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Summer Salads

Jun 21, 2016

Summers in South Carolina are hot, as you well know, so take a break from the heat of the kitchen with these delicious summer salad ideas


Cooking Vegetables

Jun 20, 2016

Vegetables are good year-round, but if you’re getting bored with the same old recipes, perhaps you should re-think the way you prepare vegetables


South Carolina is one of the fastest emerging markets for renewable energy and it’s no surprise that our universities are fostering this interest in green power.  Coastal Carolina University’s Athenaeum Press, a student-driven publishing lab, has created a digital publication called ‘Powering a New South.’ The webpage features the stories of local people and how renewable energy has impacted their lives.  Like the story of Tom and Diana Kerr on how they have adjusted to living in a 125 square foot ‘tiny house.’ One article looks at the sustainable lifestyle of Chris Farmer, a resident of E

Plastic Bags

Jun 16, 2016

You may be aware that plastic bags and some plastic packaging are not allowed in many curb side recycling bins and the reason is that these bags get stuck in the machinery that sort your recycled material. 


Uses for Lemons

Jun 15, 2016

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for toxin-free products to keep your home safe and healthy.  The best products are things that you may already have in your refrigerator.  For example, lemons and lemon juice have a host of uses besides simply making lemonade. 


The South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance is putting on their annual SC Clean Energy Summit this Thursday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  Sessions on this year’s agenda include Solar Property Tax 101 in which experts will discuss the current state and the future state of compliance reporting, valuation, assessment and how to determine fair market value for the purpose of taxation for commercial solar property; South Carolina’s Clean Energy Policies in which speakers will address the process for developing the South Carolina State Energy Plan and discuss the Plan’s

Santee Cooper first introduced solar to the South Carolina electrical grid in 2006 with a project at Coastal Carolina University and their renewable energy portfolio includes 28 Green Power Solar School demonstration projects generating power at 28 schools throughout the state. As part of their efforts to educate the public about solar energy, Santee Cooper is offering two educational workshops focusing on solar energy for its customers. 


So you know that you should wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, but let’s talk about how to protect your eyes from the sun and why you should wear sunglasses.  UV damage in the eyes adds up over time, so the sooner you start protecting your peepers, the better. 


Sun Safety

Jun 9, 2016

Summer is here and as the temperature rises, so does your risk for skin damage.  More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the US.  So remember to protect yourself from the sun by following these tips next time you head outside. 


We’ve been talking this week about being prepared for hurricane season.  You definitely want to have an emergency kit at home and an emergency plan in place in the case of dangerous weather. 


If you remember Hugo, then you know how important hurricane preparedness can be.  Remember, it’s not just the wind you should worry about but flooding as well.  Here are a few things you can do to make sure you’re prepared for this hurricane season. 


Hurricane Season

Jun 6, 2016

We’re in the midst of hurricane season, a time when warm ocean water fuels storms allowing them to grow into tropical depressions, and then tropical storms, until finally an area of disturbed weather can become a potentially dangerous hurricane. 


Most of us struggle to find the time and the motivation to get all those cleaning chores done at home, but there are some easy tricks that will save a little time and a lot of elbow grease!  First, get organized with your supplies and establish a routine- this will keep things from piling up all at once. 


Have you ever considered where your clothes are made, how the material is sourced, who makes your clothes, or what kind of factory produces them?  Consumers are beginning to realize that it’s our responsibility to choose clothing lines that come from responsible manufacturers


The laundry room is one place where clothes and linens can really pile up!  But if you’re proactive about creating a system for organizing, your laundry room can be a dream rather than a nightmare!  Space saving shelves and color coded laundry hampers can keep mom’s delicates separated from dad’s yard clothes. 

Reuse Old Linens

May 30, 2016

Sheets and bedding can be expensive, so if you’ve got some linens that have seen better days, don’t throw them out!  Your veterinary office may accept donations of sheets and towels for pets that have to stay overnight.  And pillow cases are great for re-purposing.


