Up & Coming Weekly

November 04, 2014

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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2 NOVEMBER 5-11, 2014 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM PWC on the Air Join Host Wendy Riddle for Your PWC Connections anytime on PWC's website, or watch nightly on Fay TV 7 (TWC Government Access Channel 7). Stay up to date with PWC! For real-time storm updates, news and tips, Follow us on Twitter @FAYPWC and Like us on Facebook! Do You Have a Question for "Ask Harry?" Do you have a question about conservation? Wondering how to lower your electric and water bills? Curious about PWC's many incentive programs? Get your burning questions answered by Harry, PWC's Conservation Specialist! Send them to: ASK HARRY at customer.programs@faypwc.com! Your question may appear in Up and Coming Weekly! Energy & Water Savings Year-Round! Complimentary 2015 Wall Calendar Get energy and water saving tips year round with PWC's 2015 wall calendar. You can pick up your copy (while supplies last) starting Monday, December 1 at the PWC Customer Service Center located at the corner of Eastern Blvd. and Old Wilming- ton Rd. Wall calendars will also be available at City Hall (433 Hay St.). Or, you can call 910-223-4009 to request a calendar by mail. Beginning at 1p.m., you can enjoy hot cider, hear the strolling carolers and hand bells, see the Dicken's characters, ride in a Victorian carriage, and shop in the wonderful downtown stores. Pull out your Victorian fashions and enjoy the fun in costume! At dusk, thousands will gather for the Grand Illumination of Downtown Fayetteville and fireworks to officially kick-off the holiday season! For more information, including tips on what to wear if you want to dress like a proper Victorian, call the Arts Council at 910-323- 1776. Dickens Holiday Sets Stage for Grand Illumination, Holiday Season For decades, Fayetteville PWC lineworkers have helped transform downtown for the holidays. The tradition of hanging wreaths and stringing lights for all to enjoy during the Grand Illumination and throughout the season is one that our employees take great pride in! The decorations help set the stage for the 15th Annual Dickens Holiday on November 28. The Arts Council and the Downtown Alliance take you back to a time when the pace was slower, and the best way to get around was a horse and carriage. Historic Downtown Fayetteville will be transformed into a quaint village as merchants decorate for the holidays - Victorian style. Harry Myles, Fayetteville PWC Conservation Specialist Q: Harry, is there a way to make my heat pump more efficient in the winter months? My bill and usage are at their highest in January and February. Anna M., PWC electric customer for 22 years A: Excellent question Anna! Heat pumps are a great way to stay warm when the temperature drops outside, but it's typically not the heat pump itself that drives winter usage up. It's the emergency or auxiliary heat. The emergency heat runs when the outdoor temperature dips below 38 degrees or when the thermostat inside changes by more than 2 degrees. One way to ensure that your heat pump runs more efficiently is to reduce the amount of time the auxiliary heat is on, and try not to set the thermostat back or make a temperature change of more than a degree at a time unless you know how to override the emergency heat. Remember to set your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower to save additional cash, change your air filters when recommended and have your system serviced yearly by a qualified technician. Photos courtesy of Wick Smith PWC has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its fiscal year 2013 financial document preparation. The awards are presented to organizations who meet the highest standards of financial reporting established for state and local government organizations. It's the 19th consecutive year PWC has earned the Budget Award and the 7th straight year for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. For a complete list of PWC's Awards and Recognitions visit faypwc.com. PWC Receives Award for Annual Budget, Financial Reporting

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