Want to help keep cool using a ceiling fan? Then use it only when a person is in the room to benefit from the fan, says Bruce Snead, K-State Research and Extension residential energy specialist.
A ceiling fan itself will not cool the air, but in moving the air, the fan produces a cooling effect that can cut back on the use of an air-conditioner, Snead said.
He also recommends reading the instructions for ceiling and other fans to learn how to adjust airflow.
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Q. If someone had $1,000 to spend on a room in their house, what should they do?
A. Dimmer switches! I cannot stress their value enough. They can totally change the character of a room.
_ Candice Olson, host of HGTV's "Candice Tells All," in the Washington Post
Blueberry season is on
Blueberry season has started at Chautauqua Hills Farm near Sedan. Customers can order blueberries and schedule to pick them up in the Wichita area or make a reservation to pick the berries themselves at the farm, which is about 1 1/2 hours southeast of Wichita.
Sign up at www.chautauquahillsfarm.com. You can also e-mail email@example.com or call 620-249-3369.
Sunflowers need lots of sun (full sun all day long) and not much water. They can rot off with too much water. Give them a good soaking every two weeks if we are not getting regular rainfall. Space them no closer than 1 foot apart to give them room to grow.
—Extension agent Bob Neier
In bloom at Botanica
A hot double orange coneflower called Echinacea "Hot Papaya," in the Cissy Wise Wildflower Meadow. Other flowers now blooming include other varieties of echinacea, primroses, roses, hydrangeas, hostas, baptisia, spiderwort, penstemon and pansies.
Question of the week
Has the weather affected your plant-buying this year?
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