Here are five earth-friendly projects—both large and small—to increase theenergy efficiency of your home this winter.1. Use energy-saving appliances. Refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers,furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioning units and water heaters all have high-efficiency models. Before buying a new appliance, compare…
Today’s appliances feature bold colors and make chores such as loading the dishwasher easier than ever.
When cold temperatures and dangerous winter conditions occur, it’s important to be prepared. Understanding the weather terms and preparing for the impact will help you, your family, pets, and property get through the storm safely.
When you are preparing to clean after a flood, start with safety. Here are tips to ridding your home of moisture safely.
Flooding causes more than 90 percent of all disaster-related property damage in the United States but most homeowner policies do not cover flood damage. Because of this, homeowners need flood insurance—a special policy backed by the federal government, with cooperation from local communities and private insurance companies.
Manufactured homeowners can be vulnerable to the threats of high winds from severe storms, tornadoes or a hurricane. Use the following safety tips to bolster home safety and help resist the threat of high winds.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is used to rate a hurricane's present intensity. The scale ranges from one to five and uses sustained wind speed to estimate the potential property damage and flooding from a hurricane landfall.
A hurricane is a powerful tropical storm that measures several hundred miles in diameter. Hurricanes have two main parts. The first is the eye of the hurricane, which is a calm area in the center of the storm. Usually, the eye of a hurricane measures about 20 miles in diameter, and has very few clouds. The second part is the wall of clouds that surrounds the calm eye. This is where the hurricane's strongest winds and heaviest rain occur.
When assembling a disaster kit in preparation for storms or emergencies, it is important to consider all eventualities. Make plans now for food, medicine, money and essentials so that you won’t be caught short in an emergency.