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  1. 8 Easy Ways To Winterize Your Home

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    … and Save Money All Winter Long!

    1. No more drafts – Just place a rolled bath towel under a drafty door, or make a more attractive DIY “draft snake” with googly eyes, felt tongues and the like. You can use any scraps of fabric — even neckties — and fill with sand or kitty litter for heft.
    2. Change furnace filters – Yes it’s easy to forget, but it’s important to replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand.
    3. Use caulking and weatherstripping – Simple leaks can sap home energy efficiency by 5% to 30% a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That means it pays to seal up gaps with caulking and weatherstripping.
    4. Turn down your water heater – While many conventional water heaters are set to 140 degrees F by installers, most households don’t need that much steam, and end up paying for it — in dollars and the occasional scalding burn. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees F (or lower) would reduce your water heating costs by 6% to 10%.
    5. Boost Insulation – Insulation is one of the best ways to save energy and money at home. It can make a big difference to add more insulation between walls, and make sure your attic floor and basement ceiling are well covered.
    6. Put up some plastic – For just a few dollars, pick up a window insulation kit at your local hardware or discount store. Don’t worry — properly installed, window plastic is essentially invisible. Adding a buffer against drafts and extra still air space can give a nice boost to your home’s ability to hold heat.
    7. Insulate your pipes – Pay less for hot water by insulating pipes. That can also help decrease the chance of pipes freezing, which can be disastrous. Check to see if your pipes are warm to the touch. If so, they are good candidates for insulation. (Use the same method to determine if your hot water heater would benefit from some insulation.)
    8. Run fans in reverse – Most people think of fans only when they want to be cool, but many ceiling units come with a handy switch that reverses the direction of the blades. Counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes while switching to clockwise makes it warmer: air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space – cutting your heating costs as much as 10%!

    Source: www.popularmechanics.com


  2. Community Responds to Just Food Appeal With 30,000 in Challenge Grants

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    If Just Food can raise $30,000 by September 30th, they will receive an additional 30,000 from two challenge grants, $25,000 from an anonymous community member and $5,000 from Peoples Bank. The matching grants are meant to get the local organization out of the hole created by its former director, Jeremy Farmer, and continue its mission to help those in need in Douglas County. Read More …


  3. Count (& Win!) The Cash!

    Win $1,220.00 cash , a new TV and more!

    Contest Dates:

    • Now through November 20, 2015
    • Winner drawn November 27

    Where To Register: Peoples Bank – Ottawa, KOFO and at Count The Cash sponsors and their remotes thru November 20, 2015.

    Be listening to KOFO to find out where the KOFO-Peoples Bank Cash Box filled with cash will be on display and you can register

    • Guess how much money is inside the KOFO-Peoples Bank money box and you could win $1,220 and then some!
    • The closest guess to the actual amount of money inside the box wins $1,220
    • Guess the exact amount inside the box and you’ll win an additional prize of $1,220.00 from Peoples Bank. $610.00 to you/$610.00 to your favorite local charity
    • Didn’t win the money? That’s ok! The top 5% will be put into a drawing to win a 47” LG LCD Flat Screen TV and other door prizes.
    • Cash winner and TV winner both announced November 27th at private invitation “Finalist Party” at Peoples Bank 5th and Main, Ottawa, KS between 5-7pm. Winners, themselves, must be present to win these prizes, no substitutions.

    In case of ties, a random drawing will be held to determine final winner.

    Sponsors:

    • The Gun Guys
    • McCoy’s Furniture Loft
    • Seven Cedars, LLC Sutton’s Jewelry
    • Messenger’s Home Furnishings

    Official rules

    • No purchase necessary
    • Contest is open to legal U.S. residents 18 years of age or older
    • One guess per person per registration location
    • KOFO and Peoples Bank employees and households not eligible
    • Sponsors and households are not eligible
    • Prizes awarded as described. No substitutions
    • Winner responsible for any and all applicable taxes
    • Finalists will be those who guess within 5% of the actual amount
    • Local charity must have its main/home office in Franklin County
    • Must have a government issued photo id that matches information on registration form

    For complete rules visit kofo.com