Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
DETROIT – With the heating season now upon us, DTE Energy has a number of tips and programs to help customers save energy and money this winter.
Here are some simple steps that can pay big dividends as temperatures start to plummet:
Dial down . . .
The best way to manage your energy costs is by using energy wisely. For every degree you lower your thermostat below 72 degrees, you can save about 3 percent on your heating bill. One way to accomplish this is with a programmable thermostat, which can automatically lower the temperature when you’re away from the house, and automatically increase it before you get home.
Homes with proper humidity levels will provide greater comfort at lower temperatures. When humidity is kept at a proper level – about 35 percent at 70 degrees – windows will not sweat and the air won’t feel dry. Replace the humidifier pad or clean it of calcium deposits for best results.
Fine tune your furnace . . .
Schedule a heating system check-up. A qualified heating contractor will make sure your heating system operates efficiently and delivers the maximum energy savings. Check the DTE Energy web site for a list of participating HVAC Tune-up contractors.
Clean or replace your furnace’s air filters monthly during the winter season. Dirty filters block the warm airflow in the home, which causes the furnace to work harder and less economically.
Clean and vacuum ducts, vents and heat registers. Check heat registers to ensure that drapes or furniture do not block airflow..
Check the chimney for obstructions. Make sure your chimney is not blocked by debris such as bird nests, leaves, loose mortar or dirt.
Add insulation . . .
Install attic and basement insulation to keep out drafts and make your home more energy efficient and warm. Adding blown cellulose on top of rolled fiberglass insulation will increase the insulation value of your attic.
Insulate all heating ducts located in attics and unheated crawlspaces, and make sure there are no leaks in your ductwork. In the basement, insulate the band joists, where your home’s frame meets the foundation.
Place an insulation blanket around your hot water heater if it’s more than 10 years old. Electric water heaters should be placed on an insulated surface, such as foam. Adjust water heater temperature to the warm setting (about 120 degrees).
Keep the cold air out. . .
Seal windows and doors with caulk and weather stripping to block unwanted drafts. If caulk cracks and peels away, it allows your home’s heat to escape.
Install a fireplace door to prevent cold air from entering your home. Be sure to close the damper unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like having a window wide open during the winter. However, if you have a gas fireplace, the flue should be partially open to allow fumes from the pilot light to escape.
Use kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans wisely.. In just one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warm air. Turn fans off as soon as they have done their job.
Minimize the number of times that doors to the outside are opened and closed. Every time an outside door opens, warm air rushes out and cold air moves in.
Let the sun shine in. . .
Open curtains on south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. Be sure to close the curtains at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
Take advantage of DTE Energy programs. Enroll in BudgetWise Billing and spread your heating payments equally over the entire year. For more information about BudgetWise Billing, visit www.dteenergy.com/bwb.
For more information about managing winter heating costs, visit www.dteenergy.com/winter.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 21:44
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Celebrating Literacy through Writing” is the theme of the 10th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conference, hosted by the Motown Writers Network, in partnership with the non-profit organization, Detroit Impact. The conference is November 8 and 9, 2013 at multiple locations in Detroit.
The Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conference provides an opportunity for aspiring and established authors and writers to gain valuable information about the craft of writing, and to connect with colleagues, peers and most importantly, patrons of their art: readers. Since 2000, the Motown Writers Network has served as a viable resource and networking organization for writers in the metropolitan Detroit area.
The two-day event opens at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 8 at Source Booksellers, 4240 Cass, with networking, comedy by local comedians, open mic poetry, and readings of classic African American literature and poetry. The opening event is in partnership with EchoVerse and HollaIfYouHearMe.com. Attendees are encouraged to donate three or more gently used books for a book drive to support literacy efforts of the non-profit organization Detroit Impact, and SitOnIt..com, which provides bus stop benches filled with books around the community, or a minimum of $4 for entry.
On Saturday, November 9 the conference begins with registration at 8 a.m. at the Julian C. Madison Building, 1420 Washington Blvd. downtown Detroit. The day includes workshops on writing, print and electronic publishing, business and marketing for authors, a keynote luncheon, a Poetry Panel Discussion on the Roots of Poetry in Detroit hosted by Broadside Press, and an All-Male Literacy Panel Discussion to bring awareness of the issues surrounding literacy and ways to increase literacy in Detroit. Attendees must register and pay for the workshops and keynote luncheon. All other activities are free.
