Clean your clothes dryer’s lint trap every time you load the machine. A lint-free trap allows for better air circulation, which could mean your clothes will dry quicker. Wash clothes in cold water. You’ll not only save energy, but you’ll save water, too. Adjust load settings for smaller loads. And turn off the “heated dry”… Continue reading.
Eating carrots will improve your eyesight, cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis, watching too much TV will harm your vision. We’ve all heard the superstitions, but did you know there are also misconceptions about home energy use? Don’t be fooled by these common energy myths. MYTH: The higher the thermostat setting, the faster the home… Continue reading.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult. Focus on small changes to save big. Try breaking up energy-saving tasks by season. By the end of the year, expect to have some extra money in your pocket — just in time to spend at Christmastime! WINTER SPRING SUMMER AUTUMN
When many people think of February, they think of Valentine’s Day. In my house, we think of a particular football championship game that, for legal reasons, I can’t name. You know the one. The “big game” is a national holiday for my husband, our friends, and me. Since we have lived in Indianapolis, we have… Continue reading.
While Indiana native Alonzo Fields was making a home for himself as chief butler and maître d’ at the White House, Lyles Station, the historic Black community where he was born in 1900, was being lost to the shifting tides of fortune and fate. In 2016, that almost forgotten community also found a home in… Continue reading.
By Richard G. Biever At 6-feet-4, Alonzo Fields could look over the shoulder of most people. But none were as broad as those of the four men he served as the chief butler in the White House for 21 years. Born in the tiny Black farming community of Lyles Station in southwestern Indiana in 1900,… Continue reading.
Hoosier sugar shacks open to the public in March for a behind-the-scenes look and taste of Indiana maple syrup. Photos courtesy of Indiana Maple Syrup Association By Natalie Derrickson Breakfast enthusiasts, preservationists, and nature buffs all have something to love when it comes to maple syrup, and one magical weekend a year, they can see… Continue reading.
By Nicole Thomas After forming in 1818, Randolph County became home to many Quaker settlers from North Carolina who supported abolitionism. Abolitionist Levi Coffin worked with these Quakers to help nearly 3,000 enslaved Americans find freedom through the Underground Railroad’s sites in Indiana and Ohio. In 1846, Quakers and free people of color founded the… Continue reading.
Steve McMichael was recently elected as the president of the board for Indiana Electric Cooperatives. IEC is the statewide trade association representing Indiana’s 38 electric cooperatives and is the publisher of Indiana Connection. McMichael lives in New Haven, Indiana, with his wife of 36 years, Judy, and their dachshund/beagle mix, Zelda. Their two daughters and their… Continue reading.
By Natalie Derrickson It’s not every day that a business’s marketing tactics live up to the hype of their product, but at the Uranus Fudge Factory in Anderson, Indiana, the in-store experience is as silly, wacky, and all-out fun as advertised. Visitors can satisfy their sweet tooth with delicious confections such as fudge, chocolate, popcorn,… Continue reading.
My name is Ryan Heater, and I appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself as the new vice president of government relations for Indiana Electric Cooperatives (IEC). I was born and raised in rural Indiana, grew up on a farm, and lived on a co-op line. I’m thankful for the important role that REMCs have in… Continue reading.
1. DON’T LIGHT UP YOUR WOOD-BURNING FIREPLACE. A crackling fire doesn’t contribute much heat to your room. Plus, the open flue sucks the heated air out of your house through the chimney. Burning a fire in the hearth when the temperature dips into the 20s can actually increase your heating bills. 2. DON’T OVERSTUFF YOUR… Continue reading.
If you feel a draft while you’re curled up on the sofa with a good book or the television remote, don’t automatically crank up the thermostat. Move the sofa. The chilliest places in your home during the winter are right next to the windows. So move your furniture away from the windows. Here are five… Continue reading.