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Tips for lowering cooling costs in your home


Mon, Aug 4th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Continuous cooling during the dog days of summer can take a bite out of your budget. You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to a high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR-qualified air conditioner and taking other actions to lower your home’s cooling costs. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offers a home cooling infographic that informs consumers about air conditioning systems and provides the following tips to lower cooling costs:

· Install and set a programmable thermostat—it could help you save 10 percent on cooling and heating costs each year.

· Use fans. A ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees without impacting comfort.

· Insulate your attic and walls, and seal air leaks to prevent warm air from leaking into your home.

· Insulate and seal ducts—air loss through ducts can account for about 30 percent of a cooling system’s energy use.

· On hot days, use a microwave instead of an oven to cook; ovens take longer to cook and can make your house warmer, requiring more of your AC system.

· Install energy-efficient window coverings that let natural light in and prevent solar heat gain.

· Use a bathroom fan when taking a shower or bath and a range hood when cooking; this helps remove heat and humidity from your home.

For a host of home cooling energy-saving tips, check out the DOE’s Energy Saver website. Also, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources offers consumer energy guides that cover many energy-saving suggestions.

Community Field Day & Pancake Breakfast at Seed Savers Exchange

Mon, Aug 4th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Decorah, Iowa— Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) is inviting Decorah-area residents to Heritage Farm for a behind-the-scenes look at SSE’s work preserving America’s food and garden heritage. Made possible by Silos & Smokestack’s National Heritage Ar ..... 
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Don’t let your summer getaway open the door to fraudsters

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Burnsville, Minn. – Summer is a great time for getaways, but while you’re on vacation, criminals are still hard at work. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) warns consumers that they can find themselves tripped up by their ..... 
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Whats going on in the garden?

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Judy Lacey, Extension Ag Assistant When we vegetable and flower garden, this is the busy time of the year. I’ll visit with you on a few things that need to be done. Strawberries are about done now. We need to think about next year’s berri ..... 
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Recycling 101 7.21.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

There continues to be questions concerning what is and what is not recyclable in Fillmore County. Each county in Minnesota has different lists of what can be recycled in their county. That is not to say that one way is much better than another. Re ..... 
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Recycling 101 6.30.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

In a few short weeks, the Fillmore County Fair will be upon us. The dates of the fair are July 22 through July 26. A great number of Fillmore County residents attend the fair and hundreds participate by exhibiting 4-H and open class projects. Man ..... 
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More events scheduled for Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Home & Garden

The upstart market, now in its second season, has seen a surge of interest. The 25-vendor market is continuing to grow in size and offerings. The product list now includes fruit, vegetables, herbs, wild edibles, honey, maple syrup, canned goods, bre ..... 
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More events scheduled for Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

The upstart market, now in its second season, has seen a surge of interest. The 25-vendor market is continuing to grow in size and offerings. The product list now includes fruit, vegetables, herbs, wild edibles, honey, maple syrup, canned goods, bre ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 6.9.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

I started writing this article in January when information concerning the bottle bill often made the news and was discussed at length. Since then, several groups throughout the state have voiced their opinions, for one reason or another, against suc ..... 
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