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How to Keep Your House Cool Without AC

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Advice for keeping your house cool during the hot months of summer without using energy-hogging air conditioning.


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Our electricity costs have skyrocketed.  Anything that gets me away from AC and cool at the same time is welcome news for me!

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Michael Stuart's curator insight, June 23, 2013 4:16 PM

Block that Sun!
When sunlight enters your house, it turns into heat. You’ll keep your house cooler if you reduce solar heat gain by keeping sunlight out.


Close the drapes: Line them with light-colored fabric that reflects the sun, and close them during the hottest part of the day. Let them pillow onto the floor to block air movement.


Add awnings: Install them on south- and west-facing windows to reduce solar heat gain by up to 77%, says the U.S. Department of Energy. Make your own by tacking up sheets outside your windows and draping the ends over a railing or lawn chair.


Install shutters: Interior and exterior shutters not only reduce heat gain and loss, but they also add security and protect against bad weather. Interior shutters with adjustable slats let you control how much sun you let in.
 

Apply high-reflectivity window film: Install energy-saving window films on east- and west-facing windows, which will keep you cool in summer, but let in warming sun in the winter. Mirror-like films are more effective than colored transparent films.


Open Those Windows
Be sure to open windows when the outside temperature is lower than the inside. Cool air helps lower the temps of everything (walls, floors, furniture) items that will absorb heat as temps rise, helping inside air say cooler longer.


To create cross-ventilation, open windows on opposite sides of the house. Good ventilation helps reduce VOCs and prevents mold.


Fire Up Fans

Portable fans: At night, place fans in open windows to move cool air. In the day, put fans where you feel their cooling breezes (moving air evaporates perspiration and lowers your body temperature). To get extra cool, place glasses or bowls of ice water in front of fans, which will chill the moving air.


Ceiling fans: For maximum cooling effect, make sure ceiling fans spin in the direction that pushes air down, rather than sucks it up. Be sure to turn off fans when you’re not in the room, because fan motors give off heat, too.


Whole house fans: A whole-house fan ($1,150-$1,500, including install) exhausts hot inside air out through roof vents. Make sure your windows are open when you run a whole-house fan.


Power Down Appliances

You’ll save money and reduce heat output by turning off appliances you’re not using, particularly your computer and television.


Plant Trees and Vines
These green house-coolers shade your home’s exterior and keep sunlight out of windows. Plant them by south- and west-facing walls, where the sun is strongest.


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House Ravages IRS, Guts $1.1 Billion from Tax Enforcement Budget

House Ravages IRS, Guts $1.1 Billion from Tax Enforcement Budget | It Matters | Scoop.it
The House voted Monday to cut more than $1 billion from the IRS's tax enforcement budget, giving Republicans a big helping of revenge against an agency they've battled all year. Members of the House this week are considering the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for fiscal...
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Oh Happy Day!  Too bad it probably won't pass the Senate.

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Pocatello Fire Department to conduct Burn and Learn training - Idaho State Journal

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Pocatello Fire Department to conduct Burn and Learn training
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The Pocatello Fire Department will conduct a Burn & Learn training evolution on Thursday and Friday, July 10 & 11, 2014 from 8 a.m.
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How to prevent bullying: Ripping the rule book may be the solution

How to prevent bullying: Ripping the rule book may be the solution | It Matters | Scoop.it
There may be many ways to prevent bullying, but doing away with rules hardly seemed like one of them, until a New Zealand school proved otherwise.

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I know that the more control someone exerts on me the more rebellious I am.  This makes sense on a lot of levels.  Unfortunately bullies are at every level of society and the earlier one learns to deal with it the better off they are.  I particularly like the part of calculating risk.  Challenging ourselves is a key ingredient in growth.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 8, 3:10 PM

Very intriguing on many levels.  It suggests that bullying increases when the kids are not in control of their own activities and are guided into adult centered activities. -Lon

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Feds investigating Idaho forestry company for possible human trafficking - KTVB

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Feds investigating Idaho forestry company for possible human trafficking
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OAKLEY, Idaho -- An Idaho forestry company is being investigated by federal agencies for claims of human trafficking for labor.
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Slavery alive and well in the US . . .

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Online sexual predators found throughout Idaho, not just in big cities - The Idaho Statesman

Online sexual predators found throughout Idaho, not just in big cities - The Idaho Statesman | It Matters | Scoop.it
The Idaho Statesman Online sexual predators found throughout Idaho, not just in big cities The Idaho Statesman Earlier this year, a man posing as a modeling executive was arrested after being accused of recruiting two young women at an Idaho...
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Eliana Johnson - IRS Has Lost More E-mails . . .

