Nothing says love like pitching in around the house

            A new Gallup poll says women still take most of the responsibility for household chores, especially cleaning, cooking, laundry and grocery shopping.

            This Mother’s Day, get the family together and give Mom the day off while the rest of you dust, vacuum, scrub and straighten up the house.

Double the benefit of a clean house by focusing on a few chores that can also improve the home’s energy efficiency. For example:

  • Wash the windows, inside and out. Clean windows let in unfiltered sunlight, which can warm a room on a cool day and let enough light in that Mom might be able to turn off a few lamps.
  • Change the air conditioning filter. It’s almost a/c season. Mom’s unit will work more efficiently if it doesn’t have to fight with last year’s clogged filter as it tries to circulate cool air.
  • Snake the clothes dryer vent. A clean passageway for exhaust not only helps the appliance operate more efficiently, it lowers its risk for catching on fire.
  • Clean out the refrigerator. Wipe up spills and trash expired food. Then organize the remaining items so they’re easy to find. That will cut down on the time Mom has to keep the refrigerator door open each time she needs to find something.
  • Clean the appliances that are designed for cleaning. Dishwashers and washing machines can harbor bacteria and germs, especially if Mom doesn’t use bleach. Simply add a cup of bleach to an empty washer and run it with hot water. And take a bleach-soaked rag to the interior of the dishwasher to stave off mold and fungi.