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Grill the Perfect Burger At Your Next Community Cookout



No other food tops the list of items people love to grill as much as burgers. The major hiccup: most burgers end up dry, under-cooked or devoid of flavors. The reasons behind this are: the kind of meat and the type of grill used as well as the amount of time for which the patties are grilled. Today, we have a number of tips for you that will help you grill the perfect burgers.

Use these tips to deliver the perfect, juiciest and tastiest burgers at your next community cookout.

Tip No. 1: The secret is in the meat. 

The juicier the burger, the more fat content its meat should have. So, when you are out shopping for the right burger meat, do not skimp or go health conscious. For the best burger recipes, there is no alternative but to choose the 80/20 blends. Some experts also opt to grind their own beef in the comforts of their homes. While this is a good idea, one must make sure they know what they are doing. When using leaner meats, some amount of beef fats must be added to come closer to the store bought 80/20 mix.

Tip 2: Do not overmix

The key to the perfect burger lies in how its ingredients are mixed. Over-mixing is a sure-fire way to failure. Once you add in the eggs, breadcrumbs, onions and other seasonings, divide the meat into sections and work on each one by patting it gently. This helps the juices flow freely when you grill the burgers on the Weber rotisserie. The best time to add the seasonings to the patties is also right before you place them on the preheated grill. Give a healthy dusting of salt, pepper or other dry rub mix before placing the patties on the grill.

Tip 3: Tips to avoid shrinking and swelling of burgers

Burger patties tend to shrink after being placed on the grill. So make sure you account for this loss and form the patties to a size that will fill the buns just right. (None of your guests want to end up eating more bread than the actual meat). Also, once you place the patty on the grill, make sure you make an indentation with your finger in its center. What this does is, it helps prevent the swelling up of the patty owing to the heat of the grill.

Tip 4: Cleaning and preheating the grill

Poorly pre heated grill is sure to either burn the burgers or leave them undercooked. Therefore, preheating to the right temperature is a must. Experts recommend placing the coal only on the sides of the grill so that the center temperature reaches an optimum 400 F. Then you can place the patty near the 2-zone fire for the initial searing effect and later move the patty to the cooler end to cook them in the center. Also make sure that the grill is devoid of any remnants of the previous cookout, as nobody likes a patty bedecked with older crumbs. For this purpose, heat the grill and when it is hot enough, dip some paper towels in oil and wipe the grill plates clean.

Tip 5: Temperature: how much is too much? 

According to experts, the right temperature for cooking ground beef thoroughly is to ensure it reaches a temperature of 160 F. Do not flip the burgers too early; let each side cook for at least 4 minutes ensuring that you also press the patties down from time to time.

Once cooked well, allow the burgers to rest for a couple of minutes before assembling them in the buns. These tips will surely give you perfect burgers every single time.  


To Spin or not to Spin: The ultimate question for homeowners thinking about investing in a ceiling fan

DIYWhen it comes to cooling your home on a hot summer day in mid-July or amidst a humid afternoon sometime in April, there comes a day when every home owner must ask themselves a most daunting question. What are my options? How well do the top rated ceiling fans on the market truly work? In the end will my investment be worth the money? Let us take a quick moment to find out.

Harbor Breeze Ceiling fans are amongst the most intricate fans on the market. But when it comes to putting them together, things are relatively a bit less extravagant than they seem. To get started, one must first look into a harbor breeze ceiling fan manual provided personally for customers by the company. This handbook details extensive instructions and procedures to help homeowners create the most cooling atmosphere possible. For many such a home investment will be the perfect way to beat the heat on a scorching hot day.

To avoid the potential risk of high voltage shock it is important for all customers seeking to install this product themselves to first turn off the electricity. Once this step is completed any homeowner willing to make the effort into acquiring a much cooler home will soon find that their investments are well worth the work. What could be more satisfying than saving a few bucks in the long run by not constantly running an energy sucking air conditioner? Or perhaps inhaling the strangely artificial plumes lingering inside the dark dusty filters of your ventilation system just waiting to crawl out? A new ceiling fan that promotes healthy air circulation can potentially set you free. But most importantly home owners will gain the feeling of self-sufficiency. What better way to spend the rest of the day then indulging in this fun DIY project? After all cool summer days are most definitely worth the wait.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at the numbers. According to recent studies, investing in a Harbor breeze ceiling fan can save you up to forty percent on your utility bills in the summer, and up to ten percent in the winter and fall in a process known as energy conservation. Through the cycling of cold and warm air a natural phenomenon occurs when turned on that resembles a F5 tornado to the eyes of a rainforest ant without the debris and dust. But ceiling fans are not magical. In order to receive the benefits of having one, a home-owner must adhere to the proper installation rules at hand. If installed poorly, a new fan can actually turn into an energy-draining leach.  But most importantly, as with any new project/ adventure in life, one must go into this project with an open heart and mind. After all a new ceiling van installed correctly in your home could very well be the rejuvenating spark in our lives.