Eliana Johnson - IRS Has Lost More E-mails . . . | It Matters | Scoop.it
It’s not just Lois Lerner’s e-mails. The Internal Revenue Service says it can’t produce e-mails from six more employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups, according to two Republicans investigating the scandal.

The IRS told Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp and subcommittee chairman Charles Boustany that computer crashes resulted in additional lost e-mails, including from Nikole Flax, the chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal.

The revelation about Lerner’s e-mails rekindled the scandal and today’s news has further inflamed Republicans. Camp and Boustany are now demanding a special prosecutor to investigate “every angle” of the targeting. They expressed particular outrage that the agency has known since February that it would not be able to produce the e-mails requested by the committee yet did not apprise the committee of that fact, and they charged in a statement that the IRS is attempting to “cover up the fact that it convenient lost key documents in the investigation.”

If Lerner is the central figure in the scandal — Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa said Monday evening he believes she was the senior-most official involved — Flax may be an important auxiliary figure. E-mails produced in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the group Judicial Watch show Flax giving the green light to Lerner’s request to meet with Department of Justice officials to explore the possibility of criminally prosecuting nonprofit groups — at the suggestion of Democratic senator Sheldon Whitehouse — for engaging in political activity after declaring on their application for nonprofit status that they had no plans to do so.

E-mails uncovered by the committee last week showed that, in preparation for her meeting with the Department of Justice, Lerner and one of her advisers transmitted 1.1 million pages of data on nonprofit groups, including confidential taxpayer information, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, potentially in violation of federal law.
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Right.  The Justice Dept needs to confiscate the drives involved and have experts extract the emails.  Unless they totally rewrote the drives, the info is still there and if they did rewrite the drives, then it was no accident.

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Music Distribution: A Look From The Inside Through The Eyes of An Artist

Music Distribution: A Look From The Inside Through The Eyes of An Artist | It Matters | Scoop.it

 

Two of the main companies out there for music distribution are TuneCore and CD Baby.


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As Paul skedaddles to Iowa, Labrador attempts to heal Idaho GOP rift - The Idaho Statesman

As Paul skedaddles to Iowa, Labrador attempts to heal Idaho GOP rift - The Idaho Statesman | It Matters | Scoop.it
The Idaho Statesman As Paul skedaddles to Iowa, Labrador attempts to heal Idaho GOP rift The Idaho Statesman Rand Paul learned Friday that his friend Congressman Raul Labrador would be presiding over Saturday's fractious Idaho Republican...
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US weighs alliance with Iran to counter ISIS, boosts presence in Gulf

US weighs alliance with Iran to counter ISIS, boosts presence in Gulf | It Matters | Scoop.it
The Obama administration reportedly is preparing to open direct talks with Iran on possibly cooperating to counter the Sunni militant force seizing large swaths of Iraq and threatening Baghdad, weighing an unlikely alliance in the face of a common foe.
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I can't believe we would consider partnering with Iran on anything.  They still have the two hikers and the pastor in "prison" and we're thinking of aligning with them?  I have to think it will strain the relations with the Saudis to the breaking point. 

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Obama could launch airstrikes in Iraq but vows not to send troops

Obama could launch airstrikes in Iraq but vows not to send troops | It Matters | Scoop.it
The president said Friday that his national security team will soon provide him with a list of 'selective actions by our military' to help push back a terrorist horde marching through Iraq, but insisted that 'we will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat' there.
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Too little, too late Mr. President.  No one in the world will ever believe us again.  You should be ashamed.

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Iraqi Air Force evacuating besieged American contractors

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A Free Press For A Free People Since 1997
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More people abandoned.

