News For Constituents
From Senate Republican Policy Development & Research Office
September 8, 2014
Simple Ways to Save Energy
According to the Pennsylvania Public
Utility Commission, taking a few simple steps now will
your energy budget this winter. Application of adequate weather stripping
can prevent an annual loss of $50 or more in heating and cooling costs.
Maintaining your home’s thermostat at a comfortable and consistent 68 degrees
will save an additional three percent annually on energy costs.
Never block or restrict air flow from your heating and cooling vents which
will cause your system to work harder and decrease the life of costly energy
equipment. Consult the PUC’s 13-point list to conserve energy and save dollars
year around. For more tips, see
Ways to Save Energy
Autumn Across Northwestern PA
VisitPA is encouraging
Leaf Peepers to capture the
beauty of an autumn trip as northern and western PA mountainsides begin to turn
from lush green to crimson, orange and gold.
Areas in and around
northwestern PA, the PA Grand
Canyon, Pine Creek Rail
Trail, and thousands of acres of lakes and waterways will be bursting with
color in the coming weeks.
Western Pennsylvania is home to 24 State Parks, each offering a wealth of
unique sights, sounds and activities. To the
North is another 36 exceptional PA State Parks. Download the app for the
Official Guide for PA State Parks and Forests to access maps, trail data,
facility details, news, weather, and advisories for your next outdoor adventure.
Fall for PA’s Gardening Gurus
Did you know you can
gardeners and get their advice on a host of gardening situations? Contact
the Penn State Cooperative Extension
online for a list of conveniently located late summer and autumn gardening
From bugs and slugs to canning and preserving your bounty, whatever the
issue, let the Masters help you with workshops and
fact sheets to guide you
through environmentally-friendly techniques for these and other gardening
You can take a look at what not to grow through a
workshop. Attend a workshop on
fall planting for spring flowers. Turn
trash to compost using vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves, and other
organic products for the health of your gardens and lawn. Search by zip code for
upcoming lawn and
garden events within a driving range of 10 to 100 miles from your hometown.
28th Annual Wildfowl Show Set for September
You won’t want to miss the
28th Annual Middle Creek Wildfowl Show if you are an aficionado of
hand-carved waterfowl decoys and wildfowl art, according to the
Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Free Wildfowl Show activities kick off at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. on
both Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, 2014. Retriever demonstrations
will be held that Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon and 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on
Sunday. Sunday, the Show will also feature a duck and goose calling contest at 1
The Wildlands Preservation Fund for the
preservation of open space is the beneficiary of general proceeds from the
Visitors Center for the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is located off
of Hopeland Road in Kleinfeltersville, PA.
Preparing for Heating Oil Delivery
With one quarter of all Pennsylvanians heating their homes with oil, the
PA Department of Environmental Protection
is issuing safety reminders to address before that first oil delivery of the
In an effort to prevent contamination of indoor air, groundwater, and private
drinking water wells, DEP recommends observing the following
storage tank safety tips:
- Always assume the tank contains at least some oil.
- Regularly inspect the tank’s exterior and all attached equipment.
- Inspect for rust on the tank and its structural supports.
- Examine the tank’s fill line and feed line to the furnace for leaks.
- Never tip over or empty a tank onto the ground.
- Identify the source of all wet spots or odors near the oil tank.
- Hire a professional to perform maintenance or alterations to a heating
oil tank system.
Find a series of safety tips and recommendations by visiting DEP’s
Storage Tanks Fact Sheets and selecting
Tips for Residential Heating Oil Tank Owners (PDF) . Whether your oil tank
is in your basement, backyard or underground, the DEP fact sheet for residential
heating oil tank owners provides a self-inspection checklist and related safety
tips. For additional assistance, call DEP’s
Division of Storage Tanks at 717-772-5599.
PA Trips by Train
Families, couples, and individuals looking for a weekend escape without
worrying about transportation should check out the new excursion packages,
compliments of PA Trips by Train
and plan your next trip today.
Choose from among an array of
special events and
Country, experience the
Franklin Institute, zoom into the
Philadelphia Zoo, or explore
Philly’s historic district. Add some autumn spice to your fun with a trip to
Be sure to sign up for
notification of new trips from program partners, the
PA Department of Transportation and
AMTRAK. Have alerts sent directly to your
email for more fun in PA.