Get a Head Start on Winterizing your Home
You can feel it. Where just last week you could leave the windows open all night to cool your house, you may now need to get up and close them. Your car windshield may have a touch of cold dew waiting for you when you leave your house. You may have already relegated your sandals and shorts to the closet, preferring to wear a long sleeve shirt instead. There's no doubt about it. Summer is in it's last days and fall (and, inevitably, winter
) is on it's way. You can feel it.
Much like when you put on your mittens and a coat for cold weather, your house will also need to prepare for winter. Here are a few things you can do to save energy and help prolong the usefulness and life of your home. We contacted several utility companies around the area and they've got some suggestions, as well.
The best way to see if your house is in need of a winter tune up is to schedule a home energy audit
. Your utility company may subsidize the testing. Give them a call
to see if they have programs in place and to set one up.
If you're looking for easy ways to winterize your home, you can utilize plastic insulation kits
for your windows or get your own cute door draft snake
. Of course, changing your furnace air filters will make a huge difference, too. We've put together a nice list on ways to winterize your home that you can check out here
Fresh Faces on Campus
If you see yourself on the HUG Resilient Living Campus you'll see two new faces. We'd like to welcome Megan Goplin and Joe Hunt to the team.
Megan is an AmeriCorps VISTA
volunteer and will be with us for the next year. She comes from southeastern Wisconsin (we won't hold that against her) and makes her way to us via UW-Madison and Cameroon where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Megan's main task this year is to design and pilot a program called "Youth-Food-Biz" where youth grow food from seed to market while learning the agricultural and business required for successfully running a local foods enterprise.
Joe is joining the marketing team at HDT and brings with him years of experience in publication layout, web design, and marketing. After growing up in the Brainerd Lakes area, Joe has criss-crossed the nation working for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, writing for the Anchorage Times, and serving as the communications director for the Oak Harbor School District in Washington. In his free time, Joe can be seen swinging around a golf club and plays a mean acoustic guitar (though we've never seen him do both at the same time).
Peppers & Onions & Tomatoes, Oh My!
This is the time of year when the garden can really start to go into overdrive. With green peppers, tomatoes, onions, squash, beets, zucchinis, and all sorts of leafy greens ready to harvest daily, there is no shortage of produce with which to try new things. This is one of our more popular salsa recipes on our website. We've quite a few recipes from local growers that you can try out on your own. Let us know which ones turn out well for you.
HDT Fresh Salsa
2 Large Onions
1 Green Pepper
2 Jalapeno Peppers (to taste)
1 Handful of Cilantro (to taste)
1 t. Salt
1 t. Pepper
2 T. Lemon Juice
1 Head Fresh Garlic (to taste)
Dice tomatoes, onions, green peppers, tomatillo and jalapenos. Combine in a large bowl. Chop cilantro and add to mixture. Add salt, pepper, lemon juice, and garlic. Mix well.
You can serve it fresh or can for later use.