Happy Mother’s Day! Starting May 11th through May 12th, a select number of Craftsy classes are up to 50% off. Crafty classes make the perfect gift for the creative woman in your life or as a special treat for yourself.
I know this is very short notice but I wanted to let you know about a great deal going on at Hang To Dry. Right now they are offering everything they currently have on their site plus everything they digitize for the rest of 2012 for one low price.
I have purchased about 8 of their designs and every one of them has stitched out perfectly! I only wish I hadn’t purchased so many only hours before they made announcment yesterday.
What are you waiting for, if you embroider you don’t want to miss this deal! Hurry up this deal ends Friday at noon, MST!
The LED light bulbs use less energy, give off no heat, become airtight and it meant Scott didn’t have to work in the attic. The only downside was the cost, $50 each. How in the world would I convince Scott that double the cost was a good idea in the long run? I was prepared to plead my case when he came home from work but all it took were two facts: they give off no heat and installing them means not working in the attic.
Sealing up the leaks was our next project for beating the heat. We knew we had a few but we had no idea how many places are potential leak issues. You can see by the diagram there are a lot.
We purchased high temp attic grade silicone from Home Depot and went to work. Scott took care of the attic including around flues, electrical boxes, vents and anywhere else we saw light coming through or felt air coming in. We installed foam weather-stripping around the attic door to finish off the attic area.
I used silicone to seal around the door frames and windows. Then we installed H-4 Spring-v weather-stripping to the door frame. It prevents any leaks between your door and the frame. Home Depot does not carry it in store but Ace Hardware does.
Finally we put door sweeps on the bottom of the doors leading outside and to the garage. This cost less than $10 for both and has made a noticeable difference especially in the door leading to the garage.
Altogether to seal up the house we spent about $25. The great thing about sealing the house is that it helps with the temperature of the house year round.
Next week I will share with you how we handled the recessed can lights in the den and kitchen. This repair has been my favorite so far, excluding getting the AC working properly.
This summer has been incredibly hot here in Texas and as I told you before we have been going crazy trying to reduce the heat in the house.
So far we have put up solar screens, reduced our indoor cooking, and a few other things I will be sharing with you soon. The one thing we had not done yet was to have our AC unit serviced. We had our old unit serviced yearly after it was three or four years old but since this one is only 2 years old I figured we could invest the money somewhere else in the house. BIG MISTAKE!
Last week Scott mentioned that I should probably go ahead and have them come out and check it since the house is not really cooling down. He also reminded me that sometimes not having it done can void the warranty. I figured it would’t hurt so Tuesday I called Metro Energy to schedule our service.
Brian came out Today (7-28-11) and at 10:54 am the house was 80 degrees, nothing new for us. After a few minutes of looking at the unit outside he let me know that it needed to be cleaned out. The condensing unit outside was clogged with cotton wood gunk, leaves and just everyday dirt and stuff that blows around in the wind. Brian compared the way the unit was working to putting a blanket around it and expecting it to work. With the air unable to circulate the unit could not operate efficiently. That is why we got cool air blowing from the vents but not cold air. (A poorly running AC is probably why we did not notice a big difference instaling the solar screens.)
Brian got the outside portion of the unit cleaned then when into the attic to check the rest of it out. Come to find out our unit needed 3 pounds of coolant. By the time Brian finished cleaning out the condenser and charged the coolant the house was already dropping in temperature. He was here for about an hour; when he left the house was at 78-79 degrees. Within another 30 minutes it was at 78 and for the first time in months cycling off.
FYI: Metro Energy is not compensating me in any way for this post. I only mentioned them by name because they installed our first unit and have serviced our house for over 15 years without ever disappointing us! If you need your unit serviced and in the DFW area I would highly recommend you give them a try.
We went from an average daily use of 97 kw in June, 111 in July and in the 72 hours since it was fixed about 64 kw. That should drastically change our electric bill!
Don’t put off regular maintenance!
|It was 100 outside|
Over the years we have made little changes but this year we are trying hard to put as much spare time and money into the house as we can. Funny how a huge electric bill can motivate you.
The first thing we did this year was to have a company come out and put solar screen on the windows. Solar screens reduce the sun that gets into the house by providing some shade on the glass. The whole process went pretty quick. I called the company on a Friday and they cam out the following Monday to give us an estimate. I called two companies for estimates so that I could compare the products, warranty and price. The second company came out that Wednesday.
Each company brought samples of colors, went over their product and warranty with me and then left an estimate. I chose the first company because of the warranty. They were also about $100 cheaper but the main thing was the fact that their warranty covered damage to screen no matter how it happened.
I called Wednesday afternoon and placed the order for 13 windows. That is all the windows minus the ones in the garage. We chose the dark brown and 90% blockage. The next week we had the screens on the windows. A great turn around time, especially if you consider it was the week of July 4th.
|Our trim color is actually a shade between these two images. I am not sure why the camera picked it up so differently.|
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Quiznos is one of our favorite places to eat downtown when we go to the library. They also have yummy salads too. This coupon includes a sandwich and cookie for $2.99, add a free glass of water and you have a cheap lunch
You may have noticed we have a new page on our blog called Ways to save. It is a page with links to print coupons, find free samples and save on things you probably already buy.
I do get a very small amount of reimbursement if click on the link but my main reason for posting this page was to give you one more place to find good deals. I know in today’s ever-changing economy we are all looking for a way to cut cost.