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Fall And Winter Savings

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Fall is approaching quickly, and winter will be here before we know it. And we all know keeping your house warm in those cold months can be quite costly, so we came up with some ways to keep you warm, and your wallet happy.

Winterize your windows! Sounds expensive right? Wrong. Purchase a window insulator kit. The entire kit is a plastic sheet with a window safe tape on one side. They usually cost anywhere from 5-20 dollars and that covers multiple windows. Just stick on the plastic on the inside of your window and apply heat (a hairdryer works best). Depending on how thin your windows are, you can apply two sheets. Just remove in the spring!

Reverse your ceiling fan! We usually use our ceiling fans in the summer, but this winter, use your fan to keep the heat from rising. On most fans, there is a small switch on the fan to reverse the direction in which the blades are rotating. Turn the fan on the lowest setting to reduce the feeling of the air movement.  And just remember, clockwise in winter, counterclockwise in summer.

Make sure your furnace works! Turn your furnace on just to double check it still works before winter hits and your furnace-less. It may smell a little dusty but the smell shouldn’t last long. If it does, call a professional. A dirty furnace filter will cause a slight air shortage causing you to spend more money and get less heat. It’s a good idea to get a new filter annually so you can get all the heat you can.

Bake! Use your oven. After you are done with dinner, cookies, whatever, crack your oven. Especially if your house is smaller, you will definitely feel a difference in temperature.  That oven gets hot so put that heat to good use. Other than baking cookies that is!

Turn the heat down! No, don’t turn it off. Burrrr! But, why heat your house when you’re either gone or asleep most the day anyways?  Turn it down to 60 when you’re at work, 60 when you go to bed and save about 10% this winter while doing so. If that is too chilly, invest in a down comforter, fleece sheets and, use a space heater. Keep your bedroom doors open to get the heat from other parts of the house, and close the vents in rooms you rarely go in so that heat goes into your room.


Summer Fun

Saturday, May 31, 2014


The WARMER it gets the CLOSER it gets...


And you KNOW what that means.....





June, July & August are packed full with fun water activities, family vacations, and some much needed R&R!!


Water activities are great ways you can cool off and keep active during these next few months, which makes this is the perfect time to remind our fellow readers about the simple tips that we all easily forget on the long wait to summertime.




SAFETY BY THE WATER,

 SAFETY IN THE WATER,

AND NEAR THE WATER, 

SAVES LIVES!!!



"TEN people die EVERYDAY from drowning!!! One in five of those people are CHILDREN ages fourteen and younger. Drowning ranks 5th among the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths in the United States." -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




A less common, but incredibly deadly danger when it comes to swimming, is electrical shock. Pool lights can have faulty wiring or can have products that are not properly grounded. If a person is not killed immediately from the shock, they can be rendered immobile and unable to call for help, resulting in drowning.




When looking for electrical hazards, keep in mind:

-          Underwater lighting/faulty wiring

-          Aging or neglected wiring

-          Underground pumps, washers or vacuums

-          Electrical products near a pool that could potentially fall in (IE. Radios)


Always be ALERT & ACTIVE during all water activities. It can make the difference!!


(Interested in more facts regarding Water-related injuries in the United States? Check out this articleUnintentional Drowning: Get the Facts)

Make pool safety a priority in 2014!


Summer Ready

Thursday, May 15, 2014

June 21, 2014

Marks the first day of summer. 

Are you ready?

With summer comes warmer weather. It's a really good idea to start checking around your house now to make sure it's ready for the upcoming weather changes.


"If your air conditioner needs replacement do it BEFORE the HOT WEATHER HITS because heating & air conditioning repair people will be very busy. And more than likely, some other things around your home need attention as well. Your air ducts may need testing for leaks and then sealed. 


It's a good idea to invest in a programmable thermostat. You can program it to whatever temperature you want at whatever time. Also, if you go out of town, it's best to leave it up around 78 so that you can save money. 

 

If your thermostat is really old and uses a mercury switch (a glass tube filed with silvery substance) call your local public works department to find out how to dispose of this toxic material.Consider installing a whole-house fan that uses cool air in the evening to cool the entire house and push hot air out of the attic area." -Consumer Energy Center 

(click the link to read more on What To Do Before it Gets Too Hott!)


Spring Has Sprung

Friday, March 21, 2014

March 20, 2014 officially marked the first day of Spring!! You know what that means...

(Along with your spring cleaning, you should also change the batteries to your smoke detectors!)

Spring cleaning is a great time to pull down all of those dusty curtains and spare bedrooms sheets and toss them in the wash. We know that spring cleaning can be very overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. 

  1. Make a list! A list will be great for keeping track of what you have already done and what still needs to be done. 
  2. It doesn't have to be done all in one day! Going by your list and checking it off will help you spread it out and complete everything necessary to get your house sparkly clean!
  3. Take this time to organize!! Have a bunch of old wires spread out everywhere? Get zip ties and make them look more appealing. Or go through your cell phone pictures and save them to discs so they will never be lost.

Happy Cleaning!!

