Keep Cool and Still Save Energy This Summer

Here are some tips from the U.S. Department of Energy:

  • If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
  • Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
  • Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment.
  • Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
  • If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, turn off your cooling system and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air.
  • Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows.

Via:  Utica National

5 ways to protect your home during a storm

5 ways to protect your home during a storm

For many parts of the United States, stormy winter weather has been relentless.

In late January, the East Coast was attacked by the Winter Storm Jonas, which produced record levels of snowfall in multiple locations in Pennsylvania, New York and Baltimore.

Around the same time, much of the West Coast got drenched with rain from El Niño that was badly needed in drought-stricken areas such as California, but also caused massive floods that kept insurers very busy.

Workplace Safety Tips For Winter

Workplace Safety Tips For Winter

If you or your employees work in a field and location where winter weather presents some safety concerns, you may wish to take some precautions.  Winter presents safety hazards in possible frostbite, wind-chapped skin, and hypothermia, and winter weather can often be severe enough to cause amputation or death.  The following are some free tips to offer your employees if they are working in severe winter elements:

Score Big with These 10 Tips for Safe Celebrations

5 tips for party-goers:

1. Designate your sober driver or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.

2. If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay in for the night.

3. Use your community's sober ride program.

4. Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.

5. Always buckle up – it's still your best defense against drunk drivers.

5 tips for hosts:

1. You can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.

2. Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance or help arrange alternate transportation.

3. Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.

4. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.

5. Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.

The NHTSA website offers additional information about the dangers of impaired driving.

Via:  Utica National

10 Packing Tips for Snowbirds

10 Packing Tips for Snowbirds

If you’re considering flying (or driving) south for the winter, you’ve probably thought about whether to rent or buy, and how you’ll get to your warm-weather getaway. Another thing to consider: what to bring with you and how to pack it all. These practical packing tips for snowbirds include what to think about before you pack and what you absolutely mustn’t forget.