Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Green Living: Ways anyone can Conserve Water

For those individuals looking to lower their impact on the environment, water conservation is a great place to start. Not only are you acting in an environmentally-
friendly manner, but you can help reduce water pollution in your local watersheds, lakes and rivers, and also lower your water bill. In fact, simply reducing the amount of water you use in a day provides a wide array of benefits, including reducing soil saturation and even prolong the life of septic systems. The water conservation calculator will help determine just how much water you are wasting every single day. And the following tips will show you just how easy it is to implement water conservation steps into your daily life.

Conserve Water inside the Home

• Regularly check pipes, faucets and toilets for leaks, and fix any leaks that you find.
• Install low flow faucet aerators on every sink and water saving shower heads in every shower.
• Fill plastic bottles with pebbles or sand and place them in your toilet tank.
• If you’re upgrading your toilet, choose a model that is low flush.
• Never use your toilet as a way to dispose of debris beside bodily waste. It is not a wastebasket or an ashtray.
• Check for leaks by reading your water meter and then, for two hours, don’t use any water. After the two hour period, check the water meter again. If the meter has raised, you have a leak somewhere.
• Reduce the amount of time you are in the shower.
• Install inexpensive pipe insulation around your water pipes.
• Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth. 
• Don’t run washing machines or dishwashers unless you have a full load.
• Reduce the amount of times you use your kitchen garbage disposal since it takes a lot of water for it to run properly.

Conserve Water in the Yard and Garden
• Plant laws, trees, flowers, shrubs and other plants that are drought-resistant and won’t require consistent watering.
• Add mulch around the plants and trees to help hold in moisture, reduce weed growth and protect the roots.
• Set your water sprinklers so that the water lands on your garden or lawn and is not wasted on sidewalks, gutters or driveways.
• Use a broom instead of a water hose to clean walkways and driveways.
• When you do have to water your lawn, do so deeply so the water soaks into the ground. A light watering will evaporate and promote a shallow root system in your lawn.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

#BarkingWednesday ~ Warm Temperatures are Dangerous

Temperatures are starting to rise. This Barking Wednesday I wanted to share some info about Heat Stroke. There are a few things to be really concerned about during warm summer months. Heat Stroke can happen very easy for a dog.  Hair is hot!!!

Excessive exercise in warm temperatures is a MUST not to do. A dogs core can heat very quickly while exercising. Do NOT leave your dog in your car in warm weather. As little as 5 minutes in a warm car can cause heat stroke.  

Notice I am using the word WARM. The reason is ........ 75 degrees outside can cause a dog to have heat stroke after only being in a car for 5 minutes. Running your dog for a mile in 75 degree weather can also cause heat stroke.  So it does not have to be HOT to cause HEAT STROKE.



Signs of Heat Stroke are:
Excessive panting
Disoriented
Lethargic
Collapsing
Vomit
Seizure
(All signs are not necessary for your dog to have heat stroke)

A dog's normal temperature should be between 99.0F  - 102.5F. If a dog's temperature exceeds 105F there is serious danger of internal damage.

If you think your dog has heat stroke you can take his temperature using a rectal thermometer. If you are unable to take his temp - contact your vet immediately.  Your vet will instruct you on the method he would like you to use to reduce your dogs core temperature. Only cool off your dog per your vet's instructions. Cooling off your dog in an incorrect way can cause bleeding and clotting issue - which can result in death.

I always era on the side of it is too hot.  Losing a dog to heat stroke can happen fast and is very painful for the dog.  

Never Forget!!! If you are warm then your dog is warmer! 

Be Safe during warm weather

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Tips for Relocating and Buying a Home in Southern Florida

Florida is a beautiful, warm state to call home. With its heart stopping views, exciting
attractions, and diverse cultures, it is no wonder that the Floridian real estate market is bustling. However, there are many things to consider when moving to Florida that might be deal breakers for some families. Relocating to Florida is a big decision that should only be made after weighing all of the pros and cons.

Destructive Pests in Warm Climates 
Unlike in cooler climates, pests in Florida are active all year round. There is no winter weather to force the pests into hibernation. This means that infestations and damages occur at accelerated rates; this includes the destructive termite. Termites can destroy the backbone of a home quickly, requiring regular inspections to ensure that no termites are lurking. Termite inspection in Orlando is a thriving business that helps to keep homes safe and sound for local families. 

Extreme Weather Preparedness 

As many are aware, Florida is a hotbed for extreme weather; particularly hurricanes. The closer to a coast that a home is, the higher the chances of destructive winds, flooding, and impassable roads. The family needs a home that has been customized to resist mother nature's wrath. This might include a higher foundation, protective outer window shutters, and water tight doors. The family must also keep lots of emergency food, tools, and equipment just in case of extreme weather.

Snow Is Highly Unlikely 
Since Florida is so far south and very tropical in nature, winter is very, very mild. It is unlikely that snow or freezing temperatures will ever be seen. Winter weather might be an inconvenience to some, but to many it is a welcomed and very well loved season. The snow is rather beautiful and the cold weather allows for winter activities such as ice skating. For those that love to swim and garden, the lack of cold and icy winter weather might be considered a perk. 

Florida has a lot to offer the average family, but there are some aspects to Florida living that some people are not happy with. Since buying a home is such a large commitment, lots of research is advised. It is also possible to simply rent a home to see whether or not a permanent move is the right choice!