Spring Forward March 11th


When do clocks spring forward?


Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 a.m. change your clocks to 3:00 a.m.


Spring is almost upon us, meaning longer days and more sunlight. It also means the start of Daylight Saving Time – when nearly all of the U.S. will collectively set their clocks ahead an hour, causing us to lose an hour of sleep.

Though your cellphones and smart devices should change automatically, don’t forget to turn those manual bedside alarm clocks forward, or you could risk oversleeping and being late the next day.




Posted on March 7, 2018 at 4:20 pm
Ted Mansfield | Posted in Household tips |

Have a clean(er) house in only 15 minutes a day!

Let's face it – not many of us have the time to keep our homes clean these days., especially if you throw in a spouse, 2 kids, and a pet or two or three…! I know that my house could certainly use some help in the clean arena, and this article is going to be a new trial run in improving our day-to-day clean appeal.

Boiled down to the basics – break tasks down into smaller chunks, and they are attainable in only 15-20 minutes per day. Have a cleaner house in only 15-20 minutes per day! Of course they don't mention that my 8 year old can undo that 15-20 minutes of work in about 30 seconds, but that's beside the point!

Read this great article for the details!


Posted on July 27, 2015 at 11:59 am
Ted Mansfield | Posted in Bath, Bedroom, Household tips, Kitchen |

Keep your home safe with some simple measures

You don't have to turn your home into Fort Knox to keep your home secure. Just a few simple preventative measures will keep your home safer… A few simple things like having your mail and newspapers held when out of town can help keep your home safe.



Posted on July 22, 2015 at 9:32 am
Ted Mansfield | Posted in Home security, Household tips |

Solarize Bellevue program – back for 2015!

The City of Bellevue has teamed up with GreenWA.org again this year for the Solarize Bellevue program. The program hopes to solarize 50 homes this year in Bellevue. The program partners with a solar installation contractor and utilizes the power of a group buy for the harddware, creating a savings of up to 20% off retail purchase and installation. A solar power system can help cut "grid use" by 25% or more, and you also qualify for a "Green energy" rebate. 

As a community bonus, A&R Solar will donate a solar system to a local non-profit once 25 contracts are in place. This is a huge deal for a non-profit as it helps them stretch their dollars so much further if they can cut their electric bills!

Check out the linked text above to see more details about the program!



Posted on July 14, 2015 at 11:26 am
Ted Mansfield | Posted in Finance, Green homes, Household tips, Remodel |

No AC? Here’s how to cool down your home!

Don't have AC in your house? Local home improvement store sold out of AC units?! Here are some tips to try to keep your home temps a little lower during the hot weather!


Posted on June 26, 2015 at 11:12 am
Ted Mansfield | Posted in Household tips, Uncategorized |