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Dishwashers use less water, get dishes cleaner than washing dishes by hand

Unloading clean dishes from dishwasherWhat uses more water:  washing dishes in a dishwasher or washing dishes by hand? A high-efficiency dishwasher uses less water and can clean dishes better than you according to such experts at Consumer Reports, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and others.

Dishwashers can save more water and use hotter temperatures —140 or 145 degrees Fahrenheit — to get your dishes really clean, according to “Why you shouldn’t wash your dishes by hand,” by the Washington Post.

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Deciding whether to fix or ditch your broken appliance

WhentoRepairorreplaceyourapplianceMaybe your oven is not heating up as quickly as it used to, or your dishwasher stopped working. How do you know when to repair or replace your appliance? Here are some factors that will help you decide.

Research your repair

Before calling the repairman, use the internet to try to figure out what could be wrong with your appliance. It might be a small fix, or even just a matter of cleaning your appliance, or a part on your appliance — something you can do yourself. Also consult your appliance’s owner’s manual for things like fault code displays and solutions to common problems. If you no longer have your owner’s manual, use your appliance’s model number to find a digital copy online.

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Cut your energy bills this summer by doing these things now

womanandfanNow is the time to start thinking about staying cool during hot summer months and also how save money will doing it. You can start now by creating a more energy efficient home and surroundings. Here are some tips.

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20 tips to make appliances last longer

20 tips to make appliances last longer A little maintenance can go a long way in helping to extend the life of your appliance and also make them as energy efficient as possible – saving you money each time you use them.

Washing machines

Check your washer fill hoses for kinks and bubbles. Consider replacing your old rubber hoses with stainless steel braided washer hoses which are much more resistant to bursting. Washing machine hoses can burst and cause flooding in your home. Such damages cost Americans approximately $170 million in damages every year.

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Veterans eat free on Veterans Day 2014 at these restaurants

Thank You Veterans Many local and national chain restaurants are thanking veterans and active duty military personnel by giving discounts or offering free meals to them on Veterans Day Tuesday, Nov. 11.

RestaurantNews.com has a list of restaurants offering veterans discounts as does Military.com. The offers range from a free beverage with a purchase, to a whole free meal including a discount for family and friends.

To receive your discount or free meal be sure to offer some proof of military service (like a valid Military I.D. or a VA Universal Access Card).

Many of the offers are:

  • dine-in only
  • do not include alcohol
  • cannot be used with other coupons or discounts
  • do not include gratuity

Also, if the restaurant is part of a chain, not all locations might participate in the offer, so be sure to phone and check ahead.

Free entrance into museums nation-wide Saturday, Sept. 27

Enjoy free entrance for you and one guest at a participating art, history or natural sciences museum during National Museum Day Saturday, Sept. 27.

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Fill out the online form at smithsonianmag.com and download and print out your tickets. The Museum Day Live! ticket is only good for two people per household, per address.

Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in National Museum Day. To find a participating museum near you, use the search page on the Museum Day Live! website:  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/

Appliance tax free holidays for Florida, Georgia and Virginia

Several states are forgoing the sales taxes you pay on new energy efficient appliances during designated tax-free holiday weekends. These tax-free holidays can save you several hundred dollars depending on the price and number of appliances you purchase. Plus, stores are often competitive during these times, offering free installation, delivery and haul-away of old appliances and other discounts the equivalent to the deals you find on Black Friday.

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Below is a list of states and dates, along with the offers per states.

Florida – September 19-21

Purchases of certain Energy Star and WaterSense qualified products purchased for non-commercial use and costing $500 or more.

Applies to the following purchases:

  • Air conditioner
  • Air purifier
  • Ceiling fan
  • Clothes washer
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dehumidifier
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator

For more information, visit http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/

 Georgia – October 3-5

Purchases of certain Energy Star and WaterSense qualified products purchased for non-commercial use and costing $1,500 or less.

Applies to the following appliances:

  • Air conditioners
  • Ceiling fans
  • Clothes washers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Dishwashers
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Refrigerators

For more information, visit http://gefa.georgia.gov/energy-star-and-watersense-sales-tax-holiday

Virginia – October 10-13

Purchases of certain Energy Star and WaterSense qualified products purchased for non-commercial use and costing $2,500 or less.

  • Air conditioners
  • Ceiling fans
  • Clothes washers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Dishwashers
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Refrigerators

For more information, visit http://www.tax.virginia.gov/site.cfm?alias=EnergyStarQualifiedProductsHoliday

How to save even more money 

By planning ahead, you can be prepared and save even more money with these tips:

  • Compare. Shop online and use ads to find out what discount and promotions stores will be offering before the tax-free weekend. Some stores will offer free delivery and haul-away of old appliances, which can mean an extra $90 in savings.
  • Ask about price matching, installation, delivery and haul-away charges.
  • Measure the space and dimensions for your new appliance and make a list of any features you would like in a new appliance.
  • Show up early for best selection.

To find even more renewable and energy efficiency incentives, visit http://dsireusa.org.

Have you ever bought an appliance during a tax-free holiday? What did you think of the deals and selection?

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