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Introduction to Surround Sound

Posted by on August 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm

 

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Want to have that same surround sound experience you get at the movie theater in your own home? You can and, it’s really simple! Here is a basic “Do It Yourself” introduction to setting up a home theater system in your own home.


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Simple Tips to Save Money This Summer While Enjoying The Comfort of Your Air Conditioner

Posted by on July 10, 2013 at 16:06 pm

As the temperature rises, so does the electric bill. Running your air conditioner during the summer months is quite costly, but with these simple tips you won’t have to sacrifice your comfort to save some money.


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Quick Tips On Cleaning Your Grill

Posted by on July 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Summertime is here and the smell of barbecue is in the air. Grilling is the simplest, most basic cooking method there is. All you need is food and fire, but the secret to great grilling is a clean grill.


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Have an Appliance Question? Check Out GE’s Support Site

Posted by on September 29, 2010 at 10:15 am

Have you ever wondered what the best way to clean stainless steel surfaces was, or what’s causing your fridge to make strange chirping noises? Even if you don’t have a GE appliance, GE’s support page is a great resource for appliance troubleshooting. Some articles are meant for GE products only (like how to find the serial number of your appliance), but there are many general articles, some even with video, that you may be able to find helpful.

GE’s support page offers articles on cooling and cooking appliances, washers and dryers, dishwashers, compactors, window A/Cs, dehumidifiers, water heaters and more. The next time you’re having a problem with an appliance, chances are you may be able to find the answer there.


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Fall Cleaning Checklist

Posted by on September 27, 2010 at 09:59 am

It’s difficult to come to terms with the fact that summer’s over when lately we’ve had record-breaking temperatures nationwide. As we ease into autumn, it’s important to prepare yourself for the colder weather and transition to the drastic change of season. Aside from cleaning out clutter and swapping out your wardrobe, here are some tips on what to do around your home to prepare for the fall and winter months.


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10 Different Ways to Fold Your Laundry: Video How-Tos

Posted by on August 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I was doing laundry and folding my clothes last night when I realized that I’m a terrible folder. I don’t have a set way I fold my shirts or pants, and my clothes always bunch and get wrinkled after they’ve been put away. I decided to research some easy and unique ways to fold your clothing, and here they are!


1. Japanese T-Shirt Folding




A Japanese television show covered an amazing way to fold T-shirts that went viral a few years ago. People were so amazed at how easy and clean the folds look! Many videos have been made explaining this style in English, but here was the best one I found:



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How To: Take Care of Your Mini Fridge

Posted by on August 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm

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 fridge upright at all times. Laying your mini fridge horizontally could cause problems with the mechanics that keep your fridge cold when you plug it in. Should you really need to lay it down any other way, try to lay it flat on its back or tilted for as short a time as possible. When you are able to stand it upright, wait 24 hours before plugging it in to allow the system to re-correct itself should anything have shifted during transport.


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Is Your Dryer Taking Too Long to Dry Clothes?

Posted by on August 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

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 brand new unit, but just 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 could 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
As you probably already know, the lint trap at the front of your machine should be cleaned after each use. You should also wash the filter with warmy soapy water every once in a while.


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How To: Beat the Heat

Posted by on May 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

The image to the right is a screenshot from news12.com today, showing that temperatures will get up to a sweltering 93 degrees today here on Long Island. This is one of the hottest days we’ve had this year during our unusual warm weather spell, but it leaves us thinking… just how hot is the summer going to be if temperatures are like this so soon?

This is certainly going to be the year for new air conditioners, but we’ve already covered our pre-season air conditioner sale, how to choose the best air conditioner for you, and what you need to know to keep it running like new. So, putting A/Cs aside for now, here are some additional ways you can keep cool in this weather:


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How To: Clean and Maintain Your Refrigerator

Posted by on May 12, 2010 at 11:16 am

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May is a great month to invest some time into spring cleaning. Your refrigerator, with its expired condiments, corner grime and dusty condenser coils, should be one of your first candidates for cleaning. 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 in order to really clean out your appliance. Scrubbing down your fridge right before you go to the grocery store is the perfect time, as it will have the least amount of contents in it. Because your refrigerator will be open while you are cleaning, you’ll want to power it down and conserve energy. Loosen the bulb in your fridge until it goes out. Then, set the temperature dial to “off” and unplug it.


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