How Can Communities Benefit from Thermal Imagining Technology?

Up until the recent past, people believed that thermal imaging technology benefits were limited only to the law enforcement field. And rightly so: after all; who did not dream of becoming a super hero with X-ray vision to see through walls? Today however, thermal imaging technology has come a long way. It can be used for many activities some of which can actually help communities save energy and money while also aiding in search and rescue operations, accident investigation etc. Apart from detecting heat and energy losses in buildings to save precious fuels, thermal imaging technology can also help protect workers and technicians from unseen dangers in institutional or commercial buildings.

Let us study thermal imaging technology in detail.

thermal imaging technology

How does thermal Imaging work?

Thermal imaging is based on the principle that all objects, natural or manmade, emanate heat. This heat comes in the form of infrared energy which the best thermal imaging cameras can easily detect. Thus, what would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye, can easily be spotted through such cameras.  The earliest thermal imaging devices were invented solely for the purpose of military operations. Today, however, they have various uses including:

  1. Law Enforcement and surveillance
  2. Firefighting applications-for saving lives and tracking
  3. Industrial applications
  4. In predictive maintenance for finding hot spots

What can Thermal Imaging do for your community?

Thermal imaging can be used for many things to benefit communities:

  1. Prevent crime- Smart drug dealers and criminals mostly know about the standard surveillance methods which they can easily disable. These include video cameras, night vision, and binoculars. However, through the thermal imaging cameras, one can easily spot criminals who use blinding headlights of their cars for concealing illegal activities. Suspicious activity can also be spotted through fog, dust, foliage, smoke and other obscurants even from very large distances.
  2. Aid in search and rescue operations- Thermal imaging devices can be used for searching and rescuing missing or lost children as well as elderly people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Best quality thermal imaging equipment can see 1500ft in any direction over forests, hilly terrain, fields, parks, water bodies and wooded areas as long as the person being searched is not completely submerged.
  3. Accident reconstruction and investigations- Many modern vehicles do not leave tire marks or tracks, making it difficult for accident investigators to reconstruct the crash. With thermal imaging techniques, investigators can find out which of the marks on heavily marked roadways are actually responsible for the accident. These cameras can even be used in wreckages to find important objects for evidence.
  4. Thermal imaging for detecting heat losses- Perhaps the most important use of such devices comes in the form of infrared cameras to help communities detect and prevent precious fuel/energy losses. Heat losses usually occur due to missing or damaged roof insulations, broken or missing roof tiles, invisible cracks on the roof deck etc. Using the images obtained from the infrared cameras, roofers can give visual proof to property managers and building owners about ‘Proof of repairs’, leakages in pipes and so on. Thermal imagery sensors can also be used on huge buildings to draught-proof them and overcome insulation deficiencies. This can help communities save hundreds of thousands of dollars on energy costs and also make buildings warmer and draught free.

As can be seen, the uses of thermal imaging for benefitting a community are limited only by one’s creativity. However, the sheer complexity, size and cost of these devices prevent them from being utilized to their full capacity. Hopefully, advances in technology will help lower these costs and also increase their ease of use so that they can be used for more activities than surveillance or patrolling alone.

Recycling and Reducing Waste: Tips for the Community

It is heartening to note that several communities across the United States are taking it upon themselves to reduce the amount of waste they produce. This, in turn, is helping them reduce the number of resources they require on an annual basis.

Through this brief guide, we hope to help individuals planning on setting up a group to tackle waste reduction in their communities. The guide is also focused on helping communities that are already environmentally-aware to help them continue educating families in matters of waste reduction and recycling. We also wish to benefit groups that wish to expand to other energy saving areas.


