I had never considered how much time my family would spend in our basement until the theater room was finished. Now I can not imagine our home without this space. I also built my office into a corner of our basement home theater to have an additional amount of privacy from the regular traffic of the house.
Sue - Well maybe we can't stop people from emitting carbon dioxide in the air. That would be the best way. But my Dad said sometimes you can't prevent something. But you can do something when you see it happening. Maybe we can't stop more people from coming to Maricopa County. Maybe we can't stop people from driving longer and making more trips. Maybe we can't stop people from putting carbon dioxide in the air. But there is a way to take it right back out. We can plant trees.
Flooding can cause some of the worst problems. Unfortunately, you often have to have Flood Insurance to have this problem covered. It is not usually a part of your homeowners insurance. Some problems will be covered, so if you end up with water damage, make sure to call your insurance company.
Invest in college savings: When you put away money to a 529 account for your college savings you could use your tax refund tax-free to pay your college bills. In addition to this you could also get a deduction on your state income tax against your contribution to the 529 account.
Sue - Kids have done a lot things to help the environment. Some kids recycle, Some kids pick up litter and clean up communities. Some kids plant wildflowers.
Many individuals store so many items in their basements to the point it is hard to move around. They will tell you that everything that is in the basement is precious to them. Memories are priceless and making sure a backup sump pump is in place to protect them is a wise decision. If the electricity goes out for a long period of time, home sump pumps cannot function. A battery operated sump pump offers the best protection from flood damage.
Lastly, make sure you have a first aid kit in the case you or a friend is injured. First aid kits come various sizes, but it will be important to choose wisely. By having the right supplies, you'll be able to patch up a wound quickly prior to seeking the necessary medical attention.