11 Ways to Keep Tick Away From Your Yard | Tick Ranger

LWM_MJ15_web_Page_39Loudoun County has seen the highest increase in cases of Lyme disease this year, across the state of Virginia. Protect yourself and your family from tick bites and the chance of contracting Lyme disease by following these simple property management practices:

1. Mow your lawn regularly. Ticks like to hide in tall grass and wait to latch on to a host.
2. Remove leaf debris and keep garden beds clean and dry.
3. Prune shrubs and bushes so they aren’t extending into walk areas where people or pets will brush up against them.
4. Keep ground cover to a minimum, as ticks like to hide there.
5. Avoid shady areas; ticks like the shade because they can’t tolerate heat.
6. Create a gravel or wood chip barrier around your property. These areas will be hot and dry making navigation difficult for the tick.
7. Keep pets out of wooded areas as much as possible.
8. Try to keep deer out of the yard as they are the preferred host of deer ticks.
9. Grow plants with a strong odor or essential oil such as lavender, lemon balm, or marigolds.
10. If you have a wood pile, keep it neat and in a sunny area. Remember, moist wood and shade is a tick magnet.
11. Hire a professional applicator such as Tick Ranger® to apply a natural tick repellent to your property.

Tick Ranger
(571) 267-7353
noticks@tickranger.com
TickRanger.com

Winter’s Coming… Are You Ready? | Ambit Energy

LWMNovDec2014small_Page_28El Nino is coming! What does that mean for our 2014-2015 winter long range forecast? While The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a winter with frigid temperatures, dare we say it, colder than last year’s polar vortex, other long range forecasts are predicting El Nino will produce a warmer winter than last year. So who is right? Ever hear the saying “Weathermen are the only people who can be right 50% of the time and still keep their jobs.”? Weather is at best unpredictable and is very difficult to tell the kind of a winter we will have. So the best thing
we can do is be prepared for anything! Here are some helpful ideas to help you save money this winter season.

 

  • HVAC checkup: It is worth the service charge to be sure your system is operating at optimal levels by having an inspection of the motors, belts and other complex components. Remember to change those filters every month to increase efficiency of the system.
  • Consider a Digital Thermostat: An older system in not as efficient as the new ones and they can over heat a room. A programmable thermostat allows you to control the temperature when people are not at home and when they are home.
  • Clean the Ducts: Clean air ducts allows for efficient movement of heat and clean air. It is best to consult a professional for this service.
  •  Check Insulation and seal those Doors and Windows: Make sure blown insulation hasn’t settled and are at proper levels. Sealing doors and windows and applying weather-stripping are keys to keeping your energy cost down.

AND….Pay LESS $$$ For Your Natural Gas

The biggest monthly energy cost is the gas delivered to your home and you have no control over these costs. You pay what the incumbent natural gas provider tells you to pay. Until now, Deregulation of energy allows you chose what you WANT to pay. Deregulation means energy companies now have competition from certified energy retailers and you have options. Options that let you select a different supplier providing you natural gas with significant annual savings. Savings that you can use for other things than paying inflated energy bills.

As Ambit Energy Consultants, we can switch any Washington Gas customer in Northern Virginia, at NO cost and 100% GUARANTEED satisfaction, to Ambit Energy and provide natural gas at a lesser cost. Switching is completely transparent, no contracts or fees, and you retain Washington Gas as your biller and as the delivery company. Then it just gets better! As an Ambit Energy customer you receive a Welcome Gift of a two night, three day “mini” vacation to any of our 75 designations, PLUS you earn travel rewards every time you turn on your natural gas.

Your savings could give you that little extra spending money for the holidays! Now that is something to CHEER about!

By Selina Adamson and PJ Riner
Call 571-333-0427 or e-mail novaambit@gmail.com

Winter’s Coming… Are You Ready? | Ambit Energy

LWMNovDec2014small_Page_28El Nino is coming! What does that mean for our 2014-2015 winter long range forecast? While The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a winter with frigid temperatures, dare we say it, colder than last year’s polar vortex, other long range forecasts are predicting El Nino will produce a warmer winter than last year. So who is right? Ever hear the saying “Weathermen are the only people who can be right 50% of the time and still keep their jobs.”? Weather is at best unpredictable and is very difficult to tell the kind of a winter we will have. So the best thing
we can do is be prepared for anything! Here are some helpful ideas to help you save money this winter season.

