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Draft-proof Your Home

Posted by Tammy Hrab on February 17, 2011 - 7:27pm

Are you letting heated or cooled air escape your house around windows, doors and baseboards? Time to seal things up to save on your fuel bill and reduce your home's carbon footprint.

How to do it.
Prevent warm or cold air leaks around your window and doors by applying weather-stripping or caulking to windows, and by putting weather-stripping along the side and the top of exterior doors. Baseboards on outside walls leak air too, so prevent this by using paintable or clear caulking along the top and bottom seams, or take the baseboard off to caulk...

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Paint Prices Going Up

Posted by Tammy Hrab on February 11, 2011 - 3:02pm

The eco-fees for paint are increasing as of February 1, 2011.  This is the last weekend to purchase paint before the cost goes up.  If you have a home improvement project and you know what colour paint you need, this weekend might be a good time to go out and make that final choice. According to Product Care, the fee increase will effect the British Columbia and Saskatchewan Paint programs.

The following is the reminder that was issued by Product Care Info: 

The eco-fees for the 1 gallon and 5 gallon container sizes of the paint category of the Product...

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New Life for Old Sweaters

Posted by Tammy Hrab on February 11, 2011 - 3:01pm

We have all had sweaters that just didn't do it for us anymore.  Maybe it had pills, shrunk or it was just the wrong colour.  There are a lot of reasons why we give up those sweaters we have in our closet.  With National Sweater Day fast approaching (February 17th), I started thinking about other things that those well loved, and maybe slightly abused, sweaters could be used for. 

This is the list I have come up with:

  • Cut off the cuffs to make a cup or mug cozy.
  • Cut off the sleeves, stitch the ends together and make a scarf....
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Launch of 365 Tips

Posted by Tammy Hrab on February 11, 2011 - 3:00pm

Even NEAT can have New Year's Resolutions.  The idea we had for our resolution was to come up with a tip for every day of  2011. We decided that we would use Twitter for our newest project.  Oh, you didn't know?  NEAT is live and active on Twitter as @NEATfsj

 For those that have Twitter accounts and for those that now want Twitter accounts, you can follow NEATfsj and receive inspiration on a daily basis.  Each tip is something simple that just about anyone can do. ...

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Green Cleaning Recipes

Posted by Tammy Hrab on February 11, 2011 - 2:59pm

As I walk through the store and try to figure out which cleaners are really green, and which ones just claim to be because the bottle is made out of recycled plastic, it hit me.  I remembered that I have access to some tried and true recipes that we can all mix, match, and share.

 Favourite Green Cleaning Recipes

Window Cleaners
1.  Club Soda:  Fill a spray bottle with club soda.  Spray mirrors and windows, and wipe dry.  (The sodium citrate in the club soda is softer that tap water and...

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Resolutions You can Keep

Posted by Tammy Hrab on February 11, 2011 - 2:53pm

NEAT would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.  To help you get 2011 off to a clean, green start, we have a few resolution suggestions.  Commit to one of these New Year’s Resolutions and you are on your way!

♦ This spring/summer, commit to walking or biking to work once a week to help reduce pollution. Your body will thank you for the exercise too!

♦ Find a second hand toaster oven and use it to heat up smaller dinners. It uses less energy than a conventional oven.

♦ No plastic bags! Find some reusable produce bags....