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How to Save the Most When You're the Holiday Host...

by The Cathy Russell Team


From our friends at Home Warranty of America...

Celebrating your first holiday season in your new home is a special milestone. We hope that this year is exceptionally memorable. However, all the necessary tasks such as cooking, baking, heating, lighting, and cleaning can run up your bills faster than Black Friday shopping. That's why HWA is dishing up several of the best ways to conserve your home's energy this holiday season.

1. Kill two birds with one oven. As we all know, holiday season centers around delicious, home-cooked food. Try cooking as many dishes in the oven at once - reheating and readjusting the oven zaps energy.

2. Be the dishwasher. Make the post holiday meal a time to bond over the sink. You'll save water and the energy it takes to heat it by filling sink basins with soapy water and washing and drying them yourself. If you do decide to use the dishwasher, make sure it's completely full before running so you can cut down on the number of loads you must do.

3. Manage your fireplace. The hearth is the ultimate energy saver. Make it count by turning down the thermostat to 60 degrees or lower and closing the door to that room. Just don't forget to close the flue when you're done!

4. Decorate with candles. Adorn your home and walkway with luminaries for a beautiful yuletide glow that won't run up energy bills. To ensure your luminaries are safe, be sure to weigh bags down with sand or use a battery-operated, flameless candle.

5. Appreciate the small things. Miniature holiday lights will twinkle just as long and brightly - while using about 70% less energy than the larger bulbs.

6. Speaking of lights...standard incandescent lights consume thousands of gigawatt hours each year. Avoid these energy hogs and switch to LED holiday lights, which will save you about one-fourth of that in just one season.

7. Cool it. Setting your water heater to "normal", or 120 degrees Fahrenheit, could save you over 10% in water heating costs.

8. Stay in control. Invest in a programmable thermostat, which will help moderate the temperature in your home while you're out on a shopping marathon or visiting Grandma's house. It is estimated that programmable thermostats can save you almost $200 in energy costs every year.

9. Follow the Star. Take advantage of Energy Star's "Home Energy Yardstick", where you can assess your current energy use and receive tips on how to enhance your home's energy efficiency, lower utility bills, and increase comfort. Learn more about how HWA supports eco-friendly Energy Star products here.

10. Go with the flow. A dirty air filter can slow air flow, putting more of a burden on your entire system. Replace your filter every month to save between 5 -10% on annual energy costs.

Brian's geeking out about GutterShed!

by crussell
Hi Everyone! Brian here... and I can't believe that I'm actually getting excited about gutter products... It's rainy season; it's fall. If you're like me, and you hate climbing up and down a ladder to clean the leaves out of your gutters each fall or watching your gutters turn into minature waterfalls, then you need to check out GutterShed! I won't bog you down with the details, you can click the link above to visit the website where Dr. Stephen Ash and his staff explain it better, but I will tell you they work better than any "netting" or "helmet" version I've ever tried. Installation? Piece of cake. It took me about 3 hours on a Saturday morning while I listend to the Purdue football game on the radio. No drill or other electrical equipment. Just the GutterPunch, GutterTies (both inventions of Dr. Ash) and a pair of kitchen shears. As a BIG supporter of local business, when I saw the article in the Journal & Courier, I knew I wanted to help support Dr. Ash and his product. In response to our support, Dr. Ash offered to give a 25% discount to our customer, friends and family who would like to purchase GutterSheds for their homes. (Full disclosure: No kickbacks for us!) It's being sold locally at Von Tobel's and if you're out of town, you can order direct through (see coupon below)   Thanks for your support, Brian Russell


For Friends of Cathy Russell

Limited Time Offer: 25% Discount for Purchase of Gutter Protection that Finally Works,  GutterShed

$12 per four foot plate (usual price $16 per plate)

Offer Good to Dec. 31, 2011

Present this Coupon at Von Tobel’s Lumber, Lafayette, Indiana to Obtain the 25% Discount

If Ordering from Out of Town, Contact and Include this Offer ID Number: 20111231.

See Product Information at

Downtown living

by brian
If you want to be in the hustle and bustle of the big city, look no further!

Sweet downtown pads!

