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It’s Time To Start Cooking With Frigidaire’s Induction Technology

Monday, December 26th, 2016

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Induction cooking is the safest and most efficient way to cook your favorite meals. Induction cooktops use electricity and electromagnetic technology to heat only the pan, which leaves the burner plate much cooler than a standard electric radiant burner. Basically, the pan becomes the burner, which eliminates heat transfer through the glass cooktop surface. In order for this to occur, induction cooking requires magnetic cookware. So if a magnet can stick to your pan you can use it with a Frigidaire induction cooktop! People everywhere are switching over to Frigidaire’s induction technology. Check out the video below to find out why, and read on to learn more about all of the amazing benefits!

Benefits To Switching Over

Cook Meals Faster

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Simple & Easy Clean-Up

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Enjoy reduction in clean up time because induction technology heats up the pan, not the cooktop so food spills can’t burn on. You can even cook bacon with a piece of newspaper between the pan and the cooktop, to catch any splatters!

Reduce Your Energy Bill

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Save money on your energy bill – induction cooking is 70% more energy efficient than gas and 20% more efficient than electric!

Easily Go From Simmer To Boil

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Easily bring water to a boil in less than 2 minutes with Frigidaire elements featuring induction technology!

Cooking Versatility 

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Gentle enough to melt chocolate…

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and butter.

Controlled Cooking

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Adjust your cooking settings from a rapid boil to a gentle simmer instantly. Great for sauces and soups!

Cookware Compatibility

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Test your cookware with a magnet! Induction cooktops and ranges use the power of magnetic energy. Use this tip to test the compatibility of your cookware with a magnet. If it sticks, it’s induction-friendly.

Consistent Results

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Evenly distributed heat ensures consistent results for creating delicious, evenly cooked meals like steaks and omelets.

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Nest And Alexa Team Up to Make Your Home Comfortable

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

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The Nest Learning Thermostat makes conserving energy easy and keeps costs low. This thermostat has the capability to learn what temperature you prefer and can also shut off when you are away. In independent studies, Nest saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. That means it can pay for itself in under two years. The device is easy to use, it has Wi-Fi, so you can adjust the temperature to your liking by simply using your smartphone, tablet, or your Mac.

Now, adjusting the temperature in your home is easier by using your own voice, thanks to Nest and Amazon Alexa. Alexa is a cloud-based service that you can speak to through your Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, or Fire TV.  You can change the temperature on your Nest by stating a voice command such as “Alexa, set my living room thermostat to 68 degrees.” With this voice command feature, you can adjust the room temperature without having to lay a finger on your thermostat.

 

 

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Clearing the Air: Reasons to Buy An Air Purifier

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

 

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Spring is right around the corner. This means warmer weather, blooming flowers, and spring break for the kids. Unfortunately, it can also mean allergies for many people.

But Abt and ComEd can help this allergy season. ComEd customers can receive a $50 rebate on an ENERGY STAR® certified air purifier from the ComEd Smart Ideas® Energy Efficiency Program PLUS these other valuable benefits:

1. Eliminate allergy triggers

Air purifiers remove contaminants in the air, including the ones that cause allergies like pollen, dust, and pet odors.

Ward off those pesky allergy symptoms with cleaner air in your home.

2. Improve air quality

An air purifier removes more than just allergy culprits. It can also reduce smoke particles and mold spores, which pose health risks. Some air purifiers even kill pathogens, bacteria and viruses.

It’s time to breathe better air. Your lungs deserve it.

3. Save money and energy

ENERGY STAR certified air purifiers are 40 percent more energy efficient than standard air purifiers, saving you about 225 kWh per year and $25 annually on utility bills.

Buy an ENERGY STAR certified air purifier from Abt today and enjoy cleaner air this spring. Abt has made the rebate process especially easy for ComEd customers with automatic application submission when you make you purchase.

