SURPRISING WAYS TO SAVE
MONEY BY GOING GREEN 1
THE HISTORY OF SAINT
MBC Building & Remodeling, LLC
PATRICK’S DAY IN IRELAND 2
HOME ECO-FIXES 3
FOR OUR FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS
(717) 371-5136 www.MBCremodeling.com Mike@MBCRemodeling.com
Surprising Ways to Save Money by Going Green
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“As a rule, men worry more about what
they can't see than about what they
Q: All I hear from my garbage disposer is a low hum so I - Julius Caesar
believe it's jammed but there is nothing in it that I can
find. What can I use to unjam it?
History of Saint Patrick’s Day in Ireland
A: More than likely your unit came with an allen wrench
style tool shaped like a letter "S". It is usually attached to In the past, Saint Patrick's Day was celebrated as a
the bottom or side of the unit. Some plumbers tape these religious holiday. It became a public holiday in 1903, by
to the cabinet door or other obvious place. an Act of Parliament introduced by the Irish MP James
To begin BE SURE THE SWITCH IS OFF! If do not, the
quarter horsepower or better motor will break your wrists The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in Dublin in
when it gets unjammed. It’s probably even wiser just to 1931. While secular celebrations now exist, the holiday
unplug the unit altogether. remains a religious observance in Ireland, for both the
Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Church.
Now insert the tool into the hole on the bottom of the
disposal unit. Gently twist it either way. What you're It was only in the mid-1990s that the Irish government
trying to do is move that bottom plate. Once you do, you began a campaign to use Saint Patrick's Day to showcase
should have dislodged the item that jammed your unit. Ireland and its culture. The government set up a group
called St. Patrick's Festival, with the aim to:
You can e-mail the Expert by sending your questions to
Mike@MBCremodeling.com. Please be sure to include “ Provide the opportunity and motivation for people of
your name and phone number in case additional Irish descent, (and those who sometimes wish they were
information is required to answer your question. Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive
THANK YOU FRIENDS FOR YOUR REFERRALS
The first Saint Patrick's Festival was held on 17 March,
1996. In 1997, it became a three-day event, and by 2000
We cannot thank enough everyone who has referred MBC it was a four-day event. Today, the festival is five days
Building & Remodeling, LLC to their friends or family this long and has an atandance of over 675,000 for the
past month. Your kind actions are really what make us a parade alone.
success. Here are a few:
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JUST FOR LAUGHS :)
McQuillan walked into a bar and ordered martini after martini, each time removing the olives and
placing them in a jar. When the jar was filled with olives and all the drinks consumed, he started to
leave."S'cuse me," said a customer, who was puzzled over what McQuillan had done. "What was that all
about?" "Nothing," he replied, "my wife just sent me out for a jar of olives."
Four Simple Home Eco-Fixes
Turn Down Your Water Heater much finer control over where the
heating is set and they will always
Hot water heaters are huge 'remember' to turn down the heat
For several years an Irish law required
energy and money consumers. at night. Using a programmable
that ______ be closed on Saint Patrick’s
You can easily lower your water thermostat will save the average
Day, a provision that was only repealed in
heating costs by 7 to 10% by family $150 a year.
simply reducing the temperature
from 140 to 120. You can pick up a programmable
thermostat at nearly all home
Unplug Unused Chargers improvement and hardware stores A: Both Private & Public Schools
for less than $100. Installation is a B: Pubs
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and other gadget chargers for a professional). Stop wasting D: Fish Markets
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when your gadget is fully charged comfort level in one easy move. The first correct answer emailed to
or unplugged. You will typically Mike@MBCremodeling.com will be
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You can make your life easier, low or VOC-free paints now invoke a dream of their future
and cut down on your energy offered in a great array of colors husband.
costs, by installing a by all major manufacturers.
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Programmable thermostats allow
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We believe in treating all of our This simple, yet gracious, act by our customers has allowed us
customers like family, just ask any of to be successful. For this generosity, we offer our gratitude and
our longtime customers. We are a token of our appreciation through our Referral Reward
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2. When your referral’s job contract is signed, we will send you
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When you refer your friends, neighbors or family, you’ve
helped our business grow. Offering you this reward is our way
Thank you and welcome to of letting you know just how much we appreciate your actions
everyone who recently joined our
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without YOU! whenever they use our services!
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The classic Sudoku game involves a grid of 81
squares. The grid is divided into nine blocks, each
containing nine squares.
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For the solution to this issue’s Sudoku
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Friendly Bathroom Enhancements’ and ‘What’s Cooking in Kitchen Design’
along with Tax Credit information and much more.
Thank you! We’re always looking for suggestions, so please contact us if you have a question
you’d like to see answered!
Mike Blank, President