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By Laura on 11/26/2012 12:04 PM
Cooking appliances are essential if you cook a lot. They are particularly vital when you’ve gone through all the efforts to prepare a meal only to discover that your oven isn’t up to the task. If you are trying desperately to get your oven going in a pinch, here are a few guidelines to help you diagnose your problems in case it’s something that can be easily fixed to get back to preparing a meal: Gas Range:

It doesn’t work at all: Check to make sure it’s getting power. Check for tripped circuit breakers or a blown fuse. Check the wall socket for power by plugging something else in. Top burner doesn’t work: This could just be a clogged burner so check to make sure it is clean and free from any obstructions. If your model has a spark igniter instead of a pilot, the problem could be very difficult to diagnose and you’re likely better calling in the experts. It doesn’t bake: first off, make sure your oven is set to manual bake and it’s not on a timer. If that isn’t it, the most common problem is a burned...
By Laura on 11/19/2012 1:11 PM
Dishwashers are a great appliance and when used properly they can actually save you money. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to keeping more of the green you like for what you really want to spend it on. When picking out a dishwasher, choose a dishwasher that fits the amount of dishwashing you do. If you serve for a large family, you’re going to need a large capacity dishwasher to make sure you can get a day’s worth of dishes in it without having some left over. If you live by yourself and are only home for one meal a day, you aren’t going to want a huge dishwasher you would never fill.  Get an energy efficient dishwasher. If you have the option of choosing a dishwasher, get one with high energy efficiency ratings. Energy Star ratings are a great indicator since anything with their sticker on it is required to be at least 25% more efficient than the mandated minimum.  Get a full load before running. Don’t run the dishwasher with only a few dishes in it. It goes through the same amount of water and cycles regardless of how many you put in, so make the best of it and don’t be wasteful....
By Laura on 11/12/2012 6:29 AM
As you could imagine, hanging clothes on a clothesline to air dry is by far the greenest method of getting your clothes dried after a wash. Unfortunately, this is significantly less convenient than using a dryer. When you don’t have time to use the free drying method, here are a few tips to help you keep wasted energy to a minimum: Where possible, keep your dryer in a warm room of the house. This will cut down on how much heating the dryer has to do to. If you live in a residence with same floor living this is likely not an issues but some homes have their laundry in a basement or areas without climate control where temperatures may get down to cold levels causing the dryer to have to work harder to get it to operating temperature. When purchasing a dryer, make sure you purchase one that has a moisture sensor to detect when the clothes are dry and shut itself off to prevent it from running for excess time after the job is already done. A dryer works by forcing hot air into the drum. In order for this air to be effective in drying out your clothes, it has to have an unrestricted exit back out of the drum with the moisture. Cleaning out the lint trap keeps the air flowing properly and in turn keeps the dryer running as efficiently as it can in order to cut down on wasted energy....
By Laura on 11/5/2012 6:31 AM
The average North American household is estimated to do an average of 400 loads of laundry per year. Combine that with an average clothes washer using 40 gallons of water per load and your average household burns through 16,000 gallons a year just keeping their clothes clean! Are we that dirty?! Even if you don’t care about the environmental aspect of how much water you could be going through, this costs you more than just the water expenditure. Even if water is cheap, heating it for the washer to use it is not cheap. 85% to 90% of the energy used during a wash cycle is that of heating the water. If you have the option of using a washer that uses 13 gallons of water versus one that uses 40 gallons, you could be saving a lot on your energy bill! Washing machines have made a huge change in improved efficiency but they can still consume huge amounts of energy heating the water. Washers don’t require a minimum temperature to wash the clothes so unless you’re trying to get out deep stains, there generally isn’t...
By Laura on 10/29/2012 5:37 AM
Seven percent of all the energy used in your home is from your refrigerator! This is a huge percentage when you consider how many things are left on and how many other appliances you use throughout the day! Refrigerators have advanced a lot over the years but there are many things you may not know you could be doing differently to conserve a lot of energy with your existing refrigerator. Many older refrigerators can have their seals start to leak or even begin to fall off. This may seem like a minor nuisance but they could cost you a lot of money. At first it’s just leaking a little bit of air making the refrigerator run harder and longer. In the long run, just leaving a seal in this condition will cost you high energy bills AND the cost of a new refrigerator. New seals generally cost a few dollars to replace versus the price tag of a brand new refrigerator. Shut the door! Were you raised in a barn? Refrigerators are closed units for a reason. They need to hold the cold air in otherwise it’s stuck completely...
