Before a Flood
  • Install backflow valves or plugs for kitchen drains, toilets and other sewer connections. Also, anchor your fuel tank so it won't be swept downstream and damage other houses.
  • Sanitize sinks and tubs with bleach, allow to air dry and then fill them, as well as plastic soda bottles, with clean water.
  • Fill your gas tank.
  • Buy and pack a three- to five-day supply of nonperishable food and water. Include water-purifying tablets and a manual can opener.
  • Make sure you have flood insurance.

Is Anyone Home?

Thieves might prey on your home while you're away on summer vacation. July and August are the worst months for burglaries, says the Insurance Information Institute, or III. To keep your home safe:
  • Use timers to turn on lights, radios or the TV.
  • Cancel or ask neighbors to collect mail or newspapers.
  • Give a house key to a friend or neighbor; never leave one outside.
  • Install a monitored burglar alarm system and add window decal or lawn signs identifying that service.

Want To Lower Your Electric Bill - and Taxes?

If you're looking for new household products, or even a new home, look for ones that have the Energy Star label. Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The federal government and many local utilities provide financial incentives for purchasing Energy Star-qualified windows, doors and skylights.
  • To find out if rebates or other incentives are available in your area, use the ENERGY STAR Rebate Finder.
  • For a list of home improvements that qualify for tax credits, go to Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency.

Monthly Reminder

Check your home's exterior weather stripping and ensure window peepholes and locks work. This can protect your house from rain, air loss, energy costs and theft.

* The above article is provided by USAA. They will send monthly guide to me to be posted here.