Keeping Winter Weather from Wreaking Havoc on Home Heating Bills

first_imgWith winter approaching and consumers across Indiana turning up their furnaces, experts say it’s a good time to consider how your home can be more energy efficient.Snow, sleet, and ice have many Hoosiers turning up their thermostats, and those natural gas and electric bills can be expensive.According to Anthony Swinger, director of external affairs at the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, a home energy audit can help residents reduce their energy use and better manage their heating bills. He noted that many consumers are eligible for free assessments from the Energizing Indiana program.“They’ll send someone out, do a walk-through, spend some time with you and actually show you where in your home you can make improvements that will can really help and add up,” he said.Other tips to keep heating bills down include clean furnace filters, checking your insulation, setting ceiling fans to turn clockwise at a low speed, and using programmable thermostats that turn down the temperature when you are at work or sleeping.If you are facing financial hardship and can’t pay a bill on time, Swinger suggests reaching out to your utility company.“The more proactive you are, the earlier you contact the utility, and the earlier you work out a payment arrangement and keep it, the better the odds are that you’ll keep those services connected,” he said.Additionally, most Indiana natural gas and electric utilities offer budget billing programs, which he said provide for set monthly payments, making it easier to plan ahead.Swinger pointed out that another easy way to save money is to cut back on what he refers to as “vampire power.”“We’re talking about a cell-phone charger that’s plugged into the wall, but no phone is plugged in at the other end, or another a small appliance that you might keep plugged in that doesn’t really need to be plugged in, but it is using energy to some degree,” he specified.Lighting can also be expensive, and Swinger suggested switching to CFL bulbs which are more efficient, using only a fourth as much energy as traditional incandescent bulbs, and lasting about ten times longer.last_img read more

New look William Hill welcomes Ruth Prior as Group CFO

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share Submit Share Updating the market, FTSE bookmaker William Hill Plc has confirmed that Ruth Prior has officially taken the corporate leadership position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO).Last March, William Hill governance had confirmed that it had headhunted Prior from leading global payments provider WorldPay’s executive team where she had served as Chief Operations Officer and Deputy CFO (2013-2017).A seasoned finance executive within entertainment and technology sectors, Prior joins William Hill leadership taking over the group’s controllership and treasury duties. Prior joins William Hill leadership team as the company focuses on its three-point recovery plan – recovering UK traction, growing its international services and delivering a new Openbet platform for its digital divisions.Despite reporting an 11% decline in corporate profits for its H1 2017 interim results, William Hill leadership remains positive of the bookmaker’s future performance, stating that the company has successfully executed the ‘turnaround’ of its declining digital division.Under the guidance of new CEO Philip Bowcock, William Hill has detailed that it will ramp-up its marketing activity having secured group-wide £40 million in savings. Bowcock has detailed to investors that the William Hill brand has to be aggressive in a saturated marketplace.From an investor perspective, London private equity firm Silchester acquired a 5% stake in William Hill Plc, becoming the FTSE bookmaker’s fourth-largest shareholder. Silchester a specialist in ‘long-hold’ investments, believes that at present William Hill is an undervalued asset within the global betting sector.last_img read more

Clippers ease into lighter schedule with win over Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks

first_imgUnless you count playing the lowly Knicks. Entering Monday, New York had lost six of its last eight games and will miss the playoffs for the third straight year since Phil Jackson took over their front office.With 11 games remaining, the Clippers won’t have much to complain about. Only four of their remaining games are against teams with winning records, and eight are at home. By many measurements, the Clippers have the easiest record of Western Conference teams bound for the playoffs.They can anticipate more games like the one against the woeful Knicks (27-43) than not.For the second straight game, the Clippers won in a rout and were able to leave all five of their starters on the bench for the entirety of the fourth quarter.Blake Griffin scored 20 of his 30 points in halftime, to lead the Clippers, who moved within one game of the Jazz for fourth in the Western Conference. LOS ANGELES >> For more than a month, the Clippers have lamented a March schedule loaded with back-to-backs, rampant travel and zero time for practice.Monday’s 114-105 victory over the New York Knicks served to remind the Clippers that things are about to get much easier.Yes, the Clippers (42-29) have to recover quickly to face the Lakers on Tuesday before traveling to Dallas for a game on Thursday. And the Utah Jazz, a potential playoff opponent, comes to Staples Center on Saturday.“I don’t focus on the playoff part of it,” Doc Rivers said prior to the blowout. “I focus on we just have to keep playing better. Since everyone’s been back (from injury), we’re still trying to put our team back together. We need work, and with the schedule, there is no time to practice.” Five other Clippers scored in double digits, including Chris Paul (13 points, 13 assists) and DeAndre Jordan (14 points, 10 rebounds). Austin Rivers led the bench with 17 points.A dominant stretch from Griffin and Paul early in the third allowed the Clippers to break away. L.A. scored 11 straight points in a 1:14 stretch to open up an 80-577 advantage. At the end of the quarter, it had turned into a laugher. The Clippers outscored the Knicks 34-19 in the period and led by 25 points going to the fourth.The Knicks staged something of a comeback, closing within eight points with 1:33 remaining. However, Griffin, Paul and Jordan did not so much as tug at their warm-up apparel. Rivers trusted the reserves to finish the job – and they did.Carmelo Anthony, earlier this season a Clippers trade target, finished with 16 points, while Kristaps Porzingis and former Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose both scored eight.The Clippers still haven’t developed a great defensive rhythm, although on Monday they held the Knicks to 44.9 percent shooting from the field, including 25 percent from 3-point range (6 for 24).It’s the defense that has most seriously hindered the Clippers since mid-February. They are 7-7 since Paul returned from a torn ligament in his left thumb, an injury that significantly disrupted the Clippers’ progression.“I think the defensive part hurt the most,” Rivers said. “Guys were playing heavy minutes, now they’re not. I like where we’re headed, even though we haven’t played well to prove that.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more