Green Thinking in Sub- Zero Products

Interesting facts about about Sub- Zero products from  How is it that even Sub-Zero’s largest refrigerator consumes less power than a 100-watt light bulb? Dual refrigeration is one reason. Two compressors share the work, so each does its job with minimal effort. The heavy-gauge steel cabinet is fully insulated, and doors seal magnetically, locking in cold air and keeping down energy costs.  Sub- Zero’s increasingly showing their commitment to sustainable living through the choices we make at home, on the road, and in the store. They are motivated to act as stewards-not just users-of the plant, its people, and its resources. Sub-Zero and Wolf strive to offer consumers choices that support this commitment to living green.

Sub-Zero has been committed to being compatible with the environment since its inception more than 60 years ago. As pioneers in Dual Refrigeration, Sub-Zero knows that its operating system is the best in the industry, created to keep food fresher while using less energy in the long run.

  • Research as shown that the average family throws away more than $600 annually with single compressor units. With Sub-Zero Dual Refrigeration, that number is cut in half.
  • Sixteen of Sub-Zero’s more popular units-BI-36R, the BI-36F, BI-36U, BI-42S, BI-48S, 736TFI, IC-27R, 700BR, 700BC, UC-24R, and UC-24RO-that are Energy Star compliant.
  • 75% of stainless steel and 30% galvanized steel used in Sub-Zero’s products are made from recycled materials.
  • All scrap plastic used in manufacturing is reused, while 50 percent of the plastic used in the units is recycled content.
  • Sub-Zero’s manufacturing facilities use a chilled water storage system to charge building cooling systems at night when utilities are operating most efficiently, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Sub-Zero works with numerous vendors to ensure their compliance and adherence to “green” initiatives. One of the more innovative programs involves Sub-Zero’s printers of literature and shipping containers and the Forest Stewardship Council to prevent the depletion of our national forests.

This list is not exhaustive, but gives you an idea of Sub-Zero responsibility to our environment. All Sub-Zero refrigeration is manufactured in the United States. None of the manufacturing facilities are located outside of the United States. And when you consider the carbon footprint of Sub-Zero’s products, the brand is second to none.

Egg Yolk Trick from

Great trick to separate egg yolks from egg whites from

Tools: Small plastic bottle, two plates, a bowl, and a couple eggs.

1.Get a small bottle with a moderately wide neck, so egg will not fall out.

2.Crack egg over first plate.

3.Squeeze bottle gently over egg.  Be sure not to press the bottle on the egg yolk too hard, or the membrane will break.

4.Gently release the grip on the bottle as the yolk is drawn inside.

5.Repeat as needed.

Sizing sconce guidelines

Found these helpful tips to properly size sconces for your bath from  The standard guideline to install sconcIMG_9125es is at eye- level, approximately 66″ from the floor.  Sconces are the ideal way to achieve the even, shadow-free light that’s desirable near the vanity. Depending on the fixture type, you can mount lights on the wall flanking the mirror, or even on the mirror. Choose sconces with light-filtering material, shades or opal glass that help to minimize glare. Here are 4 more easy-to-follow guidelines:

1. Install sconces at eye-level, approximately 66” from the floor (standard guideline).

2. Depending on the amount of light the sconces cast, position them so that the horizontal beams overlap (typically 28” to 40” apart) and produce even, shadow-free light.

3. To illuminate a double vanity, provide each sink with its own individual light source.

4. A minimum of 150 watts should be used to illuminate the vanity and it’s always safest to select fixtures that provide the maximum amount of light. If you find that there is too much light, either use lower wattage bulbs or install a dimmer. It is always easier to reduce the lamping than to try and increase the amount of light once the fixture is installed.

5 Golden Rules of Kitchen Organization

Kitchen Rack

Kitchen Rack

The 5 Golden Rules to Kitchen Organization from

1.Store Smarter

Store things where you use them. Pots and pans are best kept near the range or cooktop; mixing bowls near the countertop you use for food preparation; plates, glasses, and flatware near the dishwasher.

2.Sort and Store

Group like items together — store all bakeware in the same cupboard, all wooden spoons in the same ceramic crock, all spices in the same drawer.

3.Easy Access

Store your most frequently used items in the most accessible places. Keep things you use most often at eye level; store heavy items below waist level and infrequently used items on high shelves (keep a step stool within easy reach for such items) or in another area of the house. For example, if you use your oversize turkey platter only once a year, you don’t need to store it in the kitchen at all. Instead, stow it on a high shelf in the garage or basement.

4.Out with the Old

Declutter yearly. Take an inventory of all utensils, cookware, and dishware annually. Get rid of unnecessary duplicates, items that are damaged beyond repair, or things no longer used.

5.See- through Containers

Keep small kitchen items in containers, see-through bins if possible, with neat, easy-to-read labels.


Some of these points are so true. Enjoy life now!

Regina Brett

Regina Brett

“7%” Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio .
“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Its estimated 93% won’t forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title ‘7%’.

I’m in the 7%. Friends are the family that we choose.

Quick fix to remove scratches in wood

wallyFound this quick fix at, along with many other house keeping tips.  Fresh walnuts or Brazil nuts have natural oils that help darken the wood to hide scratches. Crack the nut open, then rub the meat over the scratch in the direction of the grain of the wood. Buff with a clean, soft cloth. Repeat until the area blends in with the rest of the finish as much as possible.

Hide the Clutter

Conquer Clutter with Drawers: 14 Inventive Solutions, is a great article by Lisa Higgins on  The article displays how to get the most out of your drawers by hiding your clutter.  One of my favorite ideas is the 2 shoe drawers at the bottom of the stairway.  Which is your favorite idea to hide the clutter?