The heat is on. And if your air-conditioner is off, or just not running efficiently,you or your wallet are suffering.Dale Dorman, a housing specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service,says good maintenance in hot weather can save you both discomfort and money. “Cooling experts recommend having your system inspected and served by a qualifiedcontractor,” Dorman says. “The best person to call is the one who installed itor the manufacturer’s local representative listed in the Yellow Pages.”Dorman suggests these tips to keep your system running its best:* Shade your room air-conditioner from direct sun. This will reduce its workload.* Clean the filters every month and replace them as necessary. This will save energyand reduce dust and pollen in the air.* Don’t leave your room air-conditioner turned to the coolest setting when you go out.Set the controls to a warmer setting to reduce operating costs.* Because dust can foil efficiency, vacuum air vents regularly. And don’t block themwith furniture, carpet or curtains.* Leaky ducts are prime sources of energy waste. Hire a professional to seal andinsulate ducts.* If your home has crawl space under it, open the foundation vents in the spring topromote air flow. Close them in the winter.* Prune shrubs that may block air flow to your air-conditioner.* Think about installing ceiling fans. The air circulation spreads cooling in thesummer and boosts heating efficiency in the winter.When you buy a new air-conditioning system, “you can save a little or a lot,”Dorman says. “Select the most energy-efficient equipment that meets your needs andfits your budget.”The more efficient a product, the less it costs to run. It reduces air pollution, too,and helps conserve natural resources.So what makes one system more efficient than another?”Most of the differences are on the inside in the motors, compressors, pumps,valves, gaskets and seals,” Dorman says. “Or in electronic sensors that maketoday’s products more ‘intelligent.'”Manufacturers use standard U.S. Department of Energy tests to prove their products’efficiency. The EnergyGuide materials from the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau ofConsumer Protection report the test results.Before you buy, use an energy audit to help pinpoint your needs, Dorman says. Auditshelp detect energy waste and gauge your current system’s efficiency. Do-it-yourself kitsare available.Find out about special offers. Ask your local utility or salesperson about cashrebates, low interest loans or other incentives for buying energy-efficient products. Youmay qualify.If you’re buying a home, ask your lender if an Energy-Efficient Mortgage is available.EEMs allow home buyers to qualify for a larger mortgage. Lenders use the lower monthlybills you’d pay in an energy-efficient house to offset a higher mortgage payment.
NZ Herald 18 December 2017Family First Comment: There’s a time and a place!!Police are urging anyone who witnesses offensive behaviour to report it to authorities after an explicit video of a man and woman having sex on the side of State Highway 1 emerged online.Leaning on a sculpture beside the Jetty St over bridge in Dunedin, the pair continue to engage in sexual relations even after being filmed.The filmers can be heard egging on the man who waves back.Filmed at the intersection of Jetty St and State Highway 1, the road is the main route heading north from Dunedin.The incident is believed to have happened in the early hours of morning and the video appears to show both people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.National director of Family First Bob McCoskrie told the Herald there was a time and place for sexual activity but not in public, and “definitely not where families and children are passing by”.“This couple are showing complete disrespect for both themselves and for the general public. Families should definitely report this type of behaviour to the police. Public indecency is still – and should be – a crime.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11961300&ref=twitter Group who filmed nude woman running around Parnell carpark labelled disrespectfulNZ Herald 17 December 2017A group of young men who videoed a naked and incoherent woman running around an Auckland park have been condemned for their actions.Herald readers have hit out at the group, labelling the decision to film the woman instead of helping her disrespectful and abhorrent.And Family First says the group’s actions were disappointing.The video emerged on social media late last week. The woman with long brown hair does not appear to be coherent and is seen racing around a carpark in Parnell on Wednesday evening.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said it appeared that the distressed and incapacitated woman in the video needed practical help, not a social media campaign.“It’s disappointing that the public didn’t call for help and didn’t offer help if, and where, possible.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11960559&ref=twitter
LifeSite News 13 June 2018Family First Comment: As predicted, with Canada leading the way. This will set a precedent for NZ…“REAL Women’s vice president warned the decision legitimizes polyamorous relationships and paves the way for legislation to accommodate the parental recognition demands of polyamorous groupings.”www.ProtectMarriage.nzA Newfoundland judge has declared a polyamorous trio of one woman and two men all legal parents of the child the woman gave birth to last year. The decision appears to be the first of its kind in Canada.In ruling on the case of Re CC, Justice Robert Fowler of the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court Family Division observed the child was born in 2017 as the result of a polyamorous relationship between two men and one woman he described as “stable and ongoing” since June 2015.“None of the partners in this relationship is married and, while the identity of the mother is clear, the biological father of the child is unknown,” wrote Fowler. The judge did not seem aware of the existence of paternity tests.The three adults went to court after the Newfoundland Ministry of Service refused to list them all as parents because the province’s Vital Statistics Act allows for the names of only two parents on a child’s birth certificate.Fowler ruled having three parents was in the child’s best interests.“To deny this child the dual paternal parentage would not be in his best interests. It must be remembered that this is about the best interests of the child and not the best interest of the parents,” he wrote.The child “has been born into what is believed to be a stable and loving family relationship which, although outside the traditional family model, provides a safe and nurturing environment,” Fowler opined.“I can find nothing to disparage that relationship from the best interests of the child’s point of view.”REAL Women vice president Gwen Landolt blasted the ruling as “truly shocking.”READ MORE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/canadian-judge-rules-child-born-to-polyamorous-trio-has-three-parents