Refrigerator electricity usage lowered in 15 minutes

Written by Donald Grummett

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5.Next, userepparttar vacuum cleaner to finishrepparttar 100074 basic cleaning ofrepparttar 100075 condenser. The brush attachment ofrepparttar 100076 vacuum cleaner works particularly well at this point. The brush will allow you to get in between allrepparttar 100077 fins and removerepparttar 100078 dust hiding there.

6.Finish by cleaningrepparttar 100079 condenser with a rag dampened with water. Avoid using any cleaner. Sincerepparttar 100080 condensers job is to transfer heat any residue left by a cleaner could impede this process. Under no circumstances use something like furniture polish (example lemon furniture polish) or a dust removal spray. It will leave a waxy residue that will end up attracting more dust. Something that works extremely well is a static duster (notrepparttar 100081 dusting clothes). If you are not sure what I mean, it isrepparttar 100082 cleaning device that looks like a cats’ tail attached to a long handle. They are great because they pick up dust without using any chemicals.

7.Userepparttar 100083 vacuum to remove dust fromrepparttar 100084 cardboard cover that is nearrepparttar 100085 bottom rear ofrepparttar 100086 refrigerator. It is coveringrepparttar 100087 area whererepparttar 100088 compressor and electrical components reside. It will usually have holes in it where dust can accumulate.

8.Vacuum any dust fromrepparttar 100089 floor andrepparttar 100090 cavity whererepparttar 100091 refrigerator normally resides. Vacuumrepparttar 100092 sides ofrepparttar 100093 refrigerator. If there is a kick plate (floor level grille) atrepparttar 100094 front ofrepparttar 100095 refrigerator vacuum it also. Hint: Do not removerepparttar 100096 kick plate to clean. Some are very difficult to re-install.

9.Plug inrepparttar 100097 refrigerator and push back into place.

That’s it … that’s all. The whole process should have taken approximately 15 minutes.

Inrepparttar 100098 space of a few minutes you have accomplished a number of objectives. You have removed a major source of dust from your home; maderepparttar 100099 refrigerator operate more efficiently; and lowered your electrical consumption.

Even though it is an easy job, it is one that usually gets forgotten. So don’t wait untilrepparttar 100100 serviceman arrives once every few years to do this.

It is a very important cleaning project forrepparttar 100101 reasons already stated. Therefore, this is a job that should be placed right nearrepparttar 100102 top of your next spring-cleaning list

Copyright 2004 by Donald Grummett. All right reserved. Donald Grummett is service manager of an appliance repair company in Ottawa, Canada. Thirty-plus years as a technician and business owner. Additional appliance information including FAQuestions, Stains, Recycling, Newsletter, Industry News at

Making The Most Of Your Smart Decision To Hire An Interior Designer

Written by Leta Palatino-Ash

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To ensure that your designer understands how you live now and how you want to live, share as many details with her as you can. Also share your personal tastes so she can incorporate them intorepparttar designs. If you hate plaid, tell her now, before she gets too deep intorepparttar 100073 first draft.

To help you better prepare yourself, answer these questions before you have your first meeting withrepparttar 100074 designer:

* Are you a creative person? In what ways does your home limit your creativity or your hobbies?

* Do you likerepparttar 100075 present color palette? Does it need updating?

* Are they any rooms that feel cramped or stuffy? Any rooms that feel empty, cold or unwelcoming?

* Is adequate, well-organized storage a problem? Can you find things when you need them?

* Are your bathrooms functional, pleasing spaces? Do you or family members have special needs (e.g. grab bars, easy-entrance shower stalls, etc.)?

* As you walk through your rooms, jot down your favorite qualities about each. Do you likerepparttar 100076 proportions? Is there adequate ventilation and lighting throughout your house?

* Are there any rooms that you don’t use regularly? Could any of these rooms be used for more than one function? Could any of these rooms be used for a completely different function?

* Does your home balance open space and private areas?

* Doesrepparttar 100077 entryway do its job of settingrepparttar 100078 stage forrepparttar 100079 rest of your home by welcoming guests and making a statement aboutrepparttar 100080 people who live there? If you normally come into your home throughrepparttar 100081 garage, does that area welcome you?

Focus on Your Challenges A designer works best when you share your “wish list,” express your ideas, and then keep an open mind. That means communicating how you want to live inrepparttar 100082 space and then entrustingrepparttar 100083 designer to make it happen. After all, you hired this person for her experience, talent and vision!

For example, one homeowner hired a designer to help her reorganize her tiny office so she could be more productive. Instead,repparttar 100084 designer suggested that she move her entire operation downstairs, intorepparttar 100085 den she used once every two months to watch movies. She did, tripling her space and doubling her productivity in just three months.

Contrary to TV, where designers admonish clients for questioning their plans, real-life designers understand that you’rerepparttar 100086 person who ultimately needs to loverepparttar 100087 space. They want you to be happy and want you to give your input so you’re absolutely thrilled withrepparttar 100088 results (and so you’ll recommend them to your friends)! That’s why they do so much probing upfront about your tastes and how you live, then incrementally present their ideas throughoutrepparttar 100089 process.

Hiring a designer is like giving a gift to yourself! You maderepparttar 100090 smart decision to hire an Interior Designer, you’ve been smart aboutrepparttar 100091 planning process, and now you can rest assured thatrepparttar 100092 time, money and energy you spend returns truly smart, stunning results!

The principals of LLK Interior Design have been creating beautiful, practical spaces for clients around the Puget Sound for a combined total of 16 years. Later this year they will appear in an episode of HGTV’s popular show “Designers’ Challenge.” The principals are members of the American Society of Interior Designers, the Master Builders Association and Built Green. Contact: 425.455.2099, or

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