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t'DW{;lrlu! AdVJ{{ *Payment example for a $150,000 POWERHOUSE mortgage: 120 payments of I $1457.08 at 3.125% interest rate and 3.603% APR (Annual Percentage Rate) based | on Anchor Bank's current rates as of 1/6/14 for owner-occupied property with a | 1.0% origination fee. These payments do not include amounts for taxes and I insurance premiums. Actual payment obligation will be greater. Mortgage I insurance required if Loan to Value is above 80%. Interest rates and fees are subject I to change without notice. Other terms are available for mortgage loans longer than I 10 years, including various options for origination fees and interest rates. ,$1 Loans subject to credit approval. Other terms and conditions apply.  I The hidden cost of space heaters o you have some space heat- hers plugged in around your home to help keep the tem- perature up this winter? Perhaps it is because your heating system can't keep up with cold tempera- tures? Maybe your home is under-insulated -- not well-sealed against drafts, and the cold just can't be beat? Portable space heat- ers provide close-area- comfort, but they can also provide a surprising hit to your electricity bill at the end of the month. One of the questions we get in such circumstances is "How can such little heat- ers use so much electricity?" The simple answer is that space heaters use lots of electricity on their own, especially when teamed up with others throughout a home or busi- ness. How much energy does a space heater use? Most electric space heaters are rated at 1,500 watts. In opera- tion, all 1,500-watt electric space heaters produce the same amount of heat and use the same amount of electricity, regardless of cost, brand or style. Each 1,500-watt portable electric space heater costs about $35 per month to operate. This includes oil-filled portable space heaters. This can be tricky, because the oil in the oil-filled space heaters is used as a heat transfer liquid, not as a fuel. Elec- tricity is the fuel. By JUSTIN HOLZGROVE How do space heaters work? Space heaters are intended to supplement existing heat sources, or increase the temperature of a small area for a short amount of time. They use convection, which moves heated air around the room. Others rely on radiant heat, which emits infrared radia- tion to warm people and objects that are in their line of sight and in close proximity. When choos- ing a space heater, per- haps under your desk at work or near your easy chair, a radiant heater can be slightly more ef- ficient because they warm the object they are aiming at, rather than the air in the room. Con- sider a heater with a thermostat to ensure that it turns off when it reaches a selected temperature. Remember, as long as it's on, if it's a 1,500 watt space heater, it's still using 1,500 watts of elec- tricity, regardless of the heating method. Better solutions The reason people opt for using a space heater is that their exist- ing heat system isn't doing its job. Prime culpritsinclude leaky duct- work, insufficient insulation, or a malfunctioning heating system. A poorly operating heating system, combined with space heaters, drives up the consumption of elec- tricity and inflates electricity bills. If a house has leaky ductwork or a manufactured home has a disconnected crossover duct, a customer is essentially heat- ing the outdoors. Insufficient insulation means that precious warm air escapes easily into the elements. A malfunctioning heat pump system (perhaps a compres- sor is not working or there's a re- frigerant leak), means emergency heat strips turn on and the cost to run it can skyrocket. Adding space heaters is a costly Band- Aid, and may not address your real heating issues. If you suspect your heating system isn't work- ing properly, contact a heating technician right away. The cost of putting off the inevitable often outweighs the proper fix. Ask for help PUD 3 has many energy con- servation programs, including ex- pert advice, low/moderate income insulation and duct sealing op- portunities. If you have questions about your home energy use, portable electric space heaters, insulation, ductwork, or heating systems, call an energy adviser in the PUD 3 conservation de- partment at 426-0777 or go to Masonpud3.org/conservation. A final note: please be safe when using a space heater. Un- plug them when not in use and never leave a space heater unat- tended. • Justin Holzgrove is a Mason County PUD 3 conservation man- ager Shelton Elks raise money for children with disabilities STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty.com The Shelton Elks Club has scheduled two events to raise money to support children with disabilities in Mason County. A silent auction fea- turing classic rock / coun- try band Doubleback is scheduled for Jan. 31 at the Elks Lodge at 741 Southeast Craig Road in Shelton. Entry costs a $10 donation. A dance lesson starts at 7 p.m. with live music until midnight. Donations will sup- port an Elks' program to provide in-home occupa- tional therapy for chil- dren, which is free to the child's family. At 5 p.m. on Feb. 4, the Elks' will hhve a discussion session with a therapist and child in- volved with that program to answer questions from the public. The event in- cludes a grilled chicken dinner and costs a $15 donation. For more informa- tion, call 360-426-2322, or sheltonelks2467. com/whatshappening or tallelks.org. Boneless Grain Fed Ribeye Steak or Roast 599 Mike's All-Natural Homemade Breakfast Sausage 2P All-Natural Baby Back Ribs 2 All-Natural Chicken Wings 169 1.5911b by 40-1b case ! Honor Raft Shelton-area student receives Montana State University accolade STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty.com Shelton resident Ivanna Lopez was named to the Montana State Univer- sity 2013 fall semester honor roll. Lopez was named to the dean's honor roll, meaning she had at least a 3.5 GPA.for the semester. There are two MSU honor roll lists - the president's and the dean's hon- or roll. Students must complete 12 credit hours to qualify for either list. Students with perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the semester were named to the president's hon- or roll. HARSTINE Continued from page A-15 Two weeks later they will have an open-face hot beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy, green salad and a cook's choice cake. They always start serving at noon and open the door a little be- fore that. It only takes $3 to help them with the food as all the work is done by volunteers. All who are age 50 and older and their friends are invited to this island event. Here's a note from Jan Irving, our Harstine Island Community Club president. Several clubs and organizations that need to get their articles into Shelleen for the centennial newsletter. They need that information early this year -- by Feb. 15 -- because of the centennial and dealing with a new print company. Send to Shelleen Mathews (katlady- sam@hotmail.com) and title it so she knows what it is. Remember -- this is the medium many use to get infomation about the island. 1729 OLYMPIC HWY. N. 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