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Clean, Smart, and Fun: Simple ways to cut down on your energy bill

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Here at Dura-Shine Clean, cleaning is our passion! We love cleaning and another thing we love doing is helping you in your everyday life, from home-life balance tips, to favorite recipes, and even ways to cut down on your electrical bill. Who wouldn't benefit from saving a few dollars and managing their energy usage better? Especially when we have a busy home life, our house is constantly running on electrical gadgets, appliances, and other energy suckers. It is not surprising that appliances account for 20% of our household’s energy consumption. These include clothing washer and dryers and refrigerators. When purchasing an appliance, you should always look for an Energy Star rated appliance, which is a federal rating for energy efficient appliances - these consume less energy overall in their lifespan.

But besides going in and buying a completely new set of appliances, there are simple everyday actions we can take to reduce how much electricity we consume in our household. A good recommendation is placing simple reminders around our home, especially around electrical outlets and appliances. Also, if you have small children in your home, be sure to baby proof around the home. 

Here are some simple things we can do to cut down on our energy bill

Contact your city's utility department

The majority of them will offer an energy auditor to visit your home completely free of charge to conduct an evaluation. Isn't that great? After they've evaluated your home's energy consumption habits, appliances, and heating and cooling, they'll smart make recommendations for upgrades. Some upgrades require a large upfront cost, but will provide great savings in the long run, so they're a worthwhile investment.

Green Lighting 

Substitute energy-inefficient incandescent light bulbs for CFLs or Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs. These can be easily found in your local appliance or home improvement store. Believe it or not CFLs use 66% less energy than incandescent light bulbs so they are highly recommended for energy savings.


This one seems like a no brainer, but here it comes: Plug and unplug your electronics! The quickest way to do this is to use power strips for connecting your TV and other electronics and then turning the strip off when not in use. Also make sure to unplug all cell phone, battery, tablet, and other electronic chargers when you're not using them to save energy. Believe it or not, but our chargers draw power continuously! So unplug them! You can also set your desktop computer to hibernate mode to lessen the load even more.

These simple changes can have a big impact on your electrical and utility bills. At Dura-Shine Clean if we love anything is to make the lives of our clients easier - by keeping their home sparkling clean and sharing with them beneficial information. Like what you're reading? Check back on our blog often where we share cleaning tips, tricks, and other home improvement information. Want to make life even easier? Give us a call for a free quote on cleaning your home!

The Best Gift: Give the gift of clean

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Thursday, December 11, 2014

The holiday season is an especially busy time for everyone. We've got Christmas wish lists to fulfill, shopping to do, traveling, decorating, holiday parties, and family dinners. That means we have busier homes and less time to keep it clean. In fact, cleaning is one of the top stressors during the Holidays. According to a poll conducted by Hoover, cleaning is the #2 stressor around the holidays, followed by cooking and baking, and putting up decorations.


Give yourself and those around you a break this holiday season and year-round. Dura-Shine Clean has the perfect gift for that special someone in your life: Give the gift of clean with our special Cleaning Gift Certificates. These handy gift certificates are the perfect stocking stuffer for moms, busy working professionals, grandparents, and everyone in between. You can even give yourself the gift of clean (they're is nothing wrong with spoiling yourself!). They can be used towards the purchase of a house cleaning, window washing treatment, carpet or pressure washing. You can give any amount!

That means you and your loved ones will have the house prepped and ready for the holidays, for the new year and for the rest of the year. You can't beat the gift of a clean home. Our Gif Certificates are great for any occasion! 

Call us today at (509) 543-9608 to purchase this special Gift Certificate!

Slice Dollars Off Energy Bills

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Slice Dollars Off Energy Bills

As food and fuel prices rise, saving money on energy has become more important than ever. Try these useful tips and take a more frugal approach to your energy use.

Insulate Your Electrical Outlets. This helps prevent a rush of cold air flowing into the house. Check with your electric company, as most provide insulating foam pads.

Wash your dishes correctly. Fill the basin with hot water when you do your dishes. You’ll use less water and save on all that heat for water that would just go down the drain as you rinse.

Do not use the dry cycle on your dishwasher. Open the door and let them air dry.

Let the air dry your clothes. Dry your wash on a clothesline or wooden drying stand in the bathroom.

Vacuum the coils behind your refrigerator every four to six months. This helps cut electrical use and will cut down on the noise your refrigerator spews.

Turn down the water temperature. If you have to dilute your hot water with cold to prevent scalding yourself, it’s time to adjust your heater. 

Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.

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