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Chances are good that your air conditioner is inefficient and oversized if it is more than 10 years old. You can probably improve comfort, lower energy bills and reduce your environmental impact by replacing an old air conditioner.

You should consider replacing your air conditioning system if it is noisy or no longer cooling evenly. If your home is humid, your system may be inefficiently oversized or it is no longer working adequately. These problems could require major repairs that approach the cost of a new unit, particularly when you consider the potential savings on energy bills.

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Spring can be a season of nightmares for the estimated 50 million American allergy sufferers. The temperature is getting warmer, so it’s tempting to get outside and get away from all the aggravating dust and impurities indoors. However, the pollen outside may trigger worse allergic reactions.

It’s best to keep trying to minimize dust and other year-round indoor allergens while keeping out the spring pollen. Here are some tips for keeping spring allergens out of the house.

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Please note that the meeting for the 14th of June has been postponed.   We will update the site when the meeting has been rescheduled.  Thank you.

For most homes in warm climates, air conditioning uses more electricity than any other use — up to 70 percent of a summer electric bill, according to some estimates. However, there are ways for most people to reduce this load by changing their air conditioning habits. Here are the biggest air conditioning mistakes people make, and how to reduce usage and electric bills.

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From June 10-12, the annual Falls Church tradition returns, presented by the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the City of Falls Church.  The festival is a tribute to the late John Jackson, the life-long Falls Church area resident who is considered a seminal influence in the development of the Piedmont blues.

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation was founded in 1997 to preserve the early civil rights history of Falls Church and vicinity. The history of Tinner Hill is about civil rights, location, and a few brave people who defended the U.S Bill of Rights. It is about hard work and perseverance. E.B. Henderson, Joseph Tinner and numerous others who lived on or around Tinner Hill had to outsmart and outflank the rulers of this rural are and they did. Today, we all reap the benefits of this almost forgotten battle, and up to the eighth generation of these families still live on the hill.

Visit the Tinner Hill Blues Festival website…

Celebrate Fairfax!, Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide celebration, arrives June 10-12, 2011 to the Fairfax County Government Center. Presented by Celebrate Fairfax, Inc, the annual festival hosts tens of thousands of visitors during the three-day run.

The 25-acre site is magically filled with fascinating sights and sounds of more than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, crafters and interactive activities. Celebrate Fairfax! showcases live concerts on seven stages, ExxonMobil Children’s Avenue, a petting zoo, the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship, carnival rides, and great festival foods. Another fun activity for kids is the Inova Train Ride to Good Health.

Nightly fireworks, presented by SAIC, are a highlight of the festival, and one of many great family programs. This year’s Bud Light Main Stage features top national headline performers: Third Eye Blind, The Bangles and The Legwarmers!

Visit the Celebrate Fairfax website to learn more…

As the weather starts warming up, it’s wonderful seeing everyone outside taking their dogs on long walks.  I thought all these beautiful dogs and their caring owners would appreciate a quick reminder on some of the common plants that are poisonous to dogs.

Here are 10 of the most poisonous plants for dogs, including some found in our homes, our yards and in the wild. Plants that are poisonous to dogs can be found in our homes, our yards and in the wild, and sometimes all it takes is a little bite to lead to an emergency trip to the veterinarian. These 10 plants are among the most toxic to dogs (you can find a full list with photos at ASPCA.org).

Read the full article on Mother Nature Network…