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Happy First Day of Spring from Ooma

Happy First Day of Spring! We’re in the spirit of spring cleaning here at Ooma and want to let you in on some of the simple and quick cleaning secrets that will save you money. We chatted with Erin Huffstetler, editor of My Frugal Home and frugal living expert for About.com, about the top tasks that people forget to put on their list of spring cleaning to-dos. Check out the tips below and be sure to tune in to Twitter today at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT to chat with Erin (@erinhuffstetler) and Ooma (@Ooma) live using the hashtag #askErin.

·         Clean Your Dryer Vent: The lint that gets caught in your dryer vent kills the efficiency of your machine and poses a serious fire hazard. Invest in a dryer lint removal kit, and use it to clean out your vent twice a year

·         Vacuum Your Refrigerator Condenser Coils:  Dusty condenser coils cause your refrigerator to work a lot harder than it should, resulting in higher energy bills and a shortened lifespan for your fridge. Take a few minutes twice a year to vacuum off the coils (unplug the fridge first), so your refrigerator continues to run at peak efficiency

·         Clean Your Dishwasher: Extend the life of your dishwasher by giving it a thorough cleaning each spring. Unplug it from the wall, and examine the sprayer arms to see if any of the nozzles are clogged (use a soft brush to remove any clogs that you find).  Then, clean out all of the food and debris from the drain or disposal at the bottom of the unit. This will help to eliminate odors and ensure that your dishwasher is draining properly. Finish by placing a cup of vinegar on the top rack and running your dishwasher on its hottest setting (for most units that’s the sanitize setting)

·         Sort Your Paper Piles:  While you’re sorting through all of those paper piles, take a look at your bills, and see if there are any places where you could make changes to save money. Switching your home phone to an Internet-based phone service, like Ooma, for example, could reduce your home phone bill to only $3-4 dollars a month – without sacrificing any of those must-have features

·         Automate Your Home: Home automation is a hot new trend, and it’s worth paying attention to. Look for ways to use technology in your home to simplify your life and save more money, such as a smart thermostat, water sensors for your alarm system, and smart power strips to save electricity

 

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    February 3, 2015    

    What a good ideas here! Especially for the dishwasher. I forget that my dishwasher should be also cleaned like the other kitchen appliances. Thanks for sharing this useful article! Bankside Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

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