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9 Unexpected Energy (and Money) Savers

Chances are right now you’re blasting your air conditioner at full throttle. According to the five-day forecast, you probably won’t be turning that air conditioner off for the next week. Running air conditioners is a quick way to hike up your energy bill in the summer, but there are plenty of small changes you can make in any season to help bring those bills down. Give your pocketbook and Mother Nature a break this season by taking advantage of these simple, surprising ways to save energy and money.

Put lamps in the corners: Did you know you can switch to a lower wattage bulb in a lamp or lower its dimmer switch and not lose a noticeable amount of light? It’s all about placement. When a lamp is placed in a corner, the light reflects off the adjoining walls, which makes the room lighter and brighter.

Switch to a laptop: If you’re reading this article on a laptop, you’re using 1/3 less energy than if you’re reading this on a desktop.  (more…)

Your Summerfest 2012 Guide

It’s hard to believe it’s that time, but easily Milwaukee’s biggest festival, Summerfest, kicks off tomorrow! The “Big Gig,” as it’s affectionately known, has an 11-day run with over 700 bands performing. The “World’s Largest Music Festival” has plenty packed in to entertain the entire family, whether you’re rocking out, pigging out or just spending the day people watching. Here, we’ve assembled a quick Summerfest Guide highlighting some of the biggest musical acts, tastiest grub, fun family entertainment and ways you can save on daily admission, ensuring you won’t miss a beat of fun throughout the fest.


Metro Milwaukee’s Weekend Festival Guide: June 22-24

Tired of being stuck indoors (where the air conditioning is!) this week? Just in time for the weekend, the weather is supposed to cooperate for yet another weekend filled with festival fun! This weekend, you can get in touch with Greek roots, enjoy some local live tunes or stuff your face with a few quarts of strawberries. We’ve got the rundown right here in this installment of the Weekend Festival Guide!


10 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

You don’t need us to tell you it’s hot out there. With temps in the 90s, high humidity and whipping winds, it feels like an oven outside! If you’ve got central air at home (luck you!), stay inside and bask in the cool, dry air. If not, we’ve got 10 tips to help you beat the heat this week.

Block the sun.  You can block out some of the sun’s heat by closing all your curtains and blinds around the house during the day. This can reduce the amount of heat that passes into your home by as much as 45 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Fan strategically. Try ventilating your home at night by installing a window fan and making sure the blades face outside to suck warm air outside of the house while pulling cool air in. (more…)

Milwaukee’s Weekend Festival Preview: June 15-17

Along with the temperature outside, festival season is really heating up in Metro Milwaukee! The city is alive this weekend with a handful of diverse, can’t-miss events. Celebrate all things Polska, take in some fine art or lace up for a 5K dedicated to a great cause – heck, you could even squeeze in all three! Today we highlight a few of the area’s fantastic festivals in this week’s festival guide:


POLISH FEST – Milwaukee, Friday-Sunday

Touted as “America’s Largest Polish Festival,” this three-day event kicks off Friday at Henry Maier Festival Park. (more…)

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