See all the products that will cost you more because of Trump’s trade war

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Trump’s import taxes are meant to help US manufacturers by making foreign products more expensive, but this will hurt likely American consumers. 
A new wave of tariffs targeting hundreds of Chinese industrial goods is set to take effect on July 6th.
According to Labor Department estimates, the average cost of washing machines shot up by 17% in the past three months.
Many other goods, such as the computer chips that power PCs and smartphones, are important components of the finished products consumers love — new tariffs could eventually drive up prices on these too.

President Trump has promised to get tough on America’s trading partners. But with the administration now slapping hefty duties on imported goods such as steel and washing machines, and threatening them on many others, it’s American consumers who could be hurt.

While Trump has long complained that trade agreements with nations like China and Mexico need to be renegotiated, his biggest move so far has been placing tariffs — import taxes, payable to the US government — on goods these countries import into the US.

The taxes are meant to help US manufacturers by making foreign goods comparatively more expensive and, therefore, less attractive to consumers. Most economists disagree with Trump’s approach, however, arguing that the tariffs could easily destroy more US jobs — mainly at companies forced to pay higher raw materials costs — than they create. “Companies that can will pass the increased costs onto consumers,” says Erica York, an analyst at the Tax Foundation, a Washington think tank. “If they can’t pass them on, that will come out of profits, which means less money to hire or give raises.”

The first tariffs, targeting a handful of consumer goods, debuted earlier this year; they were followed by taxes on raw steel and aluminum. Now a new wave focusing specifically on hundreds of Chinese industrial goods is set to go into effect in July. And Trump has threatened to target still more Chinese goods — possibly including many popular consumer items like televisions and cellphones.

Here’s a complete rundown of all the goods that could cost you more — or already do — as a result of Trump’s trade war.

Trump fired an initial shot in his trade war in January, targeting just two products — washing machines and solar panels. The administration placed a tax of 20% to 50% on large residential washing Machines after Whirlpool complained that foreign competitors, including Korean giants Samsung and LG, were unfairly undercutting its prices.

The move initially helped Whirlpool — the company’s stock jumped 5% and it said it would hire 200 workers — but the benefit was offset when the White House also slapped tariffs on imported steel (more on that in a bit), pushing up its costs.

Now US consumers stand to lose. The Wall Street Journal, citing Labor Department data, recently estimated the average cost of washing machines had shot up 17% in just the past three months.

Solar panels
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As with washing machines, tariffs on solar panels — in this case 30% for 2017, with lower rates over the next several years — followed complaints from US manufacturers. But the solar tariffs were highly controversial even within the solar industry, with the Solar Energy Industries Association predicting the new tax could cost as many as 23,000 US jobs, as higher costs prompt homeowners and businesses to put off solar installations. (That’s nearly one out of every 10 jobs in the solar industry.)

Just how much could the tariffs cost you? In May, energy marketplace EnergySage estimated they would add $500 to $1,000 to the cost of the typical home installation project. Such projects typically cost $16,000 to $21,000, according to the group’s estimates.

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Trump followed up with a broader set of tariffs starting June 1: a 25% levy on steel and 10% levy on aluminum. Few Americans buy these these materials directly, almost everyone buys products that include them — like cars, for instance, or the cans that hold beer, soda, and soup.

Of course, the cost of metals is just one component of the ultimate price consumers pay.

When it comes to foodstuffs, the increase is likely to be moderate. Shortly after the tariff was announced Trump commerce secretary Wilbur Ross went on TVlugging cans of Campbell soup, insisting the steel tariff would boost the cost of each can by only a fraction of a penny. Similarly, in March The New York Timesestimated the aluminum tariff could boost beer costs by something like a penny a can.

Cars
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Cars, on the other hand, use a lot more steel and aluminum than a can of soup. Ross himself said that the administration’s 25% steel tariff could add as much as $175 to the price of a $35,000 car. Of course, he called that amount “trivial” — but others have noted that it’s about what many people will get from the Trump tax cut.

