Appliances

Get Cooking With a DIY Solar Oven

Posted on 08/5/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWith plenty of sunny days still ahead — but with summer vacation nearing its sunset for kids and grandkids — here’s a fun, inexpensive and educational project to do with the young people in your life during the dog days of summer.  Build a simple solar oven (aka a “solar cooker”) from repurposed household items. It will not only amaze and amuse kids of all ages, but it really works. And it will save you money and keep the heat out …

18 Ways to Save on Utility Bills — And Some Trivia…

Posted on 07/9/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsWhat home appliance costs the most to run, and when should it be replaced with a newer model? We’ll get to this trick question in a minute. If saving money on your monthly bills interests you, along with helping the environment, check out 18 Ways to Save on Utilities. Here are a couple of my favorites. Let it hang out: With dryers costing about $85 annually to operate on average, you can save by using a drying rack (usually less …