Key Maintenance - Tip #36

Should I Turn Off My Heat When I’m Not Home? (sourced various websites) It may sound like a viable solution to lower your heating bills, but does it actually save you money? While no one likes to come home to a bitter cold house, turning down your thermostat could save you some serious cash in the long run. However, turning it down too much or completely off can have the opposite effect. The HVAC system must work long and hard to bring the temperature to a comfortable level. This results in excess wear and tear on your heating system. Some studies have found that constantly adjusting the heat actually uses more energy than leaving the thermostat alone. This is likely due to your heating s

Key Maintenance - Tip #35

Cleaning your washing machine: (sourced various websites) Cleaning Directions for Top Loaders: 1. Spray down the machine with All-purpose cleaner (e.g. vinegar/Dawn soap mixture). 2. Using your old toothbrush, clean all the crevices and cracks that would be hard to reach with just a rag or paper towel. 3. Open your fabric dispenser and wipe down the inside with a paper towel and toothbrush. 4. Wash the dispenser part in your sink with hot water. Depending on the build-up, you may need that old toothbrush again! 5. Place the dispenser back in, wipe everything down (don’t forget that bleach dispenser!) and run the machine through a short rinse cycle with hot water. Cleaning Directions for Fron

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