Keep Cool this Summer…Energy Saving Tips

During the summer months keeping your home cool is essential. As the mercury rises on the outside your cooling sources pull more energy inside to keep your home comfortable. This is because your AC is working double to cool your home. However there are ways to save on your bill with some simple energy saving cooling tips.

  • Clean your air filters regularly, to avoid clogging and freezing your coils
  • Get a programmable thermostat, which can be programmed to start the AC before you get home.
  • Keep the sun out, use blinds or window coverings during the day when the sun is more intense.
  • Avoid using to many heat producing appliances at the same time, try to space it out. Use your washer, dryer and dishwashers at night or early morning. Our stoves are our biggest heat producers so if you can, use your microwave instead as it uses 2/3 less energy for heating.
  • Turn off appliances like computers, video game consoles and cable boxes, when left running they can run up your electric bill.
  • Change your light bulbs, Incandescent light bulbs are heat generators so, switching to energy efficient will help cut down some cost.
  • Use fans they generally pull less energy, change the direction of your ceiling fans counterclockwise for better airflow & cooling.

 

Keep cool this summer and save some energy….

 

 

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Start Enjoying the Outdoors

Photo Courtesy of Vaughan landscaping

Photo Courtesy of Vaughan landscaping

During the spring and summer months we spend a lot of time outdoors. Warmer temperatures, longer days, gardens blooming and time spent with family is priceless. During these months BBQ’s, sunset cocktails and pool parties are best enjoyed in our backyards. Which means if you are like me you want a backyard that is inviting a tropical oasis full of plants, flowers and amazing lighting. You want a backyard that is appealing, serene and one you can enjoy even after the sun goes down.

A beautiful landscape can be created by maintaining a great lawn, patio furniture, and beautiful flowers. At night lights set the mood for parties, romantic dinners and even a wedding in your own backyard. Lights can provide a sense of mystery to your backyard and illuminate the best features of your yard like a pool area or gazebo.

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No matter how you entertain in your backyard, take the time to create your own tropical oasis and start enjoy the outdoors.

 

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Lantern Festival Marks the Finale of Chinese New Year

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While the world rings in the new year on January 1, the traditional Chinese New Year takes place over a month after the induction of the new year on the globally employed Roman calendar. The Chinese New Year culminates in the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of celebrations, where families enjoy reunions, traditional foods and dancing, as well as releasing lanterns into the night sky. Despite its name, the festival isn’t exclusive to China; festivals that mark the beginning of the lunisolar new year can be found all over Asia in countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, as well as countries as far away as the United States.

The Lantern Festival is a time to enjoy lights, new beginnings, and the company of others. Indeed, in the celebration’s early days, young people were sent to the Lantern Festival to find love, perhaps with the help of a matchmaker. While the festival does not carry the implication anymore, it would be difficult to say that so many beautiful lanterns and the party atmosphere does nothing for one’s romantic side.

Perhaps the most famous part of the festival, releasing lanterns has an important meaning: to let a lantern go is to release one’s old self and welcome a new attitude for a new year. It is an optimistic act that adds to the bright feeling of the night.

But perhaps you can’t hop on a jet to China in time for this year’s February 15th celebration, paperlanternstore.combut you’d love to celebrate at home. Before you start finding fireworks and planning the menu, find the some lanterns to make the night just right. Check out these minimal yet beautiful LED paper lanterns from paperlanternstore.com. The paper diffuses the clear bright light of the LED bulbs, making the paper appear to glow. Stringing some of these paper lanterns around a backyard or a dimmed room will certainly add that magical feeling to your Chinese New Year celebration!

 

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Post Blizzard: Unfreezing Your Pipe Lines

nemo_2_20130209102709_320_240 The Northeast region of the United States faced a blizzard that left up to 3 feet of snow in some areas and others without power. This may have caused some pipes to freeze, but we’re here to tell you how you can unfreeze them.

  1. Hairdryer: The safest and most common way. Turn the faucet on and then move the hairdryer up and down the pipe.
  2. Space Heater: It may take a while but it will get the job done. It works best in enclosed spaces. Please do not leave the house with the heater on.
  3. Electric Pipe Heat Tape: Wrap it around the pipe and plug it in. It’s as simple as that.

