5 tips on how to conserve energy with household appliances

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As residents in South Texas already know, August weather can be brutal — with temperatures reaching 100 degrees or higher.

According to CPS Energy, high-energy demand days are a few days each summer when demand for electricity is highest, and they typically occur from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on very hot days.

Every bit of conserved energy helps CPS Energy continue to power San Antonio. CPS Energy has provided five tips on how you can potentially save money on your energy bill by conserving energy with your washer, dryer and dishwasher.

  1. Save money by letting the Texas heat dry your clothes. Use a clothesline or drying rack instead of the dryer. If your clothes dry a little stiff, use your dryer’s fluff cycle (before 3 p.m. or after 7 p.m.).
  2. Run your washer, dryer and dishwasher only when they are fully loaded.
  3. Wash your laundry with cold water.
  4. Don’t
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Home Improvement on a Budget: 4 Tips to Follow

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Homeownership is one of life’s great milestones, and if you own your own home you have probably spent a long time thinking about the improvements you can make to your space.

One of the biggest hurdles to home improvement is cost, as some remodeling and redecorating work can cost thousands, putting home improvements out of reach for many families.

There are many great improvements you can make on a budget, however, and here we have four of the best tips available.

A Fresh Coat of Paint Can Make a Big Change

You can give your home a whole new and fresh look by giving surfaces and rooms a new coat of paint.

You may have a few old tins lying around you can use for free, but a can or two of paint can be incredibly inexpensive for the change they can bring to space.

This makes paint one of

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Chip Wade Shares Indoor Home Improvement Projects for Spring on Tips on TV

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ATLANTA, April 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Television host and professional contractor Chip Wade shares ways to spruce up the home for Spring with some affordable DIY projects that can be done around the home.

A SATISFYING PROJECT

One project that will be sure to satisfy is remodeling a closet. Install a system from ClosetMaid called SpaceCreations which is known for its high-quality, intuitive design with range of accessories. The system can be configured with limitless options depending on your specific needs and the size of your space. One example is a two-frame design to accommodate a reach-in closet. It includes a hang rod, open shelving, and drawers. It is the ideal system for DIY-ers that value design and high-quality materials. For more information, visit ClosetMaid.com.

DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECT

One do-it-yourself project, amazingly simple flooring. RevoTile

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21 Bathroom Organization Tips That Will Give You More Space

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A clean and organized bathroom is one way to ensure an efficient and happy start to your day. As one of the most frequently used and shared places in the home, your bathroom can quickly go from neat to in need of a little TLC after a single use. With often underutilized walls, overpopulated drawers, and a number of cleaning products to keep the area in top shape, finding a place for everything can feel overwhelming. Here, explore creative ways to make the most of your space.

Add more storage to your medicine cabinet with carefully staggered self-adhesive or magnetic cups to hold everything from your toothbrush to your favorite hair-ties on the back of the cabinet door—without disturbing sacred shelf real-estate. As an added benefit, an organized area can not only help save you time, but it can also help elevate any room’s décor. Tie your oasis together with

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8 Tips for Throwing a Classy Backyard Garden Party

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Get your backyard glam and your guests having fun with these summer party ideas.

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and the weather is absolute perfection. Summer is finally here! What better way to celebrate the season than to throw a garden party? Even if you have limited outdoor space you can still host a wildly successful outdoor soirée, you just have to be willing to plan cleverly and be creative.

Brew some iced tea, break out your favorite summer duds, and invite as many friends over as you like. Follow these eight simple tips, and you’re sure to have a fuss-free, classy garden party, no matter the size of your space.

1. Cover Your Bases

No matter how delicious your spread, no guest wants to share their hors d’oeuvres with unwanted insects. Protect your serving area with a hanging net, or place shoo-fly covers over platters and bowls

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Gardening + Backyard Gardening + Garden Tips & Advice

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Your comprehensive garden guide

Welcome to the Essential Garden Guide

The Essential Garden Guide was created to help you unlock the secrets of a great backyard garden. This information, originally created for professional and educational purposes, is the result of over 15 years of contributions from renowned agricultural institutions and extensions. There’s a wealth of knowledge here, and it’s only a few clicks away. And is now available for the iphone, ipod and ipad!

Start by learning about the basics! Find out what every gardener should know about soil preparation, watering, and garden care.

Explore a wide variety of garden fruits and vegetables. From Asparagus to Watermelons, you’ll find essential information for planting, plant spacing, care, and pest and disease identification and control.

Find new and exciting information by keeping up on all the latest gardening tips and tricks from the Essential Garden Guide blog or simply let your voice

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Natural Bathroom Cleaning Tips | Wellness Mama

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Other than the kitchen, bathroom cleaning takes the most amount of time and work to clean since it has so many different types of surfaces and because, by its nature, it is a place that needs to be cleaned often because its frequency of use.

If you are like me, cleaning the bathroom is most likely one of your least favorite cleaning activities. Luckily, a checklist and some natural cleaners can make quick work of cleaning the bathroom.

Mirrors

Just like windows, mirrors can be cleaned with a 50/50 vinegar and water mix in a spray bottle and wiped with old rags from cut-up t-shirts or newspaper (paper towels leave a lot of residue with this method).

The easiest way, if you have them, is to use microfiber cloths (1 regular one wet, and

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Kitchen Organization: Tips to Make Your Kitchen Less Messy

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These common setups are a recipe for disaster. Cook up a better system for a clean, productive kitchen.

You group by item, not by need

 

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You might keep your masher and microplane grater by the stove with other long-handled items cooking spatulas, but that’s not the most convenient setup. “There are three things that happen in the kitchen: prep, cook, and serve,” says Laura Cattano, professional organizer and founder of Organizational Design. “The best thing is to zone out your kitchen by those categories.” You might keep your spatulas by the stove, but your potato masher belongs near your countertop and big bowls. Take it a step further by asking exactly when you use each item. For instance, there’s no reason your mugs need to be by your water glasses, but putting next to the coffee maker will save you

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12 Design Tips To Make A Small Bathroom Better

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Charmean Neithart, Houzz Contributor

If you have a super small bathroom, trying to make everything fit in the available space is like doing a giant crossword puzzle.

Among the challenges: configuring the toilet and sink to code, allowing enough clearance for a shower and, of course, where to put the towels and t.p. Despite the challenges, in most cases it’s still better to squeeze in an extra bathroom where one is desperately needed, even if it must be small. If you plan on going this route, here are 12 tips for designing that picture-perfect small bathroom.

10 Tiny Homes That Live Large

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1. Install a corner sink. Sometimes even a pedestal sink can disrupt the only available traffic lane in a bathroom.

In this case placing a corner sink across from the toilet works better than a sink across from the shower. The opening and closing of the shower door

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Top 10 Home Improvement Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

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It doesn’t matter if you’ve bought a newly built home, a condo in a maintained community, or a fixer-upper—owning your own place brings out the home improvement itch in us all (or at least requires us to do necessary repairs and maintenance tasks). Here are ten pieces of advice to help turn your dwelling place into a better home.

10. Choose the Improvements That Add the Most Value to Your Home

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If you were offered $100,000, no strings attached, what home improvements would you do? Chances are, a long laundry list of changes come to mind, from refinishing the hardwood floors to adding a new bathroom. Some home improvements, however, are more likely to increase your home’s value than others. Although you shouldn’t think of your home as an investment, with limited home improvement funds, it’s … Read More