Gas prices rise slightly, expected to stabilize

By Larry Hartstein
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The average price of regular gas in metro Atlanta rose 2 cents to $3.03 in the past week, mirroring the national trend.

And the price is up 10 cents over the past month.

But an expert predicts prices will stay “fairly stable” this week.

“While investors flirted with oil prices above $95 a barrel, they have been unable to sustain a price higher than $92 during the month of January,” AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady said. “This is not too surprising since demand typically slows this time of year as consumers travel less. Retail gas prices showed minor increases last week of no more than 2 cents a gallon and are expected to remain fairly stable again this week.”

The U.S. average of $3.11 is the highest since the financial meltdown of October 2008, according to the Lundberg Survey of American gas stations.

Survey publisher Trilby Lundberg told CNN that with plenty of refined fuel on hand now, “gasoline won’t be jumping up further on its own.

“Right now, it seems reasonable to expect only small changes in crude and gasoline prices,” she said.

In comparison, the average price in Atlanta is higher than Houston ($2.92) and Phoenix ($2.98) but lower than Boston ($3.18) and Cleveland ($3.12).


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Tips to keep bedbugs out of your home

We’ve all heard the term “Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite”.  But in 2010, that childhood saying became a reality.  Although bedbugs made their triumphant comeback this year, no one really knows why.  Until experts can answer that question, here are some tips on how to keep you and your family safe from these pesky bugs:

  • Use your flashlight to check along the mattress seams, bed skirt, headboard, bed frame, walls, baseboards, etc , for dark reddish stains or spots.
  • Purchase mattress casings for mattress and box springs. 
  • When traveling, seal your suitcase in a large resealable bag (or pack clothes in resealable bag inside the suitcase).
  • After returning from a trip, leave suitcases outdoors in excess heat or cold and run clothes through the dryer on high heat to kill any bugs that may have made the trip home with you.
  • When moving, heat blankets before the move to kill any pests.  Some moving companies now offer this.
  • If your home has been infested, call a pest control companyPest control companies can tell you if your belongings can be treated or need to be thrown out. 

Update and Thank You for the MS Challenge Walk "Funny Fundraiser"


As you know, this past Saturday we hosted a night of fun and laughter in honor of the 2011 MS Walk Challenge.  We are so proud to announce that $2,400 was raised for team No Hill For A Climber.  160 people came out to enjoy the show, drinks and Hors D’ouvres.  We would like to thank each and every person who attended this event for making it such a huge success.  Also thanks to Slap Sticks Productions and our comedians David Kaye, Al Ernest and Jeff Fearon.  Thanks for your support!

Its not too late to donate for the 2011 Carolinas Challenge Walk MS.  3 days. 50 miles.  Historic Charleston to the Isle of Palms.

Click HERE to donate to No Hill For A Climber


MS Challenge Walk "Funny Fundraiser"

Join us on Saturday, January 22, 2011 for a night of fun and laughter to raise money for the 2011 MS Challenge Walk.  We will be hosting a comedy show featuring David Kaye from Comedy Central, along with Al Ernest and Jeff Fearon.

Proceeds benefit “No Hill For A Climber” MS Challenge Walk Team

$20 donation includes Hors D’ouvres and soft drinks

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Doors open at 6:00om  ♦ Showtime 7:00pm

830 Kennesaw Avenue, Marietta, GA 30060

Plus 50/50 raffles and Chinese auctions!

For Tickets call Tonya Gilbert: 678.920.9621 or

Christen Bennett 770.855.8828

E-tickets online at


Martin Luther King Jr.

On the third Monday of January, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Check out this article that was featured today on highlighting MLK.



Home With TAP Insulation vs. Home Without

This is a blog that was originally posted in October 2011 but with record low temperatures we thought it was worth a re-post!

Below is a photo from a customer who recently had TAP Insulation installed in their attic.  This picture was taken in late October of 2010 during one of our early cold snaps.

House without TAP (left) vs. House WITH TAP (right)

House without TAP (left) vs. House WITH TAP (right)

The house on the right belongs to our customer.  Notice that his roof is still covered in ice while his neighbor’s house is thawed out.  The reason for this is that the TAP Insulation on our customer’s house is keeping all of the warm air trapped into the living areas instead of escaping through the attic.  When the warm air from your heating system escapes from the attic, it melts the ice on the roof which means that all of the hard work that your heating system is doing is not being used efficiently.  Properly insulating your attic can save you between 20-38% on your energy bills by ensuring that your HVAC system is not being overworked.

For more information on TAP Insulation click HERE.