CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--P&G Fabric Care (NYSE:PG) is teaming up with Carley Knobloch (home, tech and lifestyle expert) to ensure you are getting the most from your high-tech gadgets during this holiday season. As every hostess knows, more guests mean appliances operating in overdrive with more mouths to feed and more laundry to do with all the extra sheets, towels and holiday linens. By sharing easy entertaining and tech tips, Carley provides the basics of keeping every space in your home, including your laundry room, running efficiently, no matter how many guests are staying with you.
Carley’s Tips for Making the Season Run Smartly & Smoothly into the New Year:
- Get Tech Savvy: Carley states the most important thing is to learn to use the latest technology properly so you are getting the most out of it. Not only do you need to be a smart shopper to get the best value at the register, but in many instances, you need to really educate yourself on how to use your new high-tech purchases to get lasting value from them. With technology getting smarter and smarter, she finds people aren’t getting the most from their smart home purchases.
- Stay Energy Efficient: In addition to your stove, your refrigerator and freezer also get a real workout over the holidays. While newer refrigerators are much more energy efficient than older ones, they remain one of the largest energy consumers in your house, often accounting for as much as 15 percent of your home's total energy usage. Carley suggests helping your refrigerator and freezer operate efficiently and economically by keeping the doors closed as much as possible so the cold air doesn't escape. However, leaving the door open for a longer period of time while you take out the items you need is more efficient than opening and closing it several times.
- Get the most out of your Appliances with HE Technology: If you’re upgrading your washer and dryer or expecting lots of laundry during the holiday season, going high efficiency (HE), you’ll instantly be amazed by the large capacity that helps you handle the extra sheets and towels that come with a house full of family; but you need to do your homework and be sure you are using a low sudsing HE detergent or you won’t see the benefits you expect (brands like Tide® and Gain® offer quality HE formulas). Carley stresses that a quality HE detergent will ensure you get optimal water and energy savings, and you also need to follow the dosing instructions carefully to ensure you have the right amount of detergent to get that larger load really clean. Remember, a bigger load means more dirt!
- Don't Overlook Smaller Appliances: Carley says to consider your convection toaster as a tiny oven for cooking meals for two to four, warming up a side or heating up a midnight snack of leftovers. Fast and efficient convection toaster ovens use less energy than conventional ovens, and they don't heat up your kitchen. Slow cookers (crock-pots) are also perfect for busy families any time of the year. On average, they will cook a whole meal for about 17 cents worth of electricity. Electric skillets can steam, fry, saute', stew, bake, or roast a variety of food items - and some can double as serving dishes.
- Stay Inspired in the Kitchen: It can be hard to keep holiday meals healthy and delicious with all the different tastes in a household. There are lots of sites and apps out there to help you manage recipes, create menus, calendars and arrange shopping lists, which will also come in handy once the New Year’s resolutions kick in. Pepperplate and Food52 are two Carley recommends. Before heading to the store, create a mobile shopping list with apps like GroceryIQ. What’s cool about this is that you can e-mail your list so coordinating with the whole family is easy. Save money at the store by downloading mobile coupons and extra loyalty offers using an app like Checkout51.
- Total Control at Your Fingertips: Grandma’s too cold? Lights-out time for the little ones? Carley says you can control features of your home like heat and power via apps that work from your smartphone so you never have to move from the couch. Adjust thermostats simply from your smartphone with apps like Nest and control lights, power and security with apps that connect your home controls and communicate with each other like Wink.
About Carley Knobloch:
Carley Knobloch is obsessed with helping people use technology to make life easier (and more fun). As a Today show contributor and HGTV host, she explores the world of home control and makes tech simple to even the least savvy among us. On her blog, CarleyK.com, she helps busy humans navigate the world of personal technology. She's appeared on CNN, Ricki Lake, EXTRA, and in the pages of Real Simple and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. She taps and swipes in Los Angeles with her husband, two kids, a springer spaniel, and myriad tablets.
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