By Jane Blanchard (Guest Contributor)
Maybe solar panels aren’t a viable option for you right now, but you still want to save as the sunny season sneaks upon us. You don’t have to go to drastic measures to keep from using too much energy in your home this summer. Instead, consider of a few small-scale improvements that add up to big-scale savings.
Turn off Your Cooling System at Night
Even if your home would be stuffy without air conditioning during a blazing summer day, summer nights can be mild enough for nothing more than open windows and fans. Remembering to turn off your air conditioning before going to bed is a big energy and money saver. Just don’t forget to close the windows in the morning to keep the sun from spiking up the temperature. During the day, set the thermostat as high as you can while still remaining comfortable so that your cooling system will come to life less frequently. Continue reading
By: Robert Studer
In this digital age, survival and prepping information, from how to start a fire or how to preserve food is only a click away. From Youtube videos to products like the Survival Key, our electronic devices in many ways have replaced books and printed materials as our go to resource for information. The only draw back of these devices in a survival situation, chances are they won’t work.
If there is a massive blackout, your cell phone reception and your internet will could be out. In the case of an EMP, you might as well throw and electronic device away as it will be fried unless protected, and only be as useful as a paper weight. Or even if you battery just goes dead. We have become so dependent on these device as our main source of information that many of us no longer have our reference materials in print.
Because we are preppers we should have more than one source of information. This is why I have come up with the list of five PDF’s everyone should save and print. The great thing about these PDF’s is that free and relatively short so you don’t have to print out a ton of pages. Some of these are excerpts from much bigger manuals. That’s not to say you shouldn’t go out and purchase much bigger manuals, I have several, but it is a good place to start and build your non electronic portable database. Continue reading
By: Dan F. Sullivan
It seems easy enough. When disaster strikes, you grab your bug-out bag and just go. If you have a vehicle or a boat, you quickly load it with as much stuff as possible and get the heck out of there. But things don’t always happen the way we plan and imagine them, do they? When chaos breaks loose, very few things will go as planned. And the only thing that will be certain going to be… uncertainty.
Let’s talk a little about some of the biggest mistakes you could make when planning your escape. By the end of this article, hopefully, you will take a long hard look at your bug-out plan and make the necessary changes to ultimately increase your chances of survival.
Mistake #1: having a bug-out bag that’s too heavy
If you’ve never hiked with a fully loaded BOB on your back, I’m almost sure you’re overestimating how much you can run or walk with that thing. Continue reading