Sunday, March 18, 2018

NPR News: Spot Fake News By Making It

Spot Fake News By Making It
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Sander van der Linden of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab about his online game which tries to teach players about fake news by making them produce it.

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NPR News: Determine Potential Partners By Voice In New Dating App

Determine Potential Partners By Voice In New Dating App
A new dating app called Waving lets users judge potential partners by their voice. We talk with Robert Burriss of Basel University about the role a person's voice plays in attraction.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

NPR News: How A Russian Nerve Agent Got To The U.K.

How A Russian Nerve Agent Got To The U.K.
How was a nerve agent of a group called Novichok manufactured and sent into the U.K. to poison a former Russian spy? Richard Guthrie, a U.K.-based chemical weapons expert, talks with Scott Simon.

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NPR News: Former Coal Lobbyist On Tap For No. 2 Spot At EPA

Former Coal Lobbyist On Tap For No. 2 Spot At EPA
The man hoping to help lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, is a former lobbyist for coal and natural gas companies. As a young EPA lawyer, he worked on hazardous chemical rules.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

High Efficiency Furnaces for Your Home

High Efficiency Home Furnace Burner Ignited

Energy costs continue to rise, making homeowners ever-conscious of ways to save energy around the home. Since heating and cooling use make up approximately half of the average home’s energy consumption, improving… Read More

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NPR News: How Prepared Is The World For A Major Epidemic?

How Prepared Is The World For A Major Epidemic?
Reid Wilson says it's only a matter of time before we find out.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Energy Efficiency Room-by-Room Savings

Energy Efficiency Room-by-Room SavingsMost homeowners are regularly on the lookout for ways to save money with more efficient practices in their homes. One way to discover ways to save through energy efficiency is to go through your home, room by room, and see where you can put the following efficient practices into play.


  1. Get rid of the incandescent light bulbs. Replace them with efficient LED bulbs, which use 70-90 percent less energy.
  2. You don’t need lots of general lighting in a bedroom. Focus on spot lighting, such as a table lamp for reading.
  3. Turn all electronics off when it’s time for bed. You’ll sleep better and save money on electricity.
  4. Turn the thermostat back a few degrees when it’s time to sleep. You’ll want to initiate this practice for when the household is away from home as well.

Living Room

  1. Purchase more efficient electronic appliances. TVs, DVD players, routers and other appliances rated by the Department of Energy’s Energy Star program should be your top choice.
  2. Plug all appliances into a power strip. Turn it off when appliances are not in use so that they are not still draining power.
  3. Use a ceiling fan with reversible blades to cool off in the summer, and to push heat down from the ceiling in winter. Flip a switch and run blades counterclockwise in summer and clockwise in winter. This allows you to set your thermostat up in summer and down in winter.


  1. Install exhaust ventilation to the outdoors to move moisture out of the bathroom. This helps prevent mold, and in summer, will keep the relative humidity down. You’ll feel cooler when the humidity is lower.
  2. Install efficient, low water use fixtures, including low-flow toilets and showerheads.
  3. Install an efficient water heater.


  1. Install Energy Star-rated appliances, including refrigerators and dishwashers.
  2. Use the microwave whenever possible to cook.
  3. Keep the lid on pots while cooking and reduce cooking time.

For more on practices promoting energy efficiency in your home, contact Roth Heating and Cooling. We’ve served Portland since 1976.

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