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Save money, prevent pollution

Save money, prevent pollution

Did you know the energy used in the average home can cause twice the greenhouse gas emissions of a car?

There are several ways you can reduce your carbon foot print and September is the perfect time to start making changes.  That is because the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is promoting pollution prevention.

The Federal Pollution Prevention Act, passed in 1990, made a declaration that pollution should be prevented or reduced at its source whenever possible.  To honor this anniversary, ADEQ urges the public to prevent pollution in their day to day lives.

How to prepare for autumn insects

How to prepare for autumn insects

It's nearly fall, and the weather's getting cooler. That means all the critters who may normally hang around outside - such as ants, mice and spiders - will be looking to move into warmer spaces. Like your home.

So how can you get make sure these uninvited guests don't just come in and make themselves at home? Terminix has a few tips:

  • Move piles of firewood and other debris away from the home’s foundation. Both provide ample sources of shelter for rodents and other pests and could encourage them to live near the home.
  • Seal any holes or cracks in your home’s exterior. Rodents can squeeze through openings smaller than ¼ inch, and spiders, roaches and other pests need even less room than that. Large openings should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk.
  • Ensure attic and foundation vents are equipped with tight-fitting ¼ inch hardware cloth.

Hidden dangers in storm damage roof repair

Hidden dangers in storm damage roof repair

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Usually a home repair solves a problem or prevents a hazard.

Home improvements planned for UCA president

Home improvements planned for UCA president

CONWAY, Ark. -- The University of Central Arkansas's president's on-campus home will soon see renovations totalling $200,000.

The home located on Donaghey Ave. is seeking improvements to the heating and cooling system along with windows.

The total amount for the heating and cooling system is estimated near $100,000.  The windows estimated cost is $98,662.

According to a UCA released statement, the improvements are being paid by using funds of $1.3 million which was allocated for capital projects on the campus pertaining to "safety and energy efficiency."

The home is currently using a 15-year-old boiling system which will soon be replaced by a gas furnace. Water damage has been discovered in the window frames along with mold in the home which was found in December. A lead investigation report by Environmental Enterprise Group, Inc. found lead in many of the window frames, casings and ledges.

Swap seeds with fellow gardeners

Swap seeds with fellow gardeners

CONWAY, Ark. – UCA’s “Conserving Arkansas’ Agricultural Heritage” (CAAH!) project hosts Seed Swaps around the state, beginning in February. The first Seed Swap is February 2 at 8:00 a.m. at the White County Fairgrounds, 802 Davis Drive in Searcy.

You are invited to bring some open-pollinated (heirloom) seeds, bulbs, plants, and stories to swap with other seed savers. If you have no seeds to swap, but want to get started, come and mingle with gardeners and farmers who can help.

For more information on the CAAH! project, go to www.arkansasgro.wordpress.com.

"Ask This Old House" Little Rock episodes air on AETN

"Ask This Old House" Little Rock episodes air on AETN

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — “Ask This Old House” kicked off a new season in the fall by traveling from coast to coast tackling home improvement projects and offering practical tips and instruction to help homeowners with projects around the home. The crew stopped in Little Rock in October, taping two segments that will air Saturdays, Feb. 12 and 19, at 1 p.m.

The Little Rock segments included a workshop in the River Market pavilion that addressed repairing window screens and a house call to replace an outdoor electrical outlet.

The first episode Feb. 12 will feature planting a garden bed and live home improvement workshops in Little Rock, Memphis and Tulsa. In the first episode of a two-part road trip through America’s heartland, landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner in Wichita, Kan., plant a narrow garden bed near her driveway.