Category: Energy Saving

ENERGY UPDATE: Air Conditioning at its Best

After a long, wet winter, Mother Nature is apt to deliver a nice, warm summer. Saving fuel (and money) means it’s time to clean the filters in your air conditioning system before firing it up for the season. For optimum efficiency, the US Department of Energy recommends cleaning filters every two months, with continued use. • Replace filters every one to three months or if you have washable filters, clean them monthly for best results unless you want to repair air conditioning units every month. • Clear the space around your outside A/C unit. Remove weeds and debris leaving a 2-foot clearing...

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Westwood Museum +1.530.256.2233,

The Westwood Museum, located in the little mountain community of Westwood, contains the artifacts of a once thriving logging town that was founded in 1913 by the Walker Family. During the time the town was owned by the Walker family, the nation experienced the Industrial Revolution, two World Wars and significant societal changes. The Red River Mill was the largest operating mill in North America. The town had a state-of-the-art hospital, a theater and opera house, the largest sawdust pile in the world and an indoor mall, said to be the first indoor mall in the United States. The people who...

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Tooling’ Around with J – Installing a New Ceiling Fan

Hi! I am sitting here in my beautiful office watching out the window and wondering, “When did it get sooo hot???” It seems like it took forever, but here it is! Now, I mention my beautiful office because I spend a LOT of time here and love my office. But, I find myself wishing I had air conditioning, or maybe a ceiling fan? Are you feeling like me? Could you use a ceiling fan in a beautiful, but very warm room? Why don’t we both install one today? A fan is such a good choice. Not only does it help cool the room, but it is also a great choice to help reduce cooling as well as heating costs. A...

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PEACE OF MIND with FreezeAlarm… FreezeAlarmTM will actually dial three phone numbers when it identifies a potentially dangerous home temperature according to Louis Benny of Almanor Energy Plus. Often times their local company is able to fix the problem before the homeowner ever knows there is a problem. Homeowners can also reset and change the thermostats themselves by phone . Don’t forget to roll up those hoses before freezing temperatures come. Be sure to get all of the water out of the hose first so it doesn’t freeze and crack this winter, even in the shed. Also, that...

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Energy Savings for Your Home

Jan Cox I recently sat down with my very own contractor (and husband), John Cox, and had an interview about the latest home he built with all its energy saving features. Having just finished this home for David Ehrke and Cheryl Erwin on the Peninsula of Lake Almanor, he had a lot of information about what could be done to save energy in new construction and where to find that information. And because there is little building taking place at the moment, due to the state of our economy, he also filled me in on what can be done during remodels of older homes. Solar Energy The most impressive...

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Stay Warm With Efficient Energy and Savings

Stay Warm With Efficient Energy and Savings By Susan Baston With fall and winter seasons quickly approaching, we’ll soon be wrapping ourselves in warmth however we can find it. We’re fortunate enough to be surrounded by beautiful mountains that make it possible to quickly harvest our own firewood when the weather and permits allow. On cold winter evenings, a blanket of chimney smoke hugs our little towns providing proof that wood is a hot commodity in these cold winter months. But the next time you go to stoke your wood stove or fireplace, consider that you may not be heating your home in...

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The Stove Junction Red Bluff CA +1.530.528.2221 Wood Stoves, Pellet Stoves, Barbecues, WebDirecting.Biz

    Are you in the market for a wood or pellet stove, or a barbecue? The Stove Junction at 22825 Antelope Boulevard, Red Bluff, CA, 96080 offers quality brands such as Regency Fireplace Products, Hampton, Lennox Hearth Products, RSF Fireplaces, Pacific Energy Fireplace Products, Graysen Woods Hearth Products, Vermont Castings, Green Mountain Grills, and Black Olive Grills. Michael Plank, owner of The Stove Junction, is not new to the North State. He was the previous owner of Cheep Sweep Chimney Service for 20 years and manager of Cozy Stove and Spa for the past 5 years. “My...

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Lassen Transit +1.530.252.7433 – Ride the bus! Lassen and Plumas Counties – Lassen Transit WebDirecting.Biz

Take Your Bike As Well – Access Lassen AND Plumas Counties for Shopping and Adventure via Lassen Transit By Melissa Wynn Photo by Ron Leal Locals and tourists alike truly enjoy hiking, biking and fishing all over Lassen and Plumas Counties. Did you know that you can embark on these adventures via the Lassen Transit bus system? Well, you can. The West County Route offers access to the Bizz Johnson Trail at several locations, enabling riders to spend the day hiking. Mountain bikers are welcome as well. Simply load your bike into the rack on the bus and climb aboard. Primative camping is...

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Running On The Sun Going Solar Made Easy

By Stacy Fisher The sun is nearly 93 million miles away, but you can easily plug-in to it right at your wall receptacle. All that’s needed are a few solar panels on your roof to capture its boundless energy. Homes with rooftop solar arrays have gone from curiosity to commonplace, largely due to the dramatic decline in prices in the past several years. And this positive trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Passive solar heating systems, which turn solar energy into heat instead of electricity, have also been used for decades for additional energy savings. Installing...

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Sierra Nevada’s Business Ethos: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

[media-credit name=”Stacy” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]  With an eye toward the environment, responsible farming and our agricultural future, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is known for its closed loop systems. For example, nearly 100 percent of solids leftover from the beer-making process are saved and sold to another company to provide feed for cattle at farms within a 75-mile radius of the brewery, diverting waste away from a landfill, and in turn providing the meat that eventually ends up on the restaurant’s menu. In Chico, they have a...

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Chilly Fun Facts

Coldest Temp Ever Recorded The coldest temperature ever recorded in the world was -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit, in Vostok Station in Antarctica in 1983. Source National Climatic Data Center, Wikipedia, Black Ice Black ice refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a surface, usually a surface of black pavement, giving it the name black ice. It is really transparent and often appears without any visible snow, sleet or ice pellets, so it can be practically invisible to drivers, not indicating that they should really be reducing their speeds. Black ice also forms on rocks...

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Recycling Fun Facts

Courtesy of One ton of paper made completely from recycled scrap saves 7000 gallons of water, 4100 kilowatt-hours of energy, three cubic yards of landfill space, and 17 trees. Recycling 1 ton of glass saves the equivalent in energy of 10 gallons of oil. Americans represent only 5% of the world’s population, but generate 30% of the world’s garbage. Every individual in the United States produces an average of 4.3 lbs. of garbage every day, yet only 1/2 people recycle! And you can hire a bin for your house for next to nothing in monthly fees. Producing a soda...

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