“We’re especially excited because this is our 10th conference anniversary,” says Sylvia Hubbard, founder of the Motown Writer’s Network. “Our conference continues to bring in the community, confirming how important literary and literacy work is in the Detroit area. And we’re glad to bring back our All-Male Literacy Panel Discussion to build upon the conversation we started last year on increasing literacy in our community, and how literacy is impacted in the 21st century.”
The All-Male Literacy Panel Discussion begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, with moderator Vicki Thomas, City Beat Reporter for WWJ Newsradio 950. Panelists include independent media consultant and political pundit Cliff Russell; Brian Dougherty president of the National Prisoner Education Foundation, Yusef Shakur, author and President of Urban Guerilla Network and owner of the Urban Network Café & Bookstore, author Ken Coleman, poet and teacher Deonte Osayande, and other invited panelists.
Other conference highlights include a Vendor Marketplace, presentations by Detroit CARES Mentoring Movement, the Detroit Branch National Writers Union, Awesome Party Reunion, and Author Genre Panels.
Additionally, the community is encouraged to donate new or gently used books to increase literacy in Metro Detroit. Throughout the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to win a Kindle, literary swag bags and other prizes.
Sponsors of the 10th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference include Echoverse Poetry, Literary Voice, HollaIfYouHearMe.com, Boys2Books, My Girlfriend’s Business, 360 Digital, SSW Magazine, National Writers Union, AND Communications LLC, Cinema Bug, The Michigan Citizen, ScribalPress.com, RepYourCity.com, 23Exchange.com, Michigan Literary Network, and HubBooks.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 21:38
Category: Community Written by Princess Hayes
RocNation and Studio Soul invites you to an exclusive pre-release listening event with Bridget Kelly. Hosted by hot 107.5's Bijou Star. The event is scheduled to begin promptly at 8pm.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:40
Grammy Award Winning Artist Melanie Fiona Embarks on Five City College Tour Presented by EOS Products
Category: Community Written by RocNation Staff
Evolution of smooth Products (EOS), innovative beauty and skincare company, is hitting the road and coming to a city near you to rock the house on a five city college tour - featuring the talents of two-time GRAMMY award winning artist Melanie Fiona with fellow Roc Nation artists, GRAMMY award winning songwriter/singer Bridget Kelly and chart topping songwriter and crooner Elijah Blake.
Concert will be held at LIVE nightcub 102 1st street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
For the first time, these sensations will tour together after performing with music legends including JAY Z, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige. Fans can look forward to Melanie performing her latest smash single "Cold Piece," which was released earlier this summer to provide free music to her fans and currently available on www.melaniefiona.com with the video being release late October. Bridget Kelly is currently working on her second EP after taking the summer by storm with her hit singles "Special Delivery" and "Street Dreamin" featuring Kendrick Lamar. After writing the 2013 GRAMMY winning single "Climax" for Usher, Elijah Blake is set to release his second EP "Bijoux 23," following the critically acclaimed "Bijoux 22" featuring the fan favorite "X.O.X" with Common.
A game changer in the beauty space, the EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm has become a "must-have" cult-favorite item for college students and Millennial consumers alike. In order to thank its fans for their loyal support and passion for the brand, EOS is bringing this unique concert experience to five popular college cities for the first time in its history -- the tour will begin in Atlanta and travel the East Coast, ending with a finale concert in New York City and EOS will be providing music fans in each market with free tickets.
Tour Dates & Cities:
October 24th: Atlanta, GA
November 6th: Ann Arbor, MI
November 11th: Washington, DC
November 12th: Happy Valley, PA
November 13th: New York City
How to get tickets? Follow EOS on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram to learn how and where to secure free tickets. EOS social media handles will provide updates on the locations of EOS-branded local food trucks that will be passing out free treats and tickets the week before the concert date in your city. Tune into your favorite local radio stations and websites just days before the show to have the chance to win either general admission tickets or the VIP Experience, which includes meet & greets with the artists post-show and more. Finally, EOS is taking over local college campuses in your city! Be on the lookout for EOS student brand ambassadors who will be distributing tickets around campus.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 12:00
Category: Community Written by Fox 2 News
After the primary's ballot counting debacle, and the lack of voter confidence that followed, the president of the NAACP, Rev. Wendell Anthony, says they requested federal monitors from the Department of Justice, who are now being sent in to keep tabs on the Detroit election.
"We talked with the clerk. The clerk has assured to us and the community that they have control over the electoral process," --
Both mayoral candidates took to the streets in the final hours before voting begins, showing up at shopping centers and even popular street intersections, spreading their last-minute messages to the public.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 09:59
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