Make sure you turn the main valve off to prevent the pipes from bursting and creating more damage. We hope you and your family stayed safe and kept warm during the blizzard.
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La región noreste de los Estados Unidos se enfrentó a una tormenta de nieve que dejó hasta 3 pies de nieve en algunas zonas y a otras sin electricidad. Esto puede haber dejado algunas tuberías congeladas, pero estamos aquí para decirles cómo pueden descongelarlas.

  1. Secadora de pelo: La manera más segura y más común. Abra la llave y pase la secadora por toda la tubería.
  2. Calentador de Espacios: Puede tardarse, pero va a hacer el trabajo. Funciona mejor en espacios cerrados. Por favor, no deje el calentador prendido cuando salga de casa.
  3. Cinta eléctrica de calor del tubo: Envuelva la cinta alrededor de la tubería y conéctelo. Muy simple.

Asegúrese de apagar la válvula principal para evitar que las tuberías estallen y creando más daño. Esperamos que usted y su familia tomaron precauciones y se mantuvieron caliente durante la tormenta de nieve.

 

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Super Bowl Blackout: Questions and Advice

As most Americans on Sunday, I sat there watching the game as the 49ers are getting destroyed by the Ravens. All I could think about as Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff in the second half for 108 yds, the longest record in Super Bowl history, was how it was the most uneventful game I’ve ever seen. Then the lights go out. 34 minutes later they come back and so does San Francisco. It seemed the half an hour forced time out did the 49ers well, turning a blowout into what a real Super Bowl is supposed to look like. It wasn’t enough to beat Baltimore, but definitely a better game than anticipated in the first half.

So the questions arise, what happened?
Many blame Beyonce’s “electrifying” halftime performance, others blame a New Orleans curse, and some even thought it was a terrorist attack, which was quickly denied by the FBI. The cause of the blackout has yet to be completely confirmed, but it seems there was an abnormality in the system causing the power to  go out. In order for the lights to come back on they had to cool, then slowly warm back up, causing the half an hour delay of game.

This could happen to you too! Not necessarily in the same context, but some CFLs that you may have at home take time to warm up and turn back on. In order to avoid that, you might want to look into getting some LEDs. Due to the fact that they do not produce heat, they do not need to cool down in order to come back on, it’s instant lighting. LEDs are progressing with technology, and with the demand getting higher, are also dropping in price. ADL Supply has a wide selection of LEDs at a low price so you can get started on the replacement of your CFLs.

Oh, & Congratulations Ravens!

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Como la mayoría de los americanos, me senté a ver como los 49ers estaban siendo destrozados por los Ravens. Lo único que pude pensar cuando Jacob Jones devolvió la patada inicial en la segunda mitad por 108 yardas, el récord más alto en la historia del Súper Bowl, era que este fue el juego más aburrido que he visto. Luego se apagaron las luces. 34 minutos más tarde volvió la energía al estadio y a San Francisco. Pareciese que la media hora de descanso obligatorio le sentó bien a los 49ers, convirtiéndose en algo más parecido a un juego verdadero de Súper Bowl. No fue suficiente para derrotar a Baltimore, pero definitivamente fue un mejor juego de lo que se anticipaba en la primera mitad.

Entonces la pregunta es: Qué pasó?
Muchos culparon a la “electrizante” actuación de Beyonce, otros a la maldición de New Orleans, y algunos hasta pensaron que era un ataque terrorista, lo cual fue rápidamente negado por el FBI. La causa del apagón todavía no está completamente confirmada, pero aparentemente hubo una anomalía en el sistema causando que se corte la electricidad. Para que las luces se encendieran nuevamente, debían enfriarse, y luego lentamente calentarse para que puedan encenderse, esto causo la media hora de interrupción en el juego.

