Ways to save energy in the home that you didn’t think of

28 02 2015

There are a lot of articles, blogs, podcasts, paper airplanes and the like talking about saving energy in the home but most have the same common sense content. Turn the lights off when not in use, don’t run the water when brushing teeth…are people really not aware of these simple ways to conserve.

There are some other ways to conserve that you may not have thought of.

-Boil water with the lid on.

-Wash clothes with cold water detergent. Hot water contributes to up to 20% of home energy use.

-Keep the fridge full.

-Get a dual flush toilet, a button for #1 and a button for #2.

-Put insulating foil behind radiators.

-Make sure thermostats are away from windows and sunlight to ensure and accurate reading.

-Children have a high metabolism so make them wear sweatshirts instead of turning the heat up.

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That was pretty much how it was growing up in Boston.

To visualize what home improvement projects will add the most value to your home, refer to the chart below.

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Happy Holidays from Tashman Home Center

28 12 2014

In the days of old our ancestors huddled around fires in caves or Geothermal Energy in the depths of winter as it was the most uncomfortable time of the years. The warming rays of the ancient sun were cut down as the orbit shifted to the winter solstice and our prehistoric predecessors gathered the food accumulated during the fruitful months in the hope of making it through the long winter. In order to alleviate depression and stave off cabin fever, the cavemen created celebrations marking the turn of the season. Today we continue these traditions whose basic elements reflect back to the last ice-age.

The Pope kisses a woody Jesus

Kwanzaa

Norse God Odin rides his silly horse

Hey look it’s that uncle you don’t like.





Cool Flashlights and succulent plants

7 03 2014

We have some new stuff here at Tashmans this week so everybody should come over and go on a shopping spree!

Some really cool flashlights and tools came in from a company called NEBO.

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All of the flashlights above will blind you if you look directly into the light. Ironically people who get blinded usually buy the flashlight.

And we also have a bunch a of amazing succulent plants, perfect for our current drought condition as they do not require a lot of water and don’t wilt in the harsh southern California sun.

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Happy Hanukkah and Thanksgiving!

30 11 2013

The next time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day will be in about 80,000 years.

So Happy Holidays and check out some gift ideas from Tashmans, we promise you are in no danger of being trampled trying to make a purchase.

We have just stocked up on power tools and are currently offering 50 % off vinyl Milgard windows.

We have also just started carrying the Milgard Essence Series Windows.

Strong, beautiful, long lasting and durable,  Milgard® windows and doors are designed with stunning architectural style and superior performance.

Soon Christmas lighting and decorations will arrive  and we at Tashmans urge you to have a safe holiday. Make sure your lights are plugged into a grounded outlet or surge protector, most holidays decoration s are very flammable.

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Also be careful using a ladder when decorating, particularly after a few glasses of wine. Have someone support the bottom and keep your center of gravity. The image below if how NOT to use a ladder.

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If you have an older space heater, make sure the automatic shut off is in working order. All new space heaters must shut off in they fall over so if you need a new heater come check out our wide selection. And never put anything on a space heater.

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NEW LIGHT FIXTURES

13 11 2013

We recently changed vendors for our light fixtures and now we have a wonderful selection of new and stylish fixtures for all your interior lighting solutions. Here are a few examples of our new light fixtures.LIGHT FIXTURES





Nightstick Future Flashlights on Sale

7 10 2010

We have recently purchased several new led flashlights and headlamps.  They are sleek, very bright and will last a very long time on a few batteries.  They also have Dual-Light INNOVATION which combines a separate flood light with a flashlight in a single housing. The floodlight spreads light over an area four times broader than a flashlight beam with no hot spots that impair visibility while searching or working.

 





Chandeliers to brighten up and add some class

19 09 2010

We have just gotten in some really nice chandeliers from Sunset Lighting and Fans.  They are very well made and would look great in a place with high ceilings or over the dining room table.  Come in and take a look, they are hanging in our front window.






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