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DIY Prepper: How To Secure Your Home, Protect Your Family, And Survive Any Disaster was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Doomsday preppers are often seen as extremists, fanatical people who have completely lost their grasp on reality. Painted as mentally unstable doom and gloom mongers, many people see preppers as out of touch lunatics and write them off as crazy. Before you decide that preppers are an unhinged bunch of overzealous, undereducated freaks, there are a few things you should know. Once you understand just how vulnerable the modern economy is to something as seemingly simple as transportation disruption, you may think twice about prepping and decide everyone needs to prep for a worst case scenario the government would be powerless to resolve quickly enough to keep you and your family safe.

This book will cover:
Why You Should Always Prepare
DIY Weapons When Your Ammo Runs Out
What to do when the ammo runs out
DIY Home Security
DIY Fire Starting
DIY Food Supply
DIY Water Storage And Filtration
DIY Bug Out Bag
DIY Ways to Start An Emergency Fire
Posted: November 20, 2014, 6:57 pm
This is a great recipe to have on hand for your stockpile or when you are in a hurry.

Quick meal


1 pound of ground beef. (I have also used ground turkey or ground beef TVP>)

1 package of beef ramen noodles

1 can of stewed tomatoes

1 can of sweet corn, drained

In your skillet brown and break up the ground beef then drain very well. Add the noodles with the seasoning pack, the tomatoes, and the corn. Stir it up well. Bring it to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Let cook about 10 minutes or until the noodles are tender.

Posted: November 17, 2014, 9:24 pm
It has taken me longer than I wanted it to take, getting my car ready for winter. I was without heat and yesterday I got it in and they found out that it was simple - the switches were broke. Put in new switches and now I have heat. It is an older Focus which for some reason has some silly things that happen to it. Like the radio not working and then working, the lighter now working, the switches breaking for heat/ac, driver's side door breaking, etc. Any crazy thing you can think of it has happened in this car!
Posted: November 15, 2014, 9:25 pm
My Little Man is obsessed with Minecraft!! That is all he talks about and wants to do. He has notebooks full of ideas he has come up with and reads everything he can get his hands on about Minecraft. So, you can only imagine how happy I was when I seen that they now have 6 new Lego Minecraft sets!! He most likely won't get all of them, but can get one or two. Be a very happy little camper this Christmas!

Posted: November 15, 2014, 8:40 pm
Ebola Holocaust was a free kindle book when this post was written.

The natural Ebola virus that turns internal organs into a liquified mush is terrifying enough. Genetically engineered into an unseen and highly contagious biological weapon it becomes a horrific nightmare. This dark novel, partly based on fact, starts in July 1944 when a brilliant scientist makes a solemn undertaking to Hitler to complete the extermination of Jews through revolutionary germ warfare. His first step is to dispatch by U-boat a handful of Jewish concentration camp prisoners accompanied by their SS guards to a remote uninhabited island off the north coast of Scotland. From there the chilling mission progresses to secret laboratories deep within the Soviet Union, to the steamy jungles of the Congo, to a luxury resort island in the Maldives and finally to the current Islamic Republic of Iran. With time running out, Mossad agent David Rosen is tasked with preventing an unstoppable biological weapon being unleashed on mankind.
Posted: November 15, 2014, 8:39 pm
Prepper's Survival Pantry: Prepper's Survival Guide to Emergency Food and Water Storage When Disaster Strikes was a free Kindle book when this post was written.  Kindle is a great Christmas gift for the prepared person in your life. You can get solar powered chargers for it. Stock it full of preparedness books. 

Can you save a life? During emergencies and disasters, having safe drinking water and nutritious foods can make a difference between life and death!

How prepared are you for emergencies and disasters that might happen in your community? Do you have access to emergency supplies? Do you have a survival kit ready for you and your family? Is there enough food and water to sustain you and your family for days or even weeks in case outside help is not available? Are you ready to save a life?

Fighting for survival is based not only in strength but in knowledge and skills. Be the hero you’ve always wanted to be by reading this book and learn how you can save your family!

In this book you will learn:

a. How to store food for emergencies
b. How to cook without electricity
c. How to make your own preserved and canned foods
d. How to sustain health with limited food source
e. How to store water
f. How to find water source
g. How to prepare and treat water
h. How to prepare a disaster survival kit
i. And much more!
Posted: November 13, 2014, 7:27 pm
We are still getting our car done. Slowly moving along. We are not rich so we are having to take it in when have the money and are having to do a lot of things ourselves.

Hubby did radiator flush this past weekend. Great timing! It is getting cold now here with this arctic blast.

The radiator of the car should be flushed every few months. This prevents any particle build up and lowers the rust that gets built up inside.

Steps in flushing a radiator:

1. You must park your car over a level surface. Then you must turn on the heater. While engine is heating up, cover the engine to prevent splashes from going into the radiator.

2. Remove the radiator cap. Let water out and detach upper and lower hose radiators.

3. Check the hoses. Faulty hoses should be replaced.

4. Allow fluids to leak out of radiator and note the color. Brown water means radiator has a rust build up.

5. Plug a running hose into the radiator and let water run for several minutes until the water that drips is clear and not dirty.

6. Plug the bottom part of radiator with the same running hose to do a reverse flush action. Repeat flushing from top and bottom for several times.

7. When done, fill the radiator with coolant liquid and close the radiator cap.

8. Make sure that the cap is in good condition or else replace it.

9. Start the engine and leave running for several minutes to see if there is any leak.

10. If there is no leak, then procedure was successful. You may need to add a sealant on the cap to ensure that no coolant escapes but it is not that important and can be added later on.

