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Lead based paint is found in many older homes. Learn about the risks here.

Photo of Mike Danaher, NYS Assistant Attorney General, leads a monthly Consumer Issues program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.
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Our free 'Consumer Issues' programs are offered on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

 Freshwater flooding from Hurricane Irene (2011) in Highland, Ulster County, New York. The former Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge (now Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park) is seen in the background, obscured by fog and overcast skies immediately following the storm.
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Our 'Emergency Preparedness' provide information on a range of topics.

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You can make non-toxic home cleaning products with lemons, baking soda & vinegar.

Visit our pages on healthy homes to learn about mold, lead, radon and asbestos.

Do you have a well? Visit our fact sheets on wells for how to keep your water safe and good-tasting!

Your Home & Money

This section of our website includes information and resources on topics related to the physical aspects of housing, including energy conservation, indoor air quality, water purity, safety in the home, emergency preparedness, and home maintenance and repairs.  We also provide information, resources and classes in the areas of personal financial management and consumer issues.

Cover image for "Money Talks: Couples" video made at CCE-Tompkins.  Krystal Kinney, Kenneth McLaurin, Annalies Kukor, Chris Kai-Joines

"Money Talk: Couples"

Couples talk about money, including how they wish they had talked about money in the beginning of their relationships. What would your money conversation sound like?

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Lead Prevention

Where Does Lead Hide?

Be sure you know where lead may be hiding in your home, particularly if you have small children. Lead is very dangerous to your health. Learn more here...

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Personal Financial Education

Work with an educator in our One-on-One Financial Education program and learn how to better manage your finances and achieve your personal financial goals.

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Homemade Cleansers

Learn how to make your own cleaning products to not only save money but to also help the environment and your home.

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Last updated March 7, 2019