(NAPSI)—Despite increases in their frequency and severity, power outages are still viewed by many people as merely inconvenient. Short outages—perhaps four hours or less—certainly fall within that category. Beyond that, power outages can start to cost you a lot of money. Here are five ways an extended power outage can impact your checkbook:
(BPT) - With the demand for electricity and natural gas rising, right along with energy costs, American homeowners can easily spend hundreds of dollars a month on utility bills.
(BPT) - The warmer months are the perfect time to enjoy meals outdoors, so head out to the backyard or the local park for a sunlit lunch or a breezy, laid-back dinner. Your family probably has some favorite picnic menu items they frequently request, but if you’re looking to inject some new life into those traditional foods, try the following:
(Family Features) With the warm weather season in full swing, the opportunities for firing up the grill are plentiful. But before you reach for those barbecue tongs, there are some important grill safety tips you and your family should keep in mind.
(Family Features) Warm weather means the start of training season for many people – whether that’s preparing for a race or simply beginning a routine of regular biking or swimming. One food that many athletes are adding to their training regimen is tart cherries.
(NAPSI)—More than 95 percent of Americans have cooked outdoors in the past year and 80 percent of U.S. households have an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.
(NAPSI)—Thousands of people become sick each year and some even die from working in the heat. Heat illness most affects those who have not built up a physical tolerance to heat, and is especially dangerous for workers in agriculture, construction and transportation.
(NAPSI)—After a grueling winter, summer is finally here and Americans across the country are trading their heavier layers for lighter wear. Whether your idea of fun in the sun is a picnic at the park, hiking, volleyball on the beach or grilling in the backyard, it’s important to be mindful of one outer layer in particular: your skin. As seen on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “TODAY”, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Jeanine Downie, offers these easy tips to help protect your skin while you embrace warm weather activities.
(Family Features) Whenever friends and family gather to celebrate warm weather days, potato salad is probably the most popular side dish served. However, the traditional salad made with mayonnaise and eggs that we all know and love is being passed by for lighter versions that include more vegetables, different protein sources and healthier dressings.
(Family Features) Summer brings to mind all-American activities like fireworks, picnics, baseball and BBQs - and the light, refreshing treats that go hand-in-hand with these treasured past times.
(Family Features) Popular in restaurants across the country, Brazilian — or churrasco-style — barbecue is making a move to the backyard, as cited in the McCormick Flavor Forecast® 2014: Grilling Edition. It’s a natural fit for patio gatherings, especially those cheering on a team during soccer’s biggest tournament.
All signs are pointing to a rent freeze when the Rent Guidelines Board convenes this Monday to vote on the percentage increase that building owners of 1 million rent-stabilized apartments in the five boroughs can charge their tenants on one- and two-year leases.
Mayor de Blasio made a rent freeze a campaign promise, and the RGB — including de Blasio’s five newly appointed members — last month took a preliminary vote that called for a 0 percent increase on a one-year lease.
Unprecedented in the 45-year history of the rent-stabilization system, a rent freeze would hurt tenants, families and neighborhoods throughout Queens. It would also doom de Blasio’s 10-year housing plan — which calls for the protection and expansion of affordable buildings — even before it gets off the ground.
A rent freeze would be debilitating to small building owners in neighborhoods throughout Queens. A fair and reasonable rent increase is the sole source of income that enables small building owners in Queens to repair and maintain affordable housing.
They put the rent right back into their buildings — replacing heating systems and roofs, fixing leaks, making electrical repairs, and providing a host of other repairs and maintenance to apartments and their buildings so that families can live in quality, affordable housing.
Queens building owners also keep other small businesses in the borough thriving by hiring local contractors, painters, plumbers, electricians and laborers, and they purchase refrigerators, stoves and other appliances and materials from neighborhood supply facilities. All these local companies provide jobs to residents of Queens.
Besides the economic impact, an enormous chunk of the rent goes straight to the city’s coffers, which helps pay for city services.
A vote for a rent freeze would be tantamount to a tenant rent subsidy made on the backs of small Queens building owners. Who subsidizes Queens building owners to help them pay for constantly rising costs associated with maintaining quality, affordable housing — like heating oil, repairs, general maintenance and government-mandated costs such as property taxes and water and sewer rates?
A rent freeze (or the unrealistic and inadequately low range of a 0 to 3 percent rent hike on a one-year lease and 0.5 to 4.5 percent increase on a two-year lease) would create massive disinvestment in affordable housing. This would lead to disrepair, loss and eventual abandonment of the quality affordable housing stock in Queens and other outer boroughs.
When you look at the big picture, there is much riding on a fair and reasonable rent increase — which is why common sense, and not the politics of a rent freeze, must prevail when the RGB takes its final vote on Monday.
(NAPSI)—If any of the more than 79 million American students who carry school backpacks is someone you care about, here are a few ideas you may care to consider:
(NewsUSA) - As the weather continues to heat up, many of us are looking to slim down and get the most out of our workouts. But choosing the best exercises is only one part of the fitness equation. To maximize results, try these nutritious and energizing pre- and post-workout fixes to fuel your body and keep you going.
If Howard Beach had its own Facebook page, it would perhaps not come as a surprise if its relationship status were “It’s complicated.”
In it’s relatively short, turbulent history, the neighborhood has experienced some of the worst of nature’s elements — and has also been forced to contend with some of man’s own nuisances.
(Family Features) It’s easy to throw a 4th of July party that looks like you worked on it for weeks, even if you just started the planning process.
(Family Features) With the sun shining, flowers blooming and warm weather here again, it's the perfect time to gather your friends and family around the backyard for a summer grill-out. Preparation serves as the foundation for any successful event. To make sure your backyard bash will be one your guests will remember for years to come, consider the following summer party essentials.