Posted: November 12, 2014, 12:34 pm
I don't get to Walmart very often. I think I have been to one 3 times this past year. It is too far away. Anyway , I had to go to the town and decided to stop into Walmart and look around. Found some great things. I got some more of those Bear Creek Soups and Then picked up these 5 pound bags of Grits!!! We love them and the lowest price we can find in our small town is for a very small (14 serving ) box for $1.99. Well I got these 5 pound bags of grits for $2.48 a bag and they have 61 servings in each bag. WOW! I think that is an awesome deal.
Posted: November 11, 2014, 1:43 am
Preppers Survival Essentials - The Efficient 14 Day Guide to Prepping for Modern Day Disasters in 14 Days (Preppers Survival Guide, Preppers Survival, ... Modern Disaster Guide, Survival Essentials) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

The Guide To Prepping For Modern Day Disasters In Just Few Days

Preppers Survival Essentials

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The goal of this article is to change you into a well equipped and fully stocked jack of all trades who is good with his hands and has specific skill sets that would be essential in survival situations. These skills include carpentry, steelworks, masonry, basic survival, hand to hand combat, practical shooting, and hunting skills among others. You might not have all the above mentioned skills sets. It will not be realistic to make you believe that you can be an expert in these skills in 14 days. This ebook will stress the importance of getting the appropriate training or education.

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Posted: November 6, 2014, 4:26 pm
Ebola: Ebola virus, A new threat or an irrational fear? Separating scientific facts and dangerous myths was a free book for your kindle when this post was written.

Ebola: Ebola virus, A new threat or an irrational fear? Separating scientific facts and dangerous myths

Ebola virus
You will learn ...

  • How To pick specific actionable herbal antiviral supplements with specific places to choose from

  • How To avoid MD'S and other potentially infectious men who push expensive careless safety procedures that may endanger your life!