There’s a lot of spring cleaning going on at this time of year and more than likely, you and your neighbors have a lot of stuff you may be thinking about getting rid of.  Instead of having a slew of single yard sales, why not have a street sale?  You’ll garner more interest from buyers because they’ll want to stop in one neighborhood rather than driving all over town to multiple locations.  


  

Have you got an older refrigerator that works just fine, but looks a little less than attractive?  There’s no need to replace an appliance that still has a few years of life left.  So try these ideas for upgrading that old refrigerator. 


We’re in prime yard sale season and this is a great time to get gently used items for a great deal.  The best way to live green and reduce your carbon footprint is to simply reuse things that others may not have a use for any longer.  Yards sales, second hand stores, and even the flea market are great places to find furniture, kitchen tools, clothes, bags, and so much more at reduced prices.  


Summer Window Tips

May 24, 2016

Keeping your HVAC system in tip top shape and managing your thermostat settings are great ways to help keep you cool this summer while helping keep costs down.  But have you inspected your windows lately?  If not, there may be some things that you can do to stay cool in your home.  For example, using a white or light colored curtains or blinds will reflect sunlight away from your windows and a thermal curtain can help stave off energy losses.  


Summer Water Savers

May 23, 2016

Summer can be one of the most wasteful seasons when it comes to water usage.  Whether you’re water the lawn or your patio plants, be mindful of how much water you’re usage and follow these simple tips to decrease the water waste.  When you’re planting or landscaping, choose plants that are native and are bred for hot southern summers, or choose plants that are drought friendly and don’t require much watering.  


Need a little privacy in your backyard, but hate the thought or the expense of installing fencing?  Well, there are a plenty of shrubs, vines, and trees that can increase the privacy without breaking your budget.  Bamboo grows quickly, so it can create a lush and exotic privacy screen fast.  


If you’ve ever walked into your kitchen and immediately smelled an appalling odor, then take note because here are some quick and easy ways to remove kitchen odors.  That garbage disposal is often the culprit of bad odors, so save lemon or citrus rinds and run them through the disposal once or twice a month.  


May Home Projects

May 18, 2016

The weather has been really nice lately, so take advantage by checking off some of these May home projects.  This is prime growing season for weeds, so stay ahead of the barrage with regular weeding.  While you're outdoors, take a few minutes to clean, oil, and sharpen those garden tools for the season.  And always clean and dry your trusted tools after use to prolong their usefulness.  


Summer HVAC Part 2

May 17, 2016

So you know that this is a good time to schedule a tune up for your HVAC system and the more shade you can create around your unit, the better it will cool your house.  But let’s talk about things you can do to help decrease the cost of cooling your house through the hot South Carolina summer.


Summer HVAC Part 1

May 16, 2016

We’ve been enjoying the moderate temperatures lately, but it’s getting hotter and your HVAC system could use some help to keep you cool this summer.  First off, it’s a good idea to schedule a tune-up on your system.


You’re starting to get the idea that there are lots of little changes that you can make that will add up to big savings over the course of a year.  So think about how you consume media.  You may love to read, but buying a full-price book just isn’t a good idea when there are so many other options like your local library…you’re already buying library books with your tax dollars, so take full advantage of that service.  


You have a few ideas about ways to cut corners and save money; are you ready for some more money saving tips?  Here we go.  Stop paying for television.  Now that the digital conversion has happened, you can get a good quality picture with rabbit ears.  And there are many cheaper streaming services that offer movies and TV programs.  


Seems like more and more people are struggling to make ends meet these days, but you don’t have to be one of them.  Follow these simple tips, and you could save cash each month.  One simple thing to do is stop paying ATM convenience fees.  Either find a bank branch near you or get cash back at the many retail locations that offer that service.  


Kitchen Gardener

May 10, 2016

If you’re a gardener, or just looking for ways to control pests around your home, there’s one place where you can find a number of items you may not have thought of.  There’s no need to purchase caustic ant killers, just boil a large pot of water and pour it over the ant mound.  Be sure you have enough to cover the entire pile.  


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