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Christmas Ornament Contest Returns!

Posted on Jul 22 2016 in Features

From 1996 until 2005, Electric Consumer readers reached for glue guns, polymer clay, paint brushes and other craft supplies to fashion handmade ornaments for a Christmas tree ornament contest sponsored by the publication. Through the years, we received nearly 500 creations in a variety of mediums. Some were sculpted, some carved, some sewn. There were… Continue reading.


Wash energy waste from your laundry

Posted on Jul 01 2016 in Energy Advice, Energy Now

By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless We have two kids, which means we do a lot of laundry. It never ends! What are some ways we can reduce our energy use in the laundry room? The average American family washes about 300 loads of laundry per year — all that laundry uses a lot of… Continue reading.

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Cookie tips: 10 secrets for baking the tastiest cookies

Posted on Jul 01 2016 in Food

Read your recipe carefully before you begin. Baking demands accuracy. Unlike with other types of cooking, be careful when substituting ingredients. Not all ingredients bake the same way! Use fresh ingredients. Check expiration dates of ingredients and test, if necessary, before using. For example, baking soda should bubble when added to vinegar, and baking powder… Continue reading.

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Oh, beautiful … For purple landscapes majesty

Posted on Jul 01 2016 in Ask Rosie, Outdoors, Rosie's Garden

‘Hooray for the red, white and blue” is a favorite July hue and cry — with emphasis on “hue.” But if all this “red state”/“blue state” talk this political season has gotten you leaning too far one way or the other in the yard, then how about going with the good ol’ U.S. of A…. Continue reading.

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Mascot contest winners

Posted on Jul 08 2016 in For Youth, Power Kids Projects

Electric Consumer challenged its young readers to create a mascot that focuses on electrical safety or energy conservation. Our four winning mascots are listed below:   Mailee Pearl Sewell, Bringhurst, Indiana: “You can splash and play but don’t get hurt by electricity any day! Hi! My name is Ellie, the electric eel. I think I could… Continue reading.

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