How To Dispose Of The Old TV

Hitachi Rear Projection LCD TV

We wrote last month how we decided to replace our Hitachi rear projection LCD television. Why? Well, its light bulb had gone one more time (the third time for us) and we didn't want to pay almost $400 to purchase a replacement light bulb. Not when we could purchase a new Sony 40 inch Bravia LCD HD television with 1080P. Here it is pictured in our family room. Yes, I know I need a new TV stand to match! As well, the new LCD TV uses less electricity than the rear projection TV … [Read more...]

Sony Bravia LCD HDTV

Sonny Barvia LCD TV

Well, the bulb has gone now for the third time on our 8 year old Hitachi rear-projection LCD Television. I contacted the Future Shop where we made the purchase and they told me that Hitachi stopped making televisions more than 2 years ago. Who knew? So, I went on the Internet to locate a replacement bulb and it was $345 plus taxes and shipping. Yikes! For an 8 year old TV? Sigh. So, I headed down to our local Best Buy as they were having a sale on TV's (then again, when are they or … [Read more...]

The Right Way To Setup A New HD Satellite Receiver

HD Satellite Receiver Model 6131

Continuing with my efforts to setup a replacement High Definition satellite receiver, I returned home (A) having received the credit for being incorrectly being overcharged on my initial purchase and (B) with the replacement for the new HD receiver. So, I now install this second model 6131 Bell satellite receiver and call Bell customer support for what I thought would be the same step by step conversation I had the prior day when I tried to install the first unit. Below is a picture of the … [Read more...]

Satellite Customer Service Does Not Service

Models 6111 and 1631 Satellite Receivers

Over the past couple of days I described our need to obtain a replacement high definition satellite receiver for our home entertainment system. Today, we share with you the installation experience which, hopefully, you can learn from so you can train your provider's customer service staff. :) OK, so I am now home with the new model 6131 High Definition satellite receiver from Bell ExpressVu.  The 5 year old model 6111 receiver is on the left with the new model 6131 unit on the right in … [Read more...]

Satellite Receiver Retailer Problems

6131 HD Satellite Receiver

Last time, I wrote about the purchase of our replacement High Definition Satellite Receiver. To remain on topic, I did not tell you about my issues while at the retailer. Let me do that now so (A) you have the full sense of my frustrations on the weekend and (B) you can hopefully avoid these for yourself. I went to the Future Shop store in our area where we purchased the original unit about 5 years ago. The person who I spoke with over the phone was busy with another customer when I … [Read more...]

Using BlueLine Innovations’ PowerCost Monitor To Measure Our Home’s Electricity Consumption – 2

Electromechanical Electric Meter

Yesterday we introduced you to the PowerCost Monitor™, a device which provides a homeowner with real time data, in both Kilowatts and in dollars & cents, on the electricity being consumed in their home. With this information, a homeowner can monitor action taken to reduce the amount of electricity consumed in the home and same them money. Today, we look at the installation. Here is the type of electric meter we have on the outside of our home. This energy conservation … [Read more...]

No Cost Home Heating Bill Savings & Conservation Tips – 2

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our free home Energy Saving and Water Savings Guide, 2nd Edition Yesterday, in Part 1, we began to review the many money saving tips on your home's heating bill this winter which will cost you absolutely nothing to do. Yes, these are both free money savings and energy conservation tips all in one. Today we continue where we left off at suggestion number 256 from our … [Read more...]

Sealing Air Leaks Outside The House – 3

Satellite Cable Air Leak

Yesterday we found and repaired air leaks around both the plastic encasement for the electrical cabling entering our home as well as what we think was either telephone or TV cabling. Today, two more air leaks are discovered. First, when we moved into this house two years ago we had a satellite dish installed for our television. Well, look at this. Less than two years since that time and we can see the caulking used for the satellite dish is not properly sealing the cabling. It has … [Read more...]

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