And there’s another worry for car buyers: In addition to taxing raw materials, President Trump has said he might institute a separate tariff as high as 25% on foreign cars and car parts. Automakers oppose the move, which Trump says may nonetheless be justified on national security grounds.

A new report from Moody’s, released Monday, said European automakers without US plants (like Jaguar and Land Rover) would be among the hardest hit. But GM, which imports almost a third of the cars it sells in the US from plants in Canada and Mexico, and Ford, which imports about 20%, would also suffer.

Last week the American Action Forum, a Washington think tank, estimated a new 25% tariff would boost the cost of buying an imported car by $4,000 to $5,000. Even cars assembled in the US — which nonetheless typically include many foreign auto parts — would see a roughly $1,300 price increase.

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The most luxurious hostel in every European country under $55 a night

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The idea of staying in a messy, loud hostel might seem like a thing of the past — best kept for the backpacking days of your late teens and 20s.

However, a “hostel” is simply “budget-friendly accommodation that focuses on a shared social experience.” While to be considered a hostel it must have the option of a dorm room, most offer private rooms as well — and instead of messy and loud, some can actually be pretty luxurious.

Business Insider teamed up with hostel booking site Hostelworld and its HOSCAR ranking of the best hotels in the world to discover where you’ll find the most luxurious hostel in every European country for under £40 ($54).

Scroll down to see each one — as well as what it will cost you and what you can expect — in alphabetical order.

The following nation states and cross-border countries are not included in the list: The Åland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Monaco, San Marino, Svalbard, Ukraine, and Vatican City.

ALBANIA: Stone City Hostel, Gjirokaster.
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Situated right in the heart of the old town of Gjirokaster, Stone City Hostel is close to the best sights, including a castle and communist bunker.

It boasts a huge roof terrace with brilliant views of the castle, a shaded garden with fruit trees, and is also next to the best coffee bar in town.

Price: Private rooms from £22, dorms from £8.

ANDORRA: Mountain Hostel, El Tarter.
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If the outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi aren’t enough to tempt you, Andorra’s eco-friendly Mountain Hostel is perfect for mountain sports and activities like skiing, snowboarding, freeride, freestyle, and ski touring in the winter season, and mountain biking, hiking, and trail running in summer.

The hostel uses solar energy and is also bike-friendly, offering cyclists a security box, padlock, workshops with tools, and a bike wash area.

Price: Dorms from £22 per night.

ARMENIA: Kantar, Yerevan.
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Located in the very centre of Yerevan, just a minute’s walk from the Republic Square, this cosy hostel has dorms for four to eight people or private bedrooms with balconies. 

Price: Dorms from £10 per night.

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Elon Musk says Model 3 production still needs ‘radical improvements’ to meet aggressive targets (TSLA)

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In a leaked email obtained by CNBC, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that Model 3 production has moved about 500 units per day.
The troubled Tesla Model 3’s run rate is now at roughly 3,500 per week.
Some aspects of the system are pushing toward 700-vehicle capacity per day.
The carmaker has said that it will achieve 5,000 per week by the end of June.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is excited about the manufacturing of the carmaker’s troubled Model 3 — a reversal of his nearly yearlong journey through “production hell.”

But according to an internal email obtained by CNBC, he isn’t overconfident, insisting that there’s plenty of work left to do if the company is going to meet its own target of 5,000 in weekly Model 3 output by the end of June.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Satellite images reveal what Russia’s World Cup stadiums look like from space

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Games for the 2018 World Cup will be played at 12 stadiums across Russia, with locations spread more than 1,500 miles apart from east to west and more than 1,000 miles from north to south.
Deimos Imaging has captured satellite images of these stadiums.
Here’s what the World Cup stadiums look like from space.

On June 14 at 6:00 p.m. Moscow time (11:00 a.m. ET), teams from Russia and Saudi Arabia will kick off the 2018 World Cup at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

That’s just one of 12 stadiums that teams from 32 countries will be playing at during the World Cup. The stadiums are spread across Russia. As a bird flies, the stadiums in Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg are more than 1,500 miles apart; stadiums in Sochi and St. Petersburg are more than 1,000 miles apart.

