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Stay Cool for Next to Nothing: Power Down the AC on National Ceiling Fan Day

Features - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:07
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(NewsUSA) - The kids are back in school, football season is starting and fall is around the corner, which means it is time to turn down the air conditioner and rely a little more on your ceiling fan to save energy and money.

This September 18 marks the second annual National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD). More than 20 ceiling fan manufacturers, the American Lighting Association (ALA) and leading energy conservation groups invite everyone to join the fight to reduce energy consumption by turning off their central cooling systems and staying cool with ceiling, floor, desk and wall fans to save trillions of kilowatt hours of energy consumption.

As an extra incentive to participate in the energy-saving effort, many fan retailers are offering discounts to consumers in conjunction with NCFD. You can find a list of local ALA-member fan retailers online at

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends using ceiling fans to reduce or eliminate the need to use your AC, because ceiling fans consume far less electricity. Many ceiling fans consume as few as 15 watts of electricity, while AC systems can use upwards of 5,000 watts when used for the same amount of time.

While saving energy is a good thing, saving money is not bad either. Operating a fan can cost as little as $1 per month. That is quite a savings compared to approximately $100 per month to run an AC unit in a typical home. To maximize your savings, use an Energy Star-certified fan. Ceiling fans that have earned the Energy Star label are 60 percent more efficient than conventional fans.

Initiated by fan manufacturer Fanimation, NCFD is supported by the ALA and many additional ALA-member fan manufacturers, including Casablanca/Hunter Fan Company, Craftmade; Emerson Ceiling Fans, Feiss-Monte Carlo, Kichler, Matthews Fan Company, Minka-Aire, Progress Lighting, Quorum International, Regency Ceiling Fans, Savoy House, Sea Gull Lighting, The Modern Fan Co., Vaxcel International and Westinghouse Lighting, as well as The Home Depot and Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Many of the nation's leaders in energy conservation and efficiency are also on board. Those supporters include the EPA's Energy Star Program; Alliance to Save Energy; Affordable Comfort, Inc.; and Environmental and Energy Study Institute.

The purpose of NCFD is to bring national attention to escalating energy costs and consumption. The day is devoted to saving energy and raising awareness about how ceiling fans can fit into an overall energy- and cost-savings plan. If every American participates in NCFD by turning off their AC and using fans for their cooling needs, the United States will save enough energy to power the entire city of New York for months.

For more information about how to save energy with ceiling fans and for a list of ALA-member fan retailers and manufacturers, go to

Weed hurts relationships more than drinking

Health - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:46
Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health.
Categories: Health

EU weighs sanctions on Russia

CNN World - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:37
European Union nations are considering new sanctions against Russia amid cautious optimism that a ceasefire will go into effect Friday in eastern Ukraine.
Categories: International News

Americans air worries about age bias in jobs

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:26
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Make a shipping container your home for less than $185K

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:14
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Great white shark hits kayaks

CNN - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:05
Two kayakers were hit by a great white shark and dumped into the water Wednesday off of White Horse Beach in Plymouth, Massachusetts, authorities said.
Categories: National News

Lava threatens to cut off town

CNN - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:05
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has issued a warning for a Big Island beach community threatened to be cut off by lava flow from Kilauea Volcano.
Categories: National News

Guinness goes blonde for U.S. market

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:01
Fancy a pint of the not-so-dark stuff?

FAA: Unresponsive plane crashes off the coast of Jamaica

CNN World - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:01
A small plane flew for hours unresponsive south over the United States before crashing Friday off the coast of Jamaica, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Categories: International News

Twitpic shutting down, citing trademark fight with Twitter

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 14:58
The company that helped bring photos to Twitter is shutting down... and it claims Twitter is to blame.

Market Basket fight may have sapped retail jobs

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 14:49
A family feud at a New England grocery might have made a dent in national employment numbers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Meet Facebook's new privacy mascot

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:34
Facebook users are due for a digital checkup, and a friendly blue dinosaur is here to help.

Jobs: Signs of strength, pockets of pain

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:28
Friday's jobs report was disappointing to just about everyone.

Ex-lover shares intimate details in book

CNN World - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:07
A new book by President Hollande's ex-partner reveals intimate details of their relationship. Jonathan Mann reports.
Categories: International News

Starbucks plans new types of coffee shops

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:45
Starbucks, which has been adding more than 1,500 stores a year, is rolling out some experimental retail designs as part of its effort to dominate the coffee market.

10 Steps to Help Older Adults Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls

Features - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:39
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(NewsUSA) - Some of the most serious injuries among older adults, age 65 and older, are caused by falling. More than 1.6 million older Americans end up in the emergency room or hospital because of a fall, according to the National Institutes of Health. Seniors who have broken a hip by falling can have trouble recovering and regaining mobility.

The good news is many falls are preventable. One of the first things you can do if you take prescription medication is have your health care team review your medication.

"Some prescription medicines and over-the-counter drugs, or a combination of them, can make you dizzy or sleepy. Either can lead to a fall," said Jaza Marina, M.D., a geriatrician at Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta. "If you fall, be sure to let your doctor know, even if you aren't hurt. Sometimes falls are a sign of a new medical problem that needs attention."

Many underlying causes of falls can be treated or corrected. Dr. Marina recommends these 10 proactive steps to reduce the risk of falling.

Make your home safe.

1. Remove clutter, throw rugs and electrical cords that might cause you to trip.

2. Store items on bottom shelves.

3. Add grab bars where necessary -- in hallways, stairways and bathtubs.

4. Add a rubber bath mat in the shower or tub.

5. Make sure your home is well lit. Use night lights in hallways and bathrooms.

6. Keep a phone and flashlight by your bed.

Take care of yourself.

7. Stay as physically active as you can.

8. Wear comfortable shoes with good support.

9. Have your vision and hearing checked.

10. Use a cane or walker if you feel unsteady.

For more information on how to prevent falls, visit Also check out for tips on walking as an exercise. For questions or advice about a specific condition, talk to your physician.

Dyson says it out-Roombaed the Roomba

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:13
Robotic vacuums don't exactly have the best reputation. They're easily confused and not particularly good at cleaning -- not exactly worth their $300 to $500 price tags.

5 big trends shaking up the job market

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:03
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MSU Looks To Continue Winning Ways Against UAB

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:00
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State, winners of four straight dating back to last season, hosts its second consecutive Conference USA opponent when UAB comes calling for a 1 p.m. CT Saturday kickoff in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.


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