  • Techniques To know what do in specific Ebola virus situations

  • General tips – avoidance and prevention

  • Escaping Ebola virus breakout if virus continues to rapidly spread

  • Meaning of Ebola in daily life

  • How Ebola appears on the skin, bodily symptoms

  • Steps to overcome the fear of the current outbreak

  • How to Treat Killer Virus

  • Immune system boost secrets

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Posted: November 6, 2014, 3:46 pm
Common Energy- and Water-Wasting Problems
Air Leakage
Wind drafts can enter your home through walls, floors, windows, ceilings and doors that have cracks and holes. This can cause problems during the winter, where your home would be cold and drafty, resulting in more heat being consumed to keep a desirable temperature. Homes that are drafty are more prone to problems with noises outside being more audible. In the summer, your home can get hot and sweaty, and more A/C would be consumed in order to have that cool temperature that is so needed in the hot summers. Both of these scenarios can make your home more expensive and lead to excessive consumption of energy when it really isn't required.
If the interior partition walls, floors, and ceilings of your home have cracks and holes in them, it can cause a flow of air throughout out your home, and into other units if you live in a building.
Odours, noise, tobacco smoke and pests can move throughout your house or to neighboring apartments if there are small gaps. The cooled or heated air will tend to move in unexpected ways and eventually leave your home or building.
To achieve optimal air temperature and humidity in your home or unit, the reduction of air leakage is important.
Ventilating, Heating, and Air condition systems and Maintenance
To ensure your ventilating, heating, and air conditioning systems are using the least amount of energy, one must maintain the systems so it is always working in an efficient manner. This leads to less services and repairs in the system, which help you SAVE MONEY!
Windows and Doors
Use the Heat from the Sun
In the winter months, one can always use the FREE HEAT from the sun to keep your home in a desirable temperature.
o Blinds and curtains on the south-, west- and east-facing windows will have the most amount of sun shine, therefore keeping them open will help bring in the most amount of heat.
o You can also close radiator valves, and turn down your thermostat so your heater is not working during this time. Remember to put thermostat back up when the sun stops shining into the room.
o To keep the heat in your apartment at night, close your blinds at curtains.
Always keep in mind that closing blinds and curtains can lead to water to form on windows in the form of condensation. This is a problem because the window frames and surrounding surfaces can get wet and damaged. This leads to mold to begin growing in the window frames and surfaces, and can eventually threaten the tenant's health. One good way to avoid this problem with condensation is to wipe up any water as soon as you see them on the window, and ensure you don't leave your curtains closed for long periods of time. Also remember running your kitchen and bathroom fans longer can help the situation. Finally, if the condensation problem continues on your windows, it safe to keep the curtains open until the problem is solved, particularly if you want to avoid mold growing in your home.
Keep the Heat in During the Winter
Some people think opening up windows in the winter when it gets too cold is a smart way to adjust temperature without working the heating system. However, the heat you are allowing to leave your house is heat YOU HAVE PAID FOR! Also, with the cold air coming in, the heater begins to work harder. So best practice when it is too hot in the house, go ahead and turn off your thermostat and wait for the temperature to adjust accordingly.
One problem that could be causing your home to be extra hot during the winter is the overheating that may occur from the sunshine coming into certain rooms in your home. Best practice here is to close your drapes or blinds in the rooms that are being overheated. Living in a building may mean you are sharing a central boiler, in which case you can alert management your unit is too warm. This will lead management to adjust the boiler controls or provide you with more information on how you can adjust your heating system to reduce the heat in your home.
Dealing with the Heat in the Summer
During the summer months of the year, the best way to keep your home cool is to keep the blinds and curtains closed. During the day, the hot humid air coming into your home through an open window can have a negative effect on your desired temperature. So on hot humid days, keeping the windows closed would actually help. Cooler air is more apparent in the early morning, evening, and night times, so leaving your windows open during then would help with achieving desired temperatures.
Reduce Air Leakage
Window and door joints: DIY
Trim adjacent walls and caulk any open joints you find between windows and door frames.
Window and door weatherstripping gaskets: DIY
Take a look at your windows and weather stripping gaskets and make sure they are in good condition and intact. If the gaskets are worn or flattened, it is better to replace them. Indicators such as drafts, moving drapes or blinds, or rattles in the wind mean there is a leakage problem in the windows and/or doors.
Things to remember before you begin air sealing work:
· Make sure you have the necessary permission from your building management.
· To efficiently hide the caulk joint with paint (when necessary), purchase paintable latex caulking.
· Remember when using spray foam that some foams expand very quickly and can create damage on nearby surfaces and overall make a mess.
Floors and Walls
Reduce Air Leakage
Floor-wall baseboard joints: DIY/Contractor
Examine the exterior wall-floor joints and caulk any visible cracks you may see. Remember that you can only do this in instances where the baseboard trim, or wall, can be safely caulked to a floor surface that is rigid, such as tile, concrete, or wood. Due to this fact, its always best practice to do these repairs during renovations.
If the baseboard or quarter-round trim has to be removed and replaced, you can apply caulking between the wall surface and floor, which would then be covered by the baseboard. If you do decide to move forward caulking the joint between the baseboard or quarter-round trip and the floor, you need to first apply a strip of masking tape on the floor. 3 mm (1/8 in.) is a good distance from the wall along the wall-floor joint to be caulked. Once you have finished applying the caulking, remove the tape to help produce a clean caulked joint.
Electric wire penetrations: DIY/Contractor
Take a look at wire penetrations behind electric baseboard heaters and make sure they are sealed. To do this, you need to get a contractor to come by and disconnect the power and temporarily remove the baseboard heating units. Most of the time, there is a hole in the exterior wall where the electric wire serving the heater is found. This hole can be foamed, or caulked depending on the size. This is a great opportunity to sweep up or vacuum any dust or debris behind the baseboard or the baseboard heating elements. This will improve heat transfer.
Electric switch and outlet cover plates: DIY
Find your electrical panel and turn off the electricity to all the outlets you plan on working on. Purchase CSA-approved air sealing gaskets and install them behind the cover plates of light switches and electrical outlets, focusing on those found on exterior walls. CSA-approved air sealing gaskets are made to be used under electric cover plates and are found at most hardware stores.
To stop drafts that may come through holes in the outlet, insert child safety plugs into the outlets.
Pipes, wires and ducts: DIY
Locate pipes in the walls and floors, under sinks in the bathroom and kitchen, and behind toilet fixtures so you can caulk and seal around them. The pipe, duct and wiring penetrations in utility closets and other common spaces can also be sealed. Use caulking or spray in foam to seal these areas. Alternatives such as tape, rags, and fiber glass insulation are not effective.
Exterior vent and conduit penetrations: DIY/Contractor
Find the exhaust and supply-air grills, plumbing penetrations that are accessible from your balcony area, and electric boxes (the outside lights and plugs on balconies) and caulk the openings around them. Also check your exhaust fan when it is off, and make sure that hinged dampers that are found in the exterior vent hoods are fully closed.
To ensure your own safety, please do not attempt to access areas that are not easily reachable from your balcony, and always consult a professional for this nature of work.
Bathroom and Kitchen
Make Sure Exhaust Fans are Working Efficiently
