… save energy and money while keeping your home comfortable? The answer may be as close as your utility company.

It may offer a special customer service exhibition, with experts, dioramas, videos and other displays to educate and inform you and your family on the newest technologies and practices in the industry, such as LED lighting and discounted weatherization programs.

Check out your utility’s website, or call for more information.

– Heloise

DEAR HELOISE:

I received a lovely leather handbag for Christmas, and in the packaging was a care tag. Here are some of the hints:

• Leather items should be kept away from water, grease, natural (sun) and artificial light, heat, humidity and cosmetics, including alcohol-laden perfumes.

• Carrying too many items can misshape the bag.

• A leather conditioner should be used regularly to keep the bag malleable, soft and strong.

• When not in use, pack the bag fully but loosely with tissue paper, and store it in its dust bag.

These bags can cost a pretty penny, but proper care can prolong their life.

– Julie W. in Dallas

DEAR HELOISE:

Packages received nowadays have printed shipping labels showing the recipient’s name, address and other information, including bar codes. The labels are hard to remove. An easy remedy is to dab acetone nail-polish remover on the information you want erased.

– Constance C.,

Bakersfield, Calif.

The acetone will smear the ink, rendering it illegible.

– Heloise

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