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Thompson: This shower head saves water and cash
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There’s a really cool shower head out now that you need to see. It’s called the Evolve shower head. What makes it so cool? Well, when you turn it on it runs until the water warms up to 95 degrees. At that point the shower head automatically turns off. The benefit of this is that it eliminates the wasted water from between the time the water has heated up until you get in the shower. Even if you’re not into water conversation, (but you should be), it’s a neat gadget because it lets you know when your shower is ready for you. To turn the water back on, you simply pull a small cord or turn a knob attached to the shower head. I’ve had one in my shower for several months now and I love it. It’s also dropped my water bill quite a bit!

Are you like me and forget to close your fireplace flue? John Morrow, a friend of mine, got tired of forgetting to open and close his flue and searched for a solution. What he finally came up with is this. He now hangs a colorful coat hanger from his flue handle. When he’s putting logs into the fireplace to start a fire, he sees the hanger and it reminds him to open the flue. After opening the flue he’ll place the hanger on his breakfast table. The next morning when he’s having breakfast he’ll see the hanger and it reminds him to close the flue. When he does, he places the hanger back onto the flue handle. It’s a simple and elegant solution!

This Christmas you’re sure to get at least one gift card. If you know you’re not going to use it, go to the Swap a gift Web site. This neat Web site allows you to sell or swap your gift cards. You can also buy them at a discount. Check it out.

Speaking of neat Web sites, check out RedRoller Web site. This Web site does for shipping a package what Travelocity does for travel. You enter your package’s weight and destination and the Web site automatically shows you the rates and delivery times of all of the major carriers — USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. You pick which one you want and pay online with a credit card. You print out the mailing label and the Web site tells you where to drop your package off or if it will be picked up. (The Web site even tells you the dimensions of the carrier’s drop box so you’ll know if your package will fit). OK, I know that there are at least several of you out there asking, "How can you weigh your package at home?" The answer is simple. Just weigh yourself first on the bathroom scale and then weigh yourself holding the package. The difference in the two weights is the weight of the package.

I enjoy doing this column and I’d love to hear from you. Let me know what you like and what you don’t. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Tim Thompson lives in Gainesville. E-mail Tim your ideas for tips, tools or tricks.

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