This edition of the First District Connection is all about keeping cool, saving money and enjoying the season. First, don’t forget to check on your elderly friends and neighbors this summer. If you need a place to cool down you can call the City of Philadelphia’s Heatline at 215-765-9040. And second, I’d like to tell you about:
- Fun Safe Philly Summer;
- Remind you that the application deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebates has been extended;
- Encourage you to visit a local farmer’s market;
- Offer you some summer energy saving tips from PECO; and,
- Share some rebate information from PGW.
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
Fun Safe Philly Summer
The City of Philadelphia’s Fun Safe Philly Summer program is offering more than 15,000 structured summer opportunities for area youth. In addition to events at 140 of Philadelphia’s parks and recreation sites, there are drop-in activities at recreation centers, public libraries, pools, KEYSPOT computer centers and more. For a full list of dates and times call 3-1-1 or visit www.phila.gov/youthprograms.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended
The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to December 31. Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older should apply. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. The maximum standard rebate is $650 but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can be up to $975. Forms and related information can be found at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling 1-888-222-9190.
Summer Treats at a Farmer’s Market Near You
More than 25 Farmer’s Markets are open for business from now through October every Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m. ACCESS, WIC and Senior Farmer’s Market Checks are accepted at every location. 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 1-267-293-9387.
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 –Adjust your thermostat – Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and lower 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 them off – 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 ways to efficiently heat your home, but now is the time to start planning. PGW has a 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 al programs visit www.pgworks.com/index.aspx?nid=334.