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Tips and tricks - simple cost saving methods and devices
Thu 22-Oct-09
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SOL
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looks like that is my project for the weekend.  thanks for the link.

Sat 24-Oct-09
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Danny
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That's a great link, mutley. Those jars look really good.

I love the name "sun jars" or "moon jars". I see from the comments on the link that people have been successful in making them - that is encouraging for a dope like me who can only ever make trouble.

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Sat 14-Nov-09
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Something struck me today that I had forgotten about. Not sure when it happened but one day I realised I was using a lot of clingfilm to store my food in and decided to stop using it. I still have a roll for taking dishes to parties and things but apart from that I hardly ever use it. Now I put left over food in bowls and cover with a plate like my Gran used to or I put an upturned plate over another plate. I do have some glass plates which I prefer for covering and then I can still see what is underneath so it doesn't get forgotten about.

Sat 14-Nov-09
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JoannaS, that is a good one.  When it is a plate we use shower caps.  I wash them gently in the sink and the dry them on the mug tree!  people have started to collect them for me.  I have said stop, butI think people secretly like taking things from hotels!

Mon 21-Dec-09
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Betsy
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Something new that I just figured out this week: 

Since our chickens started laying, I've been saving their egg shells to mix back into their food for calcium, but I wasn't thrilled by the prospect of crunching up all those shells into tiny bits.  But I have an extra little electric coffee grinder, which I bought for two dollars at a thrift store.  Usually I use it to grind up spices or garlic. I tried it out on the egg shells and it works wonders --  turns them to powder in seconds!

We put the shells into a bowl on our heat stove and crush them slightly with a stone.  When the bowl gets quite full, then I grind up all the shells into powder. 

It turns out that our current chicken feed has ample calcium already in it, so we're going to substitute the eggshell powder for bone meal in the garden.  I need to check elemental components, but I think it will be a reasonable substitute.

Mon 28-Dec-09
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I think that your idea of using the shells as fertilizer is spot on, Betsy.

Fiona crushes them up roughly and pops them into the composter. Same effect.

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Sun 24-Jan-10
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Saving petrol if you tend to drive a bit heavey footed, weld a 10mm nut 6m thred (very common size) to the under neath the (verlossarater) throttle on bottom of bend or near to then add a 10mm bolt about 1-1/2 inches long and bolt this to the nut it may need ajusting to suit but could save you around upto 20% in fuel. ( 22mm= 1inch ) as you cant get full throttle but you need to rember this for allowing time to over take Wink

Sun 24-Jan-10
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could be a good one for me mutley. I am currently driving a petrol courtesy car as mine is int he garage.  Here in france petrol is more expensive than deisel; and I think this car likes a drink!   I cannot believe how much I am getting through SurprisedSurprised

Perhaps the garage mightnt be happy though!

Sun 24-Jan-10
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Do give it some thought and it's better for the enviroment.. air filters after 1 year can in increse your petrol consumption by 16% a well as fuel filter for diesels colg up slowley i bit like a gell.and dont drive with a cold engine as 80% of wear is coursed by doing this, and 80% of the heat from the engine is from friction what a waste of energy. and driving cold, for every gallon of fuel you burn you also burn 1 gallon of water witch is like an acid on the metals inside.

Sun 24-Jan-10
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I wish we could use your advice at the moment Mutley and we certainly don't drive off immediately after starting our car but it was so cold the other day that it took a long time for our diesel truck to stop sulking and run nicely - at least it got a nice long run after that to get it properly warmed up. I do hope there aren't too many of these cold nights now, it was -29C one night, then -27C and at 8pm tonight it was already -27C. Not the best temperatures for a car Doh and a diesel at that, even with two batteries.

Sun 24-Jan-10
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Joanna, you must be appreciating your wood burning stove in these temperatures.  Today here was dull for most of the time but above freezing and was pleasant and dry enough to go for a nice walk with the dogs.

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Sun 28-Mar-10
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I think this is where this belongs... Electricity monitors can be borrowed from libraries.

Devon libraries all have electricity monitors that can be borrowed just like books. Other areas may, too. You plug it in, plug in the appliance, and it keeps track of how much power is used, and how long it is on. You have to calculate the exact cost yourself, but the main thing is to see how much is used. I was horrified by how much electricity the hifi was using when turned off, so it is now switched off at the wall. Ditto the microwave.The washer, dryer and dishwasher all have switches above the worktop so I can turn them off. The dehumidifier doesn't use an outrageous amount, and in winter it add to the heating. The amount it will save in not having to treat for mould or repaint or replace things, or even wash them more often, will be greater than the running costs. (In fact I have two, due to the odd shape of the house and where the stairs are. One couldn't cope, and I was still getting mould in one room.) A few things don't use any power when they are switched off, and that is useful to know, too.

Not many people take them out. The system won't let me renew it online, it claims someone else wants it, but there are usually 2 available in our little library in addition to the one I keep taking out so I can check everything in the house!

Sun 28-Mar-10
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That's interesting Barbara, I use my libraries quite a lot ( we have an embarrassment of them here) but I've not seen that facility on offer.  I will check that.  Thank you...

I'll try that again!

Sun 28-Mar-10
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I love this one, Barbara. Must check our local library in Newmarket.

It would be a really great initiative for the government to roll out that option across the country. I wonder if they have / will?

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Mon 29-Mar-10
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danast said:Joanna, you must be appreciating your wood burning stove in these temperatures.  Today here was dull for most of the time but above freezing and was pleasant and dry enough to go for a nice walk with the dogs.


We have had to go easy on the stove as we haven't a lot of wood yet and we know that once temperatures get above 8C during the day and 0C at night for three days in a row our communal heating will be off, then we will need the supplement heating. It has been nice though in the chilly days when our communal heating didn't seem quite enough. (Just realised that Danasts message was posted ages ago, must have missed this one.)Sorry

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