It’s a pleasure to share another edition of the First District Connection with you. Today I’d like to:
- Let you know about some Farmers’ Markets that are in our area;
- Offer you a few summer energy saving tips;
- Tell you about some energy equipment rebates; and
- Share with you a new hotline so kids without food can get a free summer meal.
As always, thank you for your support and please don’t hesitate to contact me or my staff if we can be of any assistance.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Summer Treats at Area Farmers’ Markets
Take advantage of Philadelphia’s Farmers’ Markets every Tuesday from now through October from 2 to 6 p.m. Two of the City’s more than 25 Philadelphia Farmers’ Markets are located at 22nd and Tasker Sts. and Broad and Snyder Sts. ACCESS, WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Checks are accepted at all locations. For more information; or to find where you can purchase some regionally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables; visit www.foodfitphilly.org or text your address to 267-293-9387.
Save All Summer Long on Your Energy Bills
Summer heat and higher energy bills are here, so take advantage of these summer energy saving tips from PECO:
Adjust your thermostat – Set your thermostat to 80 degrees when you are home and higher when you are away or sleeping.
Wash your clothes in warm or cold water – Do your laundry more energy-efficiently by using warm or cold water to wash your clothes.
Save as you dry your clothes – When using the dryer, run full loads and empty your lint trap after each use.
Close the curtains – Close your curtains on east, south and west-facing windows of your home or office to block the sun’s heat.
Turn off appliances – Turn off appliances, lights and equipment, and unplug electronic devices and chargers when they are not in use. Most new electronics use electricity even when switched off, so shut your computers and printers down at the power strip.
Replace filters – Replace the filters on your air conditioner and furnace in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations to help your system operate efficiently.
To learn more energy saving tips visit www.peco.com/Savings/Pages/default.aspx.
Residential Heating and Equipment Rebates
I know you are not thinking about finding ways to more efficiently heat your home, but now is the time to start planning. PGW has a six-part program called EnergySense to help residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers conserve energy and save money. Residential customers can receive:
- $500 for natural gas furnaces with a 94 percent efficiency rating or greater;
- •$2,000 for natural gas boilers with a 94 percent efficiency rating or greater; and
- $30 for a programmable thermostat purchased with boiler or furnace.
For more information about how you can save, and for additional programs, visit www.pgworks.com/index.aspx?nid=334.
New Hotline Helps Families Find Free Summer Meals for Kids
Summer can be a tough time for low-income students in Philadelphia because school is out and they can no longer rely on free or reduced-price meals. No child should go hungry – ever – so this summer meals are being offered free to kids 18 and under. There are no registration or income requirements. To find a summer meals site near you:
- Call the Philly Summer Meals Hotline at 1-855-252-MEAL (6325);
- Text “MEAL” to 84700 to receive a call back from the Coalition; or
- Visit www.hungercoalition.org.
I encourage you to share this valuable information with families in your community, so the children in our neighborhoods can stay healthy all summer long.