The kids are back in school. The days are starting to get shorter and the nights are growing a little bit cooler. With fall right around the corner, it’s time to start getting prepared. Here are some tips for a healthy and safe autumn.
- Check out local farmers markets – This time of year is wonderful for going to visit farmers markets. A local farmers market can yield a dozen kinds of apples and pumpkins as big as most toddlers. If you like fresh squash, this is definitely your season too. With the amazing bounty of fresh veggies and produce available at a well-stocked farmers market, you can try your hand at making your own organic apple cider or pumpkin pies.
- Make your own candles and soap from organic goods from farmers markets – Don’t forget that your farmers market is good for more than just produce. You can get organic wax and berries to craft your own organic candles and soap. Make your own sweet scents with a variety of organic berries. Even if you have to go further than a farmers market to get some of the components for the candles and wax, you will be surprised about how easy it is to cast your own candles.
- Start your own compost pile – What do you do with all of those veggies from your organic garden that you didn’t get to eat or preserve? Here’s something that can help you next year too. Take all of those veggies from the garden and dead, raked up leaves to make an organic compost pile. This way, next season you will have your own organic fertilizer. Just be careful and don’t throw in fruit, since fruit decomposition is faster and will rot.
- Unplug those air conditioners! – The summer heat is mostly gone, though you will have a few above average warm days until October or so, depending on where you live. So unplug those AC units unless you really need them. Keeping them plugged in actually uses up energy, even if they aren’t on. Take out your wall air conditioning unit so no excess cool or warm air escapes. So save electricity. Use fans instead and open the windows for some fresh fall air.
- Redo your insulation around doors and windows – This may take some work and a little bit of cash but the money you save could be considerable. Check all of the insulation around your doors and windows. If you feel a breeze coming in from outside and the window is closed, that means not only is cool or warm air escaping, but so is your money. Go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and pick up some insulation. If your entire window is letting in the outside air, you may even want to consider replacing it with a new one that has better insulation.