The key to preventing mold is simple: Moisture control
Mold. The very word is enough to make a person cringe.
Yes, mold can be good — it's essential in making brie and penicillin, for example, and necessary for the decomposition of organic matter in nature — but it can also be very, very bad, especially when it grows undetected in your home. Mold spores spread easily and cannot be completely eradicated. Mold can grow anywhere: on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can't see, such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles.
There are some household repairs that are so simple, even the pros feel bad about charging for them (really!). Many of these plumbing, heating, electrical, air conditioning, and appliance repairs are simple things that homeowners overlook, and all of these repairs can save you a big chunk of change the next time something goes wrong.
You could save a bundle on your electric bill by reducing the brightness on your HDTV. Many are shipped set at “retail mode” for optimum picture clarity in a showroom. Go to your TV’s setup menu and look for “home mode” or some other way to tune down the brightness.
Gas Safety Tip
Remember that if a gas appliance is moved or replaced, make sure the gas line is plugged or capped even if the line is isolated by a valve. Valves can be bumped or mistakenly turned on. If the line is uncapped, the result could be a fire or explosion.