Welcome to David City
Welcome to David City
THANK YOU to all of the citizens of David City for being patient and understanding while the water department was energizing the new water main on “I” Street between 5th & 8th Street. It was a very hectic day as we also had a water main break on 5th & “H” Street and while they were in the process of repairing that they had another water main break on “5th” between “H” and “I”. Unfortunately this meant that several residences were unexpectedly without water for several hours. Again, we appreciate your patience.
Our mission is to enhance the vibrant community of David City by providing a tremendous
quality of life defined by outstanding educational and employment opportunities for all citizens through provisions of quality, cost-effective governmental services that include infrastructure, utilities, affordable housing, physical environment, culture and recreation, public safety, land use planning, leadership and community participation.
2 tips following:
July 2015 EnergyWiseSM Tip: Laundry
Washing and drying laundry uses more energy than you may think. Not only are you running the machines, many times you are also using warm or hot water from your hot water heater. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average household does about 400 loads of laundry a year. Of those, 49 percent run with warm water, 37 percent with cold water, and 14 percent with hot. Depending on your energy source for making hot water, the average energy cost per load is about $1. It does not take long to see that this common chore provides a great opportunity to use energy more wisely and save on monthly energy bills.
Here are some ways you can reduce your energy costs while getting the wash done:
1. Use cold water. According to ENERGY STAR® almost 90 percent of the energy consumed by the washing process is used to heat water. You can save a lot of energy by washing your clothes in cold water. Cold-water washing also keeps colors bright, reduces wrinkling, and will not set stains. Although you may find that regular detergent is sufficient, try out cold-water detergents that are specifically formulated to work in cooler temperatures.
2. Run a full load. Your clothes washer will use about the same amount of mechanical energy, regardless of how full it is. If you do not run a full load, be sure to set the water level for the amount of laundry you are running.
3. Use the washer’s energy-saving settings. Be sure to start with the appropriate wash cycle for the fabrics being laundered and do not wash for longer than needed. Some loads only need 10 minutes of washing. Avoid the excessively hot “sanitary cycle,” but do choose the “high spin” option to remove more moisture at the end and cut down on drying time.
4. If you are in the market for a washing machine, get one with the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR washing machines use 37 percent less energy and 50 percent less water than regular washers.
5. Soak heavily soiled items before washing, and rub collars or other stains with household soap. There's nothing worse than having to repeat a wash because stains didn't come out.
6. Use the dryer’s energy-saving settings. Select low temperature for delicates and medium for most clothes. Choose auto-dry instead of timed-dry to prevent over-drying. Use a cycle that includes a cool-down period, sometimes known as a "permanent-press" cycle. In the last few minutes of this cycle, cool air, not heated air, is blown through the clothes completing the drying process with less electricity and saving you money.
7. Clean the lint filter after each dryer load to improve air circulation and reduce drying time. Periodically, use the long nozzle tip on your vacuum cleaner to remove the lint that collects inside the lint screen slot. Purchase a lint trap vacuum attachment if you cannot get your vacuum’s nozzle into the trap. In addition, inspect your dryer vent a couple of times a year to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material -- not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.
8. Consider a clothesline or drying rack. Drying clothes outside on a line or inside on a drying rack saves about 40 cents per load. Note that it is often recommended that fabrics like wool be laid flat to dry. Plus, line-dried clothes receive less wear and tear and will be static free without the use of dryer sheets.
9. Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes, since different materials, fabric weights, and garment sizes will require different amounts of time to dry.
Your local utility and Nebraska Public Power District want to help you make the most of your energy dollar and reduce your laundry costs. For more ideas on how you can make your home or business EnergyWiseSM, along with possible energy efficiency financial incentives, contact your local utility or visit www.nppd.com.
June/July 2015 EnergyWiseSM Tip: Ground Source Heat Pumps
Have you received your first electric bill for the summer yet? Most public power utilities in Nebraska have higher rates during the months of June through September to offset higher costs associated with generating electricity during peak-use periods. Rather than worry about how fast your air conditioner is making your electric meter spin and raising your monthly bill, wouldn’t it be nice to know your system is the most efficient way to not only cool, but heat your home all year round? Read on for the solution!
Also called an earth-coupled heat pump or a geothermal heat pump, a ground source heat pump operates by transferring heat, rather than creating it. Below the frost line, the temperature of the earth in Nebraska stays fairly constant at 50 – 55°F. Heat pumps provide summer cooling by extracting heat from your home and transferring it into the earth through a mechanical process. In the winter, that process can be reversed so the heat pump extracts heat from the earth and
“pump” it into your home. Since it is much more efficient to transfer heat than to create it with electrical resistance or fossil-fueled furnaces, a ground source heat pump can provide up to five units of heating or cooling energy for each energy unit used to run the system.
Ground source heat pump systems generally fall into two categories: closed-loop and open-loop. Most closed-loop systems circulate an antifreeze solution through a closed loop, which is usually made of plastic tubing that is buried in the ground or submerged in water. A heat exchanger transfers heat between the refrigerant in the heat pump and the antifreeze solution in the closed loop.
Open-loop systems use well or surface water as the heat exchange fluid that circulates directly through the heat pump system. Once it has circulated through the system, the water returns to the ground through the well, a recharge well, or is discharged above ground. This option is especially practical when there is an adequate supply of relatively clean water and all local codes and regulations regarding groundwater discharge are met.
Ground source heat pump systems are reasonably warranted by manufacturers and their working life is estimated at 25 years for inside components. The plastic tubing for closed-loop systems will last from 50 to 100 years. Maintenance costs tend to be significantly less with a ground source system when compared to fossil-fueled heating systems.
Setup costs for ground source heat pumps are higher than for conventional systems, but the difference is usually returned in energy savings within 3 to 10 years. Even faster returns on investment are recognized with federal tax credits and EnergyWiseSM efficiency incentives. Now through the end of 2016, homeowners may claim 30% of qualified expenditures associated with installing a ground source system. You may also qualify for cash incentives up to $1,700 from your local utility. With all of that going for ground-source heat pumps, why wouldn’t you consider one for your home?
Your local utility and Nebraska Public Power District want to help you make the most of your energy dollar and reduce cooling costs without costing you a fortune. For more ideas on how you can make your home or business EnergyWiseSM, along with possible energy efficiency financial incentives, contact your local utility or visit www.nppd.com.