October 3, 1990 |
Homeowners know money spent on "smart" thermostats can save many heating dollars at relatively low cost. But, there's one problem - too many to choose from. Computerized, programmable, solid state, energy-efficient - there are hundreds of thermostats on the market, all claiming to apply the latest technology. Faced with all this sophistication, it's sometimes harder to remember that an automatic thermostat's job is essentially a very simple one: to turn down the heating or cooling system when it's not needed and back on when it is. Keeping that in mind can help you save money and avoid some pitfalls when you go about selecting a thermostat.
December 13, 2005 |
Scene: Exterior. Frost on the windows, snow on the ground, the Northeast Philadelphia home of Maryann and Morris Holender. Switch to: Interior. Maryann, 58, and Morris, 59, stage center. A much-abused thermostat on the wall behind them. Maryann (matter-of-factly): I would like the temperature around 65 degrees, but Morris likes it around 60 . . .. Morris (interrupting): No, no, no. Sixty-two is fine. You know The 700 Club on TV? Maryann wants to join the 300 club. That's the $300 gas-bill club.
February 17, 2013 |
In winter, my parkside property has a stark beauty. Male cardinals perch vibrantly red on bare tree branches. Tall grasses sway, bleached of their summertime green to a pale wheat color. On a recent frost-dusted day, a tiny black-and-white bird sat under the snow-covered overhang of my front-yard feeder. Outside, a calm had descended. Inside, well, it was pretty darn chilly. Not absolute-zero frigid, just cold enough to merit two pairs of socks, fuzzy slippers, two shirts, a cardigan, and a down vest.
May 30, 1999 |
Question: Last month, I purchased a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. Tire size on the vehicle is P215/65R15. My questions: Is this the only tire size I can use on the vehicle? Why can't I use a P215/70R15? Answer: For practical purposes, P215/65R15 is the only tire size you can use on this van and still get accurate speedometer and odometer readings. If you use the P215/70R15 (which was specified for the 1998 all-wheel-drive Caravan), you would need a speedometer calibrated for that larger tire.
January 11, 2008 |
Programmable thermostats are designed to reduce heating and cooling costs by helping you customize and set room temperature automatically. Here's how to tell what might work best for you. To gain the EPA's Energy Star rating, thermostats must be pre-programmed when they leave the factory, Burke says, to ensure that the units save energy by offering four settings that try to anticipate when it is convenient for users to scale back on heating or...
June 7, 1995 |
Don't bother to touch that dial - not if you're low-income and behind on your gas payments, that is. Philadelphia Gas Works officials say they are devising a thermostat that can't be set above 68 degrees, and will begin installing them in a pilot group of 100 customer homes next winter. PGW wants to target customers who have defaulted on their bills, yet continue to use profligate amounts of gas in winter months. "We get indications from people who go out and do collections (of unpaid bills)
September 21, 2000 |
When home-furnishing retailer Ikea polled consumers about why they'd want to work at home, they got some surprising results. Sixteen percent of men, but only 4 percent of women, mentioned spending more time with their kids. And 23 percent of all respondents said they'd be happy to avoid office birthday celebrations. The top five reasons ranged from the germ-phobic to the phlegmatic: Avoid having to use a communal bathroom 68% Many living expenses become tax-deductible 54% Avoid feeling fatter than others in office 43% Ability to nap during day 37% Control of thermostat and office cleanliness 26%
December 24, 2000 |
Question: I own a 1988 Ford Ranger pickup with 123,000 miles on it. I use it for work and take it off-road from time to time when I go hunting and fishing. Recently, I've noticed a vibration coming from somewhere in the back. It starts around 25 m.p.h. and then goes away before I hit 35. Balancing the rear wheels didn't help. Do you have any thoughts on what it might be? Answer: I think it is a balance problem. And since you have ruled out wheel imbalance, I think we should issue an arrest warrant for your driveshaft.
May 16, 1994 |
BLOWING COOL AIR: Surprise your friends. Get the home cooling maintenance stuff done before sweating season. FOR CENTRAL AIR UNITS: Figure on paying a pro between $35 and $40 to start things up by cleaning the condenser and checking the filters, belts and freon level. (For fear of getting zapped with 230 volts or worse, do not attempt any of this yourself, the AC experts at the Orleans Technical Institute on Rhawn Street advise.) FOR WINDOW UNITS: Install at a slight tilt to insure proper drainage.
July 20, 2011
THE GIZMO: We're tracking two stories with a common theme - established tech companies plunging into new product categories. First, there's Verizon and Comcast's entry into home automation/security services. Then, Sony's first tablet computers. WELCOME TO JETSON-VILLE: Buoyed by research showing consumer interest in home automation, Comcast and Verizon are introducing services that make you master of your domain. In a recent demonstration of the forthcoming Verizon Home Monitoring and Control system, actors demonstrated what you'll soon be able to do in real life.