This has been one of the hottest summers on record as new temperature highs were set all across the northern hemisphere this year. If you’re like us at Crucial, you’ve been planning to celebrate November 26th with a huge party. (That’s the birthday of William Carrier, father of modern air conditioning.) While you might not be as enthusiastic as we are, you’ve probably been running your air conditioning a lot. And that means your cooling bill has seen some pretty high numbers too. While there’s not much you can do about it this year, we’re going to give you some tips on how to reduce your overall energy use for heating and cooling and save money on your energy bill. Continue reading »
Archives: Home and Garden
If you’ve been following our gardening tips, you’re neck deep in fresh tomatoes, zucchini, and other vegetables. Now that you’ve eaten your fill, you may notice that you’ve started to collect a surplus. What do you do with all the extra produce that you’ve produced? Don’t worry. We at Crucial are here to walk you through one of the best ways to store those extra vegetables. That way, you can enjoy the vibrant tastes of summer even when there’s a foot of snow outside. All it takes is a little time, some Ziploc freezer bags and room in your freezer. Continue reading »
Last time, we talked about some preventive measures you can take to protect your garden from unwelcome creepy crawlies and other four-legged pests. This week, we’re going to tackle another type of pest. By far, the worst pest that will run rampant in your garden isn’t one with legs at all. It doesn’t creep or crawl, it just simply grows. We are of course, talking about weeds.
Here’s the thing. Weeds aren’t really a bad thing. After all, they’re just another type of plant, trying to make their way in a cruel world. However, when you’re trying to grow a specific type of plant, especially one for food, something’s gotta give. And in this case, it’s the weeds.
As a gardener, there’s nothing more frustrating than spending time and energy growing beautiful rows of crops only to wake up and find holes in your plant’s leaves. Whether it’s a hornworm destroying your tomatoes or a rabbit making off with the tops of your pepper plants, garden pests come in all shapes and sizes.
This week, we’re going to cover some great ways to prevent pest damage from occurring at all. The key to keeping your plants pest-free lies in two stages: Continue reading »
To get the most out of your vacuum, you should be taking advantage of the attachments. Of course, with how busy most of us are, we sometimes just forget about them or completely ignore using them. This is a shame because the attachments can really bring the entire system together. So if you’re not sure how to use these various accoutrements, don’t let that hold you back from making the most of your vacuum system. So this week, we’re going to talk about the three most common attachments and how to use them. Then finally we’re going to talk about some specialty attachments that can make other cleaning chores a lot easier. Continue reading »