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Here are a few tips to keep energy costs down and buildings comfortable during the warm weather and high humidity of Illinois summers: Thermostat set back and equipment scheduling. Program your thermostats to set back by at least 6°F during unoccupied periods. Schedule HVAC equipment, fans, and pumps to shut down or operate at reduced capacity during unoccupied periods. Upgrade to a smart thermostat for added flexibility and adjustments. Cooling equipment tune-up. Periodic maintenance of cooling equipment will prolong its life and keep it operating at peak efficiency. Check cooling equipment, clean and service cooling towers, clean air side evaporator coils and condenser coils, and check refrigerant charges. Chilled water temperature reset. If you use a chiller for space cooling, install or enable chilled water temperature reset controls for automatic adjustment of chilled water settings depending on conditions. This will save energy and reduce wear on the chiller. Variable frequency drives. VFD motor controls are a great way to modulate your HVAC systems according to changing weather and occupancy conditions and increase the life of your motor. Install VFDs on motors for supply/return fans, exhaust fans, cooling tower fans, chilled water/hot water pumps, and condensing cooling water pumps.  Inspect seals and insulation. To make sure a building's cooling system is not expending unnecessary energy, inspect for air leaks and poor insulation. Reduce direct sunlight. Shades or curtains reduce direct sunlight warming through windows. If sunlight is wanted for lighting, consider other options such as solar screens and window tints. Contact SEDAC. Call 800.214.7954 or email info@sedac.org for recommendations specific to your buildings. 

 

 
 

Increased food-assistance spending that was part of the 2009 economic stimulus package helped increase employment at the peak of the Great Recession, especially in rural areas, a first-of-its-kind study says. During the peak and immediate aftermath of the Great Recession, nonmetropolitan counties gained one job for every $10,000 in increased snapped redemptions, said the study, which was conducted by USDA Economic Research Service. The economic impact in metropolitan areas was measurable but not as great. Metropolitan counties saw an increase of 0.4 jobs for every $10,000 in additional SNAP redemptions during the height of the recession, according to the study. USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously called the Food Stamp Program, is the largest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. During fiscal year 2014, the last year covered by this study, it provided benefits to an average of more than 46 million recipients per month and accounted for 52% of USDA’s spending. In 2014, SNAP recipients redeemed more than $69 billion worth of benefits at SNAP-authorized stores, 83% of which were in urban (metro) areas and 17% in rural (nonmetro) areas. Between fiscal years 2000 and 2013, average monthly SNAP participation nearly tripled, while the inflation-adjusted value of benefits paid under the program nearly quadrupled.

 

 
 

Champaign County is hosting an erosion control and stormwater conference on July 12 in Urbana, Illinois.  This biennial stormwater conference gathers stormwater practitioners throughout the state of Illinois to discuss emerging topics in stormwater management and green infrastructure techniques. We strive to bring relevant information and harbor networking opportunities for the following audience: municipalities, government, University faculty, staff and students, park districts, churches, watershed groups, residential and commercial property owners, management companies, and private consultants. Anyone interested in attending can register here by June 28th.

 
 

The Illinois Office of Tourism is offering the Spring/Summer 2019 Travel Illinois magazine. Copies are available by mail or in digital form.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 20, 2019 (Chicago) - Small Business Expo

July 14-17 (Columbia, MO) - Community Development Society Annual Conference

July 25 (Deadline) - Governor's Hometown Awards

August 12-15 (Moline) - Midwest Community Development Institute