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Hate dusting? Did you know that a dirty air filter can lead to more dust accumulation in your house? Change your air filters once a month in winter and you'll need to dust less often!

www.EnergyStar.gov/index.cfm?c=heat_cool.pr_hvac via ENERGY STAR

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Have you read the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural America at a Glance 2019 report? www.ers.USDA.gov/publications/pub-details/?pubid=95340

How does this match up with your view of Arizona?

Rural communities are facing population declines, slow employment growth and higher poverty rates than urban areas, according to a new report from USDA's Economic Research Service. Personal income has declined in recent years in part because farm and mining income has dropped, the research found.

When comparing urban and rural areas, from 2010 to 2018, metro counties saw a seven percent increase in rates of population change in contrast to a nearly two percent decrease in completely rural, non-adjacent counties. The highest rates of population loss were in isolated, completely rural areas.

Since the Great Recession, employment has grown more rapidly in metro than non-metro areas. Labor force participation rates have been slower to recover in rural areas, which can be explained by the tendency of rural regions to have older residents who are more likely to be retired, lower levels of education and higher rates of disability.

USDA's research also notes that poverty rates have been declining across all communities nationwide since 2013, but rates are highest in the most rural and isolated areas. In 2017, personal income per person was nearly $54,000 in metro areas but less than $40,000 in non-metro areas — and the gap in income between metro and non-metro areas has widened since 2010.
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Efficiency Tip Tuesday: Minimize clothes drying time by using an auto moisture sensor, if available.

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With over 72,000 employees nationwide, the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives network offers numerous career opportunities. Learn more and search for jobs at www.TouchstoneEnergy.com/careers. via Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

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Santa won't be glad that you closed your fireplace damper, but you’ll be thanking yourself when you save money on your next energy bill!

www.Energy.gov/energysaver/articles/brrr-5-ways-maximize-your-fireplace-and-chimney-efficiency

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