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BAD LITTLE HABITS THAT CAN COST BIG BUCKS

System - Sunday, October 5, 2014

Yanking the Vacuum Cord to Unplug it – Repeatedly tugging the cord from the outlet instead of bending down and pulling it out can possibly cause several issues.  The cord could split, a wire inside could break or you could even crack the outlet itself.

Flushing Cleaning Wipes – Toilet tissue breaks down quickly, but baby wipes and household cleaning wipes are often made of woven fibers. Even some “flushable” wipes can cause clogs.

Always Washing Clothes in Hot Water –Maintenance-wise this is not necessarily a bad habit, however most of the electricity your washer uses goes towards heating the water. You can save up to 50 cents a load if you use the cold water setting.  At four loads a week, that’s $104 a year!  Cold water will almost always do the trick unless you have oil-splattered clothes or something similar.

Letting Food Drip onto the Bottom of the Oven – Those grease splatters and crumbs could cause your oven to smoke which can lead to funky tasting food, bad odors or a discolored interior.  They could even lead to oven fires.  To be safe and extend the life of your appliance, wipe up spills within a few hours after the oven has cooled and try to clean the interior of your oven 3 times a year.

Overfilling the Refrigerator – A fridge functions best when it’s approximately three-quarters full, so if the shelves are packed full or any food is blocking the vents where the cold air is released, it can lead to poor circulation which causes food to spoil faster.

Not Tightening Your Car’s Gas Cap Until it Clicks – If you forget to click your gas cap lid, most newer cars alert you by illuminating the check-engine light. However, if you’re not sure what the problem is, that could send you straight to the mechanic, paying a hefty bill for a simple repair.

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