CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Heating Your Home
·This winter, keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower to save. You save about 3 percent on your heating costs for each degree you are able to lower your thermostat.
·Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature when you’re sleeping or away.
·When entertaining in your home, turn down the thermostat a degree or two before your guests arrive. The additional body heat will make up the difference.
·Most water heaters only require a setting of 120 degrees. Lowering the setting of your water heater thermostat can save approximately 3 to 5 percent in energy costs.
·Only heat the rooms you need – close vents and doors of a few unused rooms.
·Replacing your furnace? Ameren Illinois suggests getting one that’s rated 90 percent or higher in efficiency. Replacing your old furnace with an energy efficient one can save up to 30 percent of your heating costs. Replace old windows. Storm windows can reduce heat loss by as much as 50 percent. New windows often pay for themselves within five years.
·An energy-efficient home provides a higher level of comfort and cost savings. Give your home a professional inspection today to learn how you can be more energy-efficient and save money.
·Most people don’t replace their furnace or air conditioner until it stops working which is the worst time to make an important purchasing decision. Replacing your inefficient heating equipment could save you up to $200 a year in energy bills.
·As you build your dream home, increase energy efficiency up to 30%, save money and help the environment by following ENERGY STAR® construction guidelines. Because the best time to improve the energy efficiency of your home is while you’re still building it. Lighting consumes a lot of energy! Switch to ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs today. These bulbs use up to 75 percent less energy and lasts up to 10 times longer than conventional incandescent lighting.
Insulation and Air Flow
·Adequate insulation in your attic, ceilings, walls, floors and crawlspaces can reduce your energy usage by up to 30 percent. In the Midwest, experts recommend 9 to 15 inches of blown or blanket insulation in an attic.
·Call an HVAC specialist to check your insulation.
·Clean the air vents regularly. Make sure drapes and furniture do not block the air vents or returns.
·Cover the gaps around chimney and furnace flues with metal flashing and caulk small gaps with high-temperature caulk.
·Be sure to reverse the motor in your ceiling fan to operate in the opposite direction. This will produce a gentle updraft, forcing warm air into the living space.
·It costs only $2 a month to use ceiling and other fans to circulate air.
FLOWER’S SANITATION WILL BE OFFERING A BI-MONTHLY SERVICE TO THOSE WHO WISH TO GET A RECYCLE BIN FOR THEIR OWN USE.
FLOWER’S WILL COLLECT THE RECYCLED ITEMS FROM THE CURB JUST LIKE THEY DO FOR YOUR GARBAGE. THE RECYCLED ITEMS WILL BE PICKED UP ON A DIFFERENT DAY THAN THE GARBAGE PICKUP.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SIGNING UP FOR THE RECYCLE BIN, PLEASE CALL FLOWER’S SANITATION AT 217-965-5618.
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DIVERNON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH FOOD PANTRY
503 South Second Street——628-3530
Open every Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
If you would like to be a volunteer please contact Cindy Pflug at 416-1612
PRESBYTERIAN YOUTH GROUP CLOTHING CLOSET
First Presbyterian Church on the southwest corner of the Divernon Square.
Please call Melissa at 801-6533 if you have any questions.
Hours are every Monday from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m.
AUTHOR DAVID BRADY TO ISSUE 2nd EDITION OF “DIVERNON, IT’S PLACE IN TIME”
The book will be printed in paperback and sell for $25.00. It will also be available in hardback and will have the owner’s name embossed on the front for $35.00. (Note: these are preliminary prices and subject to change). This is also a chance to have your family history included in the new edition. If you have any questions or would like to place an order please call David at 217-494-0011 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
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