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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Am00, NEws Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Page 8 by Alexander James Burns and Markette Jean Hubin Everyday millions of Americans waste energy in their homes. You may not think it, but all of your devices really add up. From the bedroom to the living room, energy is misused and wasted. One way energy is wasted is when electronics are one for extended periods of time. This can drastically increase your electric bill. Do you really need that one light on all the time? What about that TV? What need is there to have Spongebob on if no one is going to watch it? To correct for this you can turn lights offwhen you are not using them. You can also upgrade to newer technology lights. In the bedroom you can save energy and money by using LED light bulbs. If you do this, you can save up to 75% on lighting costs. A LED bulb uses 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than the most commonly used light bulb. When replacing your other electronics, look for the ENERGY STAR label. It will save the most energy for the life of the device. You can put a timer on your TV so that it shuts off after so long of being on. You can turn your thermostat down and sleep with a warmer blanket. Just small things like this can really help you and your billfold out a lot. Now lets go to another hidden cause of a large electric bill: Vampire Energy. No this kind of vampire doesn't suck your blood, it sucks energy from your outlets. Think of your TV. When you see that little red light on, the TV is taking energy to power that light. Remember when you see your VCR/DVD player light flashing when you're not even using it? That is vampire energy. Vampire Energy can be a problem for low income families. So stopping it or at least reducing it' can really help. There are many ways you can lessen the amount of vampire energy in your house. You can switch over to using a power strip with a switch. The power strip can be easily turned off to keep your devices from draining energy from the outlet. Some newer devices, such as Energy Star, have certain energy saving features on them to stop the flow of electricity or at least reduce it as low as it can go. If we just learn to cut down on electricity usage and vampire energy we will have a cleaner, brighter future for the youth of tomorrow. We all want that for our children and our children's children. "The ,-, "of Minnesota '00qinemaking" Sip history in the making and dis- cover Minnesota's inventiveness with cold-hardy grapes, created to survive the freezing Minnesota temperatures. Learn about the history of early wine- making ventures in our area and tour three unique wineries. First we will travel to downtown Redwood Falls and experience a Fall Fest and grape stomp with Fieldstone Vineyards, stop along the highway in Spicer at Glacial Ridge Winery for the crisp wine and apples, and finish our tour at Morgan Creek Vineyards in New Uhn for a bright underground wine experience. "I never knew grapes in Minnesota could produce appealing sipping wine," says Postcards Producer Andrea Singleton. "Our state's ability to grow fruit in the freezing winter tempera- tures amazes me and the variety of different wineries in our area is astounding." This new episode of Postcards airs on Sunday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Monday at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on Pioneer. The twenty local productions of Postcards at Pioneer Public Television capture the stories about Minnesota art, history and cultural heritage, with funding provided by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Pioneer Public Television is a view- er supported educational television station covering more than 45 rural counties in western Minnesota, north- western Iowa, and eastern South Dakota. Pioneer can be viewed on KWCM Channel 10 Appleton, KSMN Channel 20 - Worthington and UHF Channel 49 - Fergus Falls. To find your local Pioneer channel, check with your cable TV provider. For more information about Pioneer Public Television, go to www. pioneer.org. Snow00' scene at Outc00 Charley... AboVei here are not too many people coming to the park.to register for a wintery camp out these days. .0o'00 a00n, t. | -c. | .Cooeroi0000 ...,..,i., | 708 5th St. J Westbrook, MN i 507-274-5650 ,.,,,,I Muske, Muske & Suhrhoff Law Office Call Maryellen Suhrhoff 507-274-5980 611 First Ave. Westbrook, MN 188428 I 222 10th St ' P.0. Box 245 Windom, MN 5610 Plum Creek Embroidery Hwy. 14. Walnut Grove Kris & Randy Tietz, owners Hats. Jackets Shirts Bags Afghans Sweatshirts Bath Towels Blankets Tapestries Your Items or Ours...Small or large quantities CoMact us fu all ll ctem e, wbmldeq ne... ,veat rond A#-2488 or ll lWcCerw, m.Kll WESTER'S LOCKER Bacon - Ham- Sausage Retail Meats: fresh & frozen Custom Slaughtering- Sides & Quarters Deer Processing Available 536 1st Ave., Westbrook Tim Wester, owner 507-274-5900 BIRKHOLZ LAW LLC ATFORNEY AT LAW Daniel A. Birkholz FISHER PRIMARY EYE CARE CLINIC Hours: Dr. M.R. Fisher 507-831-3478 Mort. thru Fri. 9 a.m: to 5 p.m. 230 Tenth St., Windom, MN 56101 *  analysis, diagnosis & therapy * Age-related macular degeneration - * Cataracts - pre-op & post-op care diagnosis & treatment * Glaucoma - diagnosis & treatment * Foreign Ixxly removal * Eyelid F'rolems - diagnosis & refenal * Treatment of ocular pathology * Refracifve laser surgery - referral & * Contact lenses & glasses available, if post-op care needed ;, Business Directory / 507-274-6136 or "Your Gateway 800-410-1859 toCommerce" A Place in - Country *Weddings *Funerals I *Flowers & Balloons for E: every occasion *Crafts of all kinds D Phone 507-274-6600 Mary L. Osland, Westbrook, MN  4 miles W. of Westbrook on Hwy. 30, 1 1/2 miles S. B Im 5O7474-55O$ ToU  888-5184591 705 1=11: Ave., , Westbrook, MN 56183 rose. Convenient. omprehensive. Serving