We've got two great places listed here in downtown Lafayette. If you or someone you know wants to be in the most exciting part of town (excluding construction zones), then check these out. You could use as a rental or investment property or live there yourself. Be close to all the festivals, the restaurants and the nightlife that downtown Lafayette has to offer. Perfect for those who work in the central city! Give us a call, 765.497.0700 or email, to be put in touch with one of our excellent buyers agents! Cheers, Brian  

What You Need To Know To Start Your First Compost Pile

by lheraty
Spring gardenHow is it that people turn garden waste and kitchen scraps into “black gold” that they can use in and on the soil around their trees, flowers, shrubs, vegetables and plants? The rotting process that happens when organic materials are piled on top of one another, layered and kept moist produces the best thing in the world for things that grow: compost. Compost that is placed on the soil’s surface actually feeds the soil and helps it to drain better. It also attracts worms and causes all kinds of microbial activity, which is so healthy for plants. Here are simple steps to get started:
  1. Find a spot for your pile, away from vegetation and in a somewhat sunny spot.
  2. Construct a wire cage that is a least 3′ X 3′.
  3. Create a base of broken twigs. This allows air flow and drainage at the bottom of the pile.
  4. Add a layer of leaves. Try to mix green and brown together. Green is nitrogen-rich and brown is carbon-rich. Add kitchen scraps too (never animal products as they will attract rodents).
  5. You can speed up the decomposition process by adding one cup of blood meal, or finished compost which already has all of the necessary micro-organisms and bacterias.
  6. Drizzle the pile with water to keep it moist and turn it.
For more information about composting see Eartheasy.
Water drops on carPeople can make small changes in everyday life to reap the benefits of huge water savings. The Environmental Protection Agency’s experts say that not only are our drought-prone states in big trouble with water shortages, but that sooner or later the rest of the country will be affected by shortages as well. Shocking but true: the average American citizen uses 1,600 cups of water per day. To do your part to help conserve this precious resource, here are some tips.
  1. To see if your toilet is leaking water, simply place a drop of food coloring into the tank. If this color shows up in your toilet without flushing, unfortunately you’ve got a leak. Fixing this leak will save you 200 gallons of water per day.
  2. Installing an aerator on kitchen or bathroom faucets cuts water use all the while keeping a smooth and high-pressure flow. Or, go for the gusto and install a high-efficiency shower head.
  3. Install a high-efficiency toilet. They use anywhere between 20% and 60% less water than regular toilets.
  4. Install a water re-circulating pump or even a tank less water heater.
  5. Upgrading to an ENERGY STAR washing machine will save you 7,000 gallons of water per year. This is enough water to fill three backyard swimming pools!
  6. When doing your spring planting, choose low-water use plants as well as drought-tolerant grass, ground covers, shrubs and trees.
  7. Mulching also cuts down on the need to water.
  8. Install timers and rain switches/sensors on your sprinklers .
  9. Consider a drip irrigation system for your garden.
If everyone in the United States installed water-efficient appliances, our country would SAVE 3 trillion gallons of water, which equates to 18 billion dollars per year!

Bamboo Is An Amazing Material; Especially For Flooring

by lheraty
Bamboo fenceNot only is bamboo beautiful to look at, but it is one of the most sustainable materials out there. Other harvested hardwoods are clear-cut and then need another thirty years before harvesting again. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass and is used for so many things that when the last part of a stand of bamboo is harvested, it’s very likely that the first part has already recovered. In other words, it is almost impossible to deplete bamboo’s availability. When bamboo is used for flooring it is sliced, pressed, molded and then carbonized. Carbonization is when the bamboo is exposed to heat so that it will harden. Bamboo flooring comes in traditional plank styles and is installed similarly to traditional hardwood flooring. It is made with a tongue and groove, an underlayment is set down and then the fitted pieces are tacked down with a nail gun. Bamboo flooring maintenance is almost identical to other hardwood flooring, except that water should be removed as quickly as possible as bamboo’s fibers will expand more easily. Simple sweeping and mopping with a gentle cleanser will be enough to keep it looking clean and beautiful. Avoid getting gashes in the wood as bamboo is more difficult to buff or fill in than hardwood flooring.

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Cathy Russell
The Russell Company
2522 Covington St.
West Lafayette IN 47906
(765) 426-7000
(765) 335-5588
Fax: (765) 497-1003