From The Daily Green‘s Senior Editor Dan Shapley:
With much of the U.S. experiencing a summer heat wave, everyone’s thinking about cooling off. While the modern office, and 84% of U.S. homes use air conditioners, we can all save money by using them less; after all, the typical U.S. home spends 17% of its annual energy bill on cooling – about $375.
We can all save energy, too, which on the hottest summer days can have an immediate payoff: avoiding an electricity blackout caused by an overloaded power grid. Here are eight trustworthy tips for cooling your home (and yourself) without the use of the air conditioner – or at least without as much use of the air conditioner.
Call it a ribbeting tale of friendship.
A woman in Southern California was about to eat an organic salad last Wednesday when she found a piece of protein she didn’t expect: A tiny frog.
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The 37-year-old Garfinkel is a strict vegetarian with meat allergies. Not knowing if she had chomped on other amphibians by accident, she said ran to the bathroom where she threw up the other parts of the salad.
Meanwhile, her husband shouted from the dining room, “It’s still alive!” The Los Angeles Times reported.
After he rinsed the lemon-tahini vinaigrette off the tiny frog, her hubby started rubbing the frog’s belly and managed to rouse it from its stiff state.
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Instead, they put the amphibian in an old aquarium in their home in Corona and named it “Lucky” ― a good name, considering the way the frog narrowly cheated death.
The incident changed Becky Garfinkel’s life in one way.
“I will tell you right now, I have no desire to ever eat a salad again. I’m petrified of the thought of a salad,” she told KABC TV.
Garfinkel reached out to Target, where she purchased the salad, and the company offered her a $5 gift card, she said.
The company also told her that Taylor Farms, the vendor that made the salad, is launching an investigation into the unappetizing incident, according to the Times.
Still, Garfinkel is happy to have a new family member.
“He survived so much,” she told the paper. “I am just happy he survived and I didn’t eat him.”
According to NBC DFW, firefighters tried to extinguish the flames, which started on Monday morning, by using unmanned water cannons. When those failed to put out the fire, they tried pumping extra water through the building’s sprinkler system. The fire, however, caused tanks holding flammable liquid to rupture, spreading the flames further and even burning a fire truck.
The Washington Post reports that the fire at the plant — which stores 80,000 gallons of liquid — also moved to a field and train.
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The Associated Press reports that there have been no injuries, but a school, junior college and apartment complex had to be evacuated on Monday. About 1,000 people who had been told to evacuate returned to their homes later in the day.
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The fire was 95% contained as of Monday night, according to the Associated Press.
For more on the fire, click over to the coverage from NBC Dallas Fort Worth and the Associated Press.
LOOK: Pictures from the Magnablend chemical plant in Waxahachie, Texas.