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How To Be More ‘Green’ Around The Kitchen

If you are recycling your paper, plastics and soda cans, then you should be commended. It’s an easy habit to get into that once started you don’t think twice about. It also points out how much you can recycle in a given week. It’s amazing how that all piles up. If your recycling has inspired you to go more green around the kitchen, then you’ll want to put these tips into action:

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Use Cloth Napkins

Cloth napkins are more durable than paper ones. By replacing cloth napkins with disposable napkins you’re going to save a lot of money. Just think how many times you reach for a roll of paper towels? If you do by paper towels or napkins, then look for the recycling logo.

Cook From Scratch

You know that cooking at home already saves you a lot of money. But it also uses fewer resources than dining out or buying premade food. Anytime you buy food that’s been process it has been packaged and cooked in industrial kitchens and then truck to your local supermarket. That supply chain uses up a lot of energy. Cooking from scratch allows you to cut out some of that excess energy waste.

Use a Crock Pot

Cooking in a crock-pot can save you energy and time. It’s really about slicing and dicing and putting in the pot then turn it on and letting it cook. Crock pots a very versatile. You can make chili, pot roast, soup, chickens, bread and even desserts.

Cook With Residual Heat

Although you turn off your oven, it is still actually warm enough to continue cooking a meal. This means that if you shut things down five minutes before the meal is scheduled to come out you’ll be ahead of the game in terms of saving energy. You can apply the same trick to cooking pasta. Once the water has been boiling for five minutes, cover the pot and switch off the flame. Let it sit for five more minutes. The pasta will continue to cook and come out perfect in just under 10 minutes.

Recycle Your Appliances

Between the refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer your kitchen appliances certainly take up a lot of energy in the house. If they are newer models, then they are probably Energy Star rated as they should be. If you are replacing your old appliances, then you should bring in Junk King Fort Lauderdale for the disposal. That’s because junk King is dedicated to recycling almost 60% of everything they collect. That includes old appliances. Junk King knows the recycling centers that these can be dropped off to. They’ll happily do that is part of their complete junk removal package. Going more green around the house is easy when you get help from Junk King Fort Lauderdale.

Do You Know How To Make These Fixes Around Your Home?

Becoming a handyman is all part of being a homeowner. Although there are plenty a big jobs that are best left to the professionals there a lot of little fixes that you should be able to conquer around your house. How many of the following repair jobs are you proficient at?

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Turning Off the Gas

If you smell gas in your home, then the first thing you need to do is call the gas company. They will recommend that you turn off the gas. Do you know where the gas found into the house is located? It usually located outside at the meter and probably will need an adjustable wrench to turn on and off. It’s a good idea once you turn off the gas to let the gas company come back to turn on again.

Fixing a Running Toilet

A running toilet is usually caused by problems with the flapper, chain or float. Sometimes it just takes a jiggle the handle to stop it from running. When that doesn’t work, you’ll need to take off the tank lid and inspect what the problem is. You’ll probably be able to figure it out by flushing the toilet and watching what happens. A minor adjustment of one of those components should do the trick.

Turning Off Power to Your House

Sooner or later you will “blow a fuse” around your house. This usually happens when you have too many appliances plugged into one section of your home. You should familiarize yourself with your circuit breaker box. Every switch in that box corresponds to a different section in your home. They should all be clearly labeled so you know exactly which zone to flip back to reset.

Finding A Wall Stud

The best way to hang a heavy picture or television is to drill directly into a wall stud. Don’t try tapping the wall in search for a “solid thud.” Instead, you can invest 10 bucks at your local hardware store to purchase a stud finder. FYI, most studs are spaced 16 to 24 inches apart.

As mentioned above, not all of your home repairs are DIY jobs. That is definitely true for major junk hauling. To get a copy you want to bring in Junk Fort Lauderdale. These are the junk removal professionals that have a lot of experience moving all kinds of rubbish from homes and businesses. Weight or size is never an issue with Junk King Fort Lauderdale. If you want your home free of clutter and rubbish, then call Junk King Fort Lauderdale today.