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Don’t Be Fooled By Common Energy Myths By Abby Berry


degrees will heat the room more quickly. This is not true. Thermostats to


system temperature.


heat or cool to Drastically


direct a home’s HVAC a


certain adjusting the


thermostat setting will not make a difference in how quickly you feel warmer. The same is true for cooling. The Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees during summer months, and 68 degrees during winter months.


Myth: Ceiling fans keep your home cool while you’re away.


Eating carrots will greatly improve your eyesight, cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis, watching too much TV will harm your vision. We’ve all heard the old wives’ tales, but did you know there are also many misconceptions about home energy use? Don’t be fooled by common energy myths.


Cooking Efficiency Tip


Myth: The higher the thermostat setting, the faster the home will heat (or cool). Many people think that walking into a chilly room and raising the thermostat to 85


Every time you open the oven door to check on a dish, the temperature inside is reduced by as much as 25 degrees, increasing cooking time - and energy use! Try using the oven light instead.


PORK ROAST INGREDIENTS:


1/2 teaspoon of salt 1 tablespoon of oregano 1 tablespoon of olive oil


DIRECTIONS:


Put the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Measure one tablespoon of olive oil in a small dish. Add salt, pepper, dried oregano (or rosemary, sage or thyme) to the oil. Mix this spice rub together and rub it all over the pork roast. Place the roast on a rack in a roasting pan, fat side up, and put the roast in the 450 degree preheated oven. If you don’t have a rack you could coil some tin foil and use that as a rack. Roast for 10 minutes, then re-set the oven temperature to 250 degrees. Continue cooking for about 50-80 minutes or until the meat registers 150 degrees on a meat thermometer. Remove the roast from the oven and set on a cutting board. Cover the meat with tin foil and let it rest for about 15 minutes before slicing it. The temperature of the roast will continue to rise about another 5 degrees.


NO. OF OUTAGES


1 5


31 2 3 5 1 2 1 2


MONTHLY OUTAGE REPORT CAUSE OF OUTAGE


Member error Animal Lightning Trees Wind


Unknown


Service wire corroded Storm


Service connectors burnt Scheduled maintenance


NO. OF METERS AFFECTED 1


22


107 2 3


154 1


73 6 2


For the month of August Harmon Electric experienced 53 separate outages. The total members affected were 371 with an average time off of 2.11 hours. The largest outages were due to lightning and one other outage from an unknown cause.


3 pounds of boneless pork 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper


Believe it or not, many people think this is true. Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. Ceiling fans circulate room air but do not change the temperature. A running ceiling fan in an empty room is only adding to your electricity use. Remember to turn fans off when you’re away and reduce your energy use.


Myth: Opening the oven door to check on a dish doesn’t really waste energy. While it can be tempting to check the


progress of that dish you’re cooking in the oven, opening the oven door does waste energy. Every time the oven door is opened, the temperature inside is reduced by as much as 25 degrees, delaying the progress of your dish and, more importantly, costing you additional money. If you need to check the progress of a dish, try using the oven light instead.


Myth: Reducing my energy use is too expensive. Many consumers believe that reducing


energy use requires expensive up-front costs, like purchasing new, more effi cient appliances or construction upgrades to an older home. But the truth is, consumers who make small changes to their energy effi ciency habits, such as turning off lights when not in use, sealing air leaks and using a programmable thermostat,


reduction in energy consumption. Remember, energy effi ciency doesn’t


can see a


have to be diffi cult. Focus on small changes to save big. Visit www.harmonelectric.com to learn more ways to save energy.


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