Some days, you just get lucky. Let me tell you about my hot water heater adventure last month. Who Says I’m Clueless? I check our electrical meter every few days and write down how much power we use. I’d noticed that we were using a lot of electricity…about 28 kwh in a couple of hours. Not […]
Now that you’ve had a chance to winterize your home, it’s time to winterize your car. Ooops, you might not have thought of that! Okay, if you live in a really snowy place, you probably did, but even us folks in the Sunny South may need to make a few changes to keep our cars […]
October is here, and in central NC that means we’re actually starting to get comfortably cool temperatures. Cold weather is right around the corner, and that means my to-do list has filled up as I winterize the house. This year I have a number of regular things on my “Winterize Your Home” checklist as well […]
Would you be willing to save money if you could do it without significantly changing your lifestyle or behavior? Three culprits keeping you from getting your best gas mileage are tire pressure, “junk in the trunk” and driving style. Tweak those three inexpensive items and you can easily increase your fuel efficiency by 10% or more.
When I set my New Year’s Resolutions this year, I talked about my goal to reduce our energy usage at home by 10% and to reduce our vehicle costs. Meeting the second goal has been a real challenge and has mostly involved driving with more discipline and putting my mechanic skills to work. Fortunately, we’ve met the first […]
Becoming a Do it Yourselfer is a great way to save money. Working on your own house, cars and gadgets can save you a lot over time. The downside is that some of these DIY projects can be really dangerous, so I wanted to go over some essential safety tips that every DIY enthusiast needs […]
In my ongoing attempt to keep my old car moving at optimum efficiency and gas mileage, I am constantly making tweaks. A couple of weeks ago I got around to replacing the spark plugs in my Mercury Mountaineer. They were probably overdue for a replacement: they were the original plugs on my 2002 SUV. It […]
Now that the taxes are finished, I’m back to figuring out how to save some more money by increasing energy efficiency. Let’s start by looking where we are. I mentioned in my New Year’s Resolution post that I wanted to see a 10% reduction in energy costs for both our gas bill and our home. […]
With a few minor changes to our habits, we changed our power usage so much that our gas and electrical companies both changed out the meters.