How Much Electricity Each Item in Your House Uses

CFL bulb CFL bulbs will provide 10,000 hours of light and use $10.40 of electricity (at 8 cents per kilowatt hour). To get the same output with incandescents, you would have to use seven bulbs, which would cost less up front, but the electricity would cost $48. Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) is one of the quickest, easiest ways to save money—and a place everyone can start. CFLs use about 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. This can save you up to $35 in electric costs over the lifetime of each bulb. Switching to CFLs in the five most frequently used fixtures in your house will save about $60 …

50 Crucial Fall Maintenance Tasks You Should Never Forget

Aerate the Soil ‘Aerating’ simply means making holes in the ground by removing plugs of soil. And it’s the single most important task you can perform to maintain a healthy, good-looking lawn. Nothing else comes close! It relieves compaction caused by foot traffic and creates extra pore space in the soil, allowing air, nutrients and water to enter. All of that helps roots to thrive. Aerate your lawn at least once a year, preferably in the fall. Do it two or even three times each year if you can. The more, the better. You can rent a lawn aerator at any equipment rental store. Get one that will remove plugs of soil rather than one that pokes holes in the …

Grease Gun Holder

Check Out This PVC Hack to Build a Grease Gun Holder A grease gun is handy to have in the garage, but storing it can be messy. There’s always a bit of grease that wants to ooze from the tip of the hose. That’s why I made this grease gun holder. I used 3-in. and 1-1/2-in. pieces of PVC drainpipe and a couple of fittings, including a cap to catch any drips. I also cut a slot in the holder to accommodate the pump’s handle. The only tricky part was cutting the slot, which I did with my jigsaw. — Steve Goodrich We’ve got more where that came from, check out these other PVC hacks. Check other awesome PVC hacks …

14 Iconic Mid-Century Modern Decor Elements

Mid-Century Modern Decorating Ideas: Starburst Clock The starburst clock is one of the first things that come to mind when someone asks: What is mid-century modern? The starburst clock is an immediate standout of mid-century home decor. This type of clock was first made by the mid-century masters at Nelson Associates. This design firm is responsible for a lot of iconic mid-century modern essentials that were found in many stylish homes in the ’50s and ’60s and again today. The starburst clock was conceptualized by Nelson Associates in 1949. Clocks of this style are so intricate they can be considered works of art. When you hang a clock, or other wall decor, make sure it’s level as to not take …