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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  In 2016, the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized 118 new century, sesquicentennial or bicentennial farms owned by the same family for at least 100, 150 or 200 consecutive years. More than 1,300 farms are now registered across the state in the Ohio Historic Family Farms program.Each family received a certificate signed by Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels to keep with their historic documents and pass down to future generations.“The state’s historic family farms program provides a direct link to Ohio’s impressive agricultural heritage and history,” Daniels said. “While their operations are diverse, all the families share a deep pride in their land and the stories behind it. I am happy to help honor their impact on Ohio agriculture.”Ohio Historic Family Farms is a voluntary recognition program administered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Century farms have been recognized since 1993, with the bicentennial farm designation added in 2013, and the sesquicentennial farm designation in 2016.A complete list of Ohio’s century, sesquicentennial and bicentennial farms is available at www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/.Anyone who can verify that a currently owned farm has remained in their family for at least 100 years may register. For more information, visit www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/, or contact Cindy Shy in the Office of Communication at 614-752-9817 or [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgI’ll admit it. I dread this hot, sticky weather. Give me a cool autumn-like breeze any day, even if it means wearing a sweater in July. But I also hate using a lot of energy, including electricity for air conditioning. So, what are our options for staying comfortable in the summer with little or no use of air conditioning?Here are a few suggestions:1. Shade your windows. Sunlight entering windows is the greatest heating load in many houses. You can keep direct sunlight off your windows using roof overhangs, awnings, vegetative shading, shutters, or exterior roller binds (rare here, but common in Europe).2. Use interior shades during the daytime. Especially if exterior shading isn’t possible, block sunlight from the inside. Venetian blinds or roll-down shades should be as reflective as possible on the side facing the glass—to reflect sunlight back out, before it’s absorbed and converted into heat. If you’re home during the day or in an office with windows on multiple walls, pull the east-facing blinds down during the morning hours and the west-facing blinds in the afternoon—whatever it takes to block sunlight from directly shining in through the windows.3.Close up the house during the day and open it at night. When the outside daytime temperatures will be significantly warmer than an acceptable indoor temperature, close windows and doors during the day, and open them at night. This keeps hot air from blowing into the house. If you’re using electric air conditioning, this step is critical to avoid cooling the outdoor air, but it can make sense without air conditioning as well. This morning, since the air temperature was supposed to go up to about 87 degrees and the temperature in our house was in the low-70s, I closed all of our windows and doors. Because we have reasonably good insulation, not that much heat moved in through the walls, and the house remained in the upper 70s. At night, once the outside air temperature drops below your interior temperature, open the place wide up—using screens. A higher-tech approach with this is to turn on a whole-house, attic fan that moves a lot of air to speed up this air exchange, but I just use windows with screens.4. Avoid excessive use of electric lights and appliances. Your lights—especially incandescent light bulbs—generate a lot of heat (with standard light bulbs, 90% of the electricity is converted into heat, not light). Keep most lights off during the day and try to schedule use of heat-generating appliances, such as dishwashers and clothes dryers, during cooler evening hours or on cooler days. Turn off computer monitors, televisions, stereo equipment, and other electronic devices when not in use—this is good practice anyway, but it’s especially important during hot days. Also try to avoid too much use of the oven or cooktop in the hottest weather; think about meals that don’t require long cook times.5. Wear lighter clothing. If the norm in your workplace is to wear fairly formal professional attire, suggest to the company management that dress standards be relaxed, and raise the set point on the air conditioning system.6. Use fans to keep cool. Air flow on your skin causes evaporation, which can keep you a lot cooler. If you’re normally comfortable at 75 degrees, a ceiling fan or room fan providing a gentle breeze may keep you equally comfortable with an air temperature as high as 82. Note that this strategy doesn’t actually cool the air; instead it raises your comfort window—the temperature at which you are reasonably comfortable. Turn off a fan when leaving the room to avoid wasting electricity. (The fan motor will actually slightly increase the air temperature.)7. Air condition wisely. If you do use electric air conditioning, use it sparingly. Use programmable controls or manually control your air conditioner(s) to limit use when you aren’t home, such as during the day. Use fans to create more airflow so that you can keep your air conditioner set to a higher temperature. Try to switch to natural ventilation at night unless it’s really humid outside. (Adding a lot of moisture to a house makes an air conditioner work harder.)8. Weatherize and insulate. A tight, energy-efficient house keeps you cooler in summer, just as it keeps you warmer in winter. If you use electric air conditioning, an energy-efficient envelope will save a significant amount of money during the summer—and a lot more in the winter. While weatherizing and insulating can be big jobs, they can pay off with lower energy bills and greater comfort. The higher our cost of energy goes, the faster the payback on these improvements.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: There is no proposal to hike rail fare even as price of diesel has gone up as a result of increase in excise duty and cess, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. “At present, there is no proposal to change fares because of diesel price increase,” he said. Goyal also said that consumption of diesel by the Railways has been coming down over the years as it was moving to electric traction and there is a plan for 100 per cent electrification by 2022. During the Question Hour, Congress leader B.K. Hariprasad wanted a reply from the Railway Minister on whether fluctuation in petroleum products would have its impact on passenger and freight fares. While presenting the Budget earlier this month, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to increase excise duty and cess each on petrol and diesel by Re 1 per litre. The Railways is the third largest consumer of diesel in the country but it has been fast moving to green energy in a big way to reduce carbon footprint and protect the environment. Goyal had earlier said that the public transporter consumes about 1.27 per cent of the total electricity consumption of the country and three per cent of diesel for its energy needs.last_img read more