simple. A smart thermostat can be programmed to turn the heating system on just before you get out of bed in the morning; turn off about the time everyone leaves the home; turn on again just in time to have the home toasty for your return after a long day, and finally turn off just about the time you snuggle into bed.

Hand washing vs dish washer

Three distinct styles...this is a hard one to predict! Conservation-wise, hand washing comes in at 30 gallons. Machine and pre-rinse total 20 gallons, and machine-only wash used an amazing record-breaking 7.2 gallons! It's a gold-medal performance by today's new generation of automatic dishwashers!

Safe or Not

If you're not sure if a dish or cup is microwave safe and you're not up for a bit of trial and error, you can test it by leaving it empty and placing it in the microwave along with a measuring cup filled with water. Heat both for one minute at the highest power and check the temperature of each one. If the dish or cup is cold and the water is hot, it's microwave safe, but if both are hot it's not!  Now You Know!

Something to Think about

Think about a rainwater tank.  Even in certain areas throughout the world some people are installing rainwater tanks to collect water to use in the garden or for the washing machine.

Refrigerator - strange noises

Your frostless refrigerator whistles and wheezes. Is it a meltdown, a breakdown or is it getting ready to freeze up? Whistles, wheezes, hisses and other strange noises that sound like squeals or chirping are not indications of an impending major breakdown. Rather, most often, they come from the fan motor of the evaporator mounted on the back wall of the freezer compartment. To be certain, open the freezer when you hear it, and it'll get louder -- if this is, indeed, the source. If so, it's just the small fan motor's bearings, which are worn and ready to give out. Give Bug`s Appliance Repair a Call!

Keep Your Cool!

You need to replace the door seals on your refrigerator when they're old, dried out and cracked; they let cold air escape. Energy bills become higher, too. Get a new seal installed to keep your cool!

Range Hood Cleaning

Been doing a lot of cooking lately? Been using your kitchen range hood to draw out smoke and excess moisture without removing and cleaning the filter? If it's been a while since you checked it, or if you never thought about it all, today's a good day to get it done. Up inside, you'll find a mesh filter -- probably a bit sticky from built-up grease. Remove it and let it sit in a sink full of hot water and liquid dish detergent. Then scrub both sides with a brush and rinse clean with more hot water. While there, wash out the inside of the hood, too. An important tip to remember: putting your filter in the dishwasher gets it nice and clean. This is true, but it leaves a greasy film behind that's really hard to get off. Besides messing up the dishwasher inside, it can clog the drain lines.

Enviro Friendly

Select biodegradable, naturally-derived, non-toxic toys, clothing, bedding and food for your children to protect your family and the environment. 

Kitchen Appliance Quick Fixes

The garbage disposal is jammed; the gas burner's cooked; you're afraid to give the dishwasher a look. What can you do? When a bad day for appliances is plaguing you, try these simple fixes: For the disposal, make sure the power is off. Then open the cabinet and look on the bottom of the disposal housing. You'll see a hole for a hex wrench that you can use to manually unjam the blades. For the stove, the problem might be clogged burners from dropped food and grease. Clear them with a toothpick so they burn free. For the dishwasher, if it's OK for the moment, run it weekly to keep seals and gaskets moist and put a teaspoon of mineral oil inside on the bottom for the days in between.

Food Storage

Wondering how long something's been in the fridge? Has it been days or months? The reason we refrigerate is to slow bacterial growth -- and the magic number for food safety is 40 F. Above this temperature, bacteria grows rapidly. There are two types that affect us. One is spoilage that deteriorates and ruins food; the other is pathogenic, which is far worse (because whereas food looks and smells all right, it could make you sick and even be dangerous). Food stored at 35-40 F lasts longest. But how do you know how long is OK? As rule of thumb, store cooked leftovers no more than four days. Raw poultry and fresh meats should be stored just one to two days maximum. To keep track of what's up front (and way in back), use a marking pen masking tape and post-it notes. Date everything you open or put away.
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