Esto podría haberte pasado a ti! No necesariamente en el mismo contexto, pero algunos CFLs que puedes tener en tu casa toman tiempo en calentarse y luego encenderse. Para evitar esto, debería considerar cambiarse a LEDs. Como no producen calor, no necesitan enfriarse para volver a encenderse, es luz al instante. Los LEDs están progresando con la tecnología, y con la creciente demanda del público, los precios están bajando. ADL Supply tiene una amplia selección de LEDs a precios bajos para que pueda comenzar a reemplazar sus CFLs.

Ah, Y Felicitaciones a los Ravens!

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Product Highlight: Corrosion Grenade

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There are many perks to living near the coast: ocean winds, access to the beach, and a variety of water sports. What’s not a perk is corrosion that occurs when moisture attacks the aluminum fins on air conditioning units, causing them to become inefficient and costly to repair and replace.   This kind of corrosion is known as electrolysis or Galvanic Corrosion, where the weakest metal is damaged by a combination of electricity and the salt air. Since aluminum is the weakest metal in  most air conditioning systems, it is the first to be attacked by corrosion. It seems like an impossible problem to deal with if you live on the coast, but ADL Supply carries a product that can help you avoid such corrosion and keep your air conditioning system in tip-top shape for years to come: the Corrosion Grenade.

The Corrosion Grenade is made of 100% zinc and acts as a sacrificial anode to protect the other metals in the air conditioning system. What this means is that because zinc is the weakest metal in the air conditioning unit (which are mostly composed of aluminum, copper, and steel), it will bear the corrosion that the air conditioning unit would accumulate in its aluminum parts. With its simple screw-on application, the Corrosion Grenade will provide consumers and contractors alike with an easy solution to their corrosion problems.

 

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Countdown to 2013!

As the year comes to an end, we would like to thank you for your continuous support. We know you’ve worked hard and would like ring in the new year with great entertainment as well as company. Here are some of the events going on across America.

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In Miami you can enjoy watching “La Gran Naranja” make its way up the InterContinental Hotel. The admission is free and it starts at 8 pm. You can dance to the sounds of Tony the Hitman until the fireworks show begins at midnight.

 

 

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Hermosa Beach in California will be hosting a Big Band celebration at the Pier Plaza starting at 7:30 pm. There will be a 9×12 foot tall video screen showing the ball drop live from New York played at 9 pm then repeated at midnight. You can also take advantage of the many restaurants and bars along the pier.

 

 

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New Year’s Eve isn’t complete without the Big Apple. As usual, you can gather at Times Square to watch the ball drop at midnight. If you choose to join, make sure to get there early, by early we mean around 3 pm. Once the night gets going, more streets will close down. Get comfortable, warm and ready for performances as well as hourly countdowns.

Whatever you end up doing we hope you have a safe and fun night. We welcome 2013 with open arms. Here’s to 2012!
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Con el año llegando a su fin, nos gustaría darle las gracias por su apoyo continuo. Sabemos que ha trabajado duro y le gustaría recibir el año nuevo divirtiéndose con sus seres queridos. Éstos son algunos de los eventos que habrá por todo el país.

En Miami puedes disfrutar ver “La Gran Naranja” bajar en el hotel InterContinental. La entrada es gratuita y las puertas abren a las 8 pm. Puede bailar con el sonido de Tony the Hitman mientras que espera el espectáculo de fuegos artificiales a la medianoche.

Houston celebrara el Fin de Año En Vivo en Discovery Green Park en el centro de la ciudad. Usted puede unirse a las festividades a partir de las 7 pm. El evento tendrá un desfile de carros de arte iluminados y música en vivo de Chameleon, Jay Baby y Delbert McClinton. La pista de patinaje sobre hielo estará abierta hasta la medianoche. La cuenta regresiva para la medianoche se presentará con un espectáculo 3-D de luces que aparecerá en la pared del George R. Brown y será seguido con fuegos artificiales impresionantes.

Hermosa Beach en California presentará una celebración Big Band en la Plaza Pier a partir de las 7:30 pm. Habrá una pantalla de 9×12 pies de altura que mostrará la caída de la bola en vivo desde Nueva York a las 9 pm y lo repitieran a la medianoche. También puede aprovechar de los restaurantes y bares a lo largo del muelle.

