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Host an energy-free potluck party

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Posted on Jun 24, 2022 in Features

If it’s too hot to fire up the grill for summertime entertaining, then it’s too warm indoors to heat up the oven. The solution: Host an energy-free potluck and ask each guest to bring a cold dish that does not require any cooking before the get-together or heating during the event. Some suggestions: Salads featuring… Continue reading.

Don’t overlook attic, crawl space

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Posted on Jun 24, 2022 in Features

Cool air could escape from your home this summer through two spaces you probably don’t pay much attention to: the attic and the crawl space under the home. If your attic doesn’t have enough insulation it could let cool air out and hot, summer air in. Even though your home was probably built with plenty… Continue reading.

Easy ways to cut your summer energy bills

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Posted on Jun 24, 2022 in Features

The quickest way to lower your energy costs is to conserve. Here are some simple things you can do that will help you save energy this summer: Give your stove a rest. A microwave oven uses two-thirds less energy than your stove to cook and heat food. Other energy-savers: grilling outdoors or enjoying cold, healthy… Continue reading.

Hot house? Find out why

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Posted on Jun 24, 2022 in Features

If your house is too warm and your energy bills are too high, don’t guess why. Have a pro figure it out before you invest a lot of money in updating your air conditioning unit or replacing your drafty windows.  Those big-ticket items could be contributing to the problem, but they’re probably not the core… Continue reading.

Your email sign-off

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Posted on Jun 24, 2022 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling I can’t even tell you how many emails I send in a day. Nor can I tell you exactly what I’ve written in each correspondence. I probably spend just a few seconds composing most of them, clicking on “Send” quickly before tackling the next of many messages in my inbox. In most… Continue reading.

Out-of-the-way café

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Posted on Jun 23, 2022 in Indiana Eats

The Farmhouse Café and Tea Room is located off the beaten path out in the country, three miles from Bean Blossom and five miles from downtown Nashville, Indiana. That out-of-the-way location is just one reason you should visit this quaint southern Indiana eatery. A trip to the cafe is like traveling through time back to… Continue reading.

Taking it to the limit

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Posted on Jun 23, 2022 in Profile

Electric linemen are a tough breed. They climb 30-foot wooden poles in all kinds of weather with only metal spikes strapped to their legs and a leather belt around the pole and themselves. They work within reach of live power lines protected physically by only rubber gloves and sleeves. But Brent Buckles, a former lineman… Continue reading.

County Feature: Franklin County

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Posted on Jun 23, 2022 in County

Recreation and the celebration of history and culture make Franklin County in southeastern Indiana come alive. County seat Brookville sits at the southern edge of Brookville Lake. Brookville’s earthen dam was constructed in 1974 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and impounds the East Fork of the Whitewater River for flood control and… Continue reading.

Ground-mounted utility boxes are not reading nooks

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Posted on Jun 23, 2022 in Safety

Ground-mounted transformers may seem like something else kids can play on in the yard, but they are necessary infrastructure for buried power lines and shouldn’t be played on or tampered with. In almost every suburban neighborhood one can find one of those green boxes that are usually situated near the street between every other house…. Continue reading.

Save dollars, make sense with a retrofit

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Posted on Jun 23, 2022 in Energy

By Shane Neher In search of a lower energy bill, a cleaner environment or just a more comfortable temperature in your home? Odds are a heat pump retrofit will deliver all three and more. What is a retrofit, you ask? A retrofit integrates new components in your current HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system… Continue reading.

Cool, clean fun

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Posted on Jun 23, 2022 in Features

Good clean fun is getting easier to come by all around Indiana. And that’s good — because it’s also the coolest fun around for our long, hot summer days. We’re talking the cool, clean fun of water parks. Almost everywhere we turn it seems, a community is announcing a ribbon cutting for a new water… Continue reading.