Check your bathroom fans, range hoods, and range hood filters and see if the house and grill coverings on them are clean. If they aren't, go ahead and wipe them down. Also, check the fan blades you can reach and see if they are dust free and clean. In some buildings, the exhaust fans will duct through the exterior wall of a unit (rather than it being through a rooftop fan). If your unit is designed like this and you can safely and easily reach the exterior hoods on the balcony, make sure they are clear and the dampers are fully open when the fans are running and fully closed when the fans are off. If a damper is restricted from freely moving, this can result in a restriction of airflow, which then can cause the fan to run longer and use more energy to keep the bathroom or kitchen properly ventilated.
An optimal situation is when the bathroom exhaust fan runs long enough to remove moisture and odours but does not unnecessary exhaust heated indoor air. To achieve this, get a contractor to install a timer in the exhaust fan.
Reduce Air Leakage
Bathroom and exhaust fans: DIY
Locate the exhaust fan that is causing the air leakage. Take some foil duct tape and seal or caulk the gap between the fan and its surrounding ceiling area. The gap is easily seen and accessed by removing the ceiling grill on the exhaust fan. Finally, when you place the ceiling grill back on, the sealed joint will be hidden.
Some homes have an exhaust grill connected to a central exhaust system that is found in the bathroom. If this is the case, it may be possible sea the exhaust duct to the surrounding wall by removing the grill. If this is not possible, at least seal the gap found between the wall with paintable caulking and the grill.
Bathtub surrounds: DIY
Take paintable, mold resistant caulking to your bathtub and caulk it and its surrounding enclosure to ceiling areas and adjacent wall. Always remember, you may need to get permission from your building management or owner if you are renting.
Fix Leaky Faucets and Toilets
Take a look at this statistic: if your faucet drips at a rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste just about 200 Liters of water per week. That is a ton of water wasted for no good reason at all.
You won't have a problem locating leaky faucets. Now a leaky toilet can be much more difficult to find. A quick way to check is to see if the toilet's flapper valve needs to be replaced. To see if the valve needs to be replaced, put a couple of drops of food coloring in the water storage tank. Now let the toilet sit for at least 30 minutes and check the colour of the water in the bowl. If you see the water in the bowl tinted with the color, the valve may need to be replaced. After performing this check, avoid coloring your tank and bowl by flushing the colored water down the drain.
Getting a plumber or getting your building manager to make the repair is the best way to go. However, if you feel you can do the repairs yourself, then fixing a leaky faucet or toilet will consist of replacement flapper that is compatible with the make and model of your toilet. Using non-compatible flappers can cause leaks.
Install Low-Flow Shower Heads and Other Water-Conserving Devices
To reduce the amount of water that is flowing through showerhead fixtures and faucets while maintaining acceptable water pressure, install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. These will help conserve water and help you save money while ensuring you receive the same amount of water. While you are using soap or shampoo, you can stop the water with ease by installing on-off valves. This practice can help you save energy and soap along with water.
Install Low-Flush Toilets
Take this fact in: Most older toilets use between 20 and 26 L per flush. The more modern toilets use 6 L per flush to do the same job effectively. Also important to note is that toilets tend to the biggest water user in a home.
The best option would be to install a dual flush toilet, one flush for liquid waste, or the full 6 L flush for solid waste. Although, just installing a low flush model (6 L) will yield immediate savings.
Use Energy-Efficient Lighting
To get high quality, energy efficient lighting, consider purchasing and using fluorescent tubes and energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Fluorescent lamps last 6 to 10 times longer and are 75-80 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs. You can purchase CFLS that are made in the same shape and size as traditional bulbs. You can also get them in different lighting levels and colors.
The energy and money that is saved over their much longer lifetime, fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps are worth the extra money you have to pay when compared to purchasing incandescent bulbs.
ENERGY STAR is a label that you can look for when purchasing these types of products. Make sure you dispose of fluorescent lighting products in a proper fashion because the tubes contain mercury.
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
20 percent of your household energy consumption are due to your appliances, with refrigerators and clothes dryers being the most consuming. When replacing or purchasing electronic equipment and new appliances, consider the energy consumption of the appliance when also looking at the price. Again, look for the ENERGY STAR ratings for electronics, office products and small appliances, while you look at the EnerGuide labeling on large appliance. In most cases, these labels will provide information on how much energy is going to be consumed by the appliance when it is in use.
Front loading washing machines use upto 40 per cent less water and 60 per cent less energy than top lop loading machines. They also require less detergent. Finally, front loading washing machines are capable of removing more water from the laundry, which means the clothes need less time to be dried, and therefore drying appliance will be used less. This will lead to more savings for you.
Keep Your Refrigerator in Good Condition
Old refrigerators tend to use more energy than required if they are not looked after accordingly. The following are a few ways to keep your refrigerator maintained:
· Once a year, clean the evaporator coils under, or on the back of the refrigerator. You can always refer to the owner's manual.
· Make sure the door closes firmy against the gasket. You can clean the gasket with soap and water if it is damaged or dirty.
· When storing food in the refrigerator, let the food cool first.
· Always make sure the door is properly closed at all times, and don't leave the it open for long periods of time.
· Don't let freezers build up more than six mm of frost, and reguary defrost the freezers to keep them working their best.
Use Your Clothes Washer and Dryer Efficiently
1 - Reduce the number of loads
Fill the washer to save energy and water. When organizing your laundry, make full loads and avoid overloading the washer or dryer. Overloading leads to clothing not being properly cleaned and will take longer to dry.
2 - Use cold water for clothes washing
When using just cold water, use detergents that are formulated for strictly cold water. Only really dirty clothes need to be washed in hot water, and if this is required, separate your laundry into hot water loads and cold water loads. This will help reduce hot water energy use.
3 - Group similar fabric types together before drying them
Grouping similar fabric types before drying them will sometimes help save energy. For example, dry permanent press shirts can be dried in lower dryer temperature.
4 - Air-dry outdoors
By using a drying rack on your balcony to air dry clothes, you can save electricity that will add up in the long run. Make sure you don't try air drying your clothes indoors because this may cause moisture issues.
5 - Keep your clothes dryer lint-free
Cleaning the lint from the dryer's filter after every load to reduce clothes drying times and energy use and can be a serious fire hazard. There may also be another lint trap located along the dryer duct. If this trap needs to be cleaned, do so.
This may not be apparent but increased drying times also increase your air conditioning requirements in the summer, adding up to higher electricity use. Check to make sure the vent damper in the dryer is lint free and open and shut easily when the dryer is turned on and off. Do this only if your dryer vent hood is visible and accessible to you. A duct cleaning contractor may be needed if your vent hood is clogged with lint.
Heating System
Clean and Service Your Heating System
Fan-coil units: DIY/Contractor
Your system works harder and uses more energy to provide comfort to your home when your fan-coil filters aren't clean. So check your fan-coil filters and wipe any debris that may have been accumulated.
Depending on the type of filter installed and how quick it gets dirty, you may have to change or clean the filters every 1-3 months.
To remove dust build up in the supply and return air grills, use a vacuum. Grills that have adjustable louvres should be open when cleaning.
This next step should be done by a professional. Get the coils in the fan coil unit vacuumed and cleaned annually.
Repair any noise fan motors or water leaks.
Hot water/steam radiators and convectors: DIY
Radiators should be vacuumed several times a year. If possible, gently vacuum the coils or heating elements after removing the radiator cover.
When it comes to around the radiator, avoid placing furniture and heavy drapes where they block the movement of the room air.
This tip is for systems that have thermostatic zone valves that control the heat output from the radiators. You can confirm that the system works properly by resetting the thermostat and observing changes in the temperature of the radiator.
