Ways To Save Electricity During The Summer

Summer Activities in Billerica!

Looking for some quality family fun right here in town? Well mark your calendars!

Start the summer off with the Summer Kick Off This Saturday!

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Then Head off to the Lampson and camp out at the The Great American Campout!

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And don’t miss out on FREE Movie nights!

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While we are at it, let’s put a rocking fun break in the
week with
 The  Summer Concert Series

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But wait…It doesn’t end there…you can take the kids to the Splash Pad at Warren Manning Park! Walk the Trails and play in the water!

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Head to the Beach! Micozzi Beach that is! Play in the sand…rent a canoe, kayak or stand up paddle boards…play some volleyball…or go fishing! 

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Enjoy Billerica in the Summer!

For more information check out the Billerica Recreation Website or the Town Of Billerica Website

10 Ways to Save on Utility Bills During the Summer Months

The summer heat is often the culprit behind jumps in electricity costs during the summer months, so do what you can now to conserve energy and avoid additional costs as the weather heats up. If you’re looking to cut back on your spending throughout the summer, your utility bills are great places to start when making changes to your everyday life. 

Here are 10 ways to save on utility bills during the summer months, adopt an environmentally friendly lifestyle and avoid overspending on household expenses this year.

  1. Switch Off the Lights When You Leave a Room – Turning off the lights when walking out of a room is a great way to curb your energy consumption in the summer.
  2. Use Rain as a Free Water Source – Collecting rainwater in buckets during a storm is an active way to cut down on your water usage while taking care of your yard this season.
  3. Close Your Blinds and Curtains During the Day – Keeping the heat out on bright, sunny days is an effective way to control your energy expenses this summer.
  4. Keep Doors and Vents Shut – Closing off parts of your house where you don’t spend much time is a convenient way to limit cooling costs while at home during the summer.
  5. Spend Your Free Time Outside – Going out every day to embrace the warm weather and enjoy the great outdoors is a smart way to use less energy in the summertime.
  6. Find Creative Ways to Cool Down – Drinking ice-cold beverages and taking cool showers are small ways to save money on utilities while making the most of the summer.
  7. Put Wet Clothes Out on a Clothesline – Using the hot summer sun to dry your clothes after washing them is an effortless way to reduce utility bills and spend time outside.
  8. Monitor the Temperature on Your Thermostat – Setting a default number for your air conditioning is a simple way to keep your energy bills from rising when it’s hot outside.
  9. Opt for Fans Instead of Air Conditioning – Circulating air throughout your home with fans is an economical way to cool down your living space while using less energy.
  10. Unplug Electronics That Aren’t Being Used – Pulling out their cords when you’re not using your electronics and chargers is an easy way to limit your energy usage this summer.

These 10 ways to save on utility bills during the summer months will keep you from breaking the bank when the weather gets warmer this year. Whether you’re focused on using less water, running your air conditioning on a lower setting or another method, it’s possible to cut back on power usage and save money in the process.

Your Guide To June

Welcome summer!

 

 

World Oceans Day

More than 70% of the Earth is covered by ocean. Pledge to do your bit for ocean conservation today!

 

 

 

Flag Day

 It’s the birthday of Old Glory — 242 years old this year. Check the official rules for displaying the Stars and Stripes.

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day

Anyone can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a dad. Thank you to dads everywhere!

 

 

 

 

Juneteenth

 

Also known as Freedom Day, this important holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

 

  

 

First Day of Summer

Get ready for surf, sun, and sand. Summer is here again!

 

 

 

  

United Nations Public Service Day

Since 2003, this day has honored those who selflessly work to promote public service throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

The main reason people give for not buying a home is that they believe they can’t afford it[2]. But there are low- and no-down payment programs that may be able to help make buying a home a real possibility! Talk to your lender to learn more.

 

Sources
[1] Census.gov
[2] National Association of REALTORS®
[3] Zillow
[4] U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Bug Repelling Plants You Need!

Its that time of year….warmer weather….longer days….and being outside! If you are like me though, you don’t appreciate the mosquitoes and flies joining you.

I am not a fan of spraying my yard with chemicals to keep these pesky bbq visitors at bay and have found that certain  plants can help serve as a replacement for those synthetic insecticides, as long as you know how to use them to your advantage. Plants have unique natural abilities to emit different chemical substances with them they repel or attract specific insects. Flowers bring a pretty sight and a pleasant fragrance for us, however, for pests they often pose a life threat.

 

Herbs That Repel Insects


Lavender

Apart from mosquitoes, lavender oil can chase other bugs, such as fleas, flies and moths.lavender

 

Mint

Although a domesticated plant, the mint still spreads like weeds if left in the ground, minttherefore it’s best to grow it in pots. Placing mint pots around your patio and garden will also help you keep mosquitoes away.

