Archive for May, 2018

Saving Money on Electric Bills

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Energy bills have skyrocketed these days, and that’s why so many people are looking for creative ways of cutting down their costs. However resolute you might be when it comes to paying less for your electricity, the fact is that there are several simple changes that you can do that can make a whole lot of difference.

We’re not saying you should start by making considerable sacrifices such as buying a lot of green power gadgets, some of which might be feasible, it’s true, but they might cost more at the moment.

Let’s look at several practical ways of cutting down your electricity costs.

Air conditioning and heating

In case you didn’t know, Americans tend to use their AC a lot more compared to Europeans. Whenever it’s hot, Europeans open several windows and let the air cooldown their spaces. They keep their temperature with the help of iced drinks, and they tend to walk in the shade when the weather’s scorching. They always wear appropriate clothing.

Keep your AC turned off if it’s not as hot as you might think. The same goes for your heating. What if you didn’t wear just a t-shirt and shorts and you actually put some clothes on instead of turning your heating up and having to pay for it?

Doing your laundry the right way

If you own a washer and dryer, the easiest way of saving some money would be to avoid using your dryer altogether in the summer. Get a drying rack or clothes airer for as little as ten to fifteen dollars and wait for your laundry to get dry naturally. After all, that’s why we have the sun and the wind and are able to take advantage of them.

Did you know that many power companies offer discounted rates to people who do their laundry after 8 pm? Needless to say, that’s what you should do because placing your clothes on the drying rack can be done at 10 pm just as well as 7 pm. Don’t use a lot of heat to do your laundry if it’s mostly composed of t-shirts you’ve used once.

Cleaning your home the smart way

Most everyone we know hates vacuuming, right? And why do you think that is? Unfortunately, back in the day, many manufacturers didn’t really consider the needs of their customers, so that’s how they ended up making bulky and hefty vacuum cleaners.

Don’t make the mistake of cleaning your floors daily with such a dated alternative. You can either get an electric broom or a Shark steam mop if you want to clean tile or grout, or just one from any other company you prefer. In a worst-case scenario, you might even like to use your non-electric broom to sweep up the occasional spill that might happen in a busy kitchen. And guess what? That’ll make you burn several calories, and you won’t waste any electricity at all.

And last, but not least, always turn off the lights if you’re leaving a room and there’s no one left behind you.

Brought to you by our friend, Vlad.

A Guide to Buying the Perfect Patio Furniture

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Getting the right kind of furniture for your patio can be quite daunting nowadays, especially as there are so many choices available out there today. Besides, there are a lot of aspects you ought to keep in mind to make sure that youre investing your money in something thats worth the effort and every cent, of course. These range from durability to design and the amount of comfort that any furniture ideas for your patio might be able to provide you with.

Lets look at some of the essential factors that you have to consider when youre in the market for a brand new furniture set of this kind.

The right material makes all the difference

Both the quality of the craftsmanship and the material that the furniture pieces are made of can mean a lot in terms of the value that the product is capable of offering you. There is a broad variety of options in this sense. Outdoor furniture can be made from wood, wicker, plastic, or metal, and all of these have both pros and cons.

Metal is great if youre looking for a highly durable choice, but do ensure that the model you will select cannot rust. Wood is great-looking, but its not nearly as durable as metal, for example, because it tends to absorb moisture quite easily. And guess what? Life often goes in the way of you being able to get the furniture inside whenever there are showers announced in your area.

Wicker is visually appealing and can be made from bamboo, rattan vine, or cane. Both resin and plastic furniture pieces are durable, to an extent, but they might not be so if they are too thin. Besides, weve all seen those distasteful and white plastic chairs before, so be sure to get one that resembles wood as best as possible.

What about storage and proper care and maintenance?

Your patio furniture needs to be designed specifically for outdoor use to make sure that it stands the test of time. But other than its durability, you should also consider the amount of convenience that it can provide.

Are the chairs stackable and lightweight enough to be carried easily? Can you comfortably store all of the furniture in your home, or do you have to make an effort to make some room for it? These days, theres a wide array of furniture sets that can be disassembled or folded with ease. Perhaps you should consider one of those.

Choose depending on your needs

While it might be extraordinarily tempting to select the most sizable patio furniture you can afford, you need to understand that getting too many pieces might restrict your outdoor lounging space. How many people do usually come to visit with you?

How big is your family? Are there folks that would enjoy spending pretty much all of their time outside of the house, therefore occupying a sofa or a chair constantly? Only you can provide the answers to all of these questions and choose the set number accordingly.

Brought to you by our friend, Vlad.

