The Professional Choice

A companion overview to the popular "Ask Mr. Handyman" radio program airing on Christian Talk Radio, KCRO 660AM Saturdays @ 9:30AM.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


These tips are designed to help you choose effective ways to reduce your energy bills. The average home spends about $1,900 a year on energy costs. But you can lower your energy bills and help save the environment at the same time!

No cost savings – use your appliances wisely!

* Use the microwave and grill more.  If needed use the stove and oven less and when it is cooler out.

* Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes in the sink. Run it only when full and select the air-dry feature!

* The more food in your freezer and refrigerator the more efficient it is.  Keep them stocked. It keeps from warming up too fast when the door is open. So your fridge doesn't have to work as hard to stay cool.

* Do your laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold water setting for washing your clothes. Always use cold water to rinse clothes.

* Line dry clothes whenever you can.

* When you need to use the dryer, run full loads, use the moisture-sensing setting, and clean the clothes dryer lint trap after each use.  Clean the whole dryer vent ducting

* Turn off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use.

* Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren't in use-most new electronics use electricity even when switched "off." Turn computers and printers off at the power strip.

* Unplug or recycle that extra refrigerator or freezer in the garage if you don't really need it. This will save you up to $150 per year!