(NewsUSA) - By now, most households are familiar with the streaming television services like Netflix and Hulu. They are the major players in the shift of television viewing from traditional networks to streaming TV.
But now they are not the only games in town. Some of the best bets on TV this season are coming from names that have been around for years -- like "Field & Stream," "Better Homes and Gardens," "Cycle World," "Time" and "Popular Science."
New shows from these brand legends are now coming to you as weekly, 30-minute TV shows on a new streaming network, Portico TV. This service offers free programs in six special-interest categories:
"Better Homes and Gardens"
"Newsy in 30"
"A Closer Look with the AP"
"The week in TIME"
"Field & Stream"
"People This Week"
"We work with terrific partners -- experts in particular subjects -- to create programs on the topics viewers love," said Tom Morgan, founder of Portico TV's parent company Net2TV and a television-industry veteran. "Viewers can quickly find a program they like, then lean back and enjoy it whenever and wherever they want," he added.
New episodes premiere each week in most cases. The free, streamed programs can be viewed on a variety of devices, including Roku-connected TVs, all major smart TVs and smart phones, and online at www.portico.tv.
(NewsUSA) - If we all had Leo DiCaprio's millions, we too could spend a small fortune powering our mansions with solar panels without having to worry whether the investment would ultimately wind up cutting our energy bills or not. But we don't have Leo's millions. (Sigh.)
Which means not only won't homeowners likely also be purchasing a $3,000 energy-efficient toilet anytime soon -- what's a celeb's L.A. mansion without at least one, right? -- but that they've got to look for more realistic ways to shave their heating bills this winter.
"Many of us don't realize how much we are needlessly spending to keep warm," says Bankrate.com.
Read on for some expert tips -- including one slightly weird one.
* Adjust door thresholds. Popular Mechanics magazine uses the word "sneaky" to describe this money-saver. The theory being, if you can see daylight beneath your front door, it means the indoor air -- which, remember, you're paying to heat -- is escaping outside. "A little light in the corners is okay, but don't raise the threshold so high that it interferes with opening and closing the door."
* Use ceiling fans shrewdly. Here's one from the "Simple Little Tricks Department": "[Running fans] clockwise will trap heat inside to keep your rooms warmer during cooler months," advises U.S. News & World Report. (For those who've permanently fled New York winters for Florida, say, try to contain your desire to gloat to those shoveling snow back home long enough to recall the opposite applies in warm climes.)
* Make certain your attic is properly ventilated. Homeowners are practically begging for higher energy bills if there's not what Jason Joplin, program manager of the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, calls "a continual flow of air to protect the efficiency of your attic's insulation." Working against achieving that: the dreaded excess moisture build-up that clings to your roof's underside in winter from seemingly benign sources -- i.e., appliances, showers and cooking vapors -- before ultimately soaking the insulation when the condensed moisture falls.
Joplin's choice for heading off the problem is the Cobra Ridge Vent by GAF (www.gaf.com), North America's largest roofing manufacturer, because of its ability to "naturally promote ridge ventilation without electricity."
* One word: "plastic." Okay, here's the weird one. Jim Rogers has apparently seen so many poorly fitted windows in his time as president of the Energy Audit Institute that he advocates covering windows and sliding patio doors with clear plastic film. "Just by using that plastic," he's said, "you're going to save about 14 percent on your heating bill."
Sure, but tell that to your decorator.