This will lead to varying temperatures and conditions, depending on where games are played.

Urthecast subsidiary Deimos Imaging, which operates commercial satellites and is one of the world’s leading satellite image providers, has captured images of what each of the stadiums look like from space.

Here’s where the games of the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be played.

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
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In addition to the first game of the World Cup, the final on July 15 will also be played at Luzhniki Stadium.

Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
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Kazan Arena, Kazan
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Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and a group of influential billionaires are investing in 2 startups that could solve the biggest problem with renewable energy

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Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and a group of billionaires are investing in two energy storage startups through their fund, Breakthrough Ventures.
Energy storage is one of the biggest bottlenecks in the widespread adoption of renewable energy.
Breakthrough Ventures’ fund is designed to be “patient capital,” which means it doesn’t mind waiting a long time to see returns. 

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and a host of their uber-rich compatriots are investing in two energy startups that could solve one of the biggest problems with renewable energy.

They’re investing through a $1 billion fund, Breakthrough Ventures (BEV), which announced last year that energy storage would be one of its main focuses. See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Mesmerizing aerial images show the growth of major cities over the last 3 decades

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Over the last three decades, much of the world’s population growth has centered in urban areas, where 4.1 billion people — around 55% of the world’s population — live today.

By 2030, the United Nations predicts that cities will house 60% of people globally, and one in every three people will live in cities with at least half a million inhabitants.

NASA satellites have visualized this growth through its Landsat program, the longest-running initiative for collecting satellite imagery of Earth. Landsat satellites have captured images of cities across the world since 1972.

The imaging startup Descartes Labs recently compiled these photos to create fascinating timelapses — from the 1980s to today — of five large cities, including Beijing and Las Vegas.

Take a look below:

In the span of just 34 years, the population of Dubai, UAE has grown from 350,000 to 3 million. The time-lapse below shows the city’s rapid development over that period:

unnamed (2)Descartes LabsDubai — 1984 vs 2017

“The architectural scope of that expansion is impressive, particularly the infrastructure and buildings over the water,” Jason Schatz, an applied scientist at Descartes Labs, told Business Insider.

São Paulo, Brazil expanded from around 13 million to 21 million people from the late 1980s to today. As you can see in the time-lapse below, much of this urban growth has resulted in sprawl:

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São Paulo — 1987 vs 2017

The Las Vegas metro area bloomed from around 540,000 people in 1984 to 2.1 million people today. On the right, you can see that Lake Mead has shrunk, due partly to the region’s increasing water demands:

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Clark County, Nevada — 1984 vs 2018

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Easy Decorating Tricks To Decorate Like A Pro

By tony / May 14, 2018

Are you interested in improving the appearance of your home through interior design? You’re not the only one; the following article will teach you all about interior design. The advice you are about to read has been proven effective.

When designing an office, make sure the space is functional. It is vital to have good lighting and comfortable furniture in an office space. To make a place that you want to spend time in while working, implement some design choices that have visual appeal.

Before you begin anything, have a discussion about finances and costs. If you do not possess the money to do a project, it can be devastating. This can help lower your anxiety and stress levels when designing your new space.

For the best results, hang artwork at eye level. Art that is either too low or too high just doesn’t look good in a room and shows you don’t have style.

Keep up with the latest trends in home design and make sure your home hasn’t become dated. If you do not know what is considered normal in this age you can end up with a home from the eighties. Peek around and see how other people are decorating their homes these days.

Keep your eye on seemingly minor details. It is possible to develop a richer appearance by collecting smaller items or layering a variety of patterns. For example, picking out thinks like fixtures, window treatments and cupboard knobs could really enhance the entire room.

Any interior planning project should result in an uncluttered look for the room. If you have too much accessories and furniture it will make a room feel even more cramped. Rather, choose fewer items in order to maintain an airy feel.