Furnaces: DIY/Contractor
Depending on the type of furnace filters installed and how quickly they get dirty, you may need to change or clean them every 1-3 months.
To remove dust build up in the supply and return air grills, use a vacuum. Grills that have adjustable louvres should be open when cleaning.
Contact a service contractor or building management if you have noise fan motors.
In order to have a furnace that is in good working order, service it on an yearly basis.
Electric baseboards: DIY
Ensure that curtains or furniture do not block electric baseboard units and that the room air can move freely around it.
It is good practice to clean electric baseboard heaters at least on an yearly basis. You can do this by first deactivating the heater by turning off the electricity at the circuit breaker in your unit/home electrical panel. If possible clean the fins found under the cover panels. Remove dust build up by vacuuming around and in the baseboard unit. Make sure you do not damage the electrical element or fins. After doing this thorough clean, put the panel back, and turn the electricity to the heater back on.
If you want to make sure your thermostat works properly, start by setting it and then setting it low to hear a click. Depending on the setting thermostat, the baseboard unit should warm up and cool down. If you are not getting a change, contact a service contractor or building management.
Set Your Thermostat Back
You can lower your heating bill by lowering your thermostat. 20 degrees Celsius is a quite comfortable temperature.
13-15.5 degrees Celsius is a good temperature to leave your house at night or when you are away from the house.
for more comfort and convenience, you can purchase and install a thermostat that can be programmed to turn up the heat of the house when you are getting up in the mornings or when you are returning home from work. When your not home, the thermostat lowers and raises automatically at preset times during the day and week. Remember though, programmable thermostats only work when set properly and used accordingly.
The number of people in the home, the amount of moisture being produced from bathing, showering, laundry, and cooking, the use of bathroom fans and kitchen range hood, and the window and wall insulation values should all be considered when setting your thermostat back. You can maximize how far you set your thermostat back by using your bathroom fans and range hood as efficient as you can.
Keep in mind that you may find more condensation on your windows if you turn down your heat. Long periods of condensation can result in water pooling on windowsill and forming in concealed spaces in the exterior walls or roof spaces. This is amplified when you close your blinds and drapes at night. This can lead to damaged surfaces, carpets, finishes, draperies and lead to the growth of mold. So always keep an eye on your windows and exterior wall surfaces for condensation when you are turning back your thermostat, and always keep an eye out for mold. You can reduce condensation by turning the thermostat up and achieving warmer levels of temperature.
Air-Conditioning System
Buy an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner
A correctly sized energy efficient air conditioners helps save energy and money while keeping your home cool. A rating called energy efficiency rating (EER) is found on air conditioners; an air conditioner with an EER of at least 11 is the best type to purchase, although you will face a higher cost. This cost will be covered and more savings will occur because of the less amount of electricity you end up using with these models. If you want less noise and a better forming air conditioner, it is best to buy one with high quality.
An air conditioner with too much cooling capacity will not operate properly, leading your home to feel cold and humid, and will end up using more energy and will cost more to operate. When picking out an air conditioner, small ones tend to run more efficiently and provide the cooling your home requires.
Use Your Air Conditioner Efficiently
Whether you have an AC system, or a window mount unit or permanent through-wall systems, the following tips will help reduce air conditioning electricity use:
When you are out of your home, turn thermostat higher or turn off your AC system.
Clean and remove window air conditioner filters every month
If you have a vent on the window mount or through wall AC that leads "fresh air", close it so you're not cooling outside air. Open the vent only when your home gets stuffy.
Shading helps improve air conditioner efficiency use in your home and reduces energy use. So to achieve this, if possible, install your window air conditioner in north facing or shaded windows.
To keep out heat and humidity, keep curtains, windows and blinds closed.
To supplement air conditioners, or as an alternative to air conditioning, install ceiling fans. If you can find ENERGY STAR rated ceiling fans, get them because they usually use very little electricity.
To help reduce space heating energy use, remove the AC if it is a window mount model and store it during the winter. After storing the AC, you can seal an insulated panel in place of the AC or replace the window pane.
Reduce Air Leakage
Window and through-wall air-conditioning units: DIY/Contractors
Using caulking or spray in foam, seal joints around the through wall or window mount AC units. Insert a foam backer-rod if the joint is wider than 3 mm to prevent the caulking from flowing into the joint. Make sure you do not block pipes or openings that are intended to drain condensation from the AC outdoors.
To stop drafts that go through the units themselves, apply plastic sheets over top of the through wall or window AC unit. Remember to use a removable tape. To ensure the tape does not damage the surface when you are removing it in the spring, find a surrounding surface that will not get damaged.
Water Heaters
Turn Down the Water Tank Temperature
A good temperature to have your gas or oil fired hot water tank at is 46-49 degrees Celsius, so adjust the faucets on your water tank accordingly.
Remember not to set your electric hot water tanks below 60 degrees Celsius. There are thermostatic mixing valves that are recommended so the water that is being delivered to tubs, showers and faucets do not exceed 49 degrees Celsius to avoid scalding.
To keep the water warm, add an insulated cover over the hot water tank. If you have an electric tank, you can do this yourself. If it's a gas and oil fired tank, get a qualified contractor to take care of it.
You should have your temperature safely reduced if your hot water is being provided by a central system that is hotter than 49 degrees Celsius. You can ask your building manager to reduce the temperature if this is a problem.
Turn Your Water Heater Down When You're Away
If you plan to be away for a few days, you can turn your hot water tank down or off. If you are not going to be using the water, there is no point reheating it over and over again. Once you are back, your water in tank will be heated up in a few hours after turning it on and/or up.
Change your Habits
Turn Down the Heat Before a Party
If you are hosting a party, it would be smart to down your thermostat before they arrive. People generate heat, so once people start occupying your home, the temperature of your home will naturally rise. So if you turn down the thermostat BEFORE THEY COME, you won't have to open the windows when the heat rises when the party begins and instead your home will get reheated by the body temperature.
Turn Off Lights, Electronics and Appliances
Always remember to turn off any appliances, lights or electrical equipment when you're not using them. Remember that many of today's products feature an "instant on" set up where the appliances are always ready to be turned. This means the appliance is not being turned off fully and so energy is being consumed.
"Phantom load" is when appliances such as TV's, clocks, memory, timer, remote control power switch or a transformer continue drawing power even when they are turned off. Although these appliances only draw a small amount of energy when turned off, they do all add up to make a significant amount that is being wasted.
To make things easier for yourself, being able to turn off all your equipment with one flick would help. To do this use power bars to get together electronics such as audio systems, video systems or computers and its accessories. When you click the power bar off, you are fully turning off your appliances that may be "phantom loading".
Use Your Appliances Efficiently
This is a neat idea when you are cooking. Using pot lids and containing the heat in the pot will help cook your food. When doing this, you can lower your heat settings.
When using your clothes washer and dishwasher, make sure you have full loads before cleaning (not overfilled) by running the dishwasher when it is full, you will be using less water and energy to wash dishes than if you do them by hand. Before placing your dirty plates in the washer, scrape the dirt off the plate before storing them into the dishwasher. Drying the dishes with air dry, and using the energy efficient drying cycle on the dishwasher will help save more energy.

