P.M. Kiwanis hear from Consumers Energy

The regular meeting of the P.M. Kiwanis was called to order by President Kenny Lamb at 7 p.m. After the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence, Ann Kent introduced speakers, C.D. Kendall and Gail Hull from Consumers Energy.

Hull said that this co-op was formed in 1938 as the Marshall County Rural Electric Company. As a co-op it is member owned and part of a nationwide organization known as TouchStone. It was begun to provide reliable and equitable service to a defined area. In 2000 the name was changed to Consumers Energy and in 2004 they moved to their new home at the intersection of Highways 30 and 330. Kendall shared ways to become more efficient in energy usage, setting the thermostat back five degrees in the winter can save you 10 percent on the energy bill, there is a 2 percent loss of heat from outside wall outlets that aren’t insulated. Keeping your electric water heater at 120 degrees and your furnace filters clean are simple ways to save. Shade trees on the south and west sides of your home help to keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Ceiling fans should turn clockwise in the winter and counter clockwise in the summer. Homes can be tested for air leaks by a process that pulls the air out of the home then instruments are used to magnify the areas on the outside that are seeping in.

Lamb then brought before the members the issue of one of the mowers used to mow West End Park. The club has one that needs to be replaced. It was moved and seconded that the club purchase a used mower.

Kent announced that P.M. Kiwanis would be touring the renovated Tallcorn Towers for the next meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 6. We will meet at the east door. Anyone is welcome to join us.