Get your creative juices flowing with framed pictures. Your photos are a symbol of you, and the frames that they are in should be to. You don’t just have to hang them in straight lines. Try placing them in the right angles or patterns. By using up the empty white space you can come up with some cool effects that totally change the mood in a room.

It is entirely possible to design your own interiors without the help of a profession designer or expensive training. You just need the dedication to learn what you need to know so that you can put together the ideal home for your family. The advice you have just read can help you get started.

How To Make Horticulture Fun And Easy

By tony / May 14, 2018

TIP! Insects and various garden pests can be avoided by making your soil healthy. If you are producing healthy plants, they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases.

Organic gardening produces super-healthy fruits and veggies that are free of pesticides. In addition, this product is delicious, while also staying healthier than those fruits and veggies found in a regular supermarket. So instead of purchasing organic produce, why not try growing your own? Read the article below for tips and suggestions on how you can have your very own organic garden at home.

TIP! Plant a variety of flowers to keep your flower garden colorful and interesting. Annuals and biennials can add excitement and interest to your flower garden every season.

Take the proper approach to laying sod. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. When the soil is clean, pack it tightly and create a flat surface. Moisten the soil thoroughly. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. After the sod is in place, go over the surface to ensure everything is level. Use loose soil to fill in any gaps between seams. Water the sod everyday for the first two weeks until the roots grow enough.

TIP! If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. Climbing plants are known to be very versatile, and can help hide any ugly wall or fence, and this often only takes one growing season.

Bring some plants into your home to protect them against winter weather. Find out which plants will be able to thrive despite the transplanting and different indoor conditions. Dig carefully around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot.

TIP! If a test indicates that your soil is very alkaline, you can mix the dirt with used coffee grounds. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil.

The correct soil can make a big difference in how your garden grows. You should choose your soil depending on the plants that you are going to plant. It is also possible to create individual areas with one specific soil type.

Carbon Dioxide

TIP! Use a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool when you’re working in your garden. You can make gardening much more comfortable on your knees by using a portable garden stool.

Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is essential to the growth of plants because of its role in photosynthesis. In general, higher amounts of CO2 are related to better plant growth. The best way to expose your plants to a high level of carbon dioxide is by growing them in a greenhouse. A greenhouse will help maintain a high level of CO2 and cause the plants to grow faster.

TIP! Plant items with fall color. That need not be the case though! Autumn is the most colorful season of all, foliage-wise.

Be diligent in your efforts to banishing weeds! Weeds can be extremely detrimental to your garden. To help with weed destruction, use white vinegar. The acid in white vinegar kills weeds. You may also be using plants that need that very same acid. So, use a spray solution of white vinegar if you are tired of pulling those weeds by hand.

TIP! Grow heather so that you can attract useful insects. Bees will go straight for these plants in the spring.

It can be tough to keep insects and other plant-ruining crawlies from infesting your garden. Do not spray harsh chemicals on the vegetables you are going to eat. There is only one way to effectively control pests in your garden, and that is to stay vigilant in your efforts. If you catch pests right away, the easiest way to eradicate them is to pick them off plants by hand.

TIP! If you’re working to build a sustainable organic garden, try leaving a portion of your garden untouched so that the wildlife will be able to thrive. The presence of native flowers, trees and grasses will attract birds and insects.

In the middle of the day the vegetables have softened, which means they are easily damaged. See to it that you cut their connection to the vine as opposed to twisting them, because twisting could hurt the plant.

Mix various plant heights and plants in the exact same bed for a unique English garden. If you only use uniform plants, your bed will look boring and flat.

Organic Garden

TIP! It is a good idea to get organic garden certification so as to reaffirm your claims that your products really are organic. This can increase your sales and also prove to your customers that they are getting the best produce out there.

Get your children interested in helping with your organic garden. An organic garden will help your child learn more about plants and insects, and it’s a wonderful bonding time while growing healthy produce.

