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8 Ways to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

8 Ways to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning
Even if you have an AC, reducing your need for it will save both energy and money. 1. Close your windows. It may seem counter-intuitive, but on hot summer days, opening the windows will often make your home warmer, not cooler. When night falls, if the air outside is cooler than inside, open windows wide, particularly those oriented toward prevailing winds so you can take advantage of cross ventilation. This will allow cool night air to circulate, and prevent a good deal of the sun’s heat from reaching indoors. Be sure to close them – along with blinds and shades – before the sun hits...
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Unstick Your Stuff

Unstick Your Stuff
• Remove pesky price stickers – with vodka. The alcohol in vodka dissolves the adhesive on the sticker. Pour a little on a clean cloth, then dab on to sticker. Let sit for a minute, then gently rub the sticker with the cloth and it should come right off. • Slide a drawer smoothly with a candle stub. First remove the drawer and wipe the two wooden rails that support the drawer with a damp cloth to remove any dust, dirt or wood shavings that might be making the drawer stick. Next, rub the candle stub over the rails to apply a thin layer of wax. It should now slide smoothly. • Get rid of...
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Clutter Bust Your Home

Clutter Bust Your Home
To be a clutter buster you’ve got to be able to identify which items are truly clutter, and which are not. Clutter can be insidious, because it can be almost anything, from obvious trash to the most expensive antiques. The same object that may be clutter for one person is most certainly not for another person. Here are five guidelines to use to decide if something in your space could be CLUTTER. 1. Clutter Can Be Anything – Cheap Or Expensive, Sentimental Or Throw Away Know what is, and is not, clutter. Many people’s preconceived notion of clutter is true trash and cheap junk that we don’t...
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Top Energy–Saving Tips for Your Home.

Top Energy–Saving Tips for Your Home.
While we all use energy differently, in general, energy is mostly used for heating and cooling the home, with hot water coming in second. Good energy habits help you save money. For example, if you leave the hot water running constantly while you’re shaving, you’re using a lot of hot water just to rinse the razor a few times. Simple choices we make every day can go a long way to help us manage our energy use, cut costs and protect the environment around the year. Here are a few tips to help you conserve energy in your home. 1) Choose off-peak hours Take advantage of lower energy prices during off-...
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Feng Shui Flooring

Feng Shui Flooring
The flooring you use in your home defines how the Energy (known as chi in Feng Shui) flows there. Careful selection of materials means that you can fine-tune the atmosphere of your house or apartment. Big surface areas, such as flooring, will have the greatest influence, and it is worth taking great care over the materials you use. Flooring plays a significant role in beautifying the look of the house. Flooring can be natural: wood, stone, slate, ceramic, and earth are best. Bamboo floorings are also used and they give a feel of staying connected to nature. Feng Shui Generic guideline prescribes...
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