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
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
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
If you’re evacuating with pets, be sure to have their supplies ready to go. Never leave your pets behind, no matter how briefly you think you’ll be gone. In fact, because of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in some states, owners who leave their pets behind during a disaster can be charged with criminal abandonment.
Emergency personal do their best to keep people comfortable, but the best course of action is to be entirely self-sufficient. If you find you have to evacuate to a shelter, you’ll be a lot more comfortable if you have everything you need for a few days. And, if you have to evacuate you probably won’t
From the first of June to the end of November, Atlantic coastal dwellers pay close attention to their local weather channels. eastern Pacific season begins May 15th and Atlantic season begins June 1st, so now is the time to get ready. Anyone who has been through a hurricane will tell you, you don’t want to
No garden? No problem. Container gardening is enjoying a resurgence as people all over the world get involved in vertical gardening, rooftop gardening, urban gardening and even xeriscaping (the concept of replacing a lawn with a garden). Growing edible plants in containers allows you to stretch your grocery dollars through the spring summer and early
While “recycling” means reclaiming materials to make something entirely new, “upcycling “ means converting something you were going to throw away into something new and useful. Upcycling projects are a great way to practice seeing everyday objects in a new light and to get your mind thinking about ways to make the most of what