La víspera de Año Nuevo no está completa sin la Gran Manzana. Se puede reunir en Times Square para ver a la bola caer a la medianoche. Si decide participar, asegúrese de llegar temprano, y temprano significa las 3 pm. Una vez que la noche comience, las calles se irán cerrando. Póngase cómodo, caliente y listo para el entretenimiento y  las cuentas regresivas cada hora.

Lo que sea que termine haciendo esperamos que tenga una noche divertida y que tenga cuidado. Damos la bienvenida a 2013 con los brazos abiertos. Adiós 2012!

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Christmas Fun

We’ve got a 4 day weekend ahead. Time to take advantage and go on a little holiday vacation. We have some suggestions if you are still undecided.

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If you are in Florida or California right now would be a great time to go to Disney. Main Street at the Magic Kingdom breaks the Florida weather rules and has snow fall every night! If the only thing holding you back is the thought of the lines, no worries, tickets are limited so the lines are minimal.

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If you are in The City, the Radio Music Hall in NY hosts a Christmas Spectacular. It is a song-and-dance extravaganza, featuring the Rockettes This year’s show combines such classic scenes as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “New York at Christmas.”

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In Minneapolis you can find Holidazzle, a weekly parade that you can attend for free. If you are not looking forward to the cold weather, they have “hot seats” available. The seat consists of a prime viewing area in a heated tent and complimentary hot cocoa and cider. The parade lasts through Sunday; now is your last chance to attend.

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Tenemos un fin de semana largo por delante. Debes de aprovechar y tomar unas mini-vacaciones. Tenemos algunas sugerencias si usted todavía está indeciso.

Si usted está en la Florida o California, es un buen momento para ir a Disney en esta época. “Main Street” en “Magic Kingdom” rompe las reglas del clima de la Florida y hace que nieva todas las noches! Si le preocupa las líneas, le encantará que las entradas son limitadas y la espera será mínima.

Si se encuentra en Nueva York, “Christmas Spectular” está en el Radio City Music Hall. Es un espectáculo de canto y danza, con las “Rockettes” el show de este año combina escenas tan clásicas como “Desfile de los Soldados de Madera” y “Nueva York en Navidad.”

En Minneapolis se encuentra “Holidazzle”, un desfile semanal gratis. Si no quiere pasar la noche en el frío, tienen “asientos calientes” disponibles. El asiento se encuentra en una carpa con calefacción, chocolate caliente y sidra complementaria. El desfile dura hasta el domingo, aproveche ahora, es su última oportunidad de asistir.

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12 12 12 The Concert for Sandy Relief

12-12-12 was day to remember. Stars got together to raise money for the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is helping those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Paul McCartney, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, and Bon Jovi were a few of those who performed at the sold-out Madison Square Garden. The concert raised more than $30 million on ticket sales alone. If you would like more information on the concert and how you could help, you can click here. You can also purchase merchandise and pre-order the soundtrack on iTunes. Exclusive items signed by those at the concert is also being auctioned off here.
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12/12/12 fue un día inolvidable. Estrellas se unieron para recaudar dinero para el “Robin Hood Relief Fund”, que está ayudando a los afectados por la super tormenta Sandy. Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, The Who, The Rolling Stones, y Bon Jovi fueron algunos de los que cantaron en Madison Square Garden. El concierto estuvo agotado y recaudó más de $ 30 millones de dólares en ventas de entradas solamente. Si deseas obtener más información sobre el concierto y cómo puedes ayudar, haz clic aquí. También puede comprar productos y pre-ordenar el álbum del concierto en iTunes. Objetos exclusivos firmados por las estrellas del concierto también están siendo subastados aquí.

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Win a FREE Kindle Fire this Holiday Season


Like our Facebook page to find out how YOU could win a FREE Kindle Fire this Holiday Season.
You can click here or the picture below to find out the rules and guidelines.
Hurry! Contest ends at midnight on New Year’s Eve (EST)!
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Haz click en “Me gusta” en nuestra página de Facebook para ver como podrías ganar un Kindle Fire para estas fiestas!
Puedes hacer click aquí o en la foto para leer las reglas y guías del concurso.
Apúrate! El concurso terminará junto con el año (ET).

 

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