Tony’s Tips…..If your Hot Water Heater Could Talk
It would tell you:
When should a Water Heater be replaced?
Water heater Trouble shooting:
Gas Water Heater check:
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The Secret to Warren Buffett’s Success:
The following was excerpted from an article written by a documentary film producer who had an opportunity to interview Mr. Buffett for 15 minutes…
The next 15 minutes were among the most electric ones of my career. I asked him business-related questions. But it’s the stuff he said about life that convinced me that the Oracle of Omaha’s most valuable wisdom may be in his perspective on happiness and relationships.
For instance, he told me that one of the secrets to his success and longevity (he’s 80 years old and works as hard as ever) is that “it hasn’t been a question of going to work; it’s been a question of tap-dancing to work.” His love for his job, he said, has never worn off.
That is a goal that we should all strive for…”tap dancing” our way to work. At that point is it really work?
I’m Chris Story wishing you Health, Wealth and Happiness! May you live on Purpose every day!
“Here lies one who knew how to get around him men who were cleverer than himself. “
With his final words to the world, Andrew took the opportunity to praise others.
Jim Rohn said to be so busy giving praise to others that you don’t need recognition for yourself.
Perhaps it was Andrew who inspired his cousin Dale Carnegie to write, “Try leaving a friendly trail of little sparks of gratitude on your daily trips. You will be surprised how they will set small flames of friendship that will be rose beacons on your next visit.”
Be busy leaving a trail of gratitude with every encounter.
I’m Chris Story wishing you health, wealth and Happiness!
Tony’s Tip for this week is:
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs.
Most people are not aware that a CFL bulb uses up to 75% less energy than the old style incandescent bulbs and CFL bulbs last up to 10 times longer. Here are the wattage values (which is usually noted on the CFL bulb packaging) between the two types:
CFL Bulb vs. Standard Bulb
Before you go out and buy a bunch of CFL’s you first need to check the light fixtures “Incandescent” Wattage requirements. All light fixtures list the wattage in “incandescent” wattage (ex: 60 Watts). I see lots of fixtures were people put 100 Watt incandescent bulbs in a 60 Watt incandescent fixture. This is bad. Yes, the fixture rarely has a problem when you do that but the fixture was designed and built for a specific maximum wattage requirement. Over loading the fixture with higher watts causes excess heat and a potential fire hazard.
Since most light fixtures use 60Watt incandescent bulb(s) you should assume it’s 60 watts if you can’t find it listed anywhere (usually around the light bulb socket). If you have a two (or three) light bulb socket fixture then each socket uses the exact same amount of wattage (example: 2 each 60 Watt bulbs).
So, let’s do an example. Let’s assume your light fixture uses two each 60 Watt “incandescent” bulbs. You’ll need two each 13 Watt CFL bulbs (or 15 Watt if you wish) to equal the same amount of light that the two 60 Watt incandescent bulbs emitted. You just saved 75% of energy for the same amount of light.
Now I’m going to let you in on a little secret. The beauty of CFL’s is you can use a bigger wattage CFL bulb (such as 28 CFL Watts) as long as you don’t go over the rated wattage stated on the fixture, such as 60 incandescent Watts. You can get more light using a 28 Watt CFL in each light socket and get the equivalent light emitted from 100 Watt incandescent bulbs. You increased your light from 60 Watt to 100Watt and you’re still saving money on electricity. Yes, it kind of defeats the spirit of using a 15 Watt CFL bulb but the fixture only cares about one thing: it is 60 Watts (incandescent), or less. But wait, you can only do this as long as it still fits into the light socket and you can cover the CFL bulb(s) with the fixture glass cover or dome.
In theory you could try to install a 55 Watt CFL in the 60 Watt “incandescent” light fixture and it would still be within the limits. The problem is the 55 Watt CFL would be too huge and you’d never get the cover on. Therein lies the problem with this scenario. The 55 Watt CFL will never fit because it’s way too large in size.
Added benefits of CFLs: they run much cooler than incandescent and halogen bulbs. More energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. Long lasting.
Some negatives: they cost more than incandescent bulbs. You can’t use the “normal” CFLs bulbs with Dimmer Switches (there are specially marked CFL’s that are compatible with Dimmer Switches but they are more expensive). CFL’s contain a very small amount gas and mercury . CFLs need 1 to 3 minutes to warm up to full strength and may flicker at start up.
Note: do not throw CFLs in the trash due to the Mercury content. They need to be disposed of properly in the salvage area at the dump station.
General Electric has a website to answer more questions. http://www.gelighting.com/na/home_lighting/ask_us/faq_compact.htm
Here are a couple others: http://www.greenestchoices.com/home-energy-efficiency/replacing-inefficient-lighting-appliances.php , http://portal.ecosconsulting.com/aps_public/docs/What%20is%20a%20CFL.pdf .
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These are sort of cool homes………see if you made the top five list of Weird Homes! I like the one with all the colors…I’m not sure why.
AHFC Rural Non Owner Occupied program*
*must be a small community of 6,500 or less or outside those city limits
|# units||Max loan amount||Minimum Down Payment||Max # of properties financed||Months of reserves required||Notes||Minimum Credit Score|
Conventional Second Home
|# Units||Max Loan Amount||Minimum Down Payment||Max # of properties financed||Months of reserves required||Notes||Minimum credit Score|
|1 Unit||$625,500||10%||10||2 months Subject2 Months Primary home||Purchase||680 if > 75%620 if < 75%|
Conventional Investment Property
|# Units||Max loan amount||Minimum Down payment||Max # of properties financed||Months of Reserves required||Notes||Minimum credit score|
|1||$625,500||15%||4 (Freddie Mac)10 (Fannie Mae)||6 months Subject Property2 months all other properties financed||
||680 if >75%
620 if <75%
|2||$800,775||25%||Same as above||Same as above||Same as above||660|
|3||$800,775||25%||Same as above||Same as above||Same as above||660|
|4||$1,202,925||25%||Same as above||Same as above||Same as above||660|
The best Spaghetti you will ever make:
Your welcome……….guys….chicks dig this. Make this recipe and watch your ladies face light up with delight.
I call it: Meals by men……..
Chris Story wishing you Health, Wealth and Happiness!