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Are you enjoying all our fresh ripe summer produce available in Carroll County?
If so, I invite you to participate in a special challenge being conducted from Aug. 1-31 by the Northern Kentucky and Louisville area Family and Con-sumer Sciences Extension.
We are asking you to track your fruit and veggie intake for seven consecutive days, make a “Plate it Up” Kentucky Proud recipe with local produce available and tell us what you think of it.
I have more than 50 excellent Kentucky Proud recipes available in my office for your selection.
To get started, please stop by the Carroll County Extension office at 500 Floyd Drive, pick up a application and some of the recipes and start the challenge.
There also will be some special prizes.
If you have any questions, please call me at (502) 732-7030.
I will also have applications at tomorrow’s First Friday next to the Courthouse in downtown if you wish to pick it up there.
Let’s have Carroll County residents participate in this Challenge. This is a way to support our local growers, and eat more healthy fruits and vegetables.
Home energy tips for water heating
Water heating is the largest base load energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for 12 to 18 percent of your utility costs.
Base load energy use means behavior based. You affect base load energy use through your behavior changes.
You can save energy and money on water heating by setting your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees. This temperature setting will provide comfortable hot water for most uses in your home from cooking to bathing to cleaning.
You can also save energy and money when doing laundry.
About 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes goes to heating water.
You can use less energy and save money by using cold or warm water instead of hot when doing laundry.
Consider using cold water whenever possible.
Are you thinking of buying a new washing machine? Consider purchasing an Energy Star labeled model. These washing machines are designed to use less water and energy.
Water heaters typically have a life span of 10 to 15 years.
Is your water heater more than seven-years-old?
If so, you might want to do some research now before your water heater fails so you are prepared when you buy a new water heater.
Having to purchase a water heater due to heater failure could result in not selecting the best one for your home or business needs.
A water heater is not a one size fits all appliance.
Water heaters can use different fuel types. Typical fuel types are electricity, natural gas or solar energy.
Water heaters also deliver hot water through a variety of methods.
There are traditional storage water heaters or tankless water heaters.
You can find additional information on home energy efficiency and use at the following websites:
• The University of Kentucky Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, www.bae.uky.edu/energy/residential
• The Energy Star website, www.energystar.gov
• The U.S. Department of Energy, www.energy.gov/energysaver
Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to email@example.com.