TIP! Gardening can not only be an excellent hobby for consuming time, but is great for saving money and aiding a healthy diet. This kind of gardening shows you the entire progression of planting from beginning to end.

Aspirin water has disease-prevention properties that can protect plants. Dissolve 1 aspirin per gallon of water for a plant disease fighting solution. You simply have to spray the solution on your plants to assist them in warding off diseases. Spray them once about every three weeks.

TIP! Plant your own garlic with organic methods. Cloves should be planted whole during the fall or early spring months.

You must always take care of your knees when working in the garden. For most people, bending over while horticulture is too difficult. If you have trouble with this, kneel instead of bending while gardening. Place a cushioning kneeling pad on the ground or wear knee pads to make kneeling more comfortable.

TIP! If you are wanting to start your own organic garden, it is crucial that you know how to properly make beds. To begin your bed, slice under the grass with a spade.

Do not plant your seeds in a rush. Before taking any other steps, you should first moisturize the soil. Plant the seeds evenly to ensure that they have ample room to grow. The seeds should be planted at least 3 times deeper than the seed’s depth. There are some seeds that require light to grow, so they must not be buried.

TIP! Have biodiversity in your organic garden. The more varieties of plants that are around, the more wildlife will be around.

After seeds have sprouted, they require less warmth than they did prior to sprouting. As your baby plants grow, you can move them from their heat source. You should also remove plastic films that you had on your containers to keep the humidity and warmth out. Check on your seeds periodically to make sure you know when to remove the films.

Stop buying inferior produce. Use what you’ve read here to get started growing your very own high-quality produce.

Tips And Hints On Converting Your Business To Green Energy

By tony / May 13, 2018

TIP! Solar water heating is a great way to decrease the expense of heating water used for showers and swimming pools. Both natural gas and electricity are inefficient heating methods, while solar water heaters use the sun to constantly heat your water.

More and more people are going green, and it is easy to see why. Not only can you help the environment in a lot of different ways, but you can also save money using green energy. In this article, you’ll learn how to best use green energy and reap the advantages immediately.

TIP! Consume energy more wisely by unplugging your device chargers when they are not in use. Anytime a charger is plugged in, it is using a bit of energy.

Do you have a farm? If you do, then you probably own property. This might be an opportunity to rent a portion of that property to a company that will build a wind turbine on it. Your home and the surrounding residences will get some free power. Don’t worry, wind turbines don’t take up a lot of room.

TIP! Do you have a farm? If you own a farm, consider installing an energy turbine on your property, or renting land to a utility company for that purpose. You will reap the benefits of this energy and the space needed is minimal.

Try to use cold water for washing clothes. Almost 90% of the power you use to do laundry is simply used to heat the water. Washing clothes in cold water can be just as effective as a warm cycle, especially with today’s cold water detergents. Additionally, always wash with a full load of laundry, as this helps to lower the amount of energy you use.

TIP! When away from home, cover the windows. This helps to keep your house at a cooler temperature and lower the amount of energy used.

During the summer months, hang your clothes outside instead of drying them in the dryer. In addition to the energy savings, you clothes will smell incredible. They’ll smell so much better than if you shoved them into a dryer! You will also save money on utility bills by doing this.

TIP! Consider solar water heaters to make your home more energy efficient. If you live somewhere where you don’t have to be concerned with temperatures that are freezing, you can use a system that circulates water through the solar heater before it gets pumped into your home.

Dishwashers that are not full when run, are not making efficient use of your energy. Your dishwasher consumes the same energy and water, even if it is half full. When you do use the dishwasher, be certain to always use the setting for saving energy, which air-dries your dishes.

Winter Months

TIP! Turn things off when not in use. Make sure that all lights are off when you exit a room, and also consider switching off the power for your television set, computer and stereo.

If you are considering the installation of home solar energy, make sure you are aware of how much energy you will receive during the winter months. That way you won’t run out of energy during winter months, and you will have more than enough in the summer. If your plan is contingent on net usage, you will even get money back from your utility company because of the excess energy you are creating!

