Entries from October 5, 2014 - October 11, 2014


8 Ways You Are Running Up Your Electric Bill

Here are eight ways you're probably wasting electricity without realizing it.

1. Plugging, But Not Playing

Forget about the zombies; it's much more likely that your home is filled with vampires. Energy vampires are those devices and appliances we tend to leave plugged in 24/7 whether we're using them or not. And — on or off — every item that's plugged in is sucking power vampire-style. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, vampire energy can add as much as 10% to a consumer's monthly energy bill.

Let's use your microwave as an example. How often throughout the day do you use it to prepare food? And yet, it remains plugged in, digitally displaying the time and silently sipping electricity in the process. It's a like a 30-pound clock with a motor and rotating cooking tray. Any appliance that uses energy to do virtually nothing should at least pay you a sincere compliment every time you walk by it (a feature that industrial engineers should diligently be working on, in my humble opinion).

Help drain energy vampires by unplugging electronics and appliances you seldom use. And if you're a gadget hound, read up on the Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor. For around $30.00, this handy little product calculates the energy consumed by keeping any electronic appliance plugged in and forecasts your related costs weekly, monthly, and yearly. Just plug it into an outlet, plug your device or appliance into it, and get a digital read-out. Once you see how the numbers add up, it'll be difficult to leave those vampires alone.

2. Cranking Up the Oven

When it comes to cooking a single item, an oven is often the "nuclear option." That single-serving pizza or leftover tuna casserole could be warmed up in the microwave and then finished in the toaster oven. For little jobs, consider how to cook in stages using smaller appliances that sip electricity instead of automatically gravitating toward the power-sucking behemoths.

3. Getting in Hot Water

According to EnergyStar.gov, simply heating the water accounts for 90% of the total powerit takes wash a load of laundry. That's a whole lot of wattage. For regular loads, switch to cold water for a month and see if you notice any difference in the cleanliness of your duds. Reserve warmer water settings for fighting oil-based stains. Your budget will thank you for it.

4. Dish-Drying

Hot water helps your dishwasher do its job, but drying with heat is added energy drain that's largely unnecessary. Today, most dishwashers feature a heated drying option that you can simply choose not to use. And though heated drying does help avoid spots on dishes, you can get the same benefit by adding a rinsing agent.

5. Fighting the Flow

As obvious as it sounds, if your home features a central air-conditioning and heating system, check your vents. Vents have a way of blending into the background of our homes; many get closed inadvertently and that can result in systems that have to work extra hard to do the job. While you're at it, make sure vents, ducts, and any filters are clean and installed properly. If you find dirt or debris that's unreachable, or if you see visible signs of mold, it may be time to have your air ducts professionally cleaned.

6. Lighting Up for the Holidays

Still using your dad's old string of holiday lights from 1975? Well, those incandescent bulbs are using just enough electricity to drain your gift-buying budget. Ditch the old and switch to new LED lights. You'll get hours of twinkling for a tiny fraction of the electric output.

7. Fridge-Gazing

It's a popular pastime, but standing in front of that open fridge trying decide if you have enough ingredients for a decent turkey club isn't doing your electric bill any favors. Ponder before you open the fridge or after you've quickly scanned its contents and shut the door.

And while we're on the subject, make sure you're doing all you can to help your refrigerator last for years.

8. Ignoring Power Hours

Though it might not cut your electricity consumption, reserving energy-intensive tasks for off-peak hours can reduce the rate you pay. Since many power companies offer discounted rates after 8:00 p.m., focus not only on how you do things, but when. Check with your local power company to determine if it offers an off-peak discount and when off-peak hours begin and end. Then, whenever possible, schedule your laundry and dishwashing tasks to fit within that period.

It's easy to think of electricity as a mysterious force coursing through power lines that magically illuminates all we do. But in reality, it's a concrete resource that we have direct control over. Luckily, we don't need to understand electricity to conserve it. So the next time you plug in, charge up, turn on, or warm up, think of ways to do each smarter.

Source: Wisebread.com


Chipotle: Free Chipotle on Halloween

On Friday, October 31st, head on over to Chipotle between 5PM and close and you can receive a $3 burrito, bowl, salad, or an order of tacos whenever you come dressed in a costume. Plus, consider taking a photo of yourself in costume at Chipotle on Halloween, upload it to Twitter or Instagram with #CHIPOTLEBOORITOCONTEST and you can enter to win a $2,500 check or a card redeemable for Chipotle Catering for 20 people.

Free Pumpkin Carving Kit

Go to the Fiora Facebook page and click on the Fiora Spectacular tab to request aFREE Pumpkin Carving Kit ($6.99 value). Like and then click on the “Get a Kit” button. There is a limit of one kit per person or household. You’ll want to be fast as these kits are limited to the first 74,800 only!


AT&T Customer Refund

If you are a current or past AT&T Mobile customer (AT&T customers after January 1, 2009 are eligible) and you believe that you may have been charged by AT&T for unauthorized third-party charges (like subscriptions for ringtones and text message subscriptions for horoscopes, celebrity gossip, and flirting tips), then you may be entitled to a refund.

To submit your claim, head here and complete the form no later than May 1, 2015. To request a refund, you will need either the AT&T billing account number or mobile phone number for the affected account. If you are unsure if you are eligible for a refund, contact the FTC’s refund contractor at 1-877-819-9692 for more information.



Pantene Free Sample

Go here and sign in/create an account or connect with Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook to request a FREE sample of Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner available for the first 50,000 only! Allow 7-10 business days for sample delivery.


AMC: Free Large Popcorn

Just text AMC to 242424 to receive a large popcorn for just $1 at your local AMC theater – NO other purchase required! To redeem, just show this offer on your mobile phone. Go here to find an AMC theater near you.


Premama: Essential for New Moms #PremamaComplete #PremamaTarget

My baby Cameron, isn't he adorable??
When I was pregnant years ago, I had to take yucky vitamins. There was no option for a vitamin drink. Now there is! I would recommend Premama to any pregnant woman. Here are the facts!

Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive are rejoicing with the introduction of PREMAMA<http://drinkpremama.com> ® Complete, a new prenatal vitamin powder now available in the orange box in the vitamin aisle in Target stores nationwide, as well as at Target.com <http://ow.ly/wezIS> . Designed exclusively for Target, Premama Complete is the most comprehensive replacement to dreaded prenatal vitamin “horse pills”. 
Doctor-recommended PREMAMA® Complete is the easiest way for women to ensure they provide their babies with essential nutrients for healthy growth. This formula, designed by doctors and product specialists at Target, gives moms the added and very welcome benefits of soothing morning sickness and preventing iron-induced constipation.

PREMAMA® Complete is a multivitamin powder containing prescription-grade nutrients doctors recommend for fetal and infant health and development. The orange-flavored powder is taken once a day that mixes directly into water, making it extremely convenient for busy, on-the-go women. Each single dose of PREMAMA® Completecontains everything found in prenatal pills, as well as the following:
·      30 mg of Vitamin B6 to soothes occasional bouts of morning sickness

·     Ferrochel® Gentle Iron® to minimize iron-induced constipation

·     1000mcg of Folic Acid (prescription strength) to reduce the risk of neural tube defects

·     Vitamin B12 to help control fatigue

·     65mg of Vegetarian DHA and 200mg of Omega 3 Fats, 30% more than any other prenatal pill replacement, including gummies

PREMAMA® Complete is a Target-exclusive product. Visit our store locator to find a Target location near you or find PREMAMA® Complete at Target.com <http://ow.ly/vZVl7> . 

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