Stories about Summer

Vacation Prep Checklist

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There are a few very EASY, very FAST energy-saving tasks you can check off your to-do list before you leave for vacation that will end up saving you money!

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Grilling Up Summer Meals…and Energy Savings!

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If it were up to my husband (he’s the “grill master” in our house), he’d grill all year round. Actually, he does. Oh sure, we grill more often in the summer – at least once a week, and sometimes two or three times – but he’s also been known to shovel a path through the snow to fire up the grill in the middle of January.

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Save Money By Grilling + Delicious Grilled Ginger Lime Shrimp Recipe

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It’s summertime! This has to be my favorite time of year for obvious reasons: no real schedule, the beach, warm weather and no bulky coats, and oh yes, the summer food! Our family loves to grill out all summer long. Really we grill year-round but definitely more so when the weather is nice. I knew that grilling saved me from doing dishes (three cheers!) but I didn’t really realize how energy-efficient grilling is. If you need some inspiration to get outside and grill, check out how cooking this way can save you energy AND money!

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Grilling and Energy Efficiency at Home

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It has finally getting warmer here in the Northeast and after what seemed like the coldest, longest winter it feel great! It has definitely made me dream of cooking on the grill! To me nothing tastes as great as food that has been cooked on a grill. Everything is so juicy and meats get so tender when marinaded….mmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it! I plan on grilling outside until the snow forces me back in!

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GRILLED CORN WITH FLAVORED BUTTER

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It’s a beautiful summer day that started with running into work for a couple hours, peaked when you came home to spend some time cleaning the house, before running your kids to the pool for the afternoon. You’re rolling in the door right around dinner time and, well, these people you live with seem to want dinner EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT. Bizarre, right?!

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AN UNPLUGGED FAMILY FUN NIGHT

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It shouldn’t really come as much surprise to me that my 10 year old daughter can’t really do anything simply. If I ask her to help with dinner, we suddenly have a 5 course meal with hand-written menus. If I bring her along shopping, it suddenly turns into a mass back-to-school shopping expedition where she gets more than I do. And if I tell her we’re going to have some friends over for an unplugged night of outdoor fun, it suddenly turns into a NEED to redecorate her playhouse!

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How to Plan an Electricity-Free Outdoor Party

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Ah, summer. I do love you…for a while. The freedom from the alarm clock and from packing school lunch every day is a super win in my book. But by this time, late summer, I’m starting to yearn for some structure again. My kids have started to lose interest in entertaining themselves and more often than I’d care to admit I’m telling them to shut down the Kindles and turn off the TV. And if I’m being honest, I have no room to talk. My laptop and phone are usually pretty close to wherever I am.

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