Energy Tips to Reduce your Heating and Cooling Bills
We've had some cold weather lately and that means a sharp increase in your gas and/or electricity bill!
To combat this, make sure you are using proper thermostat settings. Gulf Power warns that turning your heater up and down uses more energy than leaving it at a constant temperature. If anything, increase or decrease the termperature only at night. They also recommend keeping the heat set at 68 degrees or below during winter and set at 78 degrees or above during summer.
Other items you can do to improve your energy efficiency in the winter months include:
- Open curtains on sunny days to allow sunlight and close the blinds and curtains once it's dark.
- Replace your air filter monthly! This is often overlooked in winter when units are not in use as much but should not be ignored.
- Make sure the switches on your ceiling fan are in the up position instead of the up position!
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Please be aware there is some serious upcoming weather headed to our area this week. Review the information we have compiled below to prepare for the heavy rains / potential flooding coming our way.
Weather Information Article
FloridaDisaster - Florida Division of Emergency Management
Florida Disaster Website
08/06/16 - Florida Gulf Coast Residents and Visitors Urged To Prepare For Heavy Rain; Potential Flooding Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials are urging residents, visitors and businesses from Tampa to Pensacola to prepare for heavy rainfall and potential flooding as the National Weather Service monitors a developing weather system along the Gulf Coast.
FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon said, "The National Weather Service expects this to be a slow moving heavy rain event which could last through Thursday. We’re urging everyone along the Gulf Coast to prepare for increased flooding potential as rainfall totals accumulate throughout the week."
Potential impacts include:
The National Weather Service forecasts a large swath of rain currently extending from the Big Bend to the Tampa area to remain through Sunday before shifting west, placing portions of the Big Bend and Panhandle under a risk for heavy rain Monday through Thursday of next week.
Locations from Tampa to Pensacola will have the potential for heavy rain and flooding.
The current National Weather Service forecast calls for 10-15 inches of rain in locations from Tampa to Pensacola through the next 5 days.
Isolated areas could receive rainfall amounts in excess of 18 inches over the next week.
Rivers and creeks near the coast could also be susceptible to flooding
Flash flooding could occur in areas that receive rain amounts in excess of 3 inches in a short period of time.
The National Weather Service has issued Flood Watches for Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Counties and may issue additional watches as conditions merit.
Plan for severe weather and follow these important safety tips:
Turn Around, Don’t Drown: NEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and less than one foot of fast-moving water can move most cars off the road. If you see a flooded roadway, turn around and take another route.
Avoid areas known to flood: Flash floods can occur near streams, drainage channels, culverts and other low-lying areas with little or no warning.
Be aware of flash flooding: If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
If thunder roars, go indoors: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter.
Turn on your weather radio: Ensure it is programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation.
Check your emergency supply kit: Make sure all of your emergency supplies are updated and accessible.
If a tornado warning is issued: Seek shelter immediately in an interior room away from any windows.
Know Your Zone: Know where you are located, and prepare to follow all instructions from local officials.
*The Florida Division of Emergency Management is the state agency charged with preparing for all types of disasters in Florida. The Division is the state's disaster liaison with federal and local agencies, and is the lead consequence management agency for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). The Division maintains the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee and the State Warning Point, the 24-hour communications and command center for response coordination.
Residents Encouraged to Monitor Weather
MyEscambia webpage with helpful information and details on how to be prepared.
MyEscambia - Inclement weather - Flood
The National Weather Service in Mobile is forecasting an extended period of heavy rain, with rainfalls in our area up to 15 inches, Tuesday through Saturday. At this time, the greatest threats to our area are minor to moderate flooding along area rivers, creeks and low lying areas that typically have poor drainage and possible flash flooding of roadways. Escambia County Emergency Management staff are continuing to monitor the system.
At this time Residents are encouraged to:
Monitor the weather forecast daily as conditions can change quickly.
Remember that sand and sand bags are available at local home improvement stores for purchase.
Clear your yard of any debris that might clog stormwater drains when washed to the street by rain such as leaves or limbs.
Turn off any automatic sprinkler systems and do not water your lawn until after the storm passes.
Remember heavy rain may quickly flood low-lying areas including roads and bridges. Standing water creates a serious road hazard, even when only a portion of the roadway is flooded. Most deaths from flooding in the United States are due to people driving their cars into flooded areas - “Turn around, don’t drown.”
*For the latest updates on this storm system or other issues impacting our county, sign up to receive news via email at myescambia.com by clicking the subscribe button and selecting “Emergency Updates” or follow them on their Facebook page here.
SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County
What you can do until help arrives
Water Tips - After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:
Is it safe to stay in the house?
Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
What To Do After Flooding
Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
Don't use television or other household appliances.
Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
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