Monthly Archives - June 2014

Can You Depend on Your Car in an Emergency?

A few years ago a friend bought a sporty, good-looking car that seemed to be the perfect vehicle. It was well priced, it got great gas mileage, it was small enough to fit in tight parking spaces and big enough to load everything he needed for a week road trip. He felt like he’d done his homework and finally got it right. Except he forgot to consider one thing: Things That Can Go Wrong.
Our friend lives in flood-prone area […]

7 Easy Ways to Reduce Summer Energy Bills

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling make up 43% of the total utility bill for the average homeowner. After the winter we had, you probably won’t hear anyone complaining about the heat – but you may hear friends and neighbors complaining about the air conditioning bill! Here are seven easy ways to reduce your summer cooling costs:

 Plant shade trees – Trees or leafy shrubs that shade your windows keep direct sunlight from pouring in and […]

The #1 Thing to Add to Your Emergency Supplies (Besides Food)

The Red Cross and other disaster preparedness sites have excellent advice they can help you get prepared for an emergency. In the past the Red Cross and FEMA recommended the households have three days of clean drinking water per person set aside for emergencies. At a gallon per day per person, and a little more for pets and hygiene, a family of four would need about 50 gallons stored water during three days (or the potential to purify that […]

10 Reasons to Start or Join a Community Garden

A community garden is piece of land collectively tended by a group of people. Some gardens, called allotment gardens, give individuals their own small plots and each person plants what they want and keeps their harvest. In other types of community gardens, a large garden is tended by all members of the group and the harvest is shared equally.
These days it’s common to find community gardens outside of rural areas. In fact community gardens are most popular in urban […]