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Be safe and save money!


Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROSEMOUNT, Minn.- The heating season is long and your heating equipment will be working hard to ensure the contentment of living in a warm, efficient and safe home this winter.

An inspection and tune up of your heating system by a qualified technician is recommended and can save customer’s money by ensuring the furnace is operating safely and efficiently.

Other heating tips include:

•Clean or replace your furnace filter as needed (follow manufacturer’s guidelines).

•Check the flame in the burner to make sure it’s blue. A yellow flame may indicate the need for adjustment.

•Check your chimney flues for corrosion and make sure all vents are clear of any blockage or debris.

•Keep the area around your furnaces, boilers and water heaters clear. Do not store flammable liquids or other combustibles nearby.

•Visit the utility’s website www.minnesotaenergyresources.com for additional information on “Safety” and “Saving Energy.”

If customers are considering the purchase of new heating equipment or appliances, Minnesota Energy Resources reminds customers to check with the dealer to see if there are energy efficiency rebates available.

To ensure safety while your heating system is operating, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, as well as smoke detectors should be in good working condition. Check batteries and test each unit. Properly placed CO and smoke detectors in the home can save lives.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can come from any inadequately burned and vented fuel sources, including water heaters, furnaces, ranges/stoves, clothes dryers, grills, fireplaces and portable generators.

Chimneys and vents can become plugged due to bird and small animal nests and leaves. A thorough annual inspection is a good idea to ensure proper ventilation is taking place while heating equipment is operating.

Some homeowners include portable or space heaters to complement heating their residence. Portable heaters come in many shapes and sizes and come with manufacturer’s recommended instructions for safe operations. They can be dangerous if not properly used. Keep any type of combustibles away from the heating element of portable heaters.

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American Red Cross issues steps to prevent home fires

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The biggest disaster threat to American families isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes; it’s fire. The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes and nearly all of these are home fires. The Southern Min ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Once again, the people of Fillmore County demonstrated their concern for the environment on October 1, by participating in the Fall Household Hazardous Waste Day held at the Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center. Hazardous waste from approximatel ..... 
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MN housing owner rehabilitation loans

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Semcac, a Community Action Agency serving southeastern Minnesota, has funds available through Minnesota Housing for housing rehabilitation loans for eligible homeowners in Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Steele and Winona counties and the City o ..... 
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Citizen’s report calls for frac sand environmental impact statement to be rigorous and comprehensive

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

LEWISTON, Minn. - An upcoming environmental review of the biggest frac sand mining project ever proposed in southeast Minnesota must not only examine impacts on air, water and economics, but should also require full disclosure of the proposers’ bu ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator Days are getting shorter. Nights are getting cooler. Leaves are starting to change color. Birds and butterflies are beginning to migrate south. Autumn is upon us once again, and with it comes t ..... 
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Discover the ways to fireproof a home

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

A house fire can engulf and destroy a home in a matter of minutes. Even with the fast-acting response of firefighters, a home that has caught fire may be irreparably damaged by flames, soot and water. Fire is no laughing matter, and it behooves home ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator Recycling at the Fillmore County Fair was very successful again this year. It has been estimated that somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 beverage bottles and cans were collected and recycled. A ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator I am often asked where all the stuff that is found here in the Recycling Center comes from. The shortest and easiest answer is homes and businesses of Fillmore County. Tons and tons of recycla ..... 
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