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Summer Tips for Your Home

by Samia S. Morgan
It's that time of year when we have our air conditioners running and windows open to help make our homes a little bit more bearable during these warm summer months. As a result of trying to battle the extreme heat we tend to forget what we have heard, and learned about being energy efficient.

Here are a few summer tips for your home that will help keep you on track with an energy efficient plan.

For Outside
  • Longer days mean we don't need out outdoor lighting as much. Adjust your outdoor lighting timers accordingly and you'll save money and extend bulb life.

  • Try solar-powered outdoor lighting or garden lighting as an alternative. They are energy-efficient, inexpensive, safe and very easy to install.

  • Electric mowers are a recommended alternative to gas mowers as the electric models tend to pollute less and are much quieter.

  • For the same reasons as above, electric grass and hedge trimmers are a great alternative to gas powered models, although manual trimmers are a more commonly recommended alternative, by professional gardeners.

  • Using a broom to clean your driveway and walkways is just as effective as a gas powered leaf blower and is not harmful to the environment.
For Inside

  • There is really no need to have your gas fireplace's pilot light during the summer. Save energy, and money, by turning out the fireplace's pilot light until the fall. It is always a good idea to refer to the operating manual for your furnace to learn how to do this properly or  consult a technician. 

  • During hot days, it helps if you keep the windows closed and then reopen them in the evening when it cools off.

  • Blinds and draperies should also be closed on hot days to keep the inside temperature cooler and comfortable. 

  • Everyone knows that hot air rises and that makes your attic at hot spot in the home. making sure your attic has the proper insulation will protect your home from excessive heat penetration in summer and cold penetration in winter. 

  • Floor and ceiling fans are a fabulous way to create gentle breezes throughout your home to keep your family cool and comfortable.

These are a few summer tips to keep your family comfortable in your homes, during this hot summer ahead of us as well as a few energy saving and environmental alternatives.

Have a fabulous summer.

Happy Father's Day

by Samia S. Morgan

Happy Father's Day

A Dad is a person
who is loving and kind,
And often he knows
what you have on your mind.
He's someone who listens,
suggests, and defends.
A dad can be one
of your very best friends!
He's proud of your triumphs,
but when things go wrong,
A dad can be patient
and helpful and strong
In all that you do,
a dad's love plays a part.
There's always a place for him
deep in your heart.
And each year that passes,
you're even more glad,
More grateful and proud
just to call him your dad!
Thank you, Dad...
for listening and caring,
for giving and sharing,
but, especially, for just being you!
Happy Father's Day


Poem found at http://www.indianchild.com/fathers_day_poems.htm

A Home Recyclng Plan - Do You Have One?

by Samia S. Morgan
Everyday we hear of new reports and statistics regarding climate change and global warming. These reports indicate how imperative it is that we all do our part to help preserve this fragile planet we live on. Not everyone knows what they can do, or how to start.

The easiest place to start would be at home. Listed below are few simple things that all homeowners can do to kick start a home recycling plan. Don't feel like you have to do everything at once, unless you want to, which would be great. Implementing a home recycling program  will change some of the current processes in your home, but it shouldn't take long to get use to these new ways of doing things and change your habits.

Curbside or Drop-off Recycling
According to Earth 911, curbside recycling is offered to half the U.S. population which provides homeowners a convenient way to recycle a variety of different materials such as, plastic, paper, aluminum cans, glass bottles and steel/tin cans . For those areas where curbside recycling is not offered, recycling drop-off locations are a fabulous alternative.

Stop Using Plastic Shopping Bags
Plastic bags are not biodegradable and are threatening our marine life and clogging our landfills. A simple step in your home recycling plan would be to stop using plastic shopping bags. There are so many alternative shopping bag sources out there now with many large, and small, stores offering canvas reusable bags for less than a dollar each.

Composting
Composting is a fabulous way to limit the amount of garbage in your garbage cans and ultimately the amount of garbage you add to our landfills. An added benefit of composting is the nutrient-rich fertilizer you will create for your gardens using organic  materials from your home.

For additional information visit Earth 911 or contact your local home waste collection service provider.

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