In addition to air purifier rebates, ComEd also offers rebates on select ENERGY STAR certified appliances including fridge, freezers, clothes washers and more. Now through April 30th, ComEd Customers making eligible purchases from Abt will be automatically entered in the ComEd Rebate Rush Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $250 Visa® Gift Card. Check out ComEd.com/Rebates for more details.

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Helpful Tips To Keep Your Home Warm

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

The cold of winter has fully arrived and naturally, the easiest thing for many homeowners to do is turn up their central heating. But more heat = higher monthly bills. So instead of cranking that thermostat up, try implementing some of the useful tips we’ve shared below to keep your house warm and save a few bucks along the way.

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Utilize Space Heaters. Space Heaters are a great tool to keep individual rooms warm, instead of heating an entire house. First, you want to make sure that your heater is on an even and stable surface in whichever room you will be producing the extra heat. Second, it’s a good idea to keep any flammable material at least three feet away from the space heater itself. Lastly, ensure that you remember to shut it off whenever you leave your home. We recommend heaters that shut off automatically if tipped over, because it’s better to be safe instead of sorry, trust us.

Move furniture away from vents and radiators. This may sound like a typical solution when winter comes around, but many times a couch, chair, or bed moved during the summer stays there in the winter, blocking the flow of heat into the room. This in turn wastes money and leaves us with cold rooms. Plus, when you have a forced-air system, blocking vents can cause a house-wide pressure imbalance that disrupts the heat flow in the whole system. So get up and move some furniture around!

Change the rotation of your ceiling fans. Set your fans to rotate clockwise in the winter and make sure to keep them turning at a lower speed. This drives warm air trapped at the ceiling back down towards the floor. Some ceiling fans may even have a “winter” setting you can activate with the simple switch of a button, so check your fans for this feature as it makes rotating a whole lot easier.

Install a smart thermostat. This is a great way to keep your bill low, and efficiency high. It’s convenient and eliminates the need to manually fiddle with your thermostat every time you leave the house. You’re able to program it with specific temperatures that change according to what you want, when at home or out. Keeping temps higher in the morning is best and once you’ve left you can program them to drop. Then, simply have the thermostat switch back to a comfortable temperature when you’re ready to come home. This is a great way to ensure your heating does not turn on without you being there. The Nest is one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market. It offers many useful features and syncs with your smartphone, giving you the control to change temperature from pretty much anywhere you may be.

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A smart thermostat eliminates the need to constantly make manual adjustments to your home’s heating system.

Add layers to your floor. This one’s not as obvious. If your wood floors are not insulated, it can result in your home losing about 10% of its heat. Carpets and rugs were created to make rooms warmer, and are able to trap in heat much better than wooden floors. We highly recommend to add a rug or carpet this winter to keep that heat indoors!

Close off unused rooms. Keeping doors closed to rooms you are not utilizing helps contain heat in ones that you do. Also, make sure to close vents in unused rooms to ensure heat gets directed to the areas you frequent most. This method helps prevent cold air from moving into the rest of the house. If you want to keep one room extra toasty, close the door and run a small space heater!

Keep your curtains closed at night. Another great way to keep heat from escaping through your windows when nighttime rolls around is closing the drapes. If you do not have drapes on your windows, a smart move would be to invest in some as they are capable of sealing in more heat.

But, let sunlight in during the day. At night you want to keep those drapes closed, but during the day you want to make sure to utilize all of that free heat radiating from the sun! Leave your drapes open in rooms where sunlight usually streams through and enjoy instant warmth!

Limit your shower usage. Showers are a great way to keep us warm when we’re feeling chilly at home. However, you don’t want your heating bill to go down just to have your water bill shoot up. This is the moment to time yourself when taking showers or invest in a low flow shower head.

Sometimes, the best option is simply keeping the person warm vs. the house. Layer up with sweatpants and a sweatshirt, pull out some blankets, sip on hot tea or lounge in your robe. The extra layers keep you warm and in turn let you lower your temperature. Don’t get too carried away now, we don’t want anyone resorting to wearing a jacket at home. So, keep those lowered temps comfortable!

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