Posted: November 5, 2014, 7:26 pm
Enterovirus: The Preppers Guide to Surviving Enterovirus (Enterovirus, Enterovirus 68, Ebola) was a free book for kindle when this post was written.


The Preppers Guide to Surviving Enterovirus

Stay calm and don’t panic for we have come up with simple solutions on how to protect yourself and your children from getting infected from currently ravaging Enterovirus, type D68 which turned out to be heading towards pandemic proportions, mostly attacking children and teenagers of ages 1 to 18 with a history of respiratory problems.

You won’t be feeling helpless anymore, because we are offering simple and easy tips on how to learn to prevent your family from getting infected, offering a reminder of basic hygiene habits that work as good as any vaccine, preventive tips, transmission and treatment facts along with explaining the origin of Enterovirus D68, so you can get to know your enemy better.

You will be able to read and learn more about D68 through 6 chapters and following topics:

  • What is Enterovirus D68, origin of D68
  • Prevention and how to protect yourself and your family from getting infected
  • Symptoms of Enterovirus D68 and how to recognize infection
  • Transmission and treatment for Enterovirus D68
  • Tips and advice on how to stay virus-free during the season of possible virus infections
  • How to educate your child to avoid being infected
  • How to survive Enterovirus D68 outbreak
Posted: November 4, 2014, 1:14 pm
Shipping Container Homes: Prefab & Eco-friendly House Design (Prefab Homes) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn...

  • Why you should consider building with shipping containers
  • How using containers can save you money on construction
  • What safety Issues need to be considered
  • Can shipping container homes survive natural disasters
  • What are the advantages to building with prefab materials
  • What are the disadvantages
  • Examples of creative container structures
  • Is a shipping container home right for you
  • Much, much more!
Posted: November 3, 2014, 1:55 pm
Ebola Survival Guide: 12 Things You Must Know to Survive Ebola Outbreak (Ebola, Ebola Virus, Ebola Survival Guide) was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

Ebola Survival Guide

12 Things You Must Know to Survive Ebola Outbreak

The 2014 Ebola Outbreak is the largest and most widespread in history. As of October 15, 2014 almost 9,000 cases were reported, with approximately half of those infected resulting in fatalities. This rare and often fatal disease which originated in West Africa has crossed not only the borders of neighboring countries, but has, for the first time ever, spread to the continents of North America and Europe as well.

Myths, misinformation, and conspiracy theories regarding the disease and its spread have been circulated along with actual facts and ever changing statistics. Thousands of people are unsure what to believe and what not to believe, resulting in panic, hysteria, and even paranoia among the general public. What is real and what is made up? Myths almost always have a basis in fact, so how did some of the myths originate?

Find the answers you need and the information you want, put your mind at ease, and within these pages, learn 12 things you need to know to survive the Ebola outbreak.

In this book you will find real information on:

  • What Ebola Virus Disease Is and Where it Came From
  • How Ebola is Transmitted
  • Symptoms and Signs of the Infection
  • How the Infection is Treated
  • How to Protect Yourself
  • Traveling During the Outbreak
  • Debunking Popular and Lesser Known Myths
Posted: November 3, 2014, 1:41 pm
Ultimate Prepper Stockpile and Barter Handbook: Prepper Barter Items for Survival & Emergency Food Storage in SHTF Situation was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Bartering is as old as Civilization itself. When you need a product or service, someone always comes to provide and fill your needs. Bartering is actually at the heart of all ecomonic markets. In the event of a catastrophic event money will hold no value. And you can only stockpile so much.

Disaster may strike and the worst possible scenarios become reality. Items such as food, and weapons are what remain valuable during dark times. It's certainly a goal to be prepared for those SHTF situations. But more likely than not, a scenario you are not prepared for is going to hit. Just by storing some universal items you can make up for deficiencies which would otherwise put you in a much more dangerous situation. Simply by trading, you can increase your chances of staying alive longer.

Trading one item for another is just one aspect of bartering. You can also pay for goods and services in return for a favor, food, or shelter. There may come a time when you need something someone else is equipped to offer. By offering some of your items you can buy protection or other services from other well prepared preppers.

Here Is A Preview Of What You Will Find In This Book:

* I Got This!
* Your Health
* Water And Food
* Your Services

And Much Much More!
Posted: November 3, 2014, 1:13 pm
Get out your Dutch Oven! This is a great recipe to use your dutch oven with. Prepare the deer meat the way that you want before using in this recipe. Some people soak it in milk or vinegar. Than get ready to slow cook some deer stew!

What You Need
  • 3 pounds cubed venison or deer meat
  • 1/4 cups bacon drippings
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 sliced onions
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 4 quartered carrots
  • 1 jar small white onions
  • 2 pounds cubed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
How to Make It

Rinse, drain and cut or cube the meat, garlic cloves, onions, carrots and potatoes and accordingly. Set the vegetables aside until needed.

Brown the cubed venison or deer meat in your dutch oven using a little of the bacon drippings. Add drippings as needed while browning the meat. Add just enough water to cover the meat. Add the minced garlic clove, sliced onions, bay leaves, salt, pepper, allspice, carrots, small white onions, cubed potatoes, and Worcestershire sauce.

Stir and cover with lid. Place in a 350 degree oven. Or you can cook this while camping. Stir occasionally. Add more water if necessary. Thickening the gravy is easy when you add a bit of flour with a small amount of water to form a smooth paste and then slowly add it into the stew by stirring until well combined.

Posted: November 3, 2014, 12:29 pm
Camping And Cooking For Beginners: Tools And Tips To Living In The Great Outdoors (For Beginners, Hiking, Bush craft, Basics, Tents, Sleeping Bags,Everyday Wood Craft, Backpacking,Guide, Recipes) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Everyone has a camping disaster story and rarely do they have anything to do with wild animals. From forgetting the food to discovering the tent is too small—a myriad of things can go wrong, but with Camping And Cooking For Beginners, your problems are solved. Beginning with the basics, this handy helper starts with a checklist of what you need for your trip. Choosing the right tent, the right sleeping bag and how to start fires without matches (and he’s not talking about rubbing two sticks together!) are only a few chapters in the book. The best advice is the authors Top Ten Mistakes First Time Campers Make (and how to avoid them!)—it is invaluable. Get your copy today, before your camping trip and transform your camping experience into the best memory ever!

Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn...

  • The Basics Of Camping
  • How To Pick The Ideal Camp Site
  • How To Choose The Right Tent
  • How Choose The Right Sleeping Bag
  • What Additional Equipment You Cannot Live Without
  • The Cooking Equipment You'll Need
  • Three Easy Ways You Can Start A Fire Without Matches
  • 20 Simple Camping Recipes (including Authentic Australian Campsite Bread)
  • 10 Main Mistakes Most First Time Campers Make And How To Avoid Them
  • Much, Much More
Posted: November 2, 2014, 4:12 pm
Screw Ebola!: How to Protect Yourself (and Your Family) from a Pandemic was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Ebola - How do you separate the hype from the facts?

Screw Ebola! is a heavily researched compilation of facts gathered from
scientific research papers, observations based on first-hand knowledge
from work in the health & wellness field, and ready-to-use,
step-by-step information about how to have the best chance of surviving
any pandemic situation.

Broken down into 5 easy-to-read sections:

Section 1: Ebola Virus Facts & Fiction
Section 2: Resistance - How to Turn Your Body into a Fortress
Section 3: How to Create a Safe Environment in a Pandemic
Section 4: Attitudes Toward Ebola
Section 5: In Conclusion (more stunning developments)

Real Research - No "Cut-and-Paste" rehash here

Take advantage of over 340 man-hours of up-to-date research and 20+
years of experience in the health & wellness field in this
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ones, not only from a potential Ebola pandemic, but from any other
public health crisis that might arise in the future.

Shocking Documentation

You will be shocked to discover the 'behind the scenes' documentation
that hasn't seen the light of day in the media, and you'll gain insight
into the cleverly hidden agendas that may be driving this potentially
devastating crisis. The surprising patent filed on the Ebola virus in
2009 will leave some readers taken aback, especially when they learn
who owns the patent, and what the patent covers.

Learn why manufactured viruses like Ebola (Yes, Ebola is a manufactured
virus!) are very serious, and why you should take them seriously, too.
Discover why you should not take any vaccination for a pandemic
disease, and what you can do about forced vaccinations.
Learn not only why should you be prepared in advance, but learn the
specific steps to take, and the specific items you should have on hand
in order to have the best chance for survival.

See for Yourself, Decide for Yourself, Protect Yourself

With 108 footnotes, Screw Ebola! won't leave you wondering about the
source of the information, while the easy-to-read style will help you
decide the best approach for yourself and your loved ones should the
Ebola virus or any other pandemic threaten. This book explains how to
get healthy and stay healthy, whether you are faced with the Ebola
virus or this year's flu.

Knowing how to deal with an infectious disease can save the lives of
both you and your loved family. Screw Ebola! provides readers with
information and practical steps for keeping safe in a world of highly
contagious and potentially dangerous pandemics.

Buy your copy now to protect yourself, your family, and your loved ones.

Posted: November 2, 2014, 3:48 pm
Homesteading For Beginners: Teach Me Everything I Need To Know About Homesteading In 30 Minutes (Homesteading - Mini Farming - Self Sufficiency - Gardening - Urban Survival) was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

Begin In Your Homesteading Journey The Right Way!

Homesteading is something that many people don’t understand, and it is all about living a self-reliant and simpler life. Many people find it a way to get back in touch with their roots and feel more fulfilled in their life. It is also a great way for many people to teach values and a work ethic to your children. Of course, that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits that homesteading can provide.

Homesteading includes growing your own crops, including both vegetables and fruits. It is also a way to raise your own animals. There are a lot of decisions that need to be made for people who want to become a homesteader, but this books makes making those decisions a little easier.

7 Reasons to Buy This Book

1. This book teaches you what homesteading really means, as well as what it includes.
2. This book will teach you what animals to consider for livestock as a homesteader.
3. In this book you will learn the benefits that homesteading has to offer.
4. In this you will find out some of the answers to common questions about homesteading.
5. This book will teach you about a few pieces of equipment that will make homesteading a little easier.
6. In this book you will learn how homesteading can help you get in touch with your roots, but only if you have a plan.
7. This book will show you a few tips on how to get started as a homesteader, even with a family.

The 30 Minute Reads Philosophy

At 30 Minute Reads our philosophy is simple. To give you high quality and easy to follow informational guides that help you learn about an interesting subject or help you solve a problem.

We live in a busy world with endless amounts of content that we can access. Our mission at “30 Minute Reads” is to help bridge that gap and provide you amazing books that can take you from zero knowledge on a subject to the smartest person in the room in just 30 minutes!

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• Essential Information on Homesteading for Beginners
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Posted: November 2, 2014, 3:45 pm
 It is getting to be that time of the year again. Wondering what we will buy for our family and friends. Here is a list that might help you if you have any survivalist, homesteaders, etc on your list of if you are one and want to help your family and friends become more prepared.

Family Ebola Preparedness Kit

Dupont X-Large Yellow Tychem QC Chemical Protection Coveralls

Kindle You can get some great preparedness books for it and survivalist fiction.You can get a Suntactics sCharger-5 High Performance Solar Charger, Quickly Charges iPhone, iPad Mini, iPod Touch, Android Phones, Samsung, Nokia, eReaders, BlueTooth Speakers, and Many Other USB Devices Directly From Sunlight. Extremely Durable and Reliable. to be able to charge it in an off the grid experience.

Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

3-Day Lite Emergency KitI am getting one of these for my son to keep in the trunk of his car. I got him a Jump-N-Carry JNC300XL 900 Peak Amp Ultraportable 12V Jump Starter with Light for his birthday and he has already used it a few times to help friends.

