Hire the right electrician for the job

If you didn’t buy your home new, or if it is more than 20 years old, you should have an electrician check your electrical system to be sure it can safely handle your family’s growing electricity needs. Read More


Ease into green with easy changes

            If you want to do your part for the environment by using less energy but you’re afraid to make your home uncomfortable, make changes that nobody will notice.    Read More


Think outside the box for energy savings

            We all know the usual ways to save energy and money on the electric bill, like turning the lights off in an empty room and setting the thermostat back a few degrees before bedtime. Read More


Don’t rely on luck for safe microwave oven

Cooking in your microwave oven can save energy and money compared with using the stovetop or oven. And it’s perfectly safe to heat up food or drinks in a microwave—as long as you’re using it correctly and the appliance is in good shape. Read More


Prepare heart-healthy crockpot meal for your Valentine

            February focuses on the heart with Valentines’ Day on the 14th and American Heart Month all month long.

Celebrate both by preparing a heart-healthy meal for your special someone—in a crockpot.

Since the company Rival introduced slow cookers in 1971, they have been celebrated as savers of both time and electricity. Plus, crockpot-prepared meals, because they are cooked at low temperatures for long periods, are nutritious, as the fresh meats and vegetables retain their natural juices.

Here are five reasons to dust off your crockpot this winter and use it to make soups, stews and entrees.

  1. Although it takes all day for a crockpot to cook a meal, you don’t have to do anything except toss in the ingredients. Once you prep the pot, you can walk away until the food is done.
  2. Electric slow cookers use less energy than a conventional oven. Cook in a crockpot in the winter to create hot, hearty meals. When it’s warm outside, use it instead of the stove or oven, and keep your kitchen cooler.
  3. A crockpot meal is quick to clean up after. Aside from a cutting board and a knife, all you have to wash is the crockpot.
  4. When you’re invited to a pot-luck supper, prepare your donation in the crockpot. Once the food is ready, leave it in the slow cooker, let it cool and bring the whole thing to the party.
  5. You’ll eat fewer processed foods if you get used to cooking with a crockpot. That means you’ll eat less salt, fat and calories. Look for slow cooker recipes for everything from casseroles to desserts.


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