5 Simple Ways to Get Started with Philips Hue Smart Lighting

Of all the home automation products out there, you may not think smart bulbs would be the most useful or convenient. But think again! Lighting is an essential part of your home, and with Philips Hue smart bulbs, you can do so much with it now more than ever.

The Basics

Before we go any further, let’s do a little Hue 101.

First, there are a variety of Philips Hue bulb shapes and sizes that offer endless possibilities for use around your home. You can connect up to 50 of them to one Bridge, the smart wireless hub that allows your smart device to talk to the lights. Smart devices aren’t limited to your phone or tablet; they can be … Read more...

Is Your Dryer Taking Too Long to Dry Clothes?

Have you noticed recently that your dryer is just not drying your clothing as quickly as it used to? It may not mean that you need a new unit; you may need to give your current model a tune-up. You should inspect your dryer once a year to make sure everything is running efficiently! This can save you money over time.

Note: To minimize the possibility of electric shock, unplug the dryer from the power supply before attempting any maintenance or cleaning.

Clean the Lint Trap

The lint trap at the front or top of your machine should be cleaned after each use. You should also wash the filter with warm, soapy water every few months.

Check the Vents

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10 Ways to Beat the Heat Without an Air Conditioner

Keeping cool isn’t always about air conditioners. Here are some additional ways you keep comfortable in the heat:

1. At night, open your windows and turn on any ceiling fans so they’re spinning counter-clockwise to circulate the air. In the morning, close the windows to trap the cooler air inside while it lasts (especially during peak heat times of 10am – 2pm). Closing your blinds and curtains will help the cooler air last longer, especially on the south or west sides of your home where the sun beats most.

2. Avoid caffeine close to bedtime, as it raises body temperature.

3. Turn off the computer, stereo, TV, desk lamp, or any electronic that generates heat when not in use.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

When the temperatures rise and air conditioners come out, there are some important things you should know about your units. Here are 5 things to watch out for and techniques for increasing the life and efficiency of your air conditioners:

1. Change the filter often during the cooling season

While your air conditioner is cooling you off, it’s acting as an air purifier and prevents outside debris from blowing into your home. When was the last time you took a look at your unit’s air filter? Cleaning or changing it will increase efficiency, decrease your energy bill, and can potentially benefit your family’s health. Make a mental note to clean the filter at least once a month in the summer … Read more...

How to Clean and Maintain Your Refrigerator

Looking to clean your appliances? Your refrigerator, with its expired condiments, corner grime, and dusty condenser coils, should be the first project you take on. Here are some step-by-step instructions on making your fridge look and perform like new, and tips on how to keep it that way year round.

Preparation

You’ll need to block out anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half of your day to really clean out your appliance. Scrubbing down your fridge right before you go to the grocery store is a perfect time, as it will have the least amount of contents in it.

Because your refrigerator will be open while you’re cleaning, you’ll want to power it down and conserve energy. … Read more...

Appliance Halloween Costumes

If you or your children are still struggling to figure out what you want to be for Halloween this year, what about being a refrigerator, oven, or other home appliance? They’re inexpensive to make and most of the materials can already be found around your home. Here are some great appliance costumes we found on the web:

Washing Machine

Couples idea: If you and your significant other are going to a Halloween party, why not dress up as a laundry pair? Washers and dryers come in a variety of colors and styles and you even can go as a designer pair. Or, if you want to be both yourself, what about going as a washer/dryer combo?

Ovens

“Running” Refrigerator

Vacuums

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How to Take Care of Your Mini Fridge

A mini fridge is a necessity for students going away to school. They’re a convenient way to store snacks and drinks while saving on trips to the grocery store… but do you know how to take care of one? Sure, a mini fridge might cost less than the textbooks you need for a semester, but you need to protect your investment. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your fridge so you have it for your entire school career and beyond.

How To Pack & Move Your Mini Fridge: Keep It Upright!

Step one is getting your fridge into your dorm, right? The most important thing to keep in mind is to keep the … Read more...

See Of Monsters and Men at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son on 6/6/13!

The iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son is a 200-person venue in New York City that hosts exclusive concert events. You cannot buy tickets to these private performances; you can only win your way in on the P.C. Richard & Son Facebook and Twitter pages.

Of Monsters and Men will be at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son on Thuesday, June 6, 2013! Only 200 people will be allowed into the show, and your chance is on Facebook.

How to Enter

You can enter for a chance to win tickets to this show by filling out the entry form on Facebook after liking our page.

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See J. Cole at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son on 6/4/13!

The iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son is a 200-person venue in New York City that hosts exclusive concert events. You cannot buy tickets to these private performances; you can only win your way in on the P.C. Richard & Son Facebook and Twitter pages.

J. Cole will be at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son on Tuesday, June 4, 2013! Only 200 people will be allowed into the show, and your chance is on Facebook.

How to Enter

You can enter for a chance to win tickets to this show by filling out the entry form on Facebook after liking our page.

Good luck, and hope to see you at the show!

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See The Band Perry at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son on 4/3/13!

The iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son is a 200-person venue in New York City that hosts exclusive concert events. You cannot buy tickets to these private performances; you can only win your way in on the P.C. Richard & Son Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Band Perry will be at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son on Wednesday, April 3, 2013! Only 200 people will be allowed into the show, and your chance is on Facebook.

How to Enter

You can enter for a chance to win tickets to this show by filling out the entry form on Facebook after liking our page.

Good luck, and hope to see you at the show!

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