The first heat wave of the year is about to make the Triad sizzle. High temperatures are forecast to reach into the mid 90’s over the weekend and into next week. The conditions likely will increase ozone levels in the Triad. With the higher temps combined with the heat index it’s going to feel like the low 100’s in the afternoon. The orange alert will be active meaning the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as older adults, children, active people and those with heart and lung diseases. www.journalnow.com
Ask Sam– With high temps you may be running up your power bill to keep the air going. Here are some energy saving tips from Duke Energy:
- AC: A new High efficiency air conditioner can use about half the energy of older models. If your AC is less than 10yrs old, maintain it well; if it is more than 10years old, you may want to look into replacing it with a new high-efficiency model.
- During summer months, set the thermostat to the highest comfortable setting. Adjusting it even a few degrees up can lead to significant savings on electric bills. Energy star recommends a minimum set point of 78 degrees
- Clean or replace HVAC filters at least monthly, and keep coils on an exterior AC unit free of dirt, grass clippings and leaves. HVAC systems should be checked regularly by a qualified contractor.
- Humidity can make an AC unit have to work harder. “While it’s tempting to give your AC unit a rest on cooler nights and open the windows instead, it might be better to keep the windows closed to keep drier, cooler air indoors. Also if hot weather is forecast for the next day, keep the AC on and doors and windows closed through the night- to keep humidity out.
- Around the house: Use ceiling fans or oscillating fans to circulate air in rooms. Turn fans off when you leave a room.
- Close drapes, curtains and blinds on hot, sunny days.
- Turn off any lights that aren’t necessary, especially the older types that emit more heat.
- Seal air leaks with caulking and weather stripping.
- Minimize door traffic to keep cool air inside.
- In your attic, repair leaky duct work and add insulation to prevent cool air inside your home from escaping. www.journalnow.com
Shredding Clinic– A community shred day will be held from 10am to 1pm. Saturday at Fries (free’s) Memorial Moravian church on Hawthorne Rd, there is a small cost involved with all proceeds going to Laurel Ridge Camp scholarships for young people at the church. www.journalnow.com
Protect your fur babies– Two rabies clinics are coming up on Saturday. One at Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital in Clemmons from 12:30-3p. Rabies vaccines are $8 and microchips will be available for $25. The other will be at South Davidson High School in Denton from 2-4p. Vaccinations are $7 – www.journalnow.com
It’s National Iced Tea Day, naturally, the way to celebrate the holiday is to drink iced tea—or give it away to the masses if you make or sell it. Here’s how and where to snag a free iced tea on Friday, June 10. Starbucks has a bogo, Snapple, http://sipyoursummer.com, has a coupon you can print and selected Wendy’s and Bojangles will be giving away free with purchase. www.yahoo.com
The Mosquito Away TV is about to hit the market. The TV works like any other television, but also sends high frequency sound waves, which we can’t hear, but the bugs can. Apparently they hate the sound. Only thing is, the TV has to be on for the sound emitter to work. LG Electronics hopes to market the TV’s in Asia and Africa, where mosquitoes borne illnesses are a major health threat. http://goo.gl/HL1zOU