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Time to spring forward.

Set you clocks ahead on saturday night 03/08/2008

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What you need to know about CFLs. Get ready for spring.

Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)

Compact Florescent Bulbs. Switching from traditional light bulbs to CFLs is an effective way to reduce energy use at home. Lighting accounts for as much as 20% of the average homes's electric bill. CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing, about the amount that would cover the tip of a ballpoint pen. It would take 100 CFLs to equal that of older thermometers. CFLs are made of glass and can break if dropped or roughly handled. Be Careful when removing the bulb from its packaging, installing ,or replacing. Always screw and unscrew the lamp by its base(not the glass), and never forcefully twist the CFL into a light socket. The EPA recommends the following clean up and disposal guidelines. Before Clean Up: Vent the room, Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more, Shut off the central forced- air heating/air conditioning system if you have one. Clean Up for Hard Surfaces: Carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a glass jar with metal lid ( such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Wipe the area down with damp paper towels or disposable wipes and place them in the glass jar or plastic bag. DO NOT USE vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces. Clean Up for Carpeting: Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid or sealed plastic bag. Use sticky tape to pick up remaining small glass freemen and powder. If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where bulb was broken. Remove the vacuum bag(or empty and wipe the canister) and put the bag or vacuum debris in a sealed plastic bag. Disposal of Clean Up Materials: Immediately place all cleanup materials outside the building in a trash container, Wash your hands after clean up. For the next few times you vacuum the area shut off the central forced air heating/air conditioning and open a window to vent room keep area venting for at least 15 minutes before turning the central air system back on.

Get Ready for Spring

Winter is almost behind us. The exterior of your house has taken a beating this winter. Take a walk around the house and check the gutters and downspouts, make sure that downspout extensions are in place. Check for caulking next to the foundation and repair any damaged caulk, keeping gutters and downspouts in working order will keep water out of the basement.

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