It’s amazing how high gas prices are today. I passed this sign as I was leaving Myrtle Beach and I had to pull over to take this picture. I wondered just how old was this abandoned sign? I don’t remember “EVER” paying $1.09 for gas. So, I googled an article and found that Regular gas prices were $1.09/gallon in 1998, exactly 12 years ago. As oil prices continue to rise, I can only imagine how expensive a gallon of gas will be in the next 10 years. Renewable alternatives are looking better and better each day.
I think the best alternative to rising gas prices is to build more sustainable communities. Communities that will allow us to drive less, (maybe walk to work or work from home) and that will allow us to use more natural resources that are readily available in the U.S. We need to pay more attention to energy efficiency in everyday living. If your home wasn’t built within the last 5 years you need to have your homes audited for energy efficiency. Most older homes are not energy efficient which is a major contributer to rising utility bills. You can install better windows that will prevent heat loss and protect against UV rays, more efficient central heating/air system, or simply go GREEN. Green homes are becoming more and more desirable in our day and age.
If you can’t afford to go green or update your home with more energy efficient appliances, systems, etc. Then you can start simply by using less energy. There are 10 Tips that you can implement today that will save you $$$ on your next utility bills. Try it out, I’d love to get your feedback.
1.keeping the lights off in the day time.
2. Unplug the computers when not in use.
4. Make the kids go “outside” to play a good part of the day. NO Wii ALL DAY LONG!
5. Buy energy efficient light bulbs.
6. Make sure your doors, and windows have weather stripping to prevent heat loss.
7. If you Properly seal cracks this can also prevent heat loss.
8.Walk more vs. driving, this will save you on gas and keep you healthy and fit.
9. Read more vs. watching TV.
10. Regulate your Thermostat.
Please remember to make a conscious contribution to the planet to sustain a healthy community.
Relocating to Augusta, GA
Relocation to any area can be a daunting task. It’s never easy to know for sure if you’re considering the best neighborhoods suited for you or your family, schools for your children, or areas of easy access to all the amenities that you may need. Not so in relocating to Augusta, GA. This second largest and second oldest city in Georgia has increasingly become a preferred relocation destination of choice. With its pleasurable ambiance, excellent options in school choices, and calm environment, it’s easy to understand why so many look to call Augusta, GA home.
A newcomer will find in Augusta, GA a historical city overflowing with tradition and culture. Nestled along the banks of the Savannah River, this city displays hints of its history through its southern mansions and architecture. Nicknamed, “The Garden City,” the town’s tree-lined streets, greens, and multitude of parks allows it to live up to its name. Its location is centrally located in Georgia, being two hours east of Atlanta, and a two and a half hour drive from the mountains and beaches.
To many across the nation, Augusta may be most known for hosting the Masters Tournament. This popular annual event results in a plethora of tourists and proud residents taking in the beauty of the city as well as the golfing event. In addition, the azalea-laden Augusta National Golf Course is an attraction for avid golfers and fans.
But there is more to Augusta than golf. Resident families enjoy strolling down the shaded sidewalks of the Riverwalk area—a six-block scenic pathway along the Savannah River levee. The downtown Riverwalk is a two-tiered park with pedestrian access to museums and gardens, and even has a concert pavilion. It is the home of annual events such as St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and fireworks for the fourth of July.
Augusta restaurants offer various delectable selections for an afternoon fare, family dining, or a romantic evening. Dining features to choose range from kid friendly environments, live entertainment, outdoor seating areas, or grills with full bars. From southern comfort foods such as fried chicken and catfish, collard greens and corn bread, to regional, eclectic, and innovative fusion cuisine, newcomers are sure to have many options and fine establishments to explore. Choices such as Beamies at the River, Boll Weaver Café & Sweetery, and Frog Hollow Tavern are just a few of the variety of dining options available.
For the night lifers, Broad Street is a popular destination for live music and special events.
Augusta is also home to the historic Springfield Baptist Church. Founded in 1787, it is the oldest independent African-American congregation in the United States. Other local attractions and events include monthly downtown evening gallery tours, summer celebrations at Lakefest, fourth of July celebrations at Patriots Park, and the Georgia Games.
In selecting a home new residents will have great variety in the style of homes to choose from. While the majority of the homes are detached, single-family, ranch-style homes, recent years have shown a growth in two-level homes as well. Whatever your preference, Augusta has optimal selections to fit your family’s lifestyle. Popular areas are on the westside, however, newcomers can find welcoming neighborhoods in any part of the city.
Augusta boasts charming neighborhoods and friendly residents. It prides itself in its relaxing communities, history, and traditions. If you are relocating to Augusta, GA, you are sure to find it a great place to call home.
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