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The fire inside

Posted by Jason Haupt - Energy

I could spend hours sitting in front of a fire. I love everything about a good fire - the smell of the wood as it burns, the soft roar and periodic pops, and the way the flames dance in the hearth.  It is mesmerizing.  However, that fire does more than just entertain. It provides heat and can make any room more comfortable and welcoming. Fires are cozy and can provide a lot of heat for...

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The weather outside…

Posted by Jason Haupt - Energy

The weather outside is changing.  Some like the cooler weather and some would like to avoid the cold and get back to balmy summer days.  Whether it is warm or cool having an efficient home is the best way to keep more money in your pocket.  Now is a great time to think about how to make your home more efficient.  The days are finally cool enough to have your house open while you work on project...

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Feed The Birds

Winter is coming.  No, I am not a Game of Thrones fan; but let’s be honest, it is just around the corner.  Winter brings many changes. One of these is that many birds migrate out of the area in the fall.  But not all birds migrate for the winter.  There are several birds that are year round Illinois residents.  Another change that occurs is that seeds and berries are no longer being produced. ...

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Scenic Science

If you were to do a search for poems about autumn, you would find hundreds from which to choose.  The beauty of the season has been expressed by poets and authors alike depicting its splendor in the most descriptive words.  The colors of the trees move from bright and vibrant greens to brilliant explosions of red, orange, yellow and many colors in between. Fall is my favorite time of ye...

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