Friday, December 9, 2011

Tip on Hanging Laundry

My local power company recently sent me an insert in my bill that gave tips on conserving energy. Many of them I already knew but one tip really helped me change the way I hung my laundry. They said that towels, jeans and other clothing that typically dries hard on the clothes line can be hung out to dry. Then, when they are almost dry (with a slight dampness) they can be put in the dryer for 10 minutes on medium heat with a dryer sheet. This will cause them to soften again.
You know what, I tried that tip and it worked. I was able to further reduce my energy costs. I hope this tip helps you reduce the costs of your electric bill too.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Donate your old bicycle

I was reading this week's Parade Magazine which is an insert in my local paper once a week when I came across this great program. Wheels of Change ships used bicycles (plus seas, wheels, and helmets) from US to Africa, where they are sold and rented at a low cost. School children and medical volunteers ride for free.

Here's how it works:

Go to and fill out the form. They will email you the details on where you can take your used bike and/or equipment for donation. Please give the volunteers time to get back to you.

You can also start a chapter in your community if you would like to help. Please see website for more information.