As the temperature gets higher, so do our energy bills! It costs US homeowners more than $11 billion a year to use an air conditioner and puts roughly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That’s an average of two tons per air conditioned home! Here’s how a fan can help change that.
Whether you live on a farm, in a suburb, or in an urban city, beekeeping can be a fun and rewarding hobby or small business. As a beekeeper you can make more than just honey! Beeswax, lip balm, candles are a few of the things you can make from your hive. You can also sell bee pollen and offer services such as swarm catching, bee removal and starter hives or replacement bees! As the first article in this series, we will discuss the very basics of beekeeping to help you decide if you want to start a beekeeping hobby. As the series continues, we will get in more depth of how to start your hive and take care of it, harvesting and much more!
Mosquitoes are tiny flies who feed on the blood of many species. The amount they drink is nominal and does not affect the victim, but their saliva can cause irritation, itching and rashes. But what makes the mosquito such a concern is not the rash they cause but the fact that they play a huge role in spreading harmful diseases. This makes them the deadliest animal in the world but here are several ways to avoid their bite.
As soon as the first morning frost appears and the first snowflakes start to pile up, many begin looking forward to spring. Images of green leaves, red and orange blossoms, fresh vegetables and herbs help keep the cold winter days manageable as you wait for the ground to thaw so you can start planting. Here’s what you should know:
Is your winter tree maintenance limited to trimming the Christmas tree? If so, you’re missing out on one of the season’s most important home projects. Many homeowners pay little attention to their trees and bushes once colder weather arrives, but seasonal maintenance done during these months can be incredibly beneficial, not only for the plant but for you as well.
Holiday lights and decorations are the symbols of the season. More than 86% of Americans decorate their homes for holiday celebrations. (2013 Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) Survey.) Decorations are beautiful and fun but it is important to be careful and follow these holiday safety tips so that you can enjoy the holidays with your family and not have to worry about anything else!
What’s stopping you from gardening today? Do you live in an urban area, have a small yard or is your soil rocky and full of clay? Any of these challenges could make you believe that planting a garden simply isn’t in the plans this year, but that doesn’t have to be the case.