 

 

 

Basil

Mosquitoes are repulsed by the basil scent. A pot of basil, or a stalk hung is a natural  basil repellent. There’s an oil in basil that kills mosquito eggs too.

 

 

Rosemary

Rosemary is one of the herbs that are multifunctional. It’s extremely resistant to outer conditions, however, it needs a lot of sunlight. Repels mosquitoes and a variety of insects harmful to vegetable plants.

 

Lemon Balm
Having lemon balm in your garden will repel mosquitoes, thanks to the natural essential oils and strong smell of the plant.

 

Lemongrass

The lemongrass is a perennial tropical grass plant (so sadly only an annually up here in the cold states) Citronella is a natural oil found in lemongrass so its the perfect repellent not only for mosquitoes but flies and other unwanted bugs!

 

Lemon thyme

The lemon thyme is a bush, with yellow-green small leaves that smell like lemon. The lemon thymefully-grown plants blossom during the summer with pink, lavender-like flowers.

In order to infuse its qualities and repel the nasty mosquitoes, you must first release the chemicals in the plant by crushing the leaves. Make sure that, at first, you are not allergic to those chemicals by smearing a piece of crushed leaf on your arm for a few days.

 

Oregano

Oregano is one of those universal spices used throughout the world and is well-known to everyone who’s spent at least some time in the kitchen. Not many knows, on the other hand, that oregano belongs to the family of natural insect repellents. Mosquitos, cabbage butterfly, and cucumber beetle don’t stand a chance, amongst others, however, some insects won’t bother, such as spider mites, leafhoppers and aphids. Therefore, you can plant the oregano near garlic and onions.

 

 

Flowers That Repel Insects


Marigolds

In the wild marigolds are agile and also happen to grow out of dumping-grounds. The marigoldmarigold is a peculiar barometer – if the blossoms remain closed after 7 in the morning, then it means it will rain during the day.

There are different kinds of marigolds – lighter and darker, with larger and smaller blossoms, but they all carry the same health benefits. Plus, marigolds’ smell chases off not only aphids and mosquitoes but also big animals such as rabbits.

 

Ageratum

This seasonal flower effectively repels mosquitoes with its fragrance. During production of some repellents, one of the important ingredients comes from the plant. However, it’s not recommended to rub your skin with ageratum leaves . That might cause unwanted and very unpleasant allergic reactions. The ageratum is extremely easy to grow – undemanding to the soil and light-loving.

 

Chrysanthemums

A special chemical in the chrysanthemums, called pyrethrum, is the thing that keeps chrysanthemumbugs away. Roaches, ticks, fleas, bed bugs, spider mites, Japanese beetles and ants – be gone. The ingredient is part of different insecticides in the USA and is used in sprays and flea pet shampoos. Be careful with the spray bottles, if you happen to have one, since pyrethrum is poisonous to people in certain amounts.

 

 

So get out there and plant and enjoy your backyard and beautiful weather!

Your Guide to June

 

Happy June! Are you ready for some summer fun?

Make this June one for the books with the following ideas for a fun-filled month.

Chill with Your Bestie

June 8 — National Best Friends Day

Friends are the family we choose. Do you have a best friend who means a lot to you? Celebrate your friendship by scheduling some time to do something you both enjoy. Whether it’s an epic outdoor adventure or an evening of drinks and good conversation, time spent with your best pal is always time well spent!

Do Something for Dad

June 17 — Father’s Day

Want to create a Father’s Day that dad will remember? This year, trade the cards and grill sets for experiences, like a day at the ball park or a weekend camping trip. Even something as simple as a quiet family dinner can make for meaningful memories that he’ll cherish for years to come.

Kick Off Summer with an Outdoor Shindig

June 21 — First Day of Summer 

It’s officially here! Give summer a proper welcome by hosting an outdoor bash with friends and family. Think backyard barbecue, luau-themed pool party, or outdoor movie night. Don’t forget the food and libations, like this Southern BBQ Chicken and Peach Iced Tea. If you haven’t planned your summer vacation yet, now is the time to start! Get inspired with these 5 Ideas for a Memorable Summer Getaway.

File Your Taxes

June 22 — Take Your Dog to Work Day®

Did you know that bringing your four-legged friends to work can actually boost morale? According to a 2016 survey, 88% of employees agreed, and 85% said it creates a better work-life balance. Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWD) is a special opportunity to celebrate your love of Fido with like-minded coworkers, while bringing awareness to pet-friendly causes. Need help convincing your employer to host a TYDTWD? Pet Sitters International offers a free toolkit filled with helpful resources.

Pass on Plastic

June 28 — National Insurance Awareness Day

Raise your hand if you’ve: had a birthday in the past year, had a baby, bought a house, or you basically have anything valuable you want to protect. Sound like you? (News flash: It’s all of us.) Make sure the stuff that matters to you is properly insured. Take some time to assess your coverage and make the changes that are right for you. #Adulting

 

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