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“Little changes add up to big savings” in summertime home cooling


By Mitchell Walbridge

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

As we all look forward to warmer days and the May flowers, there is no doubt that we will probably go from one extreme to another in the coming months of our Minnesota climate. Late April snow will morph into warm, sunny days. While it might be a curse to say that some of these days may be too warm for our liking, it is probably true nonetheless. Those days are when we sit poolside or drift down the Root River. However, we are also prone to crank the A/C, an act that robs the bank account as much as the furnace does.

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives offers some great tips in order to increase home energy efficiency while decreasing your payout. Their website says it best, “Little changes add up to big savings.”

•Run your thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. While 78 may not be the coolest, it is a tolerable comfort level. Also, remember this fact: you will gain 1-3 percent of savings during the summer for every degree you boost your thermostat.

•Automate your home’s cooling system with a programmable thermostat. In addition, don’t forget to turn the thermostat to 78 degrees or above if you are leaving your home. It’s pointless to cool the house if no one is there.

•Checking and changing your air filters are important to do every few months in order to maintain efficiency.

•Close your blinds during the summer months. Radiation increases as the sun grows stronger during the spring and summer, heating the interior of your home. If you find your home getting warmer than you are accustomed to, close your blinds and window shades in the morning and open them in the evening.

•Utilize ceiling fans and increase air flow within your home. This tactic takes the edge off of humid, heavy summer air. However, don’t forget to turn them off when leaving for the day.

•Turn off your appliances when they are not in use. Running TV’s, video game consoles, and computer systems generates undesirable excess heat.

•Replace your incandescent light bulbs if you still use them with compact fluorescent bulbs. They use about 25 percent less electricity, give off less heat and last anywhere from 7-10 times longer.

•Wait to use your dishwasher until the evening hours. This will ensure that any heat generated isn’t contributing to an increase in room temperature, which in turn would make your air conditioner run more. If .....
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Recycling 101: Fillmore County gears up for spring Household Hazardous Waste Day

By LaVerne C. Paulson

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

This past January, I shared some information with you concerning Household Hazard Waste and mentioned there would be another article appearing a few weeks prior to the 2014 spring collection date. Here it is. As usual, Spring Household Hazardous Wa ..... 
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Finding and reporting Minnesota’s noxious weeds

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

As preparations begin for this year’s growing season, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) encourages people to learn about, look for, and report Minnesota’s noxious weeds. The MDA, as the regulatory agency for managing noxious weeds, ..... 
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Chatfield couple brings home back to life

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Home & Garden

Every day Melissa Wood drove by the house at 25 Fillmore Street in Chatfield, Minn. She fell in love with the large home on a corner lot and saw its potential. The majority of the population would most likely have looked at the home that was for s ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator About 40 percent of Minnesota garbage is organic waste and much of what you send to landfill is quite compostable right in your own back yard. But, why would you want to compost your garbage? We ..... 
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No foolin’ - Commerce recommends an advanced home energy assessment before making major home improvements, upgrades

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Before embarking on home energy improvements or remodeling, especially major projects, the Minnesota Department of Commerce strongly recommends having an advanced home energy assessment. An assessment, or energy audit, of how your house is functioni ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.24.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

A lot of information from the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM), Call2Recycle, and Earth 911 has come to my attention lately and I thought you might find some of this interesting or helpful. Amber perscription bottles are not recyclable in ..... 
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Bluff Country Multi-County HRA working with Minnesota Housing to provide first-time homebuyer loans

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Bluff Country Multi-County HRA, serving Fillmore and Houston Counties is partnering with Minnesota Housing to make resources available to first-time homebuyers. Homebuyers can take advantage of these resources through the Minnesota Housing Start U ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.3.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

There have been several questions concerning medicine disposal in the last few months. Today’s article will address this subject. Although medical waste has very little to do with recycling, the correct disposal of medicine is extremely importa ..... 
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