  • HVAC checkup: It is worth the service charge to be sure your system is operating at optimal levels by having an inspection
    of the motors, belts and other complex components. Remember to change those filters every month to increase efficiency
    of the system.
  • Consider a Digital Thermostat: An older system in not as efficient as the new ones and they can over heat a room.
    A programmable thermostat allows you to control the temperature when people are not at home and when they
    are home
  • Clean the Ducts: Clean air ducts allows for efficient movement of heat and clean air. It is best to consult
    a professional for this service.
  • Check Insulation and seal those Doors and Windows: Make sure blown insulation hasn’t settled and
    are at proper levels. Sealing doors and windows and applying weather-stripping are keys to keeping
    your energy cost down.

AND….Pay LESS $$$ for Your Natural Gas!

The biggest monthly energy cost is the gas delivered to your home and you have no control over these costs. You pay what the incumbent natural gas provider tells you to pay. Until now. Deregulation of energy allows you chose what you WANT to pay. Deregulation means energy companies now have competition from certified energy retailers and you have options. Options that let you select a different supplier providing you natural gas with significant annual savings. Savings that you can use for other things than paying inflated energy bills.

As Ambit Energy Consultants, we can switch any Washington Gas customer in Northern Virginia, at NO cost and 100% GUARANTEED satisfaction, to Ambit Energy and provide natural gas at a lesser cost. Switching is completely transparent, no contracts or fees, and you retain Washington Gas as your biller and as the delivery company. Then it just gets better! As an Ambit Energy customer you receive a Welcome Gift of a two night, three day “mini” vacation to any of our 75 designations, PLUS you earn travel rewards every time you turn on your natural gas.

Your savings could give you that little extra spending money for the holidays! Now that is something to CHEER about!

By Selina Adamson and PJ Riner
571-333-0427
novaambit@gmail.com

The Gift of a Clean Home | Mopfrog of Loudoun

The holidays shomopfrog of loudounuld be a time for cheer and merriment, but the hustle and bustle of the season can feel a bit overwhelming. Baking cookies, trimming a holiday tree, shopping for
loved ones – there is so much to do and so little time. In fact, the only thing you are dreaming of this season is a home that sparkles and shines. The gift of a clean home will give you
back what you desperately seek – time.

Simply running the vacuum over the carpet and wiping down the counter tops will not thoroughly clean your home. Mopfrog provides a service that allows customers to reap the benefits of a cleaner and healthier home. In fact, Mopfrog’s green cleaning program is designed to improve and maximize cleanliness in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Mopfrog uses cleaning solutions that maintain the highest environmental standards set forth by leading designations. In partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, Mopfrog’s products are Designed for the Environment (DfE), as well as Green Seal™ certified; thus, guaranteeing them to be non-toxic to humans and the eco-system. Coupled with state-of-the art equipment and a unique detailed cleaning checklist, the Mopfrog professionals leave homes immaculately clean – just in time for your holiday guests. Offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee, Mopfrog of Loudoun is committed to providing the highest quality of service.

This holiday season; leave the household chores to the experts. Mopfrog’s worry free and customizable services will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

By Lori Sullivan

MOPFROG.COM/LOUDOUN
(703) 763-4600

What is Ambit Energy?

LWMJulyAug2014_Page_31Simply put, Ambit Energy is a residential and commercial retail energy provider with a mission to become “the finest, most-respected retail energy provider in the country”.

Ambit began in 2006 and by 2010, Ambit was named the #1 Fastest-Growing Private Company in America by Inc. magazine and we continue to pick up steam! Our growing number of satisfied customers helped the company reach an amazing milestone of 1.2 million customers and over 1 Billion dollars in revenue – all within 7 years! And in 2014 we were named #12 on the Direct Selling Association List. We are only getting started!

Why Do I Need Ambit Energy?
We all use energy. We need it. We can’t live without it. Ask anyone who has lost power! But don’t you want to pay LESS for it? Our Loudoun County natural gas customers, both residential and commercial, enjoy substantial savings on their monthly energy bills. As an Ambit Energy Customer you have the power to save money even as energy costs rise.

