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Jason Haupt's Energy and Environment Blog

The Air you Breath

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been talking about energy efficiency and the need to reduce the air exchange in your home to increase efficiency. To make your home as efficient as possible, this is a very important step to take. The less warm air that is allowed to escape in the winter or the less hot air that is allowed to enter the home in the summer means that you spend less conditioni...

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Let there be Light

Posted by Jason Haupt - Energy

I love the fall. Football has started, the weather is cooling off, the leaves are beginning to turn, and the days are getting shorter. With the days getting shorter, that means we are going to be using the lights in our homes more often. If you have been to the store and looked at light bulbs lately, you will know that there seems to be an endless choice of light bulbs from which to choose. So...

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Fuel Economy Tips

Posted by Jason Haupt - Energy

This week, I think we should talk about fuel usage in our cars. For me, one of my favorite things to do in the fall is drive with the windows rolled down. The smell and feel of fall gets me excited to take a drive and enjoy the weather. That being said, here are a few tips to make sure you are getting the best fuel economy you can out of your car. Maintain your car . Thi...

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Order your fish

It is getting to be the time of year when stocking your ponds is a good idea.  You can order fish from your county Soil and Water Conservation District or through a farm supply store.  If you are wanting to stock your pond with fish this fall now is the time to order your fish.  Fish orders through the Soil and Water Conservation District for Fulton County orders are due by October 11 and pick up...

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Windows

Posted by Jason Haupt - Energy

Let's talk about windows this week. Windows are an important part of your home. They let light in, provide ventilation, and add to the general aesthetic of the home. Older windows can also be a problem for efficiency in your home. Windows can account for 10% to 25% of your heating costs by leaking heat out says the US Department of Energy. During the summer months, hot air from sunny windows ca...

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