By Laura on 10/22/2012 12:29 PM
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So many technological things have become so commonplace in our lives that we may entirely forget what it was like before them. While not all of us use our phones for email and online browsing, it is extremely rare to find anyone that doesn’t at least have a cell phone for making calls.  Civilizations have been around for a long time and most of our electronics have only been available within the last twenty years or so! Most appliances have been around for much longer than that but putting it into perspective, there is recorded history for thousands of years while the first dishwasher was invented only 160 years ago. Before that… scrubba dub dub! That’s right, everyone used to wash their clothes by hand. Hard to even imagine this day and age isn’t it? Dishwashers have come a long way in how...
By Laura on 10/15/2012 5:52 AM
We’ve all seen at least something about the Terminator movies and stories about the machines taking over if they are given too much artificial intelligence. That fear is probably not something we need to worry about in our daily lives and technology really has made things so much easier that I think most of us are willing to take a risk.  Some of us are old enough to remember the family’s first computer while generations after us have grown up playing with handheld devices more powerful than those first computers. Technology has advanced at a rapid rate and it’s been pretty exciting watching as things that would have been science fiction only a decade ago, have become normal use in our lives. Nearly all our appliances at this point are computer controlled to some degree which has made some impressive functions possible. Refrigerators for example are able to regulate temperature to the exact degree and can program defrost times to keep it running in top efficiency. Some refrigerators even ship with built-in...
By Laura on 10/8/2012 8:15 AM
We often get complacent in dealing with things that don’t make the priority list but some things you may not know about should be high on that list! For example, did you know that “clothes dryer fires account for about 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries annually”? The leading factor they found was “failure to clean”. Are you making a to-do list right now? You should be! Dryers work by forcing hot air into the drum where wet clothes are placed. During the drying process, lint is generated. Most of this lint is caught by the lint trap… but not all of it! Some still gets through into the piping and collects, both restricting the air flow and creating a fuel source for the hot air to ignite. This is an extremely dangerous combination if left unattended. Consult your manual to find out the proper process for cleaning every single spot the lint could collect. If you can’t find the manual or aren’t sure how to get at some of these areas, call in professionals. It’s a lot cheaper paying someone to...
By Laura on 10/1/2012 6:08 AM
I recently read an article about Whirlpool coming out with a new line of washer and dryer that incorporate an lcd touchscreen as the user interface for the appliances. The appliances are claimed to have a price tag in the area of $4000. My first thought was how easy this will probably be to use. My second thought was something along the lines of keeping up with the Joneses! Then I realized I could never justify spending that much money for cool factor!  There are so many things in life that look neater than the last model like cars, shoes, clothes;  but most of the time it’s just things we want and don’t need. Appliances are no exception. I’ve seen many appliances like these that look amazing but when it comes down to it, you’re paying a premium for something with a higher risk of breaking down and costing you even more money.   When you are shopping for appliances, try to be rational and get something that suits your needs rather than wants. If you run a maid service, you’re going to need a huge washer...
By Laura on 9/24/2012 7:36 AM
We have grown so accustomed to the conveniences our household appliances offer that we seldom realize how much our daily lives are dependent on them until they inconveniently take a break on us (pun intended). Our washing machines make it possible for us to take up just a few moments cleaning laundry not to mention where we’d be without our refrigerators! Can you imagine not having the ability to keep your food cold? Our appliances are so important to our daily lives that they can instantly change our schedules if something goes wrong with them!  We thought we’d write some information from our standpoint that may help you get your schedule back on track as quickly as possible. When something goes wrong with any of your appliances, there is some information that you can put together to make the scheduling process go much more smoothly and get your problem fixed as quickly as possible.  First off, safely get your appliance’s make, model, and serial number. This helps us pull up the right information on...
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