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Being Green: What Can You Do?

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Earlier this week, we talked about some of the technologies and practices that Abt has implemented in our business which help us be green on a day-to-day basis. And while it might not be feasible for individual homeowners to cover their roof in solar panels, there are still plenty of tactics that each of us can practice to help 2ease our impact on the environment. We’ve all heard of the 3 R’s of being environmentally-friendly: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. These are some of the simplest ways we can work to better the environment, so here are some ways each of us can fit the 3 R’s into our daily lives.

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Most of us live in cities with municipal recycling programs. We take our cans, plastic bottles and paper products and drop them in a bin at the end of our driveway every week, and they’re hauled away and recycled, which keeps about 89 million tons of waste out of landfills. But it’s not always as easy to recycle other, larger items—your TV, cell phones, old light bulbs—which can be toxic to the earth.

In 2010, around 2.4 million tons of electronic waste was disposed of, with only 27% of it being properly recycled. Products that end up in landfills will eventually release hazardous substances like mercury, lead, and PCBs into the ground, which can contaminate our crops and water sources. In an era when we’re all constantly upgrading our gadgets, it’s increasingly important that our old devices get recycled properly. Thankfully, there are centers across the country that make it easy to drop off your old e-waste for safe recycling. Can’t make it out to Abt to recycle your old appliances, electronics, or other devices? Visit RecycleNation to search for your nearest recycling facility. Their recycling finder is also a great way to discover all of the other items you can recycle, including things you may never have thought of.

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Picking the Perfect TV Wall Mount

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Picking up a new TV for the Big Game? One of the major considerations you’ll have to make after buying a new flat panel TV is whether you want to place it on a TV stand or hang it on your wall. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so there’s never one right answer. If you choose to wall mount, you’ll have one more decision to make: what type of wall mount to use. There are a few different types, so we’re here to help you decide what TV mount is the best for your needs.

The three main types of TV mount are: fixed, tilting, and fully-articulated.

A fixed TV mount keeps your TV snug against the wall and does not allow any fine position adjustment.

A fixed TV mount is the simplest type of TV mount, which makes it the most inexpensive. This type of mount holds your TV flush to the wall, and offers no adjustment. Fixed mounts are a fine choice if you’re able to hang your TV at eye level, know the audience will always be sitting in the same spot, and if you have total control over lighting in the room so you can avoid glares.  (more…)

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Dishwasher Tips for Your Holiday Meal Cleanup

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

For many of us, the Holiday season is a mixed bag of fun and stress. There’s the joyous celebrations with friends and family, the sights and sounds of the decorations, and all of the food. But then there’s also the stress of planning parties, the feeling of having one too many pieces of pie, and, finally, the dreaded cleanup. A party for a dozen or so people can create a mess that feels like it needs an army to clean. It’s important to clean smarter, not harder, so before you start loading up the dishwasher, read through these tips to ensure your dishes come out their cleanest with minimal work on your part.

1.) Do NOT pre-clean dishes before loading them.

It may seem like a good idea to clean dishes off before loading them, so the machine has less work to do, but that will actually make the dishes less likely to get cleaned. Dishwasher soap is specially formulated to attach to and attack foods left on your dishes. When you wash off all of that debris, the soap has nothing to attach to and simply gets rinsed off, so it doesn’t fully do its job. The best tactic is to remove only the large bits of food, and leave the sauces, grease, and other residue on the dish.

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Taking the time to properly load your dishwasher will increase the likelihood that every dish gets thoroughly cleaned.

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Even Cooking with Panasonic’s Inverter Technology

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

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Microwaves are convenient to have in your home, offering a quicker and easier way of preparing your food without taking up a lot of space or hurting your wallet. They make it easier to defrost frozen foods, reheat last night’s left overs, and even cook an entire meal. As the technology of microwaves continues to evolve, innovators are finding ways to ensure more consistent results and solve uneven cooking. The experts at Panasonic have come up with the intuitive design of Inverter Technology, which should eliminate the struggles of uneven cooking. Unlike most microwaves that depend on “pulse on, pulse off” cooking at low temperatures, the patented Inverter Technology creates a constant flow of power at all temperature settings, ensuring evenly cooked food at all times.

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Building Your Dream Backyard

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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Now that the weather is getting better, there’s no doubt that we are spending more time outside. So where is the best place to entertain your guest this summer? That place is your backyard! Whether you have a big or small yard space, the ideas are endless for building the ultimate backyard. Here at Abt, we have the essentials you need for creating or upgrading your backyard patio.
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4 Things You Should Do Before You Start Grilling!

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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The season of being outdoors with great company and great food is just around the corner, yes we’re talking about grilling season. Since the warm weather is on its way very soon, it’s time to break out the grill and start grilling some delicious foods. But before you start showing off your grilling skills, there are a couple steps you should go through to make sure your grill is in great condition.

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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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Organizing Your Garage With Gladiator GarageWorks

Monday, March 7th, 2016

It’s that time of year to clean and get organized. Thanks to Gladiator GarageWorks by Whirlpool Corporation, organizing your garage—and keeping it organized—can be a simple task! Gladiator GarageWorks products will help you organize and utilize the space in your garage with durable, modular shelving for the walls and floors, and standalone storage pieces  like rolling tool cabinets and sturdy work benches. Gladiator GarageWorks has a huge selection to choose from, giving the option to select individual pieces or full garage organization systems. The line consists of interchangeable products that can be arranged and rearranged into nearly endless layouts.

The Gladiator GarageWorks line includes:

Each product from the line is made with heavy-duty material and goes through precise quality testing. All pieces are also UL listed for quality, safety, and durability,  making Gladiator GarageWorks a dependable brand. The Gladiator GarageWorks provides you customization, so you can choose from numerous products to design an organized garage that best fits your lifestyle.

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Find The Right Vacuum For Spring Cleaning

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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The sun is out, the snow is melting, looks like spring is on its way! That means it’s time to refresh your floors with an annual spring cleaning. After the long, cold months of winter, dirt, dust, and stains have accumulated your floor, it’s time to eliminate them. Here at Abt, we have a variety of vacuums that you can choose from. For the perfect clean and satisfying results, its important to know what type of vacuum you are shopping for. Finding the right vacuum to use for your spring cleaning will assure you a cleaner home. We provided the different types of vacuums we carry and how each one works, see what type of vacuum would be best for your household!

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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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