It’s always good to keep your smelly socks away from your good clothes. How many times have you gone into your luggage and found that you can’t decide whether you’ve worn those socks once before or not?

The Luggage. Your goal is to take the least amount of baggage possible without under-packing. Rolling clothes takes up less space and leaves them less wrinkly. Stick shoes into plastic bags so they don’t get your clothes dirty. Aim to take fewer bags than people.

Turn off the “heated dry” option on your dishwasher and let your dishes air dry. If you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will dry faster. Another tip: Rather than rinsing off your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher, just scrape the food off into your garbage or compost bin. Most dishwashers only require pre-rinsing for burned- or dried on food.

Petty theft form an unlocked vehicle, 3200 block N. Lake Ave. between midnight and 8 a.m. Loss: black Samsonite leather briefcase, black vinyl briefcase with blue trim, Blackberry mobile phone charger, women’s earrings.

If something happens to me, is there someone who knows enough about the business to hold the fort. Do they have access to keys and computer systems? Would they know who to contact and how? If something happens to the owner of a small business, speedy communication can prevent everything crashing down.

Let the sun pay your energy bills. In the winter, leave your south- and west-facing window shades/curtains open during the day to let in the winter sun. Keep them closed at night for added insulation. In the summer, use white window treatments to reflect heat away from the house while still keeping it bright inside. We like energy efficient double honeycomb cellular shades that let in lots of light while keeping out the heat and the cold. Now that’s an easy way to go green!

As you pedal, the bike is expending energy to assist you. However, some bikes like the BH E-Motion have regenerative braking. Instead of putting wear on the brake pads, for gentle braking the bike uses the motor to generate power, which slows the bike.