Benefits of waste reduction and recycling go beyond the environment

Did you know that the advantages of standing up as a community to reduce and recycle actually go beyond the environment? Some examples include:

  1. Community gardening-This brings people together, helps form friendships, and also lets communities get fresh fruit and vegetables.
  2. Composting- Composting and creating rich manure for landscaping has actually helped provide employment to many individuals.
  3. Recycling – This has not only helped clean up the environment; it has also boosted entire community’s self esteem.

Some recycling activities for community based waste reduction

  1. Nappy drives- Cloth/ reusable nappies help reduce the waste created by diapers. Nappies can be made from manmade materials and are cheaper, more versatile and quicker in drying (apart from being reusable) as compared to store brought diapers. Nappies can also be lined with a flushable, disposable wraps. They are equally comfortable in fit and provide excellent absorbency. Families, especially new mothers, must be educated about using these for better environmental protection.
  2. Refurbishing of old computers, bikes etc- Old laptops and bikes can actually be sold (on many online trading places including Many people are willing to purchase such older/broken laptops in order to practice repairing them.
  3. Composting- Community recycling groups can provide containers to every household which homeowners can use for collecting organic waste. This waste may then be used for creating community compost. A bag of composted soil can be distributed to every household for gardening.
  4. Recycling- “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Through community garage sales and flea markets, people can sell and buy furniture items and low costs. This can help prevent the waste from going into our already strained landfills. Socially disadvantaged groups also get volunteering opportunities through such projects

Tips for reducing electricity wastage

Community environmental groups can also educate homeowners to reduce electricity wastage and lower the bills. No matter if you are a tenant or a homeowner, electricity is one area where everyone can save. These Groups could also set up a local forum to educate people continually through mails and newsletters. They can also liaise with stakeholders and organizations for added support. They can read up on wind power projects and, if possible, keep a community energy diary. Local energy champions can also be appointed to balance the community’s carbon footprint. For tips on saving electricity, click here.

Hosting Community Energy Fairs

Nothing gets a better response and reaches a wider audience than an energy saving fair. Naturally, a good hosting venue would be needed for this purpose; the local church or parish would be more than willing to help in this matter. It is vital to determine the target audiences for such fairs; people who would actually benefit from them.  Once the goals of the fair have been determined, Green companies, electric retailers, as well as renewable energy installers could be invited to provide the audience with educational aspects and, where possible, supply freebies for demonstration. It also helps if the press, the radio or local TV stations come in to help spread the word about what the community is trying to achieve.

These are a few tips to help communities recycle and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Many Benefits of Property Mentors


As the recession continues to ease up a bit, now is the perfect time to invest in properties. By using property mentors, you can find great investment properties to help you earn an extra $300 to $1000 each month.

Buying property is very much like driving a car: you choose your final destination, you could take the most scenic route along the way or you can even stop occasionally to admire the view. When done right and passionately, property investment can give you total financial independence. It can be an added source of income which lets you earn even while you learn or do a 9-to-5 job. In many cases, successful real estate investors have taken the reins of their destiny completely in their hands by earning great passive rental incomes. Many have even quit their day jobs as they have arrived at their ‘final destinations’.

All this can be achieved easily with the help of property mentors. Property mentors can be considered as traffic police who help you ‘drivers’ as you face road blocks or traffic jams along the property investment highway.

Here are some of the key benefits of using property mentorships .

1. Mentors show you easy-to-follow investment strategies 

Property mentors show you strategies specifically designed to help you profit from the current market conditions. They are targeted to help you make the most of the economic recovery. They show you how to seek low property prices, so you can buy real estate for less. And on the basis of these, you can earn between $300 and $1000 per property, each month, within months of purchasing.

2. Property mentorship is for everyone 

Almost everyone can benefit from property mentorship. Whether you are 18 or 80, student or businessman, experienced or inexperienced, full time or part time worker, it does not matter. Nor do you need any prior property investment experience.

3. Property mentors are investors with experience

Ask any successful real estate entrepreneur the key to his/her success, and the answer would likely be “a good mentor”. A property mentor can help you get on the right path. S/he has successfully invested in property portfolios for self as well as others.

4. Property mentors guide you on legal matters 

These experts are well versed with all legal aspects of investing in real estate and you can trust them to look after all your conveyancing and legal matters.

5. Property mentors help in financial matters 

The property experts also show you tools as well as simple tried and tested systems that they themselves have used in everyday life to buy properties. They can help you come up with financial strategies to ensure that your assets remain protected.

