Here are 1/2 dozen links of interest (I hope). They're all from Popular Mechanics, and I think are relevant to prepping in one way or another.
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Some good advise about leaf-raking, which pertains to your garden.
Using an emergency generator is both a balancing act and a guessing game: It's tempting to try to pull as many watts from the machine as possible, but plug in too many appliances and you'll trip the circuit breaker. The Generac Power Systems XG8000E Generator features a unique power meter called the PowerBar that indicates when the unit is approaching its limit.
A window can be, basically, a hole in the wall. Or it can look great while cutting heating and cooling losses. Your choice. A PM primer on how windows work.
How Your Heating System Works: A Primer Anyone who has ever spent a night tossing and turning in a cold houseas a result of a busted heating system will never look at that particular equipment the same way again. It’s as unpleasant as being stranded on a dark and lonely road when a car quits. But it may not take outright failure to make homeowners examine how their home is heated. It might be the system’s noise or the fact that it simply doesn’t work all that well. Being uncomfortable and annoyed all winter is a pretty compelling reason to consider the options for fixing or replacing it.
Then there’s a fuel bill that lays waste to household finances. Let’s say you have a boiler or furnace with 80 percent efficiency that produces a monthly gas bill of $279. About $56 of that has fueled nothing more than wasted heat that has gone up the chimney. Regardless of what prompts you to take a second look at your house’s heating system, or perhaps the first look, you do need to be conversant with what makes it tick. Here are the basics.
More than anything else, our homes need to keep us dry and comfortable. While handling rain is straightforward--the roof leaks or it doesn't--keeping heat in its place is a slippery issue. Air leaks account for up to 15 percent of the heating and cooling budget in many homes, and more heat seeps through the walls. Insulation and sealing options are getting better, however. Some of these improvements make good DIY projects; others are best left to the pros. Either way, the first tool you need is knowledge.