City Of Manassas Gears Up for Cold Weather With Tree Trimming; Shares Energy-saving Tips | News
The City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities serves more than 15,000 customers and with the cold season coming, it’s just as important for Manassas to prepare for the cooler temperatures as it is for the home owner. Manassas City’s ongoing tree-trimming program helps to prevent most electric interruptions during storms, which costs $60,000 annually. With cooler nights already forcing many to turn their heat on, City of Manassas suggests these eight tips in helping to conserve this year’s heating bill. For more information and tips, go to www.manassascity.org.
“Preparing your home before the winter months is essential in helping to conserve energy and save on heating bills,” said Mike Moon, City of Manassas, director of utilities and public works.
Here are some steps to help save on heating bills:
1. Get your furnace cleaned and checked regularly.
2. Check air filters and change them.
3. Turn on ceiling fans, but reverse the direction, to direct heat more evenly in your home.
4. Use natural sunlight when possible to help heat up the home. Keep blinds open.
5. Make sure you insulate the water heater.
6. Use programmable thermostat.
7. Use weather strips or caulk to seal up air leaks.
8. Make sure your home is properly insulated and use cover outlets along outside walls.
The U.S. Department of Energy offers a complete energy saving tips on their web site. The Virginia Department of Energy provides tax credits on all Energy Star products, as does the City of Manassas. Credits must be approved by the state prior to the City of Manassas providing credits. Go to http://energy.gov/.
ABOUT CITY OF MANASSAS
Established in1913, the City of Manassas Utilities/Public Works department ensures the availability of safe, reliable water usage, electric utilities, as well as provides responsive maintenance and collection services at an affordable cost to citizens of Manassas, Va., Manassas Park, Va. and parts of Prince William County, Va. It is noted for its environment-friendly projects and equipment, while tasked with capital projects that enhance public and private infrastructure. The utilities team participates in community fundraisers, like Toys for Tots, the United Way, American Public Power Association Tree Power and Arbor Day. The department holds memberships with America Public Power Association, American Water Works Association, American Public Works Association and the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce.
The City of Manassas, Va., is an independent, full service city of 10-square miles in Northern Virginia. The City is rich in history and the Manassas Junction of railroads played a pivotal role in the American Civil War. The City has a population of 35,821, owns its own public utilities, has the busiest general aviation airport in Virginia and is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Manassas has been recognized by the Virginia Municipal League and other national and state organizations for its highly successful neighborhood improvement programs and by the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting and budgeting. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.