Until Next Time,

Your ICE Co Team!


Winter Savings

Wednesday, January 29, 2014




Winter is in and Fall is out!!


It's that time of year again. In the past few weeks, you have probably noticed a change in the amount of your electric and/or gas bill, and it's probably due to the amount of heater usage. 


Electricity can be very expensive, but saving can be quiet simple!




You may be wasting your heat! It is important to check around your home to be sure it is not escaping under doors or through cracks. You could be wasting some in many minor areas that have been overlooked. 


There are many things you can do around your house to help those skyrocketing energy bills. Many are easy to overlook, so we wanted to break it down for you.




It is important to regularly check the insulation in your home. Close to 50% of household energy usage is from heating, so you want it to keep in as much heat as possible. 


If your windows are letting out heat, without completely replacing them, you may need to seal the windows. Temporary fix items can be found at your local hardware store. Click here for more options to insulate your windows. 




A simple and free solution to get the most out of your heating, is to keep any unused room doors shut. Also turn off the vent in that room as well. No need to waste heat on any empty space!


Also, always remember to turn down the heat when you are out of town or away from the house. There is no need to continuously run it. If you have a programmable thermostat this can make it even easier!




There are many ways to save this season! Global Energy Efficiency has a great info-graphic with tons of great information. Click here to check it out!




Keeping you warm and informed is our number one goal!

Until Next Time,

Your ICE Co Team!



Winter Fire Prevention

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

People are at a greater risk of electrical fires in the winter months, from the lights in and outside of your house, to the cooking in your home, and even unsafe heat sources.  


Winter officially began on December 21, and you have probably been using your heater more often than the previous months. The heater is great for keeping you warm, but it comes with consequences (if you don’t know what to do to ensure they are in fact safe).


Since a house down the street from me busted into flames last week, it got me wondering what measures need to be taken in my home, to prevent that from happening.


You are probably thinking, “That will never happen to me”, right? It CAN happen to you.




FEMA shares statistics to help citizens understand the severity and prevalence of winter fires:


  1. 905 people die in winter home fires EACH year
  2. $2,091,000,000 in property loss occurs from winter home fires
  3. 67% of winter fires occur in one- and two-family homes
  4. Cooking is the LEADING cause of all winter home fires
  5. 5PM – 8PM is the most common time for winter home fires

FEMA and NFPA.org states that heating equipment is involved in 1 in every 7 reported home fires and 1 in every 6 home fire deaths. The months that heating fires occur in half of the time are in December, January and February.


Knowing what to do and when, can help you from being a victim of a winter house fire.


Call a qualified electrician if you have:

  • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
  • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
  • Discolored or warm wall outlets
  • A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance
  • Flickering or dimming lights
  • Sparks from an outlet

Remember to always have ALL of your electrical work done by a qualified electrician.


If you are remodeling your house or buying a new home, you should have it inspected by an electrician as well.


If you have a portable heater in your home, make sure to keep it in a secure place with nothing around it and never use an extension cord for the heater. Also, make sure to turn it off and unplug it when not in use. You should never sleep or leave your house with it on.


Make sure to keep your heater maintained and serviced on a regular basis.




It is important that you check your smoke alarm every month to make sure it is working condition. It is recommended to replace your fire alarms every 10 years.


Generators that are portable should never be used inside your house or garage. Keep it outside far away from any doors or windows.


Click here for a full list of tips customized for your home needs. 



Remember to always have an escape plan that is studied by everyone in the home. Everyone in the home should know ways to escape if something unfortunate like this happens.


Click here to create your fire safety plan online.


Keeping you safe, warm and informed is our main goal!


Until Next time,


Your ICE Co Team


Electric Idea- October

Monday, October 15, 2012

There was a “time” when “hot off the presses” really meant something in the world of printing right? Not a “time” that our juvenile employees remember, surely, but there are some in the office who stare off into the distance, eyes hazed, remembering way back when.

Well, you’ve been waiting for the October edition of Electric Ideas haven’t you, and it’s hot off the presses waiting for you too!

Last month if you recall we highlighted sticky notes, porch swings, onion goggles… we continue right where we left off.

This is a perfect remedy to the hard headboard while trying to read before bed debacle we all get ourselves into, is it not?

See article HERE.

 

Raise your hand if you make toast for breakfast in the morning… This product could save you the hassle of looking out the window to check the weather while toasting breakfast. Once your toast has popped you’ll have the forecast right in front of you. You might consider packing a lunch, doing a jig, or reading the ICE Co. blog with that two minutes saved. The options are endless.

See article HERE.


 

 

BUG. When a woman reads BUG, she thinks who will squish, and remove this for me? When a man reads BUG, he thinks his wife must be near. BUT in this case I don’t think anyone will want to squish this creative bug.

See article HERE.

 

Halloween flavor:

See article HERE.


October finale is this unique stone abode.  We determined the electrical service must be fed from underground and haven’t come to a solid conclusion as to whether it is a 100amp or 200amp panel board.

See article HERE.

Happy trails!
ICE Co.
Power. Current. Grounded.



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