It is important that all Wisconsin citizens have access to information on housing. The University of Wisconsin Extension provides resources on the topics of renting and home ownership.
Rent Smart: A Tenant Training Program
Rent Smart provides practical education to help people looking for rental housing to acquire and keep decent housing. Rent Smart emphasizes skills that can help tenants avoid legal confrontations. It stresses tenant responsibilities and the advantages the tenant gains from viewing the landlord-tenant relationship as mutually beneficial rather than confrontational. For further information about the Rent Smart program download our marketing Brochure and our impact report.
While many of us would prefer to spend our time and money elsewhere, keeping up on general maintenance of the home is one of the most fundamental ways to keep us from being forced to spend MUCH more time and money when something goes wrong.
Performing home maintenance has other valuable results. As you track and monitor the systems in your home, you will gain an understanding of its inter-workings and gain useful skills. Also, you will feel a sense of pride in knowing that your efforts both keep your family safe and build value in your investment.
UW Extension has developed resources to answer questions about basic home maintenance including:
UW-Extension About the House
Wisconsin Homeowner Preservation Education
HomeWorks News: A Seasonal Newsletter Series
Homewise – A Guide for new Homeowners
Care & Maintenance of Residential Septic Systems
Winter Home Moisture Problems
Lead Based Paint Hazards
Energy use in the home makes up 22% of the energy used in the United States. There are many things that you can do to conserve energy at home. Some are simple and inexpensive such as turning off computers when not in use. Others may take a small amount of time and money, such as caulking windows. Some may be more expensive and complex but save money in the long room.
UW Extension developed an “In Home Energy Audit” guide to provide assistance in evaluating the energy usage in your home. The “In Home Energy Audit” guide is full of tips and ideas to assist you in saving energy and money.
You may also want to calculate how much you spend on water/energy for showering and flushing the toilet by examining your usage in the “Residential Water Use Cost Savings Calculator” developed by the Center for Watershed Science and Education.
Some of the most serious problems for children may start at home. Download a free copy of the “Help Yourself to a Healthy Home“ publication so that you access additional information on such topics as: indoor air quality, asthma & allergies, mold & mositure, carbon monoxide, lead, drinking water, hazardous household products,pesticides and home safety.
Cleaning up your home after a flood takes special care. Families returning to flooded homes should exercise caution before and during the cleanup process. To help you get your life and home back to normal access the following resources:
Resources for Your Flooded Home Publication (University of Missouri Extension, 2010)
First Steps to Flood Recovery (Purdue)
Rehabbing Flooded Houses (Department of Housing and Urban Development)
Mold, Cleanup & Prevention (EDEN)
Controlling Molds & Mildew Publication (UW Extension)
Today’s home is loaded with toxic and polluting substances. The cost of these commercial, chemcial based products can be high-long term health concerns for the family, and environmental pollution caused by their manufacture and disposal. There are many inexpensive and easy to use alternatives which can safely be used in place of commercial household products. Environmentally safe products include: white vinegar, baking soda, soap, lemon, borax, washing soda, and cornstarch. Download our Green Cleaning Booklet for “green” recipes, and our “Tried & True Recipes for a Less Hazardous Home” for further ideas.
You may also want to visit the following sites for additional green cleaning information: