Saturday, April 21, 2012

Easy way to save on those energy bills

I recently found an item that I wanted to share with you that not only cuts down on your energy costs, but also has great additional features as well.

It's tinted window film. For my purposes, I chose the black film that would not only cut down on the heat from the sunlight, but also on the sunlight as well. You can still see through the window but the film cuts down on a lot of the light that comes in. This is perfect for people who sleep during the day because of shift work, or people like us who go to bed early (when it's still daylight outside) because Jason has to get up so early for work.

There are also a lot of other types of film that just have the energy savings, have mirrored effects, and many other decorative styles that all still help out with your energy savings.

I'll admit that I was nervous at first thinking that it was going to be horrible to try and put it, but it was pretty easy. It is really simply to put on the windows, very quick and almost fool proof.

Check out the difference in our office with just one window done with the black film. See you can still see out from the inside but it cuts a ton of glare out and lots and lots of heat. Our office gets super hot in the summer, so this will help out.

Here's a picture of the first window that I finished in our bedroom. I honestly think it adds to the view (until I covered it with the blinds and blackout curtains). It also helps us out when we go to bed to have a dark bedroom to sleep in even though it's still light outside. The blackout curtains and blinds were just not dark enough.

Check out the difference on the floor with the sun shining in. I put one foot on the left side (shaded) and one foot in the right side (not covered yet) and there was a huge temperature difference in just a few minutes of putting up the film on the left side.

The product that I used was easily found at our local home improvement stores and was honestly pretty cheap. Our bedroom windows were done completely with 2 boxes of film at $16.32 per box. I know we're going to get that money back very fast this summer when it's cooler in the house and we don't have to run the air so much.

The product not only blocks out the heat in the summer, but also keeps your heat inside in the winter to help with heating cost. You can check out the product website for the brand you choose for more information, videos and tons more information.

So far I've done the bedroom windows and the office windows, and I still plan on doing the windows in our garage. We're lucky that most of our heat comes in the back windows, so I don't have to do a thing to any of the front windows.

Here's to saving money and staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter for less.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Stretching your clothing dollar

I honestly dress better second-hand than I would be able to if I bought the items new in a retail store setting. Last week I found 11 tops at the Goodwill store and only paid $55 total for all 11 tops. Every single one of the tops were designer/name brand items some of which would have cost more new than I paid for all 11.

The store I went to had dressing rooms so that I knew each shirt would fit before I bought it. I got names brands such as Talbots, Cold Water Creek, etc. all for less that $5 each.

I love being able to dress well for less. I do like nice, quality clothing, but I love getting it at rock-bottom prices. Honestly, the items that I got looked practically brand new. I brought them home, washed them and now I have great new additions to my wardrobe that didn't break the bank.

I also check for clothing at yard sales as well. People get tired of what they have or their weight changes and you can take advantage of that. Everyone wins.

Don't be afraid to try second-hand clothing. You can find unique pieces to spice up your look for next to nothing.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Reusing plastic bottles

Wow, I can't believe it's April already! I'm sorry that I haven't posted in a while, but I hope to be better about posting in the future. I should have a little more time to get my thoughts down and to you now.

Well enough about that, let's get on with the information. I saw this on a website and thought that I would share it with you. I love to add flavored coffee creamer to hot chocolate or chai tea, so I had these bottles already on hand.

Well, after you finish with the creamer and remove the label, the container can be easily reused for all kinds of items.

I washed the bottle and lid out and dried, then I used the first bottle I tried for chocolate chip storage. There's a nifty spout to pour the chocolate chips out into your measuring cup, bowl or straight into your mouth (hey, I don't judge).

You could use it for kids' snacks, nuts or tons of other items. The sky's the limit. I also washed up a bottle that once held Bacon Bits for using the same way.

The bottles (or ones like them) make storing different items easier, helps them stay fresher and are easier to organize than bags.

What uses can you come up with?