LED light bulbsIt is probable that electric rates will rise soon, again. Let’s explore some ways to help lower your utility bill.

First, change your light bulbs to LEDs. These bulbs cost a bit more, but in the long run, they will save you money, using less wattage and last a very long time. If you have a lot of lights, you may want to buy these bulbs over time. But read on.

If you have light company, such as National Grid, call them and ask for an energy audit of your home. They will send someone out who will do a walk through to determine how your home can be made more energy efficient. Some states, such as Massachusetts, have companies who will replace all your light bulbs with LEDs for no cost. Also, they may offer you a discounted rate to upgrade the insulation in the attic and other energy-sapping places that will save you money in heating and lighting.

Check these suggestions out—it will be good for your wallet, as well as saving the environment. It’s the responsible thing to do, and will save you money, overall.

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Do you have a mildew buildup in your home? Or are you looking to prevent mildew? You can combat mildew buildup with ingredients you have around your home. Many of the ingredients in store-bought mildew cleaners contain hazardous solvents and petroleum based chemicals, which may contaminate ground water and present a problem to waste water treatment facilities.

Here is a recipe to remove mildew:



1 tablespoon powdered laundry detergent
1 quart chlorine bleach
2 quarts water

1. Combine all the ingredients in a pail.

2. Wearing rubber gloves, wash off the mildew.

So go ahead and whip up a batch of homemade mildew cleaner. It will cost you only pennies and keep your family safer too.

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