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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
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Are Your Energy Dollars Going Out the Window?

September 18, 2015 1:06 am

Concerned about high utility bills? Recent studies demonstrate that up to 40 percent of household energy costs are spent on heating and cooling the home. Unfortunately, a lot of this money is going out the window – literally.

According to San Diego Window Fashions, window coverings can help. Aside from blocking natural light and finishing a room aesthetically, window coverings act as insulation for your home, trapping air between the glass and the covering to regulate the interior temperature.

Aluminum blinds and vertical blinds offer the least insulation, since they have gaps that impair the coverage of the windows. Window shutters are better, but still have some gaps. Cellular shades are best, as the cells are designed to trap air, and, when custom-designed, sit flush in the window frame.

To ensure your home is insulated, combine cellular shades with window curtains. Curtains that are designed correctly with pelmets prevent air from escaping upwards into a room, and a total black-out lining prevents air from escaping.

Source: San Diego Window Fashions

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7 Ways to Cut Household Clutter

September 18, 2015 1:06 am

Keeping a household in order is no easy feat, especially for busy families. According to Todd Tingley, CEO of Ganzier, a storage solution provider, homeowners can maintain an organized, clutter-free home by tackling clean-outs strategically.

1. Do spring cleaning year-round. Twice a year, go through your closets and clean out clothes, especially your children's clothes. If items have not been worn in over a year, let them go.

2. Donate unused toys. Twice a year, go through your children's toys and set aside items that they've outgrown. Before each birthday and holiday season, pull out the toys no longer used and donate them to charity.

3. Clean out sporting equipment seasonally. At the end of each sports season, consider donating any gently used equipment your children will outgrow during the next season.

4. Check food expiration dates. Are you limited in pantry or cabinet space? Twice a year, go through your pantry and clean out what has expired. You will be surprised at how much space you have when you’re finished.

5. Separate seasonal clothes. Take seasonal items, like bathing suits or winter coats, and put them away until it is time to use them.

6. Clean your garage. Clean your garage twice a year by taking everything out and discarding any trash or unused items.

7. Use reusable bags. Not only are they eco-friendly, they diminish the clutter of plastic and paper bags in your home. Keep them tucked in your car so they are always handy.

Source: Ganzier

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