Consumer Alert: Barnesville Municipal Utilities is warning residents to be cautious of energy-saving products that sound too good to be true.
Some customers have received postcards from AE Solutions inviting them to attend a free meal for presentations for products such as reflective radiant barriers and power factor correction devices. The literature claims that significant energy savings can be achieved with these products.
According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Division of Energy Resources (DER), the benefits associated with many such products vary greatly depending on the consumer’s home and climate.
Radiant barriers consist of a reflective film installed over the top of attic insulation in existing homes. According to DER, research indicates that attic radiant barriers are not an effective way to reduce heating or cooling loads in colder climates, including Minnesota. Adding conventional attic insulation is a much better option for saving energy.
Regarding power factor correction devices: power factor is a complicated subject. However, what is important to know is that such devices offer no savings potential for residents, because the bills of residential customers are based on the amount of energy used, not on power factor.
We recommends that customers thoroughly research any products that claim to save energy. We encourage our customers to install equipment that has been tested and proven to save energy, such as ENERGY STAR® qualified or AHRI CertifiedTM equipment.
More information on low-cost energy-saving measures can be found at: Minnesota DER: 800-657-3710 or 651-296-5175, or www.energy.mn.gov
Barnesville Cable TV is pleased to provide coverage of the Minnesota Girl’s State Basketball Tournament today, Friday, March 20; and running through this Saturday. The games will be shown on Channel 12. The signal will begin shortly before each game and end at the conclusion of the game. For a complete schedule of games go to www.prep45.com.
The City of Barnesville is accepting applications for a full-time position in the Public Works Department. Work will involve skilled and semiskilled operations in streets and parks maintenance. Skills in repairing mechanical equipment preferred. A class B CDL is required to be obtained within 3 months of hire. Starting wage is $13-$15/hr. depending on qualifications, with excellent benefits. Position will be open until filled. Job description and required application available at City Hall, 102 Front St. N. Barnesville, MN 218-354-2292 or www.barnesvillemn.com.
Last week we were saddened to learn that our Main Street Director Karen Hagen and her family are moving out of Barnesville and she has resigned her position effective April 10. Karen’s leadership and dedication will be missed and she will leave some big shoes to fill!! Looking for a fun and challenging position right in Barnesville? Applications are now open for the Main Street Director – check out the details on how to apply at http://www.barnesvillemn.com/about/apply-for/employment/
Barnesville Cable TV is pleased to provide coverage of the Minnesota Boy’s State Basketball Tournament beginning today, Thursday, March 12; and running through this Saturday. The games will be shown on Channel 12. The signal will begin shortly before each game and end at the conclusion of the game. For a complete schedule of games go to www.prep45.com.
Barnesville Municipal Power is proud to be a sponsor of the radio broadcast of the Trojan Girls Basketball game against Roseau tomorrow from Bemidji. If you’re not traveling to the game, be sure to listen to the game on Lakes Radio Z103.3 FM. Go Trojans!
Due to the warm temperatures and melting conditions, Public Works is barricading both ends of the road in and out of McGrath park until it dries up. The park can still be used, just no driving on the road.
The Barnesville Ice Skating Rink is closed for the season. Thanks for the memories! Look forward to seeing everyone next winter!
The City of Barnesville Parks Department is accepting applications for lifeguards at Blue Eagle Lake for the 2015 season. Applicants must be 15 years old or older. Application form is available on the City of Barnesville website or can be picked up at City Hall. Training and certification classes start soon so please apply ASAP if interested.
The Barnesville City Council will hold their regular 3-9-15 City Council meeting on Monday, March 9 beginning at 7 pm in the City Council Chambers.