Low-Cost Ways to Cool Your Home in the Summer

You can boost your air conditioning efficiency by cooling your home in other ways.

When the temperature goes up, so does your monthly electricity bill. Though central air conditioning doesn’t eat as much energy as your furnace does in the winter, it can still cost over $100 per month from May to August.

The easiest way to cut cooling costs is to lower the temperature in your home in other ways. That way, your system won’t have to consume as much energy to maintain a comfortable temperature. Here are some of the simplest ways you can boost energy efficiency in the summer.

Seal and weatherproof your windows

If there are gaps in the seal around your windows, warm air will seep in from outside. Use a caulk gun to close the leaks, and install spring metal weather-stripping around the exterior for added protection

Use a programmable thermostat

Does your house sit unoccupied for hours on end most days? If so, you’re wasting a lot of energy by leaving your air conditioning on all that time. You can cut costs by programming the thermostat to shut off your cooling system after you leave and turn it back on shortly before you get home.

Most people own programmable thermostats, but few use them to their full potential. Take time to program the device to turn the air conditioning down (or turn the temperature up) while you’re away. Have the thermostat cut the A/C just after you leave and switch it back on about half an hour before you’re scheduled to return. This will ensure your home is comfortable by the time you step through the front door

Get a ceiling fan

Unlike an air conditioning unit, ceiling fans don’t actually make the air cooler. Instead, they pull cool air from the ground and circulate it to make a room feel more comfortable. Though they have gone out of fashion, ceiling fans can make a room feel up to 10 degrees cooler using 10% of the energy as central air

Close curtains and blinds

Ultraviolet (UV) and infrared rays can enter your home through the windows, contributing to the rising temperature. You can easily block sunlight with window dressings, like curtains and blinds. Close them during the hottest hours of the day, especially on south-facing windows.

Keep Your Hockey Fix Going During the Summer With Hockey Movies

Yes, it’s July, and it’s hot and humid as all get out. The last thing most people are thinking about right now is winter sports. But what if hockey is your love and you just gotta have it all year round? Well, you can re-watch all of the games from last season that filled up your PVR or you can enjoy some hockey movies. There are not nearly as many hockey flicks as those centered around baseball, but here are three important ones readily available on disc and streaming.

FACE-OFF (1971)
Not to be confused with the John Travolta/Nicolas Cage actioner, this is an early Canadian drama about a hotshot (Art Hindle) on the Toronto Maple Leafs and the troubled relationship he has with a young hippie girl whose values are a world away from his. FACE-OFF isn’t very good, but it’s a must-see time capsule if you love the Leafs, as many of their best players from the time can be seen during the game sequences.

SLAP SHOT (1977)
Considered the height of vulgarity 40 years ago, this rollicking comedy is pretty tame by modern standards, but still very funny. Paul Newman plays the captain of a failing small town hockey team who encourages his players to be violent on the ice in order to boost ticket sales. Things soon get very out of hand. Spawned two direct-to-video sequels, neither of which are worth watching.

Another hockey movie that spawned a franchise, this Disney production stars Emilio Estevez as a lawyer who is forced to do community service after a drunk driving incident. In this case, that means coaching the worst pee wee league hockey team in the area. Essentially THE BAD NEWS BEARS on ice, this follows a familiar formula, but was a crowd pleaser and its PG antics make THE MIGHTY DUCKS a much more family-friendly choice than SLAP SHOT.

Paul Newman in SLAP SHOT. Courtesy Universal.

Buying Appliances for a Tiny House

Sometimes, less is more when it comes to living space.

More of a headache, at least.

It might be a stretch to call it a ‘movement’ but the tiny house trend is definitely stronger than ever. Whether it’s to save money or embrace minimalism, more young families are moving into compact homes with less than 400 square feet of space.

And they sure do make the life look glamorous. After all, these aren’t like the rustic mobile homes of the past! 

Today’s tiny houses are chic and often hand-crafted by the people who call them home. They’re not cramped, but cozy. Who doesn’t like cozy?

