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IN THIS ISSUE Presidents' Day back to top >>
  1. Presidents' Day
  2. Energy Saver
  3. Fireplace Safety
  4. Raspberry Cheesecake

  5. Norris Public Power District
    606 Irving Street
    Beatrice, NE 68310

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Presidents' Day is celebrated every year on the third Monday of February, which is February 20th this year. All the presidents in American history are remembered and honored for their exemplary work in making America the great country it is today.

Mount Rushmore National Monument gives visitors an understanding and love for our nation's history and cultures and an appreciation of the importance of caring for that legacy.

Gutzon Borglum, American Sculptor, selected four presidents for the monument, to reflect the nation's first 150 years of history and to make the project a national, rather than regional one. From his perspective, the four Presidents featured represented the most important events in the history of the United States.

George Washington was the father of the new country and laid the foundation of American democracy. Because of his importance, Borglum chose Washington to be the most prominent figure on the mountain and represent the birth of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France which doubled the size of our country, adding all or part of fifteen present-day states. Gutzon Borglum chose Jefferson to represent the growth of the United States.

Theodore Roosevelt was instrumental in negotiating the construction of the Panama Canal, linking the east and the west. Borglum chose Roosevelt to represent the development of the United States.

Abraham Lincoln held the nation together during its greatest trial, the Civil War. It was his firm conviction that slavery must be abolished. Gutzon Borglum chose Lincoln to represent the preservation of the United States.

Source: National Park Service

Induction Cooking back to top >>

Induction cooking has the power to change the way you cook. Magnetic current technology makes mealtime easier, from prep to cleanup. Check out the top benefits of induction cooking to decide if this technology is suitable for you and your kitchen.

  1. More Efficient
    Induction cooking can help you save energy in the kitchen. While a conventional gas stove uses a flame that releases lots of heat around the pan and an electric burner emits indirect radiant heat, induction stovetops get more heat to the food and less to you and your kitchen.

    That's what makes induction stoves 5% to 10% more efficient than conventional electric stoves and up to three times more efficient than gas models. Induction can also help you spend a little less on cooling bills.
  2. Improved Safety
    Even if you take countless safety precautions, cooking with fire, grease and oil can still be dangerous. Induction cooktops remove multiple dangers. No fire means no grease fires, and no gas means no chance of a gas leak. They have a leg up on electric stovetops, too. Induction cooking creates heat in the pan instead of on the stovetop itself. This makes burns less likely for you and your curious kids and pets.
  3. Faster Cooking Times
    In addition to its other enticing benefits, induction cooking is also the fastest way to prepare your food. Because induction technology heats the pan directly, food cooks faster once you turn the cooktop on and responds more quickly when you turn the heat off.
  4. Easy To Clean
    Like traditional electric cooktops, induction cooktops are made of glass and have a smooth surface, so you don't have to pick up and clean any grates. But a bonus is that induction burners don't heat the cooktop's surface, so spills and splatters require nothing more than a quick wipe down.

Ready to revolutionize your cooking experience? Norris Public Power District offers a 20% incentive when purchasing a qualifying induction cooktop or range. The incentive application, qualifications and guidelines can be found at https://norrisppd.energywisenebraska.com/residential/.

Source: touchstoneenergy.com

  Fireplace Safety      back to top >>  

A family gathered around the hearth is a symbol of warmth, togetherness and peace. But don’t let the romance of a cozy fire distract you from its hazards. Fireplace-related accidents include clothing ignition, sparks landing on flammable liquids and inadequate ventilation.

Before you start a fire, assemble the proper tools nearby. A fire extinguisher is important for emergencies. Use long-stem matches to light the fire. Keep area rugs and other flammable items away from the fireplace. Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing when tending the fire.

There are certain materials that are dangerous to use in the fireplace. These include wrapping paper, polystyrene packaging, tree branches and charcoal lighter fluid.

Place the wood at the back of the fireplace on a grate. Every fireplace should have a fireplace screen and/or door that you can close to separate yourself from the fire. The screen also protects you from flying sparks and embers.

Before you’re ready to start a fire, make sure the flue is clean and the damper is open. Have your fireplace and chimney checked once a year. When you’re ready to start a fire, add kindling underneath the logs, and light the kindling with long matches. If using package fireplace logs, be sure to follow the directions on the package.

Before going to bed, put out the fire. You can use sand to safely do this. Be sure all the ashes are cooled before you dispose of them.

Source: www.SafeNebraska.org

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