January 25, 2012 |
Demi Moore isn't the first celebrity to be hospitalized with what has been described in numerous media reports as exhaustion, and she won't be the last. But is exhaustion a true medical condition, or a euphemism for something else? It can be the real deal, says Dr. Kent Shoji, an emergency room physician at Marina del Rey Hospital . Think of it as an umbrella condition for a number of possible symptoms that cause the body (and sometimes the mind) to become completely run down, so much so that it requires a trip to the doctor or the ER. "If you look at the body as a system," he says, "any type of stressors that someone has to compensate for can really affect the overall well-being and health of an individual.
December 19, 2010 |
With three active kids and no trust fund, my husband and I are big believers in the vacation rental over the hotel experience. Granted, there is no room service, but frankly, who can afford it for five? Over the years we've rented houses and apartments in many states and countries, and we have never been disappointed, never had a bad experience. Why anyone would want a small hotel room rather than a spacious flat is beyond us ? not only do you have more space, you have a kitchen and, more often than not, laundry facilities that do not require fistfuls of change.
July 30, 2010 |
The California Cash for Appliances rebate program, which has lagged since launching three months ago, is expanding the list of eligible energy-efficient machines in an attempt to boost interest. Starting Thursday, customers who trade in their old electricity-guzzling machines for new eco-friendly ones can start applying for rebates of $50 for freezers, $100 for dishwashers, $100 to $750 for water heaters and $200 to $1,000 for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
February 28, 2010 |
I wasn't thinking about tax credits when my 12-year-old water heater went on the fritz last fall. I was thinking about a hot shower. I called the plumber. A few sticky days and $1,000 later, I had hot water. Now, like millions of other consumers, I faced a tax challenge. The federal government decided to reward taxpayers who made their homes more energy efficient in 2009 by creating a series of tax credits for those who replaced furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, insulation, doors, roofs, skylights and windows with more energy-efficient models.
January 22, 2010 |
Utility regulators have approved $350 million in rebates to encourage Californians to install water-heating systems powered by solar energy. The state Public Utilities Commission on Thursday established the California Solar Initiative Thermal Program, which will be funded using $250 million to replace natural-gas-powered water heaters, with $25 million set aside for low-income customers. An additional $100.8 million will be used to swap out water heaters powered by electricity. The rebates could reduce the cost of a solar water heater by 15% to 25%, industry experts said.
November 1, 2009 |
Question: I bought a newly built, bank-owned, "as-is" property. On the day of the home inspection, there was no hot water because the bank refused to turn on the gas service. Because of this, the home inspector did not discover that the upstairs bathrooms were piped with hot water only. Now I can't use the tubs or showers because the water is scalding. Our plumber says there is a cross-connection of the hot and cold water lines somewhere in the building and it will be difficult to find where the problem is. I can't afford to repipe the house and don't know what to do. What do you advise?