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Tips for Saving Money with a Space Heater

Posted by Ashley on January 27th, 2012

Vornado TVH500 Vortex HeaterCan a space heater really help you save money on your winter heating costs? This is one of those seemingly age-old questions that never seem to get a straight response. In short, the answer is yes—but you should follow a few important guidelines in order to get the most savings. Otherwise, you could actually end up increasing your heating costs, and nobody wants that! With winter in full swing and many Americans shivering in their socks looking for more frugal ways to stay warm, here are a few tips to help you save on heating costs with a portable space heater.

    1. Turn Down the Thermostat

    One of the main advantages of using a space heater, other than boosting your coziness and warmth, is that it helps offset the costly operation of your central heating system. That is, as long as you remember to turn down your thermostat. Typically, for each degree you lower your thermostat, you’ll save 3% on your heating costs. Researchers at the Good Housekeeping Institute recently put this strategy to the test and found that you can save as much as $200 if you lower your thermostat to 62 degrees F and supplement your room with a space heater.

    Get more tips for saving on heating costs with a space heater

    Ladybug Steam Cleaner Takes On A Dirty Apartment

    Posted by Allison on January 20th, 2012

    As I mentioned in a previous blog post, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to start cleaning my dog’s bed with my Ladybug Steam Cleaner. Well, we are now three weeks into the year, and Callie has enjoyed a deliciously fresh, steam cleaned doggie bed every night.

    Believe it or not, this chore has actually turned into a lot of fun! My Ladybug Tekno 2350 is incredibly powerful, easy to use, and really makes me feel like I’m creating a healthier environment for my dog and myself. And as any Ladybug owner will tell you, once you whip out your trusty cleaning friend, it’s hard to put it away.

    I wanted to share my experience cleaning with my Ladybug, so I created this quick video demo to show you how easy and fun it can be.

    For more cleaning tips, check out these 21 uses for Ladybug Steam Cleaners.

    4 Reasons To Use A Humidifier During Flu Season

    Posted by Ashley on January 13th, 2012

    humidifiers and the fluHumidifiers are invaluable tools that can help boost your indoor comfort, soothe your baby’s delicate respiratory system, and even reduce heating costs during the cold winter months. But did you know that humidifiers also have another important purpose? They can help you—and your little ones—stay healthy during flu season. With flu season on the horizon, read on to learn 4 reasons you should be using a humidifier right now.

    1.) Humidifiers may stop the spread of flu germs.

    A 2009 study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences found that flu germs survive and spread more easily in dry air conditions. These results suggest that boosting your indoor humidity level makes it less likely for flu germs to survive and transmit to those around you. Aim to maintain a humidity level of between 45 and 50% to curb the spread of germs. An inexpensive hygrometer can help you stay on top of humidity measurement.

    Read more about how humidifiers help you stay healthy

    Are You At Risk for Radon Exposure?

    Posted by Ashley on January 6th, 2012

    Radon Gas Danger Sign
    You can’t smell it, you can’t taste it, and you can’t see it—but you may have a serious air quality problem on your hands.

    Radon, a cancer-causing gas that can reach toxic levels in your home, is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. Many victims never even picked up a cigarette. And even more frightening is the idea that at this moment, you may not even know you have a problem. That’s why it’s so important to test your home for radon. January is National Radon Action Month and there’s never been a better time to find out if you’re at risk.

    Radon is formed when the chemical element uranium naturally decays in soil, rock, and water. As it breaks down, tiny radioactive particles are released into the air. These particles enter and become trapped in your lungs as you breathe, increasing your risk of developing lung cancer.

    Read more about the dangers of radon

    Our New Year’s Resolutions

    Posted by Allison on January 3rd, 2012

    New Year's ResolutionsThe countdown is over. The plates of black-eyed peas and cornbread are empty. The guilt and shame of everything we ate over the holidays has set in. It’s officially a new year!

    At the beginning of each new year, I go through the same routine as most women. Buy veggies, count calories, and force myself into the gym five times a week. But this year, I thought I would do something a little different.

    During our first day back at the office, I started asking around to see what resolutions some of my coworkers made for 2012. Maybe that would help give me some ideas. I was surprised by what I found!

    Read more about our New Year's Resolutions for 2012.