How to Get a Great Truck Tent

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Getting a brand new truck tent can be a real challenge, and that’s because the market seems to be downright overflowing with choices you should consider. It goes without saying that one of the first factors you ought to bear in mind when you’re in the market for such a product is its size. If you pick the wrong one, it might not be compatible with your vehicle.

However, there are many other aspects you should consider to make sure you’re able to choose the perfect alternative. Here’s a list of things you need to keep in mind.

Just what kind of design are you looking for?

There are several variations when it comes to the build of many truck tents. Some can be installed in the bed of the truck, but others are called rooftop tents, so they are larger and can provide a bit more room compared to their regular counterparts.

If you can’t be bothered with checking the size of the unit you want to spend your cents on, although we highly recommend that you do, you can always select a universal tent. Such models are typically made to fit most automobiles, and they come with several adjustable features that can render them compatible with your truck or SUV.

Seasonality

Some alternatives might not be capable of providing you with the warmth and coverage you need when the weather outside is chilly. It would be a good idea to opt for a 3 or 4-season tent, in this case, especially if you are interested in going camping be it during the summer or even during winter.

One thing that we have to mention is that the materials that the products made for all seasons are heavier, so they’ll be slightly more challenging to put together. The other option you have available is to get two tents – one for when the weather’s warmer and the other for when you want to go camping in inclement weather.

Ventilation

Regardless the looks of the tent, the fact is that rain flies, as well as awnings, can make the difference when it comes to your overall comfort. The tent should also come with several ventilation windows that you can open in case you’re starting to feel too hot. Make sure to install it in an area where it can sit under the shadow of a tree. Otherwise, you’ll find it hard to spend time inside the tent during the day.

Ventilation is also important because, at night, you might end up feeling hot. In this respect, it would be silly to have to get outside instead of just open a window and let the cool air of the evening get into the tent.

Usually, most models you might find available for purchase these days come with at least two mesh panels. You can conveniently zip and keep them closed when it’s raining or when it’s cold outside. By contrast, you can zip them up and keep them open when it’s starting to get warm inside.

Brought to you by our friends at trucktentcenter.com.

5 Delicious Recipes for Cooking with Wine

Friday, May 11th, 2018

If you’ve never cooked with wine, now is the time to stock up and give it a try. Using wine in your recipes adds a delicious layer of flavour you can’t find with any other ingredient. At the same time, the wine adds moisture to many foods and can be used in marinades to tenderise meat. There are plenty of recipes that call for wine and the experts suggest choosing one that you’d be happy to drink. Give these mouth-watering dishes a try and see just why cooking with wine is such a great choice.

Beef Bourguignon
This beef bourguignon recipe is an ideal one to try if you’re new to cooking with wine. In fact, this is one of the most traditional recipes when it comes to using wine. This dish came to be as a way to cook with and serve cheaper cuts of beef, which generally tend to be on the tough side. The meat is enhanced with a delectable blend of onion, garlic, celery, bacon and mushrooms. The addition to Burgundy wine gives it a depth of flavour that is both rich and delicious.

Drunken Broad Bean and Goat’s Cheese Salad
Many recipes that use wine tend to call for red wine, but this one makes great use of white wine. It’s used in a marinade to give flavour and moisture to the broad beans used in the salad. The delightful burst of taste in each of the beans pairs well with the tangy and rich flavour and texture of the goat’s cheese.

Red Wine Barbecued Salmon
Usually you see red wine used in a beef recipe, but don’t overlook how wonderfully it pairs with salmon. This recipe combines the richness of red wine with the creaminess of salmon, then grills it to create a mouth-watering dish that will be both delightful and surprising. Eating salmon is a healthy choice and this dish allows you to give it a delicious new twist.

Scallop Ravioli with Seared Scallops and White Wine Sauce
You probably know that white wine is the best choice for sipping with seafood, so it makes sense that white wine is your best choice when cooking seafood. Creamy scallops taste wonderful served in this recipe’s white wine sauce which includes tomatoes and shallots. Pasta is a no-brainer with scallops, so the ravioli is the ideal food for sopping up the leftover sauce.

Red Wine Chocolate Bundt Cake
No recipe collection is complete without a dessert to finish off any meal. If you’ve never considered using wine to bake, it’s time to change your thinking. The red wine in this cake really brings out the decadent chocolate flavour and turns this into a dessert that will have people wondering what your secret ingredient is. Don’t forget to serve it with a scoop of ice cream.

Whichever recipe you choose, always remember to use a good wine. If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it.

Brought to you by our friends at winedirect.com.

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