6. Property mentorship lets you in on the secret golden rules of real estate investment

Property mentors live by certain golden rules-standards they themselves follow while investing in properties. These include seeking real estate which is bound to give long term capital growth, buying properties close to cafes, parks, or those within walking distance of public transports, as well as those which are in line with the dominant architectural style of the location. These and other secrets are at your disposal.

Just like anyone can drive a car, provided one fulfills the legal requirements, property investment is for everyone, men or women. Property mentors aim to help you in the world of property investment, no matter what your current location is. Whether you think your “little investment car” is stalled, or in state of repairs, property mentors can give you the necessary push so you can be on your way.

For more advice on property investment and finding a mentor, click here.

Community Camping Trip

If you’ve been thinking about trying to find something to do for your next community activity, why not try a community camping trip. Many people love camping trips and it can be a great thing to do after doing a cleaning project to “enjoy” the area that was just cleaned. There are many other reasons to have a community camping trip as your next refreshing community outing.

It’s An Eco Friendly Activity

A classic camping trip is one of the most eco-friendly social activities. When you are out camping you are just enjoying the outdoors in its natural state, burning firewood, telling ghost stories over a fire, playing out in nature, all of these are activities that don’t harm the environment. Many companies know how eco-friendly camping can be.

When you are out camping, just make sure that everyone picks up their trash and cleans up the camp area when they are finished.

It’s a Great Bonding Activity

When people are out camping, they are not quite as likely to pull out their cell phones and start texting their BFFs. Instead, they are likely to put their phones down (possibly because they don’t have any signal) and just look around to enjoy the natural wonders of nature. As they do this, people will naturally start talking to pass the time.

This won’t go for everyone of course, a few people might just be content passing time watching nature, and that is just fine, but others will start to talk and learn more about each other.

Simple activities, such as cookouts, hikes, or night time ghost stories, during the trip, can be a great way for people in the community to spend time with each other.

Watching sunrises, sunsets, or the stars at night can be a great way to rekindle the romance in a marriage, or a peaceful way to spend time with the family.

Just remember that if you have young children, bring some lighting along with you just in case they get scared during ghost story time or at night. Try choosing a flashlight or choosing a headlamp, as they make great sources of lighting.

It Provides Opportunity for a Great Workout

If you have heard other members of your community complain because they have put on a few extra pounds, a camping trip might be a great community activity. There are many things that you do during camping trips that provide an opportunity for a workout. Pitching tents, going on hikes, riding bikes, and gathering firewood, aren’t sedentary activities. They require you to get up and get a workout. This is why many support groups that are dedicated to weight loss go on camping trips as rewards for achieving some goal.

A community camping trip can be a great bonding experience for the entire community. It can teach children about the importance of teamwork, and being thankful for family and all of the things you have. It can also be a great way for overworked businesspeople to get away from technology and enjoy all of the great things nature can provide. Either way, a camping trip can be a great experience that can be remembered by all for years to come.



Postmenopausal Women and Osteoporosis Prevention: Can Community Exercise Help?

getty_rf_photo_of_seniors_in_aerobics_classWomen often juggle many roles including work, family and community involvement as a result of which, their exercise takes a back seat. It is seen that rigorous exercise regimes can be even more difficult for women in the post-menopausal age, particularly for those who have always led sedentary lifestyles. Therefore, more studies are necessary to see if it would be possible to develop community based exercise routines to improve bone health in women in their 50s and 60s. These community workout routines for women could perhaps prevent osteoporosis, incidences of which are on the rise, apart from general improvement in physical and emotional well being.

Components of community based workouts for osteoporosis prevention

Certain studies have shown good results in prevention of osteoporosis with the help of supervised community exercise sessions lasting for 60 to 75 minutes three times each week. These exercise routines typically include following components:

  1.  5 to 10 minutes of warm up- including walking.
  2.  25 minutes of weight training- Stepping and stair climbing
  3. 40 minutes of resistance exercises for small and large muscle groups-Back extension, leg press, rotary torso, seated one-arm dumbbell military press etc for larger muscle groups and the use of 1-3 pound dumbbells as well as exercises on physiotherapy ball for small muscle groups. .
  4. 5 minutes of Abdominal exercises including pelvic tilts, heel and foot lifts, knee ups, and leg slides (done in 3 sets of 6 to 8 repetitions). Ankle weights can be strapped for increased resistance.
  5. 5. 5 minutes of balancing and stretching including wall presses, single leg balancing, etc.

