How to Cut My Energy Bill This Winter

January 31st, 2011

Wondering how to cut your energy bill this winter? The US based AARP magazine has a few conservative suggestions, which are simple, good advice.

1. Plug wall openings

About 15% of air in the average home escapes through wall openings, an inconvenience that can be remedied by spraying insulating foam sealant around holes that lead to the outside and caulking any small openings, including your baseboards and steps. Pretend your house is a submarine and seal that sucker up tight!!! This quick trick can save you as much as $150.

2. Weatherize windows and doors

Control drafts by sealing small leaks around windows and doors with acrylic caulk to put $200 back in your pocket.

3. Update your thermostat

Did you know that replacing your thermostat can slash your heating and cooling bills by 20%? Purchase a programmable thermostat to control your bills and your bank account.

4. Blanket your water heater

By insulating hot water pipes with foam sleeves, you can increase tap temperatures 2 to 4 degrees and save up to $200 a year.

5. Seal and wrap ductwork

Eliminate unnecessary air leaks by sealing basement, attic and furnace ducts with mastic (a waterproof, flexible sealant); this simple project can increase your savings by $400.

6. Dress the Hearth

Though fires burn warm for the moment, the flames remove warm air from the house and send it up the chimney, increasing heating costs by about 10%. Purchase a glass screen or heat exchanger to reduce heat loss and put $200 back in your wallet.


         

Deep Dish Blueberry Pie Recipe

January 24th, 2011

Try this blueberry pie recipe in the winter, using the surprisingly tasty imported blueberries that turn upĀ  – often on sale.

blueberry pie

blueberry pie

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March Break Camp in Toronto – Circus Camp for Kids

January 18th, 2011

Why not send your kid to Circus Camp this March Break? Located in Toronto’s east end, Centre of Gravity has been offering wonderful outside-the-box programming for kids and adults for several years and has its March Break program for 2011 ready to roll.

March Break Circus Camp in Toronto

March Break Circus Camp in Toronto

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Lego Camera For Kids Takes Real Pictures!

January 17th, 2011

This lego camera for kids actually works – and comes apart, Lego style.

Record summer memories on this totally-functional 3 megapixel digital camera, built out of colourful LEGO bricks. Best part? It’s real LEGO. So it can actually be built into your kids’ existing LEGO structures. The camera’s got an integrated flash and all photos can be dowloaded via USB cable. Available at Amazon.com

Buy Kids Ponchos Online! Made In Canada

January 17th, 2011

Buy a poncho for your kid online! Your sweetpea will be cozy and dry this spring in a cuddly Canadian made poncho.

Buy Ponchos Online - Made in Canada Popos Ponchos

Buy Ponchos Online - Made in Canada Popos Ponchos

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