Windom & surrounding communities for 43 years! SENTINEL TRIBUNE Am00, NEws Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Page 8 by Alexander James Burns and Markette Jean Hubin Everyday millions of Americans waste energy in their homes. You may not think it, but all of your devices really add up. From the bedroom to the living room, energy is misused and wasted. One way energy is wasted is when electronics are one for extended periods of time. This can drastically increase your electric bill. Do you really need that one light on all the time? What about that TV? What need is there to have Spongebob on if no one is going to watch it? To correct for this you can turn lights offwhen you are not using them. You can also upgrade to newer technology lights. In the bedroom you can save energy and money by using LED light bulbs. If you do this, you can save up to 75% on lighting costs. A LED bulb uses 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than the most commonly used light bulb. When replacing your other electronics, look for the ENERGY STAR label. It will save the most energy for the life of the device. You can put a timer on your TV so that it shuts off after so long of being on. You can turn your thermostat down and sleep with a warmer blanket. Just small things like this can really help you and your billfold out a lot. Now lets go to another hidden cause of a large electric bill: Vampire Energy. No this kind of vampire doesn't suck your blood, it sucks energy from your outlets. Think of your TV. When you see that little red light on, the TV is taking energy to power that light. Remember when you see your VCR/DVD player light flashing when you're not even using it? That is vampire energy. Vampire Energy can be a problem for low income families. So stopping it or at least reducing it' can really help. There are many ways you can lessen the amount of vampire energy in your house. You can switch over to using a power strip with a switch. The power strip can be easily turned off to keep your devices from draining energy from the outlet. Some newer devices, such as Energy Star, have certain energy saving features on them to stop the flow of electricity or at least reduce it as low as it can go. If we just learn to cut down on electricity usage and vampire energy we will have a cleaner, brighter future for the youth of tomorrow. We all want that for our children and our children's children. "The ,-, "of Minnesota '00qinemaking" Sip history in the making and dis- cover Minnesota's inventiveness with cold-hardy grapes, created to survive the freezing Minnesota temperatures. Learn about the history of early wine- making ventures in our area and tour three unique wineries. First we will travel to downtown Redwood Falls and experience a Fall Fest and grape stomp with Fieldstone Vineyards, stop along the highway in Spicer at Glacial Ridge Winery for the crisp wine and apples, and finish our tour at Morgan Creek Vineyards in New Uhn for a bright underground wine experience. "I never knew grapes in Minnesota could produce appealing sipping wine," says Postcards Producer Andrea Singleton. "Our state's ability to grow fruit in the freezing winter tempera- tures amazes me and the variety of different wineries in our area is astounding." This new episode of Postcards airs on Sunday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Monday at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on Pioneer. The twenty local productions of Postcards at Pioneer Public Television capture the stories about Minnesota art, history and cultural heritage, with funding provided by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Pioneer Public Television is a view- er supported educational television station covering more than 45 rural counties in western Minnesota, north- western Iowa, and eastern South Dakota. Pioneer can be viewed on KWCM Channel 10 Appleton, KSMN Channel 20 - Worthington and UHF Channel 49 - Fergus Falls. To find your local Pioneer channel, check with your cable TV provider. For more information about Pioneer Public Television, go to www. pioneer.org. Snow00' scene at Outc00 Charley... AboVei here are not too many people coming to the park.to register for a wintery camp out these days. .0o'00 a00n, t. | -c. | .Cooeroi0000 ...,..,i., | 708 5th St. J Westbrook, MN i 507-274-5650 ,.,,,,I Muske, Muske & Suhrhoff Law Office Call Maryellen Suhrhoff 507-274-5980 611 First Ave. Westbrook, MN 188428 I 222 10th St ' P.0. Box 245 Windom, MN 5610 Plum Creek Embroidery Hwy. 14. Walnut Grove Kris & Randy Tietz, owners Hats. Jackets Shirts Bags Afghans Sweatshirts Bath Towels Blankets Tapestries Your Items or Ours...Small or large quantities CoMact us fu all ll ctem e, wbmldeq ne... ,veat rond A#-2488 or ll lWcCerw, m.Kll WESTER'S LOCKER Bacon - Ham- Sausage Retail Meats: fresh & frozen Custom Slaughtering- Sides & Quarters Deer Processing Available 536 1st Ave., Westbrook Tim Wester, owner 507-274-5900 BIRKHOLZ LAW LLC ATFORNEY AT LAW Daniel A. Birkholz FISHER PRIMARY EYE CARE CLINIC Hours: Dr. M.R. Fisher 507-831-3478 Mort. thru Fri. 9 a.m: to 5 p.m. 230 Tenth St., Windom, MN 56101 *  analysis, diagnosis & therapy * Age-related macular degeneration - * Cataracts - pre-op & post-op care diagnosis & treatment * Glaucoma - diagnosis & treatment * Foreign Ixxly removal * Eyelid F'rolems - diagnosis & refenal * Treatment of ocular pathology * Refracifve laser surgery - referral & * Contact lenses & glasses available, if post-op care needed ;, Business Directory / 507-274-6136 or "Your Gateway 800-410-1859 toCommerce" A Place in - Country *Weddings *Funerals I *Flowers & Balloons for E: every occasion *Crafts of all kinds D Phone 507-274-6600 Mary L. Osland, Westbrook, MN  4 miles W. of Westbrook on Hwy. 30, 1 1/2 miles S. B Im 5O7474-55O$ ToU  888-5184591 705 1=11: Ave., , Westbrook, MN 56183 rose. Convenient. omprehensive. Serving Windom & surrounding communities for 43 years!