Mr. Heater F215100 MH4B Little Buddy 3800-BTU Indoor-Safe Propane Heater

Complete Pillar Candle Making Kit: Learn how fast, easy & fun it is to make your own pillar candles. Perfect for beginners!This is a great idea for a teen or just for someone that you know would love to be able to make their own candles.

Mountain House Best Sellers KitThis is a great idea for getting someone you know started into food storage.

Emergency Survival Food Supply 275 Meal PackGreat idea also to get someone started in food storage.

Global Sun Oven® - World's Best Solar Oven

RoadPro RPSL-350 12V 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker


Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower

Kaito Electronics, Inc. Portable Dynamo & Solar-Powered Radio and Cell Phone Charger

Solar 11-in-1 Battery Charger

Glo Brite L201 Galaxy Clear Glass Kerosene/Oil Lamp

FoodSaver V2222 Vacuum Food Sealer PLUS Starter Kit

Nesco/American Harvest FD-80 Square-Shaped Dehydrator

Motorola MR355R 35-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)

Gerber 31-000701 Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Kit

Whistle Creek Survival Kit in a Sardine Can

There are some great survivalist type movies that you can get someone for a present also. The Walking Dead: Season One, The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season, The Colony: Seasons 1 & 2
, and The Road are just a couple that are my favorites.

The Prepper's Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a DisasterUltimate Family Preparedness Pak
120 Serving Breakfast Only @ $198 (120 Servings breakfast assortment. No entrees) - Order Now!
Posted: November 2, 2014, 3:15 pm
Timeline of zombies in pop culture

Posted: October 31, 2014, 11:40 pm
Pandemic Survival Essentials - How To Protect Your Self From Modern Day Pandemics Such As Ebola (Guide For Protection From Pandemics, Survival Essentials, ... Pandemics Essentials, Ebola And Apocalypse) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

The Best Guide To Protect Yourself From Modern Day Pandemics Such As EBOLA

Pandemic Survival Essentials

*** BONUS! : FREE Natural Remedies Report Included !! ***

“It’s better to be safe than sorry” is a widely used phrase worldwide, and mostly everyone knows it. Despite this saying, many don’t take the necessary actions to prepare for devastating accidents and disasters. As a result, when these startling emergencies arise, many individuals find themselves unequipped with the vital supplies that will help save a life. The use of first-aid kits is common to treat minor injuries. However not all households and workplaces possess one. So what will you do when a pandemic suddenly strikes?

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= > 1. Its Short And Informative No Fluff!!
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  • How To Be Fully Prepare And Alert

  • The First-Aid Kits For Survival Needs

  • Tips And Strategies On How To Survive Modern Day Pandemics

  • Everything You Need to Know About Apocalypse Or Ebola

  • How To Protect Yourself From Pandemics Such As Ebola

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Posted: October 30, 2014, 3:07 pm
Prepping With Mason Jars - Several Beginner Steps for Urban Preppers to Using Mason Jars to Prepare For Disasters (Best Steps To Use Mason Jars, Mason ... For Beginners, Urban Preppers, Mason Jars) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

A Guide To Of Preparing Mason Jars To Use For Disasters

Prepping With Mason Jars

*** BONUS! : FREE Natural Remedies Report Included !! ***

In these days of increased tension, civil unrests and Global Warming, disaster preparation for the urban dweller is not something to be taken for granted. Whether you live in a high rise apartment or own a home in suburbia, it is critically important that you have something to help you through the first 24 to 72 hours after a disaster strikes.FEMA, the Boy Scouts, and other disaster prevention and preparation organizations in your community and on the Internet have guidelines, books and suggestions offering tips and tricks to help you with your preparation for the Big One (hurricane, earthquake, flood, fire or zombies).

This books aims to provide you with more specific information on how you can prepare for serious disasters using resources that may already be sitting in your cupboards, your, attic or your collection of junk. You will find that the humble mason jars that you might be taking for granted have a lot of practical uses when it comes to disaster preparedness. Learning about these uses will help you take advantage of this common household item for your prepping needs.

7 Reasons To Buy This Book

= > 1. Its Short And Informative No Fluff!!
= > 2. This Book Is Straight Forward And Gets To The Point
= > 3. It Has A Great Concept
= > 4. Learn What You Need To Know FAST!
= > 5. Don’t Waste Hours Reading Something That Won’t Benefit You
= > 6. Specifically Written To Help And Benefit The Reader!
= > 7. The Best Compact Guide To Learn What You Need To Learn In A Short Period of Time

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Posted: October 30, 2014, 2:19 pm
Ebola Survival Planning Guide: Plan Now to Survive Later was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Many serious outbreaks, including Ebola can spread like wildfire. How easily? Imagine a theater full of people. One of them is infected with Ebola but doesn’t know it yet. He coughs and his droplets hang on the air and then are inhaled by the man in front of him who opens his mouth to laugh at a funny scene in the movie. Just like that, a pandemic is born.
You need to educate yourself about Ebola so that you can protect yourself and your family. That’s how you win the battle against anything - with the knowledge you need to keep yourself as safe as possible. 
Posted: October 26, 2014, 5:00 pm
Ebola Pandemic Survival Guide: How To Prepare And Survive was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

 In "Ebola Survival Guide" you will find tips and advices you need to know in order to protect yourself from a sudden pandemic.

Table of contents:

  • Ebola is coming closer each day!

  • Important facts and information about the virus

  • Hospital review of Ebola sick people.

  • Hospital statistics

  • First steps to recognize the virus

  • What are the symptoms?

  • How to boost your immune system from Ebola?

  • Survivors of Ebola advice

  • What to do if you are infected?

  • First measures

  • Dehydration stage

  • How to survive?

Time is running out. Scroll up and click the button to start reading.

Just a few minutes from now you will discover exactly what you need to know.
Ensure yourself!

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Posted: October 26, 2014, 4:42 pm

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