What Will Ambit Energy Do For Me?
Not only can you realize significant savings, you can also take advantage of our attractive Travel Rewards program. Plus, our Free Energy program enables our customers to reduce, or even eliminate, their monthly energy charges.

How Can I Become an Ambit Energy Customer?
We attract and gain customers through Ambit Energy Independent Consultants. As a Consultant, we provide you with everything you need to become a customer and can guide you through registering. Ambit Energy Consultants never sell anything to our customers, we take time to educate them on the Power of Choice and the right to choose their natural gas supplier. We provide a service – not a product.

How Much Does It Cost to Switch to Ambit?
Making a switch to Ambit Energy is at absolutely no cost. There are no contracts or fees, the switch is completely transparent. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee or we will switch you back.

How Long Has Ambit Energy Been Available in Loudoun County?
The Ambit Energy market opened in Loudoun County March 31, 2014. In fact, March 31, Ambit Energy opened in the Northern Virginia market offering saving to any Washington Gas customer, so this is not limited to Loudoun County.

By PJ Riner and Selina Adamson

Lila HOME is Where the Heart Is

Everyday our hearts beat over and over to allow us the opportunity to laugh, smile, work, play, love and be a part of this world. The center of our physical world tends to be our surroundings, our dwellings, our homes. Unlike the natural beating of a heart, we have to help our homes pump us full of warmth, life, love and laughter. Luckily, there are people in the world (us interior designers) who can help you do this! – Lauren Riddiough Clement of Lauren Nicole Designs

lila home ashburn vaWe expect a lot out of our homes: to be organized, warm, inviting, unique and full of character, just as we expect a lot out of our bodies to stay fit and healthy. So like an exercise regime or a healthy diet, efforts must be put into your home as well. Maybe your home just needs a face lift  Clients call us and say, “I just can’t pull it all together. I feel stuck, unfinished, HELP!”

The right pillows, lighting, tables, picture frames, artwork, and draperies can breathe new life into a room. Or maybe you are in need of a total room design. Either way, the first step is to identify the goals then to devise the plan and then the execution/BIG REVEAL comes last.

lila home ashburn vaWhen doing the walk through of your home, I always start at the front door. Your main entrance or foyer is the first chance that you have to make a statement to your friends and family. You want to set the tone here and usually it does not take too much to do so. Consider a good-sized rug that is meant for high traffic, a WOW chandelier and a coat rack or element of function to make your guests feel at ease.

Moving into the home, the family room and kitchen are what is often called the ‘HEART’ of the home. You want to make sure that your core, your command center of your home has the following elements:

  • Color, texture and pattern: This is where the personality and character of a home is displayed. Whether you like big blooming florals and bright colors or you go for more geometrics and neutral tones, either option can look great when done properly but that scheme reflects who you are and what your home is all about.
  • Function: You want to make sure that you have plenty of seating- whether it is you and your family or 10 of your closest friends from book club, you all want to be comfortable. Do you need lots of hard surfaces for entertaining or storage for kid’s toys? A beautiful room is only good if you can live in it!
  • Finishing touches: This means art work, proper lighting, accessories, all of the pieces which make a room feel complete and full of character.

lila home designs ashburn vaWe depend on our homes just as our bodies depend on our hearts. So we have to keep both of them happy, healthy and updated.

Whether you need a few table top accessories or an entire new room plan, we can help!
Lila HOME Designs
20916 Stubble Rd Ashburn 20147
703.726.1638
www.lilahomedesigns.com

MAKE SENSE FOR CENTS

DIGITIZE YOUR FILES.

LEARN TO DO MORE WITH LESS.

Give away 5 – 10 unused items from your house, closet or office every month of the year 2013. At the end of the year your will have purged over 100 items that you didn’t use anyway. Not only will you de-clutter, BUT, the process of cleaning out and getting rid of things, opens up space and room for all that is new and wonderful in your life TODAY!

Hire a professional Financial Planner to assist with your portfolio for growth THIS YEAR!!!! Already have a great professional to manage and assist with your portfolio??? Review and research options for growth opportunities.TIP: Make sure your investment portfolio has exposure to emerging markets. One of the best performing emerging markets over the last 10 years according to Morning star is Delaware Emerging Market fund (DEMAX) Check it out!

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