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Cleaning Stubborn Stains

If your machine doesnít get the dishes clean all the way, run the hot water at the sink until it gets warm before starting the dishwasher. This will help the first wash water cycle to have hotter water.
120-140 degree water entering your machine not only helps it clean your dishes better, but will also add heat to help dry the dishes in the dry cycle.

Dishwasher/Refrigerator---Keep Apart

Donít install your dishwasher next to the refrigerator, since both emit HEAT!!! Insert a panel of insulation between, if they have to be next to one another. Keeping them apart will definitely extend the appliances' lifetime.

Dishwasher Use

No matter how many dishes you place in the dishwashing machine, the same amount of water and energy are used. Therefore to be more economical, run full loads at all times in the dishwasher! By air drying you will also save, by avoiding the drying heater from running.


Cordless Phones

Remember when purchasing telephones for the home to buy at least one phone that plugs directly into a jack and requires no electricity. Many people buy only cordless phones, which are great for mobility around the house, but donít work at all when the power goes out!!! The cordless phone base stations need electricity to work. So be prepared for the next storm!

Old Phonecord

Save the coiled handset cord from your old phone. It works great for wrapping around the wires behind your computer or stereo system-keeping them organized and looking tidier.


Ceiling Fans

Save some money on your fuel bill by using your ceiling fan now that youíve turned on the furnace for the winter heating season. Run the fans in reverse (blowing upward) and set the speed control on LOW. The fan will help drive the rising warm air that collects near the ceiling, back down towards the floor-where people need it most to stay warm!

Attic Fan Close Up

Now that you arenít using your whole-house attic fan, its time to unplug the fan or shut off the power to the unit until warmer weather! Cover the fan with polyethylene or something like a large garbage bag . You want to seal out that cool air coming into the house. If your attic is unheated, you could also put some fiberglass insulation over the plastic cover.

Clothes Dryer

Clean the Lint Screen

To maintain high efficiency in your dryer, try to clean the lint screen after each load. If possible, vacuum any visible lint buildup in other parts of the appliance.

Air Cleaners

Before going out to purchase an air cleaner remember that they are designed to remove smoke and dust but not gases, odors from tobacco and bacteria and viruses. The gases from smoke stick to walls, furniture, and clothing and over time seep back into the air. Therefore, it takes over 10 times longer to remove any odors than the smoke particles themselves.


Refrigerator Coils

Save some money by remembering to clean your refrigeratorís coils either underneath or in the rear of the appliance. Once a month will be of substantial savings on your electrical bill.

Moving Your Fridge

You just moved your refrigerator from house A to house B, and it wonít start,,,HELP!! Disconnect the power chord, remove the back service panel and check out all the wires. Reattach any wires that have fallen loose from their terminals. Plug power chord back in and your food should be cool soon!

Refrigerator Test

Does your refrigerator have a leaky door gasket? Test the gasket by closing the door on a paper bill. If the bill slips out when you tug on it, either the gasket needs replacing or the door needs some adjusting.

Air Conditioner

A/C Cleanup

Take a few minutes to do some routine maintenance on youíre A/C unit before installing for the upcoming warm season. Replace or clean air filter. Clean coil surfaces and the condensate pan. If you have an outdoor condenser allow an 18 in. clearance around the unit. Double check the manufacturerís instructions and you should be all set for the summer weather!

A/C Cooling with a whole house air conditioner

To save yourself a few dollars, get in the habit of turning your thermostat up to 82 degrees before you leave the house for 4 or more hours. Keep windows and doors closed to minimize any heat buildup. When you get back home, set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature-donít waste your money by cooling more than necessary.

A/C Installation

Install your new air conditioner on the north side of your home, out of the sun, if possible. Heat from the sun will make the air conditioner work harder, wasting energy and costing you more money!


Cooling air is costly, so you want to seal all air leaks around your cooling unit. Clean and inspect the filter on a regular basis. On an occasional basis unplug unit and vacuum the evaporator fins, getting the built-up dust off, should help the units performance.



You never want to use soap to clean a coffee machine because it leaves a film that affects the coffee taste! Instead mix equal parts of white vinegar and water and run through the machine. Let it run through its cycle, then refill with clean water, and repeat. A once per month cleaning should be sufficient unless you have extremely hard-water. There the mineral buildup inside your coffee maker is more of a problem.

Power Washers


Power washers are a great tool for home maintenance. The water stream of 800 lbs. or more pressure clean just about everything! Use washer on house siding, eaves, soffits, porch ceilings, driveways, sidewalks, decks and retaining walls. Try a rental first, if youíre not sure whether you would like to own one!



If your steam iron no longer steams, it might be clogged with mineral deposits. Try cleaning with vinegar in the water reservoir, then set the iron flat on an oven rack, plug the iron in, with the setting at ďSTEAM.Ē By the time the vinegar is steamed out, your iron should be clean.

Washing Machine

Cold Water Washes

Cold water washes your clothes as well as warm. Try to eliminate any warm rinse cycles you might be using now, and save a few dollars! Combine two small washing loads into one load, if possible, to also decrease your energy use!

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