Cold Crunch Utility Bills

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So you’ve filled in the gaps and cracks around the home to block the winter drafts, and you’ve improved the attic and crawlspace insulation as best you can; but the winter utility bills are still putting you in a bind. Well, you’ve improved your home and made it more energy efficient, but you may still have to improve your behavior.

One thing you can do is lower your thermostat a few degrees and put on a few more clothes. You’d be amazed at how much you can drive your energy bills down by doing these simple things.

While you’re at it, lower the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees. The water heater is the number number three household energy user, so doing this can make a big difference.

Then, put the family on a time limit on showers. A hot shower is great on a cold morning, but the longer it lasts, the higher the bills will go.


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  • selpha ayiro Says:
    April 25th, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Is there any cash crop that can be rotated with tomatoes to control bacteria wilt in Kenya?

  • Vincent A Hauser Says:
    March 30th, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Thomas Boniuh

    Your welcome I just hope science looks into it because it is such a dreaded disease .


  • Vincent A Hauser Says:
    March 29th, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Hi forgot to mention I Live on Long Island New York .

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    March 29th, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Interesting experiment! Thanks for sharing, Vincent.

  • Vincent A Hauser Says:
    March 29th, 2018 at 7:59 am

    A few years ago during a hot and humid stretch of weather I NOTICED ONE OF MY TOMATO PLANTS WILTING AT THE TOP AND BY LATE AFTERNOON IT WAS DEAD . After doing some research i found out the culprit was Bacterial Wilt . The research kind of said there was nothing i could do at this point . So after losing three plants I TRIED A Hail Mary Experiment of my own.
    After hearing that Silver is used in the medical field to control bacteria I WENT TO GNC and bought a 8 ounce 30 parts per million bottle of silver water (colloidal silver ) . I mixed it in water in an Arizona Iced tea container and watered the remaining five plants from the base with it . I also heard pioneers put silver coins in there buckets to keep bacteria under control so I went to a local coin dealer and bought some one ounce rounds and put them in a small water bucket overnight and watered aech plant in the morning from the base and repeated the process for at least four more weeks . I am happy to report the remaining five plants lived and produced enough tomato for me my family and my friends .
    I understand science will have to look into this further ans it is a bit of an expensive fix as silver water is $30 FOR AN EIGHT OUNCE BOTTLE AND SILVER ROUNDS FLUCTUATE WITH THE PRICE OF SILVER . I wish I had been more scientific but I hope my testimonial helps and Science can prove my experiment correct .
    Vincent A Hauser

  • Tumusiime Edison Says:
    October 23rd, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you very much . am in Uganda East Africa, BW is common here. Is it true that applying wood charcoal in holes during planting can help to prevent BW in tomatoes?. if so how can one apply it. thank you

  • esther Says:
    February 10th, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Please answer asap… I planted tomatoes last year in a greenhouse but then b.wilt took control. I decided to plant legumes just to crop rotate I want to put back tomatoes please tell me the measures I should take to avoid encounter with bacterial wilt again.

  • Samuel Iyanda Says:
    February 9th, 2016 at 8:23 am

    In addition, some farmers also always conclude case on bacteria wilt when they see plant wilting and the case may be over irrigation. So other factors too should be examine before concluding on bacteria wilt

  • Paul Rasmussen Says:
    October 25th, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I grow tomatoes in a hydroponic system–pelite but still get B/W even in brand new material. Any suggestion.

  • John Brannon Says:
    October 9th, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    My soil was sandy and well composted and well drained, there was a big crop of tomatoes full of green large tomatoes in the afternoon.The next day when I returned from work the whole crop was dead from wilt. We have relatively high humidity here on the East Coast of South Africa, about 75 to 80% in Summer, Temperature 26 to 28 Centigrade.

  • Susan Gold Says:
    July 29th, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    My tomato plants got a disease that not only turned the leaves black and powdery but the few green tomatoes never grew and no more tomatoes were ever on plant. What disease did my tomato plants have? How can I prevent it from returning next summer.

    April 23rd, 2015 at 1:40 pm


  • trisha Says:
    July 14th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Can you eat veggies from a garden that may have bacteria wilt?

  • Larry Harrison Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Sir, I have had trouble with tomato plant wilting and dying I am sure that it is bacterial wilt, I have baked garden for a year with black plastic still got me this year whats my best move plant in conainers, any plant resistant to it, any thing to mix in soil? Thanks, Larry

  • Official Comment:

    Julie Day Says:
    June 13th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Dinneli, mildew is caused by moisture and a lack of air circulation. Bathrooms are always damp, and things like towels and hanging clothes hold moisture and make the problem worse. Try these tips:

    – Install an exhaust fan, if you don’t already have one. Run it while you’re in the shower and also when washing clothes, to remove steam. If you can’t install a fan, you need to open windows, or open the door and run a floor fan to get air circulating after showering.

    – Change your bath towels, washcloths, and rugs at least once a week. Even with the best of conditions, damp towels will mildew after a week or so.

    – Remove hand-washed clothing from the bathroom as soon as it’s dry. If you leave it in the bathroom, it will get damp again every time you shower, and it will mildew.

    – Clean up the existing mildew with bleach, soap, and water.

  • Dinneli Says:
    June 12th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Mr. Lipford,

    I have a question about my bathroom. I have noticed that my towels get mildew on them after a few weeks. I was wondering what might be causing. I have asked several plumbers about the problem and none of them seem to know what could be causing this. It happens not just on the towels, It happens on other closthing also that I hand was and leave it to dry. I will really appreciate it if you could help me with problem. I would really like it if someone can make a house call.

    Thanks you very much.


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