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Your Questions About Kitchen Appliance Repair Plans

Betty asks…

How can I reduce our household electricity usage?

I want to lower my monthly electrical usage and bill….We don’t leave lights on when we’re not in a room…and I use slow flow shower heads…we have electric heat/air, water, cooking… how can I reduce?

James Conley answers:

Tips for Your House
STEP 1: Install flow restrictors or low-flow showerheads and faucets. STEP 2: Set your water heater to 120 degrees F or “low.” STEP 3: Wrap your water heater with a water heater blanket to cut down on water heating costs. STEP 4: Check for and repair any holes in your ceiling, floor, windows, walls, roof, pipes and plumbing. STEP 5: Repair dripping faucets. STEP 6: Wrap heating and cooling ducts with duct tape or mastic sealant. STEP 7: Turn off lights whenever you aren’t using them. STEP 8: Close windows when heating or cooling. STEP 9: Replace incandescent lightbulbs with fluorescent bulbs. They provide the same quality and amount of light, but fluorescent bulbs use less energy and last longer. STEP 10: Set the furnace thermostat at 68 degrees F or lower in the winter, and the air conditioner at 78 degrees or higher in the summer. STEP 11: Shut off or turn down automatic appliances when going on an extended trip. Tips for the Kitchen
STEP 1: Use the dishwasher only when you have full loads. Set it to 140 degrees F or “normal.” STEP 2: Open the refrigerator only when necessary. STEP 3: Clean the refrigerator coils, located in the back or bottom of the refrigerator, regularly. STEP 4: Be sure to defrost refrigerators and freezers before ice buildup becomes 1/4-inch thick. STEP 5: Cook on range-top burners instead of in the oven whenever possible. STEP 6: Plan meals so that you can cook and bake several items at once. STEP 7: Preheat as little as possible. Tips for the Laundry Room
STEP 1: Wash clothes only when you have a full load. STEP 2: Use cold water whenever possible in operating the washer. STEP 3: Clean the lint trap in the dryer after each use. STEP 4: Consider line drying laundry instead of using the dryer on warm days.

Chris asks…

How many married women out there keep a nice clean stove?

My wife can’t keep a clean stove. She gets it so dirty and greasy and then leaves it that way.

She leaves finger prints all over my car from her make-up.
She uses so much toilet paper.
She eats up all my pretzels.
She doesn’t keep herself clean enough so oral sex is definitely out of the question….C’mon, I didn’t marry a woman, I married a nightmare.

I end up cleaning it most of the time.

Why is she like that?

James Conley answers:

My oven is spotless, so is the microwave & refrigerator, my cabinets and closets orderly, the dishwasher, washing machine & dryer are empty, all dresser drawers are neat & orderly,the bathroom is sparkling and you could eat off my kitchen floor…and I vacuum, mop, wash, sweep, do laundry and wipe up every single day and I still find time to cook,bake, do the interior painting, and the gardening, enjoy my hobbies and keep myself neat & clean.

Some people are just slovenly….some are not.
I’m sure you knew this about her before you married her.

People don’t change….if you didn’t want a woman who was house-lazy you should have married one who was house-proud but…..

…there are ladies who are very obsessive about their homes….you might have ended up with a neat freak. Just as bad, y’know.

My husband is very particular about himself but in the home he’s a disaster-he does try but he’s the type that needs some one to clean up after he’s cleaned up lol….and as far as home repairs he’s a total klutz, which is why we have invested in the services of a good handy man and a home insurance plan should we need appliance repairs or a plumber, and have a great auto mechanic as well. My guy ain’t handy in this respect but he’s smart……

All I can say is accept the person for who & what they are….or don’t accept them at all…….and HIDE your pretzels!

Paul asks…

Where or how to apply for government free grant money to repair or improve homes.?

I heard that there is free grant money that the government gives out to home owners to fix or improve there homes, is this true where do I call or get the number from?

James Conley answers:

It depends on where you live. In Virginia, for example, you might be able to get a 25% Rehabilitation Tax Credit for rehabilitating an historic building. The same rehabilitation could qualify for a 20% credit through the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program.

These aren’t grants, per se, but the financial incentive can be significant. For example, a $100k renovation would result in a $25k state tax credit.

I rehabilitated a 1920’s bungalow–new roof, new heating system, painting, refinishing floors, kitchen upgrades (not appliances), etc., all counted toward the tax credit.

The Planning, Housing and/or Development Department at your local government should be able to point you to any programs that you may qualify for. Where I live, they will actually help to fill out and process the application for you.

Good Luck!

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