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Recycle That Cell Phone, Save a Gorilla!!

What on earth do cell phones and gorillas have in common? Read how recycling your cell phone can help the big lugs. Find a recycling location near you.

Winter Caution: Carbon Monoxide

Important!Carbon Monoxide is invisible, odorless, tasteless and can kill you!

Important!Carbon Monoxide can be produced by faulty gas appliances such as your furnace, and can build up in your home more easily during the winter months when all the doors and windows are shut tightly.

Important!Have your gas appliances serviced regularly and call the gas company if
  1. You see a yellow, large and unsteady burner flame in an appliance,
  2. Smell an unusual, pungent odor when an appliance is running or,
  3. You or a member of your household have unexplained nausea, drowsiness or flu-like symptoms in household members!



Tips for Saving Energy
  1. Go Solar   or Go Some Other Form Of Renewable Energy - Save On Your TAXES or possibly get some of your money back! Immediately visit this brilliant website cutely named DSIRE (stands for Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency) and check out what your state and local governments are offering - as well as the FEDDIES and your utility company - smell a conspiracy? YOU ARE RIGHT! I am in on it too! BWA Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha (evil laugh) - No really - check it out!
  2. Turn off lights when not in use. - There are plenty of nifty devices these days that can help you do this!
  3. Open south-facing window shades and drapes during the day and close them at night. (In the winter...this is to keep the house warm by capturing sun light. In the summer, you will want to do the opposite to keep the house cooler.)
  4. Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees F. (This also has other benefits such as preventing the "lobster effect" in you or any of your fellow homies.)
  5. Keep your fireplace damper closed when not in use. To keep out the cold and that pesky Santa Claus, too!
  6. Check your dryer vent cap to be sure it closes tightly when not in use. First, figure out what a "dryer vent cap" is, then tell me!
  7. Install storm windows if you have them. (Not sure if they are referring to storms or windows - but in any case you need both - otherwise what is the point?)
  8. Install foam insulators behind faceplates for light switches and electrical outlets. I know what they are!
  9. Replace your furnace filter once a month or every three months depending on filter type.
  10. Seal gaps and cracks, especially around windows and doors, with caulk and weather stripping.
  11. Use ventilating fans sparingly.
  12. Replace standard light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs.
  13. Choose Energy Star products.
  14. Have a contractor perform an annual heating and cooling system check.
  15. Install and use a programmable thermostat.
  16. Replace your water heater if it's more than 10 years old.
  17. Add insulation to the attic.
  18. Replace your refrigerator if it's more than 10 years old.
  19. Replace your heating and cooling system if it's old and inefficient.
  20. Replace windows and doors if they're too cold to be near in the winter.
  21. When building, choose an Energy Star qualified new home.
  22. If you have a pet - say a dog or a cat - and you are thinking of getting a doggie door, get this one. It'll keep out drafts AND axe murderers! Even if they have a gun! It's bullet proof!

    (Tip: If you find yourself besieged by gunfire, hide next to the doggie door since it is most likely the only part of your home that is bullet proof!)



Did You Know?
Bright Housewife - Tips for Saving EnergyLighting can consume 20%
 of home energy

Bright Housewife - Tips for Saving Energy90% of a typical winter gas bill is spent on heating the home and heating water!

Places to Buy Eco-Friendly Products

  1. Eco Options at Home Depot: The Home Depot has a really nice eco section that provides explanations and breaks products down by just HOW they help the environment (and help save you money...waste not want not!).
    Choose products from:
    Sustainable Forestry, Energy Efficient, Healthy Home, Clean Air and Water Conservation.

In the United Kingdom The Union Jack is the British Flag (Britain), households can choose their Gas and Electric Company! Much like we in the US can choose the phone company which offers us the best plan, UK residents can shop around for electricity! Usually, when companies compete, it is better for the consumer (us!) and you end up saving money. This seems to be the case in the UK, as these ads for saving money on your electric bills demonstrate!

Choose natural gas dryers because...

  • Drying clothes is 20% faster than electric
  • You don't have to be as concerned about time of use electric rates
  • Shorter cycles are gentler on fabrics, so clothes last longer
  • Less static is created and fewer wrinkles
  • Cost less to operate
I had no idea that clothes dry faster in a gas dryer!

Source: Southwest Gas