What you need Eggs Bowl Egg carton Newspaper Cup Potting soil Water Spoon Grass seed Spray bottle (optional) What to do Crack each egg, very carefully, really close to the top of the shell, all the way around the shell. (Crack it close to the top so that you have a deep cavity in which… Continue reading.
If you feel a draft while you’re curled up on the sofa with a good book or your favorite TV show, don’t 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 six… Continue reading.
Everyone should know these electrical control safety panel tips. The panel is where electricity enters a building. It contains circuit breakers and has a main switch for shutting off all power in an emergency. Be prepared for when a breaker trips: Always keep a flashlight with fresh batteries stationed by your circuit breaker panel. Keep… Continue reading.
As we slog our way through the last half of winter, the safety messages we heard back when the weather started getting cold may long be forgotten. But now’s not the time to get lax, especially if your family uses an electric space heater to take the chill out of a bedroom or family room…. Continue reading.
With the pandemic and social unrest, finding glimmers of hope in 2020 was not easy. But five young Hoosiers are doing their part to make this world a better place. Each year since 2009, five community service-minded middle school students have been honored with Youth Power and Hope Awards from Indiana Electric Cooperatives and… Continue reading.
If winter’s usual hibernation — now coupled with COVID-19 isolation — gives you a double whammy of cabin fever in the coming weeks, the antidote right up your alley might be antiques … and a road trip to Indiana’s Antique Alley. “There’s never a bad time to antique,” said Beth Leisure, who, with her husband,… Continue reading.
By Richard G. Biever On the drizzly windy Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving, two wildlife biologists with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources stood in mud and manure beside a cattle barn. They stared up at a silo and scratched their heads. Deep inside the 22-foot-tall cylinder were five Indiana-endangered barn owl chicks. The empty unused… Continue reading.
LaGrange County was settled and founded in 1832 by mostly Yankee immigrants from New England. They so admired the Marquis de Lafayette, the French aristocrat and military officer who fought alongside the Americans in the American Revolutionary War, they named their county after his French estate outside of Paris. But within a dozen years, LaGrange… Continue reading.
Even if the weather outside is already frightful, your heating bills don’t have to be. Here are 10 easy, low- and no-cost ways to stay warmer indoors without cranking up the thermostat this winter. Open the drapes. The sun’s rays will help heat your home for free. Let them shine in through south-facing windows all… Continue reading.
Saving energy at home can be simple and free: Turn off the lights and TV when you’re not using them; lower the thermostat at night. But for a bigger impact on your electric bill, make a little bit more of an effort and invest a few bucks in energy-saving equipment. Here’s what to buy: LEDs…. Continue reading.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to save energy in your home is to add insulation to your attic. Some clues that your attic needs more insulation: some of the rooms in your home are drafty; their walls feel hot or cold to the touch; or you feel cold in some rooms or… Continue reading.
Make sure your computer and office equipment are energy-efficient. Here are five ways to save energy in your home office: Using an ENERGY STAR-labeled computer can save 30%-65% energy than computers without this designation. Buy a laptop instead of a desktop computer. A laptop consumes considerably less energy. Computers and battery chargers continue to draw… Continue reading.
Your family probably spends in the neighborhood of 18 percent of your utility dollars on water heating, according to U.S. Department of Energy estimates. Here are eight ways to lower your water heating bill: Replace old showerheads and faucets in every bathroom. Older models push out way more water than you need to take a… Continue reading.