Naturally, for the success of such community exercise programs, it is essential to have excellent exercise facilities that offer proximity to participants’ homes, have the necessary training equipment, walking tracks and stair climbing availability etc. The facilities might offer free annual membership to participants and could also have administrative areas for the trainers.

Incorporating other social and community support in the exercise sessions

To incorporate other kinds of social and community support, the study encouraged following events which helped women adhere to the program and also form friendships and alliances that went beyond exercising.

  1. Community meals - Participants often met twice a month over meals which could be held in local parks or restaurants. Potlucks were also encouraged where each woman bring in her favourite meal.
  2. Educational guest lectures and forums - Psycho-social concerns of post menopausal women were addressed through meetings with expert doctors or annual forums.
  3. Follow ups through emails, newsletters and phone calls - If participants were staying absent from the community exercise for post menopausal osteoporosis prevention, then follow-ups were done by the active members through emails and phone calls.
  4. Community photo books - Annual photo books showcasing the pictures or videos of exercise sessions along with supporting educational articles, inspirational poems and workout timetables were printed along with important phone numbers.
  5. End of year party - This was an important social support for the test programs as they helped the community acknowledge accomplishments of the group. Certificates of excellence or participation were also distributed for further encouragement.

Naturally, the success of such community exercise programs mainly depend upon participants concern related to risk of developing osteoporosis. It is also important that trainers provide individual attention, constant feedback and ongoing motivation and support to the women. Removal of barriers like suitability of trainer hours could help increase the participation in the program. Finally, the community and training staff should create an atmosphere of fun as well as an enjoyment factor to encourage participants to show up for each training session.

For more information on developing community based workout routines for women in the
post menopausal age for osteoporosis prevention as well as the efficacy of the program, click here.

Heating Up Your Community

space-heaterIf your community has open spaces, say a park or a public ground for meetings, then you’ll know all about the hazards of standing around in the cold. Especially as the winter nears, it’s important to remember to stay warm, and a space heater is a great way to do that. If you are planning any open air events in your community, a space heater can help to keep people warm, and while most of us have jackets and scarves, it’s a nice little touch to keep the elderly or young warm when they need it the most. If you’re looking into getting one, but don’t know which one to go for, check out these space heater reviews at

–       Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower Heater with Digital Display and Remote Control

The Lasko is a good sized, affordable space heater that comes with a remote, digital display, various settings and an automatic overheat safety feature. It’s a great way to keep a crowd warm and you can find them for around fifty dollars.

–       Lasko 5812 Automatic Air-Flow Heater with Temperature-Regulation System

Another Lasko, though this time a different model. This one is wider and shorter than the one before so it works well in small groups of people. If your event has people sitting around, then one or two of these dotted around the place will work a charm. It’s a little more expensive and can be found for around seventy dollars, and it uses an analogue knob rather than a digital system.

–       Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Propane Heater

If you’re going to an event and just want a heater for yourself then this heater will be a lifesaver. It’s easy to carry around and uses gas to heat up a large space. The initial cost can be quite high, over a hundred dollars, but it can be found for around seventy. Keep in mind it will need gas to fire as well, which adds to the cost. But it’s portable and effective and won’t let you down if you need heat.

–       Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe 23-Inch Insert, Black

If you’re looking to really splash out and show off, then this heater will be excellent for you. It can stay in the back garden and heat everyone up when you have friends and family over for drinks or a barbeque. It’s aesthetically pleasing, and looks like a real fire, but it does cost almost three hundred dollars and isn’t portable.

All of these Infrared Heaters have their own special features. Click here to check out some more heaters.

Handcraft Work from Home: A Way to Help Your Community

Community-based projects are an excellent way to bring out positive changes in your community. Whether it’s redesigning artwork for your street or clearing trash from an alley, it can provide even a small positive change.

However, improving your community will only work best if there is an active participation of the residents. As I noticed, a lot of people are very eager to help their community, but only few are really active. It’s either they don’t have the money or the time. So despite the deep aspiration to thrive, many communities across the country are still struggling.

Community Participation

But it’s important for you to know that making a positive impact in your own community doesn’t necessarily need a heap of money or loads of time. In fact, even while you’re just at home watching your favorite TV show, you can still make a difference. Simply think of great ideas, use your skills, and share them with the others in your neighborhood.

