Wednesday, January 19, 2011

5 Thermostat Tips to Save Money!

Thermostats, where they are located in your home, and how you set them can be the most important factor in determining the size of your fuel bill.  Here are five tips to help save money.

1. When you’ll be out for an evening, turn down the thermostats. If you’ll be away for a weekend or more, lower the thermostats to 55 F. You’ll save on heating without risking a freeze-up of your water pipes.

2. Whenever you can lower your thermostat dramatically for a few days or more, you’ll save a little on the operation of the refrigerator and freezer, which won’t need to work so hard to maintain their cool.

3. How low can your thermostats be set? At our house, we’ve gotten accustomed to 68 F as a comfortable norm. Reduce the heat just 1 degree at a time and try it for a week. Each 1-degree drop for an eight-hour period reduces your fuel bill about one percent. Gradually, you might be able to go down 3 or even 4 degrees comfortably and save a chunk of money.

4. Try turning down the thermostat 5 to 10 degrees at night, and then turn it up again in the morning when the coffee is brewing. If you can get used to that, you’ll save 5 to 10 percent of your heating bill.

5.  Once common myth is that when you reduce the thermostat for only a few hours it will take more heat to bring your home back up to the desired temperature. This is not so. You will save money and fuel because your heating system will not have to keep your home so warm. You will use less energy overall even when you warm up your house from a cooler temperature

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Renter's Insurance - A Good Idea

Are you wondering what the benefits are in buying renters insurance? Do you think it's just another way for the big insurance machine to get your money? Unlike other kinds of insurance such as auto or homeowners, renters insurance is an affordable way to protect one's assets, get legal assistance against lawsuits and offer medical help for guests. So, before you discount it as just another household expense, weigh the costs. Renters insurance offers a lot of benefits that you will want to take advantage of.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

It's the New Year!

With the new year upon us, it's time to check those smoke dectector batteries.  A little prevention goes a long way.  Happy new year to all!