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Knowing is Half the Battle

Year after year, I paid a high cost to have energy provided to my home. Much like other people living around me, I thought I didn’t have much of a choice, outside of going off the grid by getting a solar panel installed on my roof. Only after going to did I find out that I could have been using a different energy provider all along. I got away from my old provider as fast as possible. They send me advertisements in the mail in an attempt to convince me to come back to them, but I just shred them and throw them out with the garbage.

After learning that other energy providers existed, I became curious about what other companies where right under my nose. I had a bundle for television, phone, and Internet service with one well known cable provider. I liked the Internet speed they offered, when they weren’t throttling it, and when it was actually working. The bad thing about having three services bundled under the same company is that when something goes wrong, you lose all of those services at the same time. For a day, I was unable to call anyone on my phone, browse the Internet, or watch television.

I split the three services into two, with phone and Internet bundled under a new provider, and the television bundled a different one. So far, I haven’t experienced any Internet outages, nor has my speed been throttled. I pay less for my monthly phone bill, and even have free long distance and caller ID. I get more television channels, and I have the movie channels for free for a full year. Now, if I could only find another provider to compete with the water company, but I won’t be holding my breath on that one.

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Reliant Energy is My Top Choice

When I was looking at the different energy companies in Texas, I wanted to find out as much information as I could on each one that I was interested in. I saw an ad that stated to click here for the most comprehensive information on the various energy companies, so that is exactly what I did. I read everything I could on each one, and that is how I knew that Reliant Energy was the company that I wanted to supply the energy I needed in my home. It was really interesting because I was able to read about more than just their rate plans and packages with this site.

I was actually able to read about the history and the company values as well, and these two things let me know that Reliant is an honorable company that continues to prove its value to Texas customers through the years. I had no idea prior to looking at this site that Reliant Energy was the company that first began providing electricity to Houston and the surrounding areas. That was quite a while ago, and they are not only still around but they are thriving!

I also like that their values are right in line with mine. I am extremely safety minded, so knowing that they are as well endeared them to me even more. They also treat every employee like they matter, which is true but often ignored in a lot of major corporations. Reading about the value that they place on every employee, whether it is someone in an executive position or an entry level worker, was the clincher for me. Making money is important for any business, but it should never come at the expense of people or safety. That is why Reliant Energy is now the company that provides energy to my home.

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Using a Clothes Line to Help the Environment

When I started learning more about green initiatives, I looked at ways that I could do my own part in helping the environment out. I started volunteering my time at a local shelter, plus I walked there instead of taking my car. I also started shopping local, since that saved on gas too. I knew there was more that I could do though, so I went online to look at some helpful tips. One of the things I discovered is that by hanging washed clothes on clothes lines instead of drying them can help if more people would do it.

I had no problem with that, minus the fact that I did not have a clothes line. In fact, I had not seen anyone using one of them in a very long time. It reminded me of my grandmother when I was just a small kid. She would always hang her wash out, and just thinking about it brought back some great memories for me. I figured getting one of the circular clotheslines would be better for me, since I just wasn’t strong enough to dig two holes, place two poles in them, and then make sure they were stable enough to not fall over in a heavy windstorm.

I had found some great clotheslines online from Breezecatcher, a company that designs and sells a wide variety of neat clotheslines and racks. I really liked one in particular, the one that was circular and had varying heights for the lines. I could put shirts and small linens on the lower lines and my paints and bigger linens on the upper lines. It was very easy to put together and install too, and I have been using it a few times a week. An added bonus is the fresh scent that is on all my clothes now!

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Wondering How Much This Home Renovation Would Cost

Mickey and I have been looking into whether or not we want to buy this house. It is not all a bowl of cherries, there is a whole lot of work which shall need to be done before it is going to be ready for us to move in. The price to buy the place is going to rather small initially, but the real question is what it shall cost to fix it up. I need to get a quote on roof repair in Brooklyn NY to start out. That is going to be one of the big factors in deciding if the place is worth the money that we are going to have to put in it. It is probably going to cost at least several thousand dollars to repair the roof, which has not been replaced in almost twenty years. However if you have to replace the entire roof, that is going to be a big deal. In fact it probably needs to be replaced, either right now or some time in the relatively near future. A roof is only going to last so long, usually it is going to be between 20 and 30 years. So it is fairly likely that just fixing the roof is probably somewhat a waste of money, when you consider that you that in a year or two it is going to have to be replaced completely. So I have to figure out whether the roof itself is sound and there is going to be. It is a long route back to the same place every time that I think about it. Of course the house has a lot going for it so far as we are concerned. The location is almost ideal for me and Mickey would be a lot closer to her office too.