Of course, cost-savings and mindfulness aside, living in a small space can be a ‘big’ challenge! You could even say it’s an absolute pain.

This is especially true when it comes to buying appliances.

Most home appliances are built for one of two purposes: to sit full-sized home or be taken on-the-go. Neither is suited to a tiny, permanent living space. Finding a fridge for a tiny house is one thing (at least you can use a mini-fridge or a bar fridge), but just imagine trying to fit an oven, microwave, and a washer + dryer, in a kitchen the size of a typical half-bathroom?

Don’t even think about trying to fit a coffee maker in one of these things. It’s not happening.

Air conditioning is another not-so #Instaworthy facet of tiny house living. That tiny wooden box is going to heat up faster than you can say, “quirky.” For that matter, how’s the fire safety in these things? That’s a blog for another day.

Anyhow, when it comes to a small space, free-standing A/C unit is out of the question. So is a permanent outdoor unit, if you plan to take your home on the road. Your best (and possibly only) option is to stick an air conditioning unit in your window. This will free up prized floor space and get the job done. Fortunately, window air conditioning units come in all sizes, from the very small to the gargantuan.

Next challenge? Finding a fridge and air conditioning unit fit for #vanlife.

Hockey Night in Canada or How I Learned to Love Hockey and My Grandfather

Like many a Canadian youth, I loved hockey. And like many unfortunate Canadian youths, I wasn’t very good when it came to playing it. Weak ankles and the coordination of an aged water buffalo found me relegated to defense, where I would invariably also mess up. The gods smiled upon me, however: in a career where I hardly ever scored, I somehow managed two goals in my last game. And they even went in the right net.

My grandfather was always a gruff type who had little time for small talk or children. To say we had nothing in common seemed to be true across the board, with one exception: hockey. Grandad rarely ever missed a televised game and that was entirely possible back in the days when there were only a handful of channels and teams.

Every Saturday from 8PM to midnight, he and I were incognito because Hockey Night in Canada ruled the television. It was a genuine pleasure watching him getting involved in the action by talking back to the screen (which taught me a few new and interesting swear words, too). He would also take the time during commercials and intermission to talk about different periods in his life. Initially, these anecdotes only revolved around hockey, but he gradually revealed aspects of growing up, working, and even dating that I never would have expected to hear.

Nothing topped his love of the game, however. That said, he only attended a handful of hockey games in his life. Grandpa was content to sit in the basement enjoying his beer and sardines (which somehow went along well together) while the CBC’s various commentators told who had the puck and who had just gotten a ten minute misconduct penalty.

Grandad and me never did share the same sort of unforced openness that I have with my parents, but I’m grateful for the way that hockey opened him up to me. Thanks CBC.

The Importance Of Scheduled Maintenance For Your Furnace System

Do you have a specific scheduled maintenance for your furnace system or just wait what will happen and try to fix it if problem occur? You don’t want to do that to yourself and to your family. You need to be prepare all the time. Cold weather is fun when you can enjoy staying at home with your loves ones without the troublesome. The warm and comfortable feeling during cold season. People often forget to pay attention on how important furnace inspection. It must be maintained at all cost to avoid inconvenience when the winter comes. You do not like to experience problem during cold season particularly with the family alongside.

The importance of having a scheduled maintenance for your furnace system is for preventive measures. Just to make sure your unit is in good condition. That it will run during the cold season without breakdowns. A furnace need to be tune-up like your car to be able to function well when using it. No matter how much it will cost, you must make sure you do the right furnace inspection because the unit is still a machine. It has a complex piece of mechanical apparatus that sooner or later will breakdowns and needs repairs.


By keeping your unit on top of annual maintenance, it will reduce the incidence of repairs in the future. The parts of the unit will last longer and function properly. There are also benefits when you repair your furnace in Waterloo to prevent upcoming complications from developing. It includes lowering your energy bills, fewer repairs needed, lower the probability of a terrible breakdown during the cold season, it will longer your equipment life and you will have a safer equipment operation. If you cannot do the maintenance or inspection by yourself, you must leave it to the professionals.

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