Use less energy in the kitchen on Thanksgiving

By mid-morning on Thanksgiving Day, your turkey will be in the oven; pies will be baking; casseroles will be heating up and all of the burners on your stove will be covered with pots and pans full of holiday favorites. Read More


Look for Black Friday deals on electronics

Make a game plan before you join the line outside of your favorite store on Black Friday and you’re likely to get better deals and spend less time fighting the holiday crowds. Here’s some intel to help you create your strategy for buying this season’s most popular electronics: Read More


Before it gets too cold outside

  • Replace your old electric space heaters with newer models that feature automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing heating elements. And keep them at least three feet away from flammable fabrics, like curtains and sofa covers.
  • Check around windows, doors and electrical outlets for air leaks, and around wall penetrations for cables and phone lines, where cold air can sneak into the house. Caulk holes and replace worn-out weather-stripping. Do this on the inside and outside of the house.
  • Change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. Don’t have any detectors? Get some now.
  • Keep fire extinguishers around the house and teach everyone in the family how to use them.
  • If your windows are drafty, double them up with storm windows or by attaching plastic film on the inside of the glass panes.
  • Have your heating system inspected. This is an annual necessity. A qualified contractor can let you know if your system is in good enough shape to make it through the winter.
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