Origins in frustrationWhen something goes wrong in your home, where do you turn? Often to a stranger who makes money, usually related to how long it takes them to fix your problems. I don't know about you, but that seems like a conflict of interest.
After seeing too many people getting taken advantage of, I decided to do something - help people diagnose their own problems so when they called the contractor, they'd know enough to receive the service they were paying for.
Helping people help themselvesTed's Energy Tips started because I love to help people help themselves.
I started with individual consulting and teaching. My clients loved that they got impartial information and the information necessary to talk intelligently with contractors. But before long, I realized that there was only one of me and millions of people who needed the same information. Out of this, Ted's Energy Tips was born.
Writing and speaking about issues that most homeowners face allows me to get the word out to people everywhere. Vendors don't pay me to write glowing reviews. I don't get free products. I do this for the satisfaction of helping people like you.
Free can only go so farThis is where Patreon comes in.
Patreon helps people like me do a better job helping you. While I'd love to keep working for that warm feeling I get when I read your comments, there are bills to pay. Patreon has set up a great system for letting you drop your spare change in my tip jar. It shows me that all this work is helping real people.
In this case, I'm asking for a small amount for each post I make. If you've read Ted's Energy Tips, you've seen that I try to make each post contain practical tips. They might help you reduce your utility bills, track down a mold problem or maybe just make your rooms more comfortable.
You can do this as long as you want. If you don't feel like you're getting anything out of my posts, just turn off the contributions. Or, if you found something particularly easy, you can drop more in the jar. It's really easy.
By the way, by default, Patreon fills in $1 and gives me no way to change that. I don't really expect you to give me $1/blog post! I'd be happy with much less than that.