Good Opportunity

It’s been a while since I spoke with Cheryl, my buddy who’s living in Mineola, Texas. She was my bride’s maid. We met at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Manila during our appointments in relation with the visa application 7 months ago. For just a very short time, we have been friends including Jacky, who’s in Minnesota right now. They are both from Cagayan de Oro.

Cheryl told me she had a call from Walmart offering her a job. “That’s good,” I said. She added that the store is close by merely 5-6 minutes from their house. I told her that’s a good opportunity now. There’s no need to burn gas at all. Cheryl told her husband about it and asked him to buy her one of the beach bikes she’s dreaming of.

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Ways To Lower Your Electric Bills

I am delighted to see our electric bill has lowered last month. Monitoring bills is my one of my useful habits (laughs). My husband said that it’s going to get lower in the coming months because it’s starting to cool again. He added that usually electric bills get high during the summer season. Even so, I still wanted to make it sure we are saving energy at all times.

We should be more aware of saving. Here is to share with you some useful no-cost ways to save energy at home. I got this from Texas Co-op Power. I hope these would also be of help to you.

  • > Turn off everything not in use: lights, TVs, computers, etc.
  • > Check the air-conditioner filter each month and clean or replace it as needed. Dirty filters block air flow through your heating and cooling systems, increasing your energy bill and shortening the equipment’s life.
  • > During hot months, keep window coverings closed on the south, east and west windows. In winter, let the sun in.
  • > Glass fireplace doors help stop heat from being lost up the chimney. Also, close the fireplace damper when not burning a fire.
  • > Activate “sleep” features on computers and office equipment that power down when not in use for a while.
  • > Turn off equipment during longer periods of non-use to cut energy costs and improve longevity.
  • > When cooking, keep the lids on pots. Better yet, use a microwave oven instead.
  • > Dress appropriately for the weather, and set your thermostat to the lowest possible comfortable setting in winter and the highest comfortable setting in summer.
  • > On winter nights, put an extra blanket on the bed and turn down your thermostat more.
  • > In summer, use fans whenever possible to reduce AC usage. Inexpensive fans allow you to raise the thermostat temperature and still remain comfortable.
  • > To save hot water, take five-minute showers instead of baths.
  • > Do only full loads when using the clothes washer or dishwasher.
  • > Use cold water for laundry and save–detergents formulated for cold water get clothes just as clean.
  • > Lower the temperature on your water heater. It should be set at “warm”, so that a thermometer held under running water reads 120 degrees.

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