Do you get too much junk in the mail? Make it stop…Please…

Are you constantly filling up your recycling bin with a bunch of junk from your mailbox?  Constant coupons, catalogs, and credit card offers? Make it stop….Please!!!! Here’s an easy step to take so you can reclaim your mailbox.  In my effort to go green, I decided something needed to be done about this.  Below are the exact steps I followed to stop all the Junk! Save some trees people!

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Go sign up for this website: dmachoice.org, It’s free.

This website breaks down your mail into 4 different categories: credit card offers, catalogs, magazine offers, and other bulk mail offers. You can manage to start, stop, for a time frame or permanently.  You can choose which offers to start or stop, as well as stop an entire category.

Credit Card Offers

I was most interested in the credit card, because I hate having pre-authorized credit card offers sent to me in the mail.  I think it’s also dangerous for identity theft.  When I signed in there was three different options.

 Opt-In: Your name will be eligible for inclusion on lists used for Firm Offers of credit or insurance.
 Electronic Opt-Out for Five Years: Your name will not be eligible for inclusion on lists used for Firm Offers of credit or insurance for five years.
 Permanent Opt-Out by Mail: Your name will no longer be eligible for inclusion on lists for Firm Offers of credit or insurance (In order to complete your Permanent Opt-Out election, you must print and mail the Permanent Opt-Out Election form. See FAQ – What is Permanent Opt-Out)

Your request will be processed within 5 business days.  This does not stop it right away because your name may already have been provided to some companies, but should stop after a couple months.

While your name will be removed from the lists that Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion provide to businesses for the purpose of making you a firm offer of credit or insurance, you may continue to receive offers from sources that do not use Consumer Credit Reporting Companies to compile their lists.

Other mail offers:

For Catalog, Magazines, & Bulk Mail offers, I chose remove all from the bottom of the list.  You can also go one by one and choose which ones to remove if you would like.  There were a couple that I decided to keep, but only asked for the holiday catalog, instead of receiving one all year long.

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Installing a Nest..yes you can do it, I did!

Install a Nest Thermostat 

Being Pregnant, I was wondering how I could turn on the A/C upstairs without having to actually walk up there.  I remembered my husband talking about the Nest, and the research he had done.  I decided I would surprise him by getting it and installing it myself.  Yes, I watched the installation video on their website.  I could totally do this.  I went to Home Depot and bought 2.  Yikes, now this was a commitment, there was no turning back.  Here is how I did it and you can do it too!

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What will you need:

The Nest, Screwdriver, and some pliers

What to do:

1) Turn off the breaker to your furnace and A/C.  If you do not know which one turn of the entire thing for safety.

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2) Lift off your existing cover it just snaps off.  Some may have to screw off.  Make sure you have a low voltage system.  This will not work for high voltage.  High voltage usually has really thick wires, and could have these plastic caps on the wire.

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3) Take a picture of the wires so you know what it looked like before 🙂

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4) If you have a jumper cable, you can go ahead and remove it.  It is not needed for the nest.  A jumper cable is a small wire that connects two cables.  My had one on the RC and R, so I unscrewed the small screws and pulled it out.

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5) Mark your wires.  The nest came with these awesome stickers.  Only label wires that are correctly connected. If you have extra wires that are not connected, do not use them.

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6) Unscrew the rest of the wires, and pull out.  Carefully remove the cover plate.

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7) Take this time to patch any holes, and paint.  I couldn’t find the matching paint, so I used the big cover plate, but I will go back and take this off later.

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8) Install the plate and base of the nest.  Make sure it’s level, and use the two screws to attach to the wall.  No anchors needed, it’s pretty light.

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9) Use some pliers, to straightened out the ends.

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10) Attach the wires.  Push down on the button and put the wire in until it clicks, and let go.  voila!

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11) Snap on the cover

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11) Turn your circuit breaker back on! Follow instructions on the screen to set it up, and register at nest.com.  Download the app on your phone, and you can manage from anywhere.

Easy as can be.  I’m so proud of myself.