One effective way to do this is to encourage your neighborhood and involve them in handcrafts or DIY projects. Doing handcrafts from home can be enjoyable and fun. Not only that, it’s also satisfying and financially rewarding. People in this age are looking for unique gift ideas for birthdays, holidays, and other celebrations, as well as special accessories that they can use for everyday wear.

So if you are a community group or an individual seeking to create a wonderful project, making handmade items is a great option. There are hundreds if not thousands handcraft ideas to choose from. And one of the popular ideas is making bracelets, particularly leather bracelets.

Why Leather Bracelets?

Leather bracelets are so on trend right now. Leather is a very durable material and owning an item that is made from it is supposed to be a status symbol. For many years, it has been one of the best choices of popular and not-so-popular individuals when it comes to accessories. In fact, even in today’s modern generation, it’s still considered one of the best choices of fashion conscious people.

Aside from the quality of the material, people wear leather bracelets because they provide an undeniable sexy and enigmatic appeal. Furthermore, leather bracelets work well for any kinds of wardrobe. If you’re wearing a casual suit and want to add some sense of formality, just wear a leather bracelet and you’ll instantly get that smart tailored appeal. And if you’re wearing a simple shirt and jeans but want to get some creative or rocker look, just wrap around a leather bracelet on your wrist and you’ll acquire that cool charm you’re looking.

Leather continues to be an in demand material in jewelry fashion, so it’s definitely a great idea for a new community-based project. The process is easy that it requires almost no tools. The best thing is it can even be done by beginners. It’s an easy step to encourage your neighborhood, even the students, to participate in the improvement of your community.

As we all know, people in today’s society are always busy and focused on things that don’t have any connection with the community at all, especially the youth. So helping the young generation experience community service provides them an opportunity to not only fill their resume for school or job applications, but also give back to the place that helped raise them. As anyone who has been part of a community service knows, the fulfillment that comes from helping others can be meaningful and life changing.

So what are you waiting for? Get ready your stuff and make some handcraft materials for your community. Make sure that everyone in the neighborhood knows your plan, particularly the chairman of your community to be able to run a successful program.

Are Upright Vacuum Cleaners Still In Demand Today In Your Community?


In the US and particularly in California, upright vacuum cleaners are probably still in demand though the models still in use can be relatively old. This is because there are so many other types and brands of household vacuum cleaners that you can already buy within your community. The value of upright vacuum cleaners is that they allow you to clean your home or office (or even your home office) without having to stoop or bend awkwardly. However, the advent of other types of vacuum cleaners might signal a shift to more convenient types of these machines by the public.

Vacuum’s in California Communities

In California communities, vacuum cleaners are an important household helper because the dry weather means that dust tends to settle on carpets and flooring easily. Upright vacuum cleaners allow you to clean carpets without having to get on your hands and knees. This makes them handy especially when carpeting in California homes and offices tends to span from wall to wall. Since often carpeting does not get peeled off the floor and cleaned outdoors, the next best solution for cleaning is to use a vacuum cleaner. Some may do away with carpeting in their home or office to show off great floors (especially wooden floors that have been sanded and varnished to a nice shine) but carpets are important to some because of the design and style of the carpet or because the carpets can absorb sound which is great if footsteps tend to be distracting.

Downside of Vacuum Cleaners

One downside to using vacuum cleaners is that they use up quite a lot of electricity, especially the more powerful ones. Generally, the more powerful the suction power of the vacuum the more electricity is required to make it run. Not surprisingly, in the less affluent California communities you might not see people cleaning their homes with vacuum cleaners so much – but then in such communities you probably would not find wall to wall carpeting either. So these less affluent California homes and businesses probably don’t use vacuums, to keep their electric bills down to affordable levels. By the same principle, homes and businesses in the richer California communities which probably do have carpets (and high end carpets at that) would also most likely have vacuum cleaners to clean inside their carpeted rooms, because they can absorb the cost.

It is not surprising that some people hesitate to buy vacuum cleaners due to the cost of electricity in California. If you are worried that your budget for electricity will be trashed if you switch to using vacuum cleaners you may want to check out online calculators to compute your electricity consumption right now and your potential electricity consumption should you switch to upright vacuum cleaners (or any vacuum cleaner for that matter). Incidentally, the frequency by which you use vacuum cleaners is just as important as the power of the machine that you use for cleaning. Keep a record of your monthly payments for electricity as well so you can monitor the rise and fall of your consumption during the period when you use vacuum cleaners regularly.