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Learn how smart power strips work to kill vampire power in your home. Warning: contains humor.

We are blessed to have Jimmie in our lives. He was rescued from the Oconee Animal Shelter last year. After some hard work, he has already worked his way up to senior management. His strengths include customer service and boosting staff morale, and he always manages to be employee of the month.

Help an animal in need! To add to your family (or staff), visit: Friends of Oconee Animal Control.

Jimmie, the dog

Congratulations to Donnie and Carolyn Jordan! Imagine 20 years ago... One man, One truck, One dream!

Donnie & Carolyn Jordan started Jordan Air in the fall of 1993 and have been going strong ever since. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Here's to 20 more years.

One of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home (besides, most likely, your thermal envelope, which lets expensive conditioned air escape through air leaks and poorly insulated walls) is the refrigerator. Upgrading it, believe it or not, can save you a bundle of money in the long run, as long as you don't simply put your old fridge down in the basement and plug it back in. Now, before you balk at the high upfront cost of replacing your fridge, let us explain why we (admittedly, energy-efficiency/penny-pinching geeks) think it's a good idea:

You may have heard about home energy audits before, but maybe you're not quite sure that you need one. After all, your home is relatively new. It's pretty comfortable most of the time, and your utility bills aren't that bad. Maybe you've switched out your incandescent light bulbs for CFLs, and upgraded to a low flow showerhead, so figure there's not much more you can do.