TIP! Replace an energy-hogging water heating tank with a greener, tankless variety. Even though these green versions of water heaters still use electricity or gas, they only need it to warm the water you’re using instead of heating it at all times.

Get rid of your old tank-style water heater, and replace it with a modern tankless model. While they do require energy to heat the water, they require only a small amount of energy to heat a smaller amount of water. You can either get a tankless heater for your entire house or for a only one faucet.

TIP! Make use of energy-efficient products to save both money and energy. There are a variety of products, including eco-friendly doors and double-glazed windows that will make your home run far more efficiently.

One way to save energy is to limit the use of electrical heaters in the winter. Rather, purchase some warmer clothes for your family and use a pellet stove or fireplace to heat up the living areas. Keep in mind that it is actually better to breathe cool air while you sleep, since it keeps your airways from becoming dry.

TIP! Get rid of your old appliances and replace them with Energy Star-certified appliances. Energy Star ratings mean that your new appliances are technologically built to use less energy than previous models.

Use a laptop computer instead of a desktop, which uses more energy. By doing this you could be saving around 75% off your electric bill, especially if you constantly use the Internet or type up papers. Laptops are also portable which makes them much more functional and handy in times of need.

TIP! You should turn off all appliances, lights, and any other devices when they’re not in use. If you were to get in the habit of turning them off, it would cut down tremendously on your energy bill costs.

Make use of a solar oven for baking needs. You can make one out of a box, wood, and some foil. Solar ovens can be heated over 300 degrees and only use the sun for energy.

TIP! You will save money eventually if you buy green appliances. Since you won’t pay as much on utilities, it is worth spending more money on green technologies initially.

You can use biofuel to heat your own home. These fuels are made up of animal or vegetable fats, oils and wood. Many times, furnaces that are propane can be changed by a pro so that you can heat using this blend of fuels. This would be about 20-99 percent biodiesel. Talk to a professional before you use these types of fuels so you can do it safely.

TIP! Consider switching out your home’s older windows with newer ones that are rated for superior energy efficiency. The benefits of these windows are numerous.

An easy way to use green energy is to install a tankless water heater. Traditional water heaters run constantly, heating the water when it’s completely unnecessary. These heaters only heat water when necessary, which will increase your energy savings.

60 Degrees

TIP! You may want to install solar panels on the roof to create a more eco-friendly home. While you do make a large investment when you begin, the government offers grants to help you offset the costs, and you’ll make the money back in utility bill reduction or selling the extra energy you create back to the grid.

An excellent way to save energy in your home is to set the heat at 60 degrees when you are not home or during the night while you’re asleep. Having the heat set at 60 degrees uses the minimum quantity of energy possible. You will decrease energy used and increase money saved.

TIP! Thawing frozen foods in your refrigerator is a good way to conserve energy. You will find that this is one of the safest options for thawing your meats, and you will also help to cool the other foods in your refrigerator by allowing your frozen products to release cold air as they thaw.

One way to make your home use less energy is to weatherize it. You can reduce the energy usage of your home by installing energy efficient doors and windows, sealing ducts, replacing faulty heat and air conditioners and adding insulation to your home. You will also enjoy a decreased energy bill.

TIP! Even if you cannot use renewable energy to power your entire house, check into a smaller installation which can meet some of your energy needs. For example, you can use a solar water heater.

You can save energy while doing your laundry in several ways. Begin by setting your dryer to automatically turn off when your clothing has become dry. Using the high-spin speed will reduce the moisture in clothing and decrease the time needed for drying. Be sure to clean dryer filters and check for blockages in the dryer vent.

TIP! Help keep the costs of green or renewable energy technologies lower by demanding them. You are entitled, as a consumer, to have any environmentally friendly products you desire.

Hopefully, this article’s information is useful to you and your home. Using green energy is a great benefit to you in cost savings, and will give you positive feelings about your impact on the environment. Use the information you received here to make your home more efficient and greener for all.

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