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PAGE 8B - The Malakoff News - Wednesday, October 31, 2001 A Kilo-WHAT?... Deciphering Energy Guide Lingo (NAPS A)-Gone are the days when the only thing you needed to know about buying a new appliance was whether harvest gold or avocado best matched your docor. Today's appliance shoppers have a laundry list of facts to consider. Due to risingenergy costs and shortages, an appliance's energy efficiency is a deciding factor for many shoppers. Although the facts and fig- ures to assess the energy sav- ings of a new appliance are prominently displayed, under- standing them requires a quick lesson in energy lingo. More than 20 year ago, the U.S. government implemented a program to make it easy for consumers to take one look at an appliance and assess its en- ergy efficiency. This treasure trove of information is a bright yellow and black Energy Guide sticker affixed to .appliances and more. It doesn't tell consumers what to buy, but provides unbi- ased facts to make an informed choice. Let's say your trusty wash- ing machine has spun its last spin cycle. Your neighborhood appliance store offers rows of sparkling new machines, but soon they start to blur together. Here's a step-by-step transla- tion: 1. This is an overview of the general appliance category. Sat00 Fire-Lighting By Samantha Mazzotta Q: Last year, you printed in- structions on safely lighting a fire in the fireplace. This win- ter will be the first time we will use our new fireplace. Can you print those instructions again? -- C.L. A: Sure can! Your request comes at the perfect time, a s not to place, the logs too close together. The wood stack should take up no more than one-third of the space in the fireplace. 3. Place loosely rolled newspa- per in the gaps created by the wood stack, on all three sidesl (Use newspaper only -- avoid magazines or color inserts.) 4. preheat the flue. Carefully we move into November and light a.rolled piece of newspa- cold Weather sets in for most per" bxid hold the paper h'dout 2 of the country. Here are step-by-step instruc- tions for lighting a fire safely and successfully. If you own a gas-lit fireplace, skip Steps 3 and 5. I. Open the damper and visu- ally inspect the firebox and flue to ensure that they are clear. 2, Stack firewood in the center of the fireplace, being careful inches inside the flue. Move the paper in slow circles for 10 to 30 seconds. This will encour- age warm air to flow up and out the chimney. 5. Light the newspaper be- tween the logs, on all three sides. A good-sized flame should leap up shortly, but will die down as the last of the pa- per burns, Look for smaller I Bill's Maytag HAC • Same Day Delivery • Home Builders & remodelers welcome • Built in's available/ 114 S. Beaton • Corsicana, TX 75110 Phone # 903-872-7354 ° Fax # 903-872-4993 David and Rhonda Burnett Store Owners Store Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 to 5:00 • Saturday 9:00 to 12:00 2. This string of numbers is the manufacturer's model num- ber. 3. Here's the most important, but most confusing, information. The thick black line in the cen- ter is a scale representing how much electricity is needed to power different washer mod- els. The number above the line shows how much energy the washer uses. Below the line are two additional numbers showing two anonymous appli- ances. They represent the low- est and highest energy users in the clothes washer category. Energy is measured in kilo- watt hours (kWh), which is -equal to 1,000 watt hours. It takes 1 kWh to cook a pot of rice for an hour. On average, American households use ap- proximately 10,000 kWh per year. 4. In this section, we're down to doUars and cents. This sec- tion explains what you can ex- pect to pay annually to power your appliance. For some ap- pliances, like clothes washers, the Energy Guide will provide figures for both electric and gas models. Armed with an understand- ing of the Energy Guide lingo, you're now ready to take a savvy look at new appliances and make choices that are not only smart for you, but the en- vironment too. flames flickering along the bot- tom of the logs; this shows that the wood has caughL and that a nice, small- to medium-size fire will build in a few minutes. 6. Add wood to the fire one piece at a time. To maintain the fire's size, add one new log for each log that burns away. To increase its size, add one log very f'lx)eiminuteS or sdto a steady l,'and note the amount' of flames and heat after each addition. The most complicated part of fire-building, for new users, is finding the right amount of kin- dling to get a steady fire going: Dry twigs and wood chips can be added to newspaper; leaves don't burn as well and are bet- ter left onthe mulch pile. Use a combination of woods for the best results: oak burns slowly and cleanly, while pine ignites more easily and bums hotter, but is consumed quickly. Enjoy your new fireplace, with a dose of common sense: Don't burn trash in it, keep the gate closed and have the fireplace and chimney cleaned once a year. • HOlqIE TIP  ' Leave about 1 inch of fine ash in the bottom of the fireplace. The ash insulates the firebox and helps the fireplace heat more efficiently. Send questions or home repair tips to homeguru2OOO@, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King FeatUres Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2001 King Features Synd., Inc. 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