Archive for the ‘How To’s’ Category

Energy Efficient Thermostats for Your Home

Monday, June 11th, 2007

672782_thermostat_2.jpg   One of the easiest ways to lose money on electrical usage in your home is through heating and cooling.  While some of it is human error, forgetting to change the temperature when you aren’t going to be home for a long period of time, much of it is due to the thermostat.  There are many ways to incorporate more energy efficient thermostats into your home, even taking the human aspect out of things.  Three options, each more aggressive than the next, can help you conserve energy and save money with a more efficient thermostat in your home.


Lint and Dryers

Friday, June 8th, 2007

58620_wash-top-loader.jpg     How many different dryers have you been through over the years?  Growing up, you probably saw your mother replace hers at least once, and now you’ve probably had the opportunity to go through at least one life cycle, if not more, and have to replace the unit.  Did you ever stop to think that one of the biggest factors in proper dryer maintenance that could easily extend its lifetime by years is the care of the lint filter?  Lint and dryers are not very compatible, and if you’ve ever looked at what happens to the lint filter after each load, you’ll see why it can cause a problem.  How can you avoid major repairs and costly replacements of dryers simply by caring for the lint filters?


How to Add a Dishwasher to Your Home When There Isn’t Any Room

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

777226_68918787-person-with-dishes.jpg   The biggest problem with installing a new dishwasher in a home that has never had one is finding the space for it.  Once you’ve done that, the real trouble is getting the plumbing hookup to the right location.  As you look around your kitchen and even the rest of your house, you can’t seem to find a single place for the dishwasher, and you are wondering where you could possibly install such a convenience without the installation becoming too inconvenient.  There are several avenues to pursue in this nature, depending on the overall spatial limitations and the cleverness and wit involved in thinking out the solution.


Are Your Appliances Kid Friendly?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

56668_warning.jpg   We childproof our homes in many ways, locking under-counter cabinets filled with cleaning supplies and poisons, plugging outlets with plastic safety caps, and keeping dangerous items out of reach.  However, we often forget about the things our children use every day – household appliances?  Are your appliances kid friendly, or do they pose a danger to your child on a daily basis?  Here are some things you probably don’t think about all the time that should be handled with care in a home where there are young children.


Top 3 Refrigerator Problems

Monday, May 14th, 2007

777226_68918787-person-with-dishes.jpg   Just when you thought you had repaired all of your major appliances and it was safe to go into the kitchen, you find a problem with your refrigerator.  It’s not running at all, or not properly.  It’s noisy or leaky, or maybe it won’t shut off at all.  You may or may not know offhand what is wrong, but you can be sure it’s going to be a big problem if you don’t get it fixed fast.  You may be surprised what the most common complaints and repairs on refrigerators may be, and you may be even more taken aback by how easily you can fix them.