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LED holiday lights: An energy and money-saving tradition


Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Replacing traditional incandescent decorative lights with high-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs is one great way to conserve energy during the holidays.

When shopping for holiday lights, look for the ENERGY STAR® label to ensure that the product meets energy-efficiency requirements. ENERGY STAR is a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that helps save money and protects the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. It makes sure that appliances, lighting and electronics are using less energy than their older, energy-hog counterparts.

LEDs offer many advantages

ENERGY STAR-qualified LED decorative lights are exceptionally energy efficient, many using up to 90 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light. For example, the electricity consumed by just one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs—or enough to power two 24-foot strings.

DOE estimates the cost of buying and operating LED lights for 10 holiday seasons would be $17.99 compared with $122.19 for incandescent bulbs. In addition to consuming less electricity and costing less, LED holiday lights are:

•Safer. LEDs are much cooler than incandescent bulbs, reducing the risk of combustion or burnt fingers.

•Sturdier. LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.

•Longer lasting. The same LED string could be in use for 40 holiday seasons.

•Easier to install. Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.

Timers and dimmers for those holiday lights will help conserve even more energy. Watch for rebates that will help defray the cost of LEDs and other energy-efficient lighting products; many electric utilities offer rebates for LEDs (visit www.dsireusa.org). And be sure to recycle your old holiday lights. Visit the Clean Energy Resource Teams website to find out where you can recycle old lights in Minnesota.

Root River Floral celebrates Caring Rose Week

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

“Holidays, happiness, family… hunger?” Next week, we’ll all sidle up to the table, give thanks for our blessings, and dive in. In the midst of so much, it’s possible to forget that there are those not so fortunate. This week, National Hu ..... 
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Recycling 101

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Another America Recycles Day has come and gone. I am sure most of you made some changes in your recycling habits. I would also like to remind you that you don’t have to wait until ARD next ye ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

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

In an article published in August, I mentioned I would write an America Recycles Day article to review some recycling information and give a few examples of how a majority of us can improve many of our recycling habits a little or a lot. Fillmore C ..... 
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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 techn ..... 
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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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