Waving the flag is grand, but please be

Waving the flag is grand, but please be careful when raising the flag pole!
The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power urges everyone working outside this holiday weekend to maintain at least a 10 foot clearance around power lines to avoid deadly shocks.
If your mission is to do some landscaping, be sure to follow the BLP’s tree planting guidelines @ http://ghblp.org/residential-services/avoiding-tree-and-utility-conflicts to avoid tree and utility line conflicts.
Any object touching an overhead power line could serve as a conduit for the electricity should it reach the ground. That not only includes flagpoles, antennas and pool skimmers, but could also items that contain moisture such as tree limbs, and unfortunately, even human beings.
Stay Safe and Happy Labor Day, from your Community Owned-Locally Controlled-Non-For-Profit-Environmentally Responsible electric utility, The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power.

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#TBT- We found a copy of the Grand Haven

#TBT- We found a copy of the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power ad featuring the Electric Heat Pump in the archive photo’s that the Tri-Cities Historical Museum provided to us.
We are guessing that the ad was printed in the Grand Haven Tribune in approximately 1969, the same time that Apollo 11 took flight.
The top 4 Energy Department inventions saving you energy & money at home are:
1-Double pane windows
2-Energy efficient refrigerator compressors
3-Electric heat pumps
4-Loose-fill fiberglass insulation
Courtesy of the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power your Community owned Electric Utility.

http://energy.gov/articles/top-4-energy-department-inventions-saving-you-energy-money-home

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Planning any landscape projects for Labo

Planning any landscape projects for Labor Day weekend? The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power would like to help keep your family safe this Labor Day, so if your project requires digging, please call MISS DIG at 811 or 800-482-7171 at least 3 full working days before you dig. MISS DIG will send your work request to member facility owners who will mark the approximate location of their underground utility lines at no charge to you.
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Please join us as we celebrate our speci

Please join us as we celebrate our special community at the City of Grand Haven’s 10th Annual Bayou Picnic this Sunday, August 24 from 4:30-6:30 pm! You will find the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power team near the inflatable Dolphin Gym with some great giveaways to help keep your family safe and Plugged In to your community-owned electric utility. The Annual Bayou Picnic is held at East Grand River Park just off Beechtree. We hope to see you there!
#GHBLP #Summer #GrandHaven
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#TBT Thirty-four summers ago, a ground b

#TBT Thirty-four summers ago, a ground breaking event took place at the J.B. Sims Generating Station on Harbor Island to begin construction of our current seven-story Sims Unit III coal-fired boiler. J.B. Sims, General Manager of the electric utility in 1980, is featured in the photo and was honored by naming the J.B. Sims Generating Station after him for his legacy work and dedication to the Board of Light & Power. Board Chair Glenn Eaton Jr. is also featured in the photo, whose legacy work as Board Chair was honored by the naming of Eaton Drive in Grand Haven, Michigan where the BLP’s Customer Service office currently resides.

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#nationalpotatoday is today, August 19th

#nationalpotatoday is today, August 19th – Spuds Trivia, but first a YouTube Video on Potato Power.
Click here to watch how to do a Potato Experiment!
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Here is a collection of spud and trivia and fun potato facts and trivia:
• Thomas Jefferson first introduced French Fries to the White House during his presidency.
• Potato Chips were invented by Chef George Crum in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 24, 1853.
• Most people eat some form of potato every day.
• Potatoes were not part of the first Thanksgiving. Irish immigrants had not yet brought them to North America.
• Got a Headache? An old fashioned remedy, was to place sliced, raw potatoes on your forehead.
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Lighting choices to save you money and the perfect light bulb.

Light your home using the same amount of light for less money. Upgrading 15 of the inefficient incandescent light bulbs in your home could save you about $50 per year. New lighting standards took effect in 2012, and money-saving options such as Halogen Incandescent, CFL, and LED light bulbs are available today.

HALOGEN INCANDESCENTS

Halogen incandescent has a capsule inside that holds gas around a filament to increase bulb efficiency. They are available in a wide range of shapes and colors, and they can be used with dimmers. Halogen incandescent bulbs meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard, but there are now many more efficient options to meet your lighting needs.

CFLS

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are simply curly versions of the long tube fluorescent lights you may already have in a kitchen or garage. Because they use less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs, typical CFLs can pay for themselves in less than nine months and start saving you money.

LEDS

The light emitting diode (LED) is a type of solid-state lighting, which are semiconductors that convert electricity into light. Although once known mainly for indicator and traffic lights, LEDs in white light general illumination applications are one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing technologies.

LED bulbs are currently available in many styles including replacements for 40W, 60W, and 75W traditional incandescent, reflector bulbs often used in recessed fixtures, and small track lighting. While LEDs are more expensive at this early stage, they do still save you money because they last a long time and have very low energy usage. As with other electronics, prices are expected to come down as more products enter the market.

Brightness is a description of light output, which is measured in lumens (not watts).  Lumens measure how much light you get from a bulb. More lumens means brighter light; fewer lumens mean dimmer light. Watts measure the energy use of a bulb, not the brightness. Follow the chart below for Watt = Lumens conversions.

The color of light may also affect how bright a light appears, even if the lumens are the same. Since most people are used to the soft yellowish glow from incandescent light bulbs, ENERGY STAR certified bulbs that produce light closer to the color of daylight (color temperatures above 3000K) may appear brighter because the color of the light is less yellow. (Click to learn more light bulb buying tips from Energy Star)

For more energy solutions visit Grand Haven Board of Light & Power.