Energy Savings Tip #2 – Set your refrigerator & freezer at the proper temperature.

Energy Savings Tips, Tips & Tricks
Setting your refrigerator & freezer too cold can cost you money. Set them too warm and your food spoils. It's a balancing act. The temperature control switch can be located in several places, it is typically found in upper back part of the refrigerator and freezer. On many newer appliances it is controlled digitally on the front panel. You can buy an inexpensive thermometer to verify the temperature is correct. Bonus tip: Want to get your beverage cold quickly? The refrigerator or freezer is not the quickest way to do it. Here is how long it takes to bring a beverage from room temperature to about 35 degrees. Ice + water + salt in a cooler: 5 minutes Ice + water in a cooler: 15 minutes Freezer: 25 minutes Ice in…
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Save Energy with ENERGY STAR Appliances

Energy Savings Tips, Tips & Tricks
If your appliances are over 10 years old replacing them may actually save you big money. Over the last 10 years, appliances have become significantly more efficient. In many cases, a new appliance will use 50%-75% less electricity or natural gas than they did 10 years ago.  Make sure you look for the "ENERGY STAR" label.   In some cases, you may save enough money that your appliance almost pays for its self! Here's an example of the savings: You have a standard 16.5 - 18.9  cubic feet refrigerator that is around 20 years old. It still runs fine, but is it worth keeping? The old refrigerator uses about $80 more in electricity each year than a similar sized new Energy Star rated model. A new Energy Star rated refrigerator can be purchased…
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Photographing Power Lines

Photography, Tips & Tricks
As someone who's been a serious photographer for several years, I've always thought of power lines as a burden. Of course I knew they were functionally necessary to deliver us electricity, but from an aesthetics point of view, I didn't find them very attractive.  I felt they distracted from the subject of my photos. In fact, I spent hours removing them from my pictures using Photoshop. This weekend I decided to try something new. Instead of avoiding power lines in my photos, I made it my goal to get a really good photo with the power lines being the main subject. Here's my final result. (Click on the image to enlarge.) What do you think? Tips for photographing power lines... Timing - Go at an interesting time of day. I chose sunrise to…
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