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Winter Caution: Carbon Monoxide
Monoxide is invisible, odorless, tasteless and can kill you!
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.
your gas appliances serviced regularly and call the gas company if
- You see a yellow, large and unsteady burner flame in an
- Smell an unusual, pungent odor when an appliance is running or,
- You or a member of your household have unexplained nausea,
drowsiness or flu-like symptoms in household members!
THE ECONOMICAL RETRO HOUSEWIFE
ALL ABOUT SAVING AND CONSERVING
Tips for Saving Energy
or Go Some Other Form Of Renewable Energy - Save
On Your TAXES or possibly get some of your money back!
Immediately visit this brilliant
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!
- Turn off lights when not in use. - There are plenty of
nifty devices these days that can help you do this!
- 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.)
- Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees F.
has other benefits such as preventing the "lobster effect" in you or
any of your fellow homies.)
- Keep your fireplace damper closed when not in use.
To keep out the cold and that pesky Santa Claus, too!
- 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
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?)
- Install foam insulators behind faceplates for light switches and
electrical outlets. I know what they are!
- Replace your furnace filter once a month or every three months
depending on filter type.
- Seal gaps and cracks, especially around windows and doors, with
caulk and weather stripping.
- Use ventilating fans sparingly.
- Replace standard light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs.
- Choose Energy Star products.
- Have a contractor perform an annual heating and cooling system
- Install and use a programmable thermostat.
- Replace your water heater if it's more than 10 years old.
- Add insulation to the attic.
- Replace your refrigerator if it's more than 10 years old.
- Replace your heating and cooling system if it's old and
- Replace windows and doors if they're too cold to be near in the
- When building, choose an
Energy Star qualified new home.
- 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!
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!)
SAVE THE PLANET! SEND IN YOUR TIP!
Did You Know?
Lighting can consume 20%
of home energy
of a typical winter gas bill is spent on heating the home and
Places to Buy Eco-Friendly Products
Eco Options at Home Depot:
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
(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
- Shorter cycles are gentler on fabrics, so clothes last
- Less static is created and fewer wrinkles
- Cost less to operate
Source: Southwest Gas