Are your appliances Energy Star Rated?

A long time ago, 1992 to be exact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, created the Energy Star program.  Today appliances that are Energy Star Rated use upwards of 30% less energy.  This EPA program has been so successful that Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, and the entire EU have all adopted the Energy Star program.

Let’s leave the basement and go up into the kitchen.

Here we are in the kitchen the room that many consider to be The Heart of a Home.  Lots of families all but live in the kitchen, it is where people gather, dinners are made, families congregate around the dinner table, and many a cup of coffee is had along with an occasional Adult Traveling Beverage.  The Kitchen Island is something that never happened in Grandma’s house, it is an idea born of the 21st Century where the kitchen is an integral part of The Great Room rather than a separate room.

Let’s stay in the kitchen for today!

This week we have talked about our kitchen and we mentioned:

  • Induction Cooking – very energy efficient!
  • Convection ovens – also very energy efficient!
  • Microwave Ovens – fast and efficient
  • Impingement Ovens – mostly commercial

Let’s stay in the kitchen one more day and look at how much Hot Water is used.  Throughout your home the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry are probably the biggest users of Hot Water.

Combustion appliances, good idea?

Our very very distant cousin Zog who has been featured in many a cartoon lived in a Cartoon Cave as a Cave man.  Remember him?

Well, Zog would cook his food in the cave over an open fire, that might have been considered clever back in the day but now that we have modern kitchens and modern appliances why are we still cooking our food over an open fire?  Seriously, think about this!

Subway Tiles or not!

Egad, where has the time gone, this is the last day of June 2017.  This weekend is my favorite holiday, the birthday of our country, so Happy Birthday America!

The other day we talked about how Subway Tiles are such a decorating favorite.  Let’s face it, the ubiquitous subway tile is readily found in kitchens, bathrooms, and the laundry.

Trending styles that are either in or out.

We thought it might be fun to take a look at various styles, those things that are popular for a while and then go or those things that are suddenly appearing all over the place.

Remember when……….., there was a time when avocado colored appliances were the thing to have!  For sure, if you didn’t have a “green” refrigerator you were most assuredly NOT COOL.  Thankfully the avocado appliance craze is long gone!  What is in today?

Here are a couple things that are all the rage:

Selling your home? Thinking of downsizing?

One of the largest group of home buyers today are Mom and Dad minus the kids.  Mom and Dad now live in a big home and they are thinking of selling so that they can move on to a new home that’s easily managed now that the family is much smaller.  How about grandkids coming to visit occasionally as compared to a house full of kids growing up?  Things have a habit of changing.

How is everything in the garage?

As spring approaches and time nears for the BBQ grill, lawn mower, extra gas for the mower, the spare propane bottle for the grill, all of them are out in the garage.

Go back and read through the short list of scary things that are in your garage.  Oh wait, there is the plant fertilizer, lawn food, garbage can, and other assorted foul and unwholesome stuff; it is an assortment of everything that we do not want in the house.

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