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Get information about food, nutrition, money management, housing, and more!  Our programs place research-based information at your fingertips for the many facets of your life, including food preservation, parenting, housing, financial management, and healthy eating habits.  In addition to the information in this website, county agents and specialists throughout the state are available to help you and answer your questions.

Scott Taylor, Family and Consumer Science Agent


Florida Master Money Mentors


Hernando County Cooperative Extension is providing FREE one-on-one help to residents with organizing and taking control of their finances.  They will be paired up with a Master Money Mentor through the County Extension Office.

Volunteer Florida Master Money Mentors have received approximately 20 hours of intensive training in basic money management, strategies for dealing with financial problems, credit and debt management, etc.

If you would like to take advantage of this resource, please contact the Hernando County Extension Office at 352-754-4433 for more details or to sign up to meet with a mentor.

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What to have in your Financial Emergency Kit

Disasters are a part of life. Whether the disaster is a hurricane, tornado, or a terrorist attack, preparation is a key to survival and reducing after-event hunts for critical documents.

Before the disaster is the time to be thinking about your emergency kit. Let’s face it, disasters happen. When they do, having your financial papers in order can save you money, time and anxiety in an already stressful situation.


The first step is to

Low Cost Ways to Save Energy Print
  • Air-dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher's drying cycle
  • Turn off computer and monitor when they are not in use for extended periods of time
  • Plug home electronics into power strips and turn power strips off when not in use
  • Lower thermostat on hot water heater to 120°F
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes
  • Clean/replace AC filters monthly; cleaning or replacing dirty air filters can save 5% of the energy used to run the AC system
  • Close the air vent in the laundry room
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Caulk or weatherstrip air leaks; visit this Caulking and Weatherstripping page for how-to information.
  • Repair leaky air ducts: these are recognized as a major source of energy waste and can prevent HVAC systems from working properly (request a duct system test from your home's energy provider).
  • Close the blinds and shades during the day to keep out the sun's heat (in the summer).
  • Plant deciduous trees around the home (particularly near windows) to reduce sunlight loading during summer. The deciduous trees lose their leaves during winter, letting sunlight in.

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