Are you ready for the weekly freebie list? First, there's a
couple of freebie offers from previous posts that are about to
expire I'd like to remind everyone of. First, you have until
August 31st to get the kids (K-6th grade) a free haircut at JCPenney. All their salons in the USA
are offering the freebie. Appointments are required. Free
Summer Plays at the Disney Store ends August 26th.
I am only a recent home owner. Until the market crashed and I got married, there was no way I could afford a house. Now 2+ years later I am enjoying--make that enduring--all the things that make home ownership different than apartment living; both good and bad.
I hadn't even considered this an area to save money, until my friends called me today and told me they had no hot water and the last time they paid a plumber $50 to come out and relight the pilot on their hot water heater. I understand the fear of burning the house down, but lighting pilot lights are simple and, on modern appliances, quite safe. I'm not certain when, but the industry standardized the pilot lights years ago. On old gas appliances an extinguished pilot would leak raw gas and could cause a fire hazard, but this is no longer the case.
The kitchen drawer project from last week went over so well with my wife, I had to keep going. The drawers now move in and out so easily there is a serious danger of all the cutlery ending up on the floor if we don't watch ourselves. This week I'm going to replace the latches on the doors so they all close correctly and stay closed.
As the weather gets cooler, we'll all be spending more time indoors, even in L.A. so now's a good time to fix stuff. You should take care of these little home repair and improvement projects now (or at least prepare yourself) since they get more annoying as the days get longer and you get cabin fever. And there is nothing more annoying than the dripping faucet.
When a faucet drips, or worse yet won't shut off, the most common cause
is a bad rubber washer. When you close the faucet the rubber washer is
pressed into a metal seat. With time the rubber hardens, and compresses,
and sometimes even starts to fall apart.
Ah, The humble A19 60-watt soft white incandescent light bulb. How many have you changed in your life time? How many people did it take? Cue rim shot and canned laughter. Could Edison have ever seen the day his greatest, most difficult-to-perfect invention would sell for less than $1 each? The 60-watt light bulb doesn't have long to live folks. It has already been outlawed in several countries, and there were reports of hoarding when it was announced that they would be phased out in the EU.
Pay attention: the US is supposed to be phasing them out by 2014!
People, you have nothing to fear. There is no need for petitions. We don't need to create a "National Incandescent Association" and get some celebrity to talk about prying light bulbs out of his cold dead hands. There are more and better options being produced everyday. Between CFLs and the newest LED technologies, the lighting in your house of tomorrow is going to look radically different--or exactly the same. It's up to you.
One thing is for certain though, you are going to save money on your lighting bill!