With talks of an
inevitable polar vortex this coming winter, homeowners are trying every trick
in the book to reduce electrical costs. Electricity is downright expensive when
temperatures dip low, both day and night. Make a promise to yourself that's
easy to keep by saving money with these surefire conservation tips.
1. Grab a Blanket
If you want to save
about 10 percent on your electricity bill each year, turn the heat down at
least 10 degrees for an 8-hour period, states Duke Energy. This period could occur during the day when everyone is away or
overnight when cuddled into bed. If the family bundles up with basic sweaters
and slacks during the day, a 10-degree difference really isn't uncomfortable
compared to the outdoor temperatures.
2. Dirt is a Barrier
The heater may be a
tried-and-true appliance, but it can't work for 3 months straight without the
filter being changed or cleaned. All central air heaters use a removable filter
to stop particulates from infiltrating the internal parts. Over time, the
filter clogs up with the particulates, blocking air from moving through the
system and racking up the electrical charges.
The amount of warm air
lost through door and window gaps is astounding. Before winter really hits
hard, walk around the entire home and evaluate all openings. Add
weatherstripping to any doors and windows with an obvious draft. This lost
energy is a huge chunk of the electricity bill.
4. Turn on a Fan? Yep!
It's not crazy to turn
on a ceiling fan during the winter because it actually pulls warm air trapped
at the ceiling and down to people below. Set the fan to a clockwise direction
to see the warm effects.
5. Avoid the Peaks
According to USA Today, running a heater during peak hours can cost up to 60 percent
more than if you waited until off-peak hours. Although the heater may be on
almost nonstop, try using the washing machine and other high-energy appliances
on the weekends or holidays to avoid peak times.
6. Got an Attic?
Head up to the attic and
find all the warm air escaping through crevices. Save considerable energy by
simply rolling out insulation across the roof's interior surfaces. The heater
won't have to work as hard as before.
7. Maintenance Saves
Make friends with the
local HVAC professional to have a twice yearly check of your furnace system. A
well-maintained system uses electricity sparingly even when it's several years
8. All the Lights are On
Dark winter nights call
for more lights on so replace them with CFLs or compact fluorescent lights.
You'll still have ample illumination, but without the high cost of other light
Marie and I are doing a new segment on the radio show this week called: Ask The Cleaning Coach. I love answering all your questions about living cleaner and greener at home. While I was doing a talk at the Congregational Church of Needham yesterday, I had some great questions and I thought I'd share both the questions and the answers here.
Question: Now that I've decided that I want to go greener - how do I get rid of all my old cleaning products? Should I just pour them down the drain?
Cleaning Coach: OH NO! These cleaning chemicals are considered hazardous waste. You want to check with your town and find out the dates they have for turning in toxic chemicals. One great place to go online to check is www.earth911.com or www.1800recycling.com Both sites will use your zip code and let you know the locations, dates and times of local recycling centers.
Question: I'm overwhelmed and feel like a failure. I tried switching to greener cleaners a few years ago, but don't have the time to mix up all these cleaners. Is there a place where I can just go buy green cleaning products?
Cleaning Coach: I'm so glad you asked! I've been promoting, testing and using green cleaning products for twenty four years. In that time I've learned what works, and what doesn't. I now have created a store where you can shop and buy products that I know and trust. I've organized it by room, brand or product. I home it helps you find switching to green cleaning a touch easier. www.shopgreencleaning.com
Question: Where can I go to find out how safe or unsafe a product really is?
Cleaning Coach: There are a few great web sites that even have apps so you can look an item up right on your phone. I have two favorites - http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners & http://www.goodguide.com If you are using www.goodguide.com make sure you are looking at the health rating first. This tells you about the ingredients and how safe it will be for your home. Not every item is listed in these guides, but they will definitely help you learn about the ingredients
in the products you're using in your home.
If you want to hear more questions AND enter to win a wonderful package of products from Better Life listen in tomorrow on www.cleangreentalk.com or find the show on iHeartRadio.com. You can enter the give away here: http://tinyurl.com/ncf2lmd
The last six weeks have been more than interesting. Right before Memorial Day I made the decision to change the way I do business. For over 24 years I've run a traditional retail store, specializing in the best cleaning products in the world. I really enjoy cleaning and teaching and my store let me combine both of those gifts while helping others. I loved my store and every day I woke up and looked forward to going to work.
But over the years retail has changed. When I started, there were just a few web sites and no one was buying on the internet. But now the tide has turned and each day I heard from more and more of my customers that my products were available online. Not only were they online, but they were cheaper and more convenient.
Since January I've been trying to figure out how to compete with this online competition. I found that every vendor I had in my store was also on Amazon - with prices far less than I could sell in my store. They also provided free shipping on orders over $35 or if you were an Amazon Prime member it's free shipping. My products are heavy and shipping is very expensive. One $9 bottle of hand soap costs $10 to ship to the west coast. I tried everything I could to find a profitable way to compete agains Amazon. Unfortunately, nothing I tried worked.
So I decided to join them. My new business model lets me connect you - the customer - to the best prices and inventory in the world. With minimal shipping costs! What's not to love about this?!
A lot of you are mad at me for closing my retail location. I'm want you to know that I'm going to miss the store too. If things were the same as they were 24 years ago - I would continue to serve you at my store. But things aren't the same - and change, though difficult, needs to happen. Some of you think I'm crazy - some think I'm sick - others think I'm quitting. I'm not crazy, sick or giving up. Just making a change that will be good for everyone.
A lot of you have already gone to my website and have found it VERY convenient. You get your products in two days or less! And you can shop at your convenience - not the limited hours that my store was open. I'm telling you - this new website is going to be great!!
I also want you to know that I'm just a phone call away. My phone number still rings on my phone. I'm just not at the store. But I'm happy to help to answer any of your questions. Even if it's "What kind of bags do I need?" I have all your buying history in my computer.
Faster! Easier! Cheaper! - It's everything you want. Trust me. It's different, but much better.
There was a great article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that discussed the changes happening to retail locations. You can read it here: http://www.telegram.com/article/20140706/NEWS/307069951/1237#.U7oF1yCkUrQ.facebook
I love doing my radio show! I can crawl out of bed, grab a cup of coffee and slip on a set of headphones and I'm on! You don't know what I look like - and trust me, some days you definitely don't want to see how bad I look! Today I thought I'd dress up for the radio. I even put on makeup! I stopped by a Sephora store yesterday and sprung for a new eyeliner. They also showed me how to put it on. Eyeliner is much more complicated than I ever knew - inside - outside - top inside - bottom outside - it started to make my hair hurt! But I think I got the hang of it. I bought the stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, Stingray
">Stila smudge stick in "damsel". "older women don't want to go too dark" she said. So I bought it and love it! Thanks Stila for making makeup we ALL can wear.
Rachel is a full time mom and executive that has just hit overwhelm with her home. Watch as Leslie Reichert, The Cleaning Coach and her team put her back in control in only 8 hours. Leslie's team includes a nurse, a professional organizer and the professional staff at the Container Store.
Please watch, leave a comment and like on YouTube. I'd also love it if you'd share it with your friends. I'm trying to show the networks that this would be a great show!!
I’ve done a video review of Shadazzle to show you how it will work on your stainless steel pans, your kitchen sink and especially your glass topped stove. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I’m here to help you!