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Save on Heating

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1) Have your heater system cleaned and serviced


2) Turn your thermostat down. The rule of thumb is you can save
     about 3 percent on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your
     thermostat. A programmable thermostat could also could help. (WARNING: Do not
      lose the paperwork on how to program as someday your service person will
      probably need this information.)


3) Changing your filter regularly will save costly service repairs. I like to use a   

     inexpensive pleated filter. a good rule of thumb is that if you can see your hand 

     right through the filter, dust will just passing though it.


4) Check your duct work. A home that uses duct
     work to move heated air can lose up to 60 percent of that air before it reaches
     the vents if the duct work is poorly connected, not well insulated and travels
     through unheated spaces like attics and crawl spaces. Repair these gaps with
     metal-backed duct tape, not traditional duct tape. Regular duct tape will
     deteriorate and cause the same problem.


5) Keep heating vents clear. Vents blocked by rugs, furniture, and even curtains, may    

     prevent heated air from circulating efficiently. 


6) Keep fireplace dampers closed when not in us. This is an open airway from outside

     right in to the house. also, limit the use of your fireplac, since fires acually suck 

     heat from a room. 




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Going Green

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When I talk about “Going Green,” I am not referring to the new Incredible Hulk movie. I am talking about something that has taken the world by storm. It means to be more environmentally conscious. It can refer to many different approaches on how to make this earth a better place. I recently have been researching environmentally-friendly
drinking cups for my work. I learned there is so much to consider with any
product. For example, some products that are environmentally-friendly may be
more harmful to the environment. This is due to chemicals, excessive water and
fuel emissions. To understand more, we need to define three terms:
biodegradable, compostable and recyclable.


Biodegradable -- capable of decaying through the action of living organisms.

Compostable -- products are manufactured to break down in a compost process.

Recyclable-- to treat or process (used or waste materials) to make suitable for


Most cups do not have all three qualities. A consumer may pay three times as much for a compostable product, but because many landfills do not compost their trash, the cup that costs 40 cents is lying next to the cup that costs much less. Some cups appear to be recyclable, but have a thin inner lining of plastic so the cup can hold hot beverages. That makes these cups non-recyclable. They do make cups that have all three attributes, but these cups are very expensive to produce. They are made from recycled material and are both compostable and biodegradable. They have an inner lining that is made from corn that even allows them to be recycled. The challenge is cost.

So if Going Green is the way your going make sure you do your research.


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