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Warner Robins Ranks in American Generosity

Out of “366 Major Metropolitan Areas,” Warner Robins ranks 36th in generosity, according to a study by The Chronicles of Philanthropy.

That means that of Warner Robins households, on average, families donate 6.9 percent of their income.

 

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Green Remodeling Ideas That Save Money

Yahoo! Homes

“Going green” is more than just a passing phase – being environmentally thoughtful has become a way of life for many Americans, not to mention businesses that serve their needs. From recycling bottles and cans to investing in a do-it-yourself composter, homeowners all over the country are doing their part to help reduce emissions and protect the planet for future generations.

There are plenty of small things you can do to make your home more energy-efficient, but what if you want to go a step further? Whether you’re building a new home or renovating your current place, these green remodeling ideas will save you money over the long haul and make your home more appealing to buyers when you’re ready to sell – while saving the Earth in the process.

Solar panels

They’re expensive to install, but solar panels are worth the investment. Last April, the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory released its findings of an eight-and-half-year study of the California real estate market. According to the report, existing homes that were retrofitted with solar panels sold for an average of $17,000 more than comparable homes without them.

They’ll also save you a lot of money over time. For example, a homeowner in Chicago who pays an average of $200 per month on electricity would spend more than $43,000 to have solar panels installed. After tax credits and rebates, the total cost would be just over $30,000. However, after just one year, that homeowner would save anywhere between $1,200 to $2,778 on electric bills. After 25 years, that savings could be as high as $116,560.

To find out how much solar panels could save you, visit Solar-Estimate.org.

Composite decking

In addition to saving trees by using composite decking instead of wood, you’ll save yourself a big hassle. Wooden decks need to be sealed every couple years to keep water out, and eventually the elements will cause at least a few boards to rot and splinter.

Composite decking, made from a blend of wood waste and plastic, doesn’t require the same upkeep as traditional wood deck boards. You won’t need to seal it, which eliminates the time and money you’d spend resealing plus fewer chemicals will be released into the air.

The average cost of a composite deck addition is $15,579, according to Remodeling Magazine, but you can expect to recoup more than 60 percent of your cost when you sell your home – more than if you replaced your roof or added a master suite.

Synthetic grass

It sounds crazy, but using fake grass in your yard is a real thing. It looks surprisingly real, and is great for homes in dry climates where it requires a lot of extra effort – and water – to grow the real thing. According to online retailer Artificial Turf Supply, the synthetic stuff costs about twice as much to install as sod. In a 1,500 square-foot yard, ground prep, sod and a sprinkler system would cost $4,750 a year while artificial grass would run just over $10,000.

But over an eight-year period (the warranty period of the synthetic grass listed on the site), the cost of maintaining a sod lawn would cost more than $14,500. During that same period, there would be no additional costs to maintain the fake stuff, which means a savings of more than $4,000. After 15 years, the savings skyrockets to $13,000. Basically, artificial turf pays for itself completely.

And you’re doing more than putting money in your pocket. You may still “rinse” the lawn from time to time, but you won’t waste gallons of water saturating the ground to keep the grass alive. It doesn’t need mowing, either, which means lower gasoline emissions polluting the air.

No matter what green home remodeling project you want to pursue, make sure you find yourself a like-minded contractor. Look for a pro that has some experience in green building, or is at least open-minded and eager to get an eco-friendly project under his or her belt.

 

Issac’s Impact on Central Georgia

The center of the storm will stay hundreds of miles to the west but Isaac  still bring us periods of rain.  Central Georgia will experience rain bands from the outer edge of the large storm.

When looking at the “cone of uncertainty” it is important to keep in mind that rain and wind can extend well beyond the center of the path.

The chance for rain will increase on today and Wednesday.  We’re more likely to experience rain bands that come and go instead of a long, continuous downpour.

Rainfall totals could range from 1 to 4 inches in Central Georgia.  Higher amounts are possible, but not guaranteed.  Localized flash flooding is a possibility that will be monitored closely.

Hurricanes can spin up tornadoes after coming ashore.  Based on the current track, there will be a potential for isolated brief tornadoes late Tuesday and Wednesday.

Look for our updates here on 13wmaz.com, on our Facebook page and on Twitter

Items to Pack in a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

With Tropical Storm Isaac on the horizon, there are several things you can do to be storm-ready.

Whether or not Isaac visits the Peach state, every household should pack a basic disaster supplies kit.

The kit is easy to assemble and will be needed during hurricane season which has just begun.

There are about 13 items the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends you pack.

But here are the top five and a cost estimate:

Visit a grocery store and stock up on water. Make sure to buy one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days.
A gallon of water will cost about 90 cents.

The next item on the list is food. Buy non-perishables like canned soup or vegetables. A can of corn will cost about 70 cents.

The last stop is the electronics section.

A battery-powered radio costs about $25, a flashlight will run you $5, and an extra pack of batteries will cost another $5.

A disaster supplies kit filled with these essentials will cost about $37 in total.

Tropical Storm Isaac Update

Tropical Storm Isaac has weakened slightly this morning. The storm is about 225 miles south-southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico and about 1,600 miles south-southeast of Macon. It is moving west at 13 mph, and a turn to the west-northwest is forecast.  Isaac should pass near or south of Puerto Rico today and approach the Dominican Republic and Haiti tonight and Friday.

Maximum sustained winds remain at 40 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from Isaac’s center.  Some strengthening is forecast over the next 48 hours, and Isaac could become a hurricane before reaching Hispaniola (Domican Republic and Haiti).

A hurricane warning is in effect for Haiti and the south coast of the Dominican Republic from the border with Haiti eastward to Isla Saona.  The warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the next 24-36 hours.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the US Virgin Islands, and the north coast of the Dominican Republic from the border with Haiti eastward to Isla Saona. The warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 36 hours.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the southeastern Bahamas including the Aclins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, the Ragged Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands.  The watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area during the next 24-48 hours.

Rain totals of 4-8″ are possible over the northern Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Higher totals are expected for Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic).  Isolated spots there could see as much as 20 inches.  These rains could cause dangerous flash floods and mud slides.

 

Tropical Depression 10 continues moving west-northwest in the eastern Atlantic.  That storm is about 2,800 miles southeast of Macon.  TD 10 is moving west-northwest at 16 mph, and that motion should continue.

Sustained winds are at 35 mph, and some strengthening is forecast.  The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm (Joyce) later today or Friday.

There are no watches/warnings associated with Tropical Depression 10.

 

 

 

 

Love Quote of The Day

Love means to commit yourself without guarantee.
Anne Campbell

Warner Robins Honors Georgia Little League Team

The Georgia boys from Warner Robins who represented the state at the Southeastern Little League Tournament received one more honor before retiring their bats for the season.

Mayor Chuck Shaheen gave the boys each a key to the city.

He called it the city’s top honor, gven for representing the International City in an exemplary way.

The team from the Warner Robins American Little League made it to the finals of the tournament, but lost to Tennessee 1-0.

Tennessee is still in the game, with an undefeated record so far at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

 

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