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Idaho State Historical Museum preps for renovation, expansion - The Idaho Statesman

Idaho State Historical Museum preps for renovation, expansion - The Idaho Statesman | It Matters | Scoop.it
The Idaho Statesman Idaho State Historical Museum preps for renovation, expansion The Idaho Statesman They included the home of Leona Cartee, daughter-in-law of pioneer Lafayette Cartee; the basement of the Territorial Capitol Building in 1907...
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Bowe Bergdahl's Idaho Hometown Cancels "Welcome Back" Celebration - BuzzFeed

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Bowe Bergdahl's Idaho Hometown Cancels "Welcome Back" Celebration
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Hailey, Idaho, Police Chief Jeff Gunter said the event was being misrepresented in the media, leading some to believe the event was a sort of hero's welcome.
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Call to artists: Idaho Ho Ho CD cover art - The Idaho Statesman

Call to artists: Idaho Ho Ho CD cover art - The Idaho Statesman | It Matters | Scoop.it
The Idaho Statesman Call to artists: Idaho Ho Ho CD cover art The Idaho Statesman For the past five years, Idaho musicians and songwriters, such as Curtis Stigers, Steve Fulton and Carole King, donate their time and talent to create the holiday CD...
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13 Teenagers Who Are Changing The World | Tech-shutter

13 Teenagers Who Are Changing The World | Tech-shutter | It Matters | Scoop.it

Technology has always been the bastion of the young, and to celebrate our teen birthday, here are some impressive teens


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Hope for the future.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 7, 9:26 AM

Don't know if I agree "technology has always been the bastion of the young" at least not exclusively, but I love these 13 teen entrepreneurs setting the hard course to change the world. 

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Governor appoints new Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board members - KIVI-TV

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Governor appoints new Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board members
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The new board members will include Hamer, Idaho rancher and former Idaho Cattle Association President Richard Savage who will represent the livestock industry.
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A huge, important issue for our state.

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Conversations for Inquiring Minds: From My Heart

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Attkisson On Missing IRS Documents: If The Emails Really Are Lost, ‘That’s Quite A Story In Itself’ - CBS Philly

Attkisson On Missing IRS Documents: If The Emails Really Are Lost, ‘That’s Quite A Story In Itself’ - CBS Philly | It Matters | Scoop.it
Dom Giordano spoke with reporter Sharyl Attkisson about an announcement from the House Ways and Means Committee that the IRS reported losing all of Lois Lerner’s emails from 2009 to 2011.
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Bravo!

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New Age Music Review: Denise Young-Passionata

New Age Music Review: Denise Young-Passionata | It Matters | Scoop.it

Passionata is an album filled with artful song and elegant movements. Will Ackerman has produced another staggering work of genius.


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Controversy over delegates at Idaho GOP convention - The Idaho Statesman

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IdahoOnYourSide.com Controversy over delegates at Idaho GOP convention The Idaho Statesman MOSCOW, Idaho — Pleas for unison inside the Idaho Republican Party were muffled Friday by the sounds of name-calling and pointed accusations from party...
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Idaho GOP convention unconventional: Disunity abruptly ends event

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    MOSCOW — Bogged down by infighting over the qualifications of delegates and squabbles over Robert's Rules of Order, the Idaho Republican Convention came to a grinding halt Saturday afternoon. There was no election for state GOP chairman or adoption of a new Republican state platform.
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What a mess.  If things don't change soon the GOP will be totally ineffectual in this State.

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The Teenager Who Tripped Up Pelosi Has Words for Obama…And Glenn Beck

The Teenager Who Tripped Up Pelosi Has Words for Obama…And Glenn Beck | It Matters | Scoop.it
Andrew Demeter knew he'd only have one shot. "It was kind of one of those moments where you're like, 'I'm either going to do this or I'm not,'" Demeter recalled. "I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity since I knew after I popped the question to Leader...
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There's hope for future.  It's a shame that Demeter seems to be more educated than many who have the spotlight now.  He understands liberty is what makes America great. 

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Crude Records Year’s Biggest Weekly Gain on Iraq Unrest

Crude Records Year’s Biggest Weekly Gain on Iraq Unrest | It Matters | Scoop.it
West Texas Intermediate and Brent crudes charted the biggest weekly gains this year as Islamist fighters extended their advance in Iraq, triggering concern of a return to civil war.
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Everything's going up folks, including food.

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ISIS militants march on Iraq capital after taking control of the north

ISIS militants march on Iraq capital after taking control of the north | It Matters | Scoop.it
Thousands of men of all ages turned up at an army recruiting centre in the city to volunteer for military service in a bid to stop the Baghdad falling to the Islamic State of Iraq al-Sham.
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And we do nothing.

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Indie Music Labels Set to File Complaint Over YouTube's 'Strong-Arm' Tactics

Indie Music Labels Set to File Complaint Over YouTube's 'Strong-Arm' Tactics | It Matters | Scoop.it
The industry body that represents independent music labels worldwide says it has had enough of YouTube's aggressive negotiating tactics and will bring its case to the European Commission for review.

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