At our November neighborhood meeting, a representative from Duquesne Light provided community members with many tips on how to save energy, recycle old appliances, and sign up for energy assistance. In case you missed it, here are a few highlights and links to helpful resources:
Did you know… compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, CFLs and LEDs can last up to 15 times longer, saving you $40 each bulb’s lifetime and using 80% less energy? You can get a FREE Energy Efficiency Kit that includes CFL bulbs, nightlights, and a smart strip by visiting Duquesne’s WATT Choices program online. The site also offers helpful information including:
- How to obtain a free home audit
- Refrigerator & freezer recycling (get $35 for those unwanted old appliances!)
- Low income program information
Residents also discussed the variety of options available for homeowners to purchase their energy through various suppliers, and stressed the importance of reading all the fine print before you sign a contract. For help choosing your electricity supplier, visit: papowerswitch.com
Stay tuned for information on the next community meeting – coming up on January 15th!
Allegheny CleanWays’ Dumpbusters will be clearing one of the illegal dump sites in the Allegheny River Greenway*. They are not able to clean up all sites, so we are grateful to Allegheny CleanWay for tackling this one!
Dumpbusters’ experienced volunteers are preparing the site for clean-up now and are looking for additional neighborhood volunteers to join them in a major effort on Saturday, November 9th. This is a steep site, so volunteers should be sure-footed, adventurous and at least 16 years of age (those under 18 must bring the attached waiver signed by a parent.)
Have you ever thought your street would look better if it were lined with trees? Do you wish you had more shade to lower your electricity bills? Allegheny County’s TreeVitalize program is a great resource and will plant a FREE tree in your yard! All we need to do is get 10 households in Stanton Heights to sign up, and applications are due on September 20th.
The trees will be planted between the yard and the sidewalk at the front or side of the home. If you are interested in getting a tree for your street, please fill out this tree_planting_application and send it to Lisa (our city forester and also a Stanton Heights resident) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in getting more involved in planting trees throughout the community, give Lisa a call at 412-670-5072
Do you regularly drive past the zoo on Butler street? Then you may not realize it, but you are driving over a bridge! The Heth’s Run Bridge will be replaced this fall, closing a section of Butler street in the process. Construction is scheduled to begin on September 24th, with the bridge closing on November 1st. Once complete, the project will include a new entrance for the Pittsburgh Zoo, and the bridge will once again span the ravine below it.
More information, including project details, a schedule, and a map of the detour can be downloaded here.
The Tribune Review also posted this April Article on the bridge construction.
After a summer break, the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association is lining up speakers for the next two community meetings. Both take place at Sunnyside Elementary from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the auditorium.
- Meet the candidates for the City Council District 7 special election!
- City detectives Matt Marks and Ken Wagner will be on hand to provide safety tips and answer your questions
- Duquesne Light will give away free energy efficiency kits for all who attend
Save the date(s) and bring your neighbor! Meetings are a great place to get to know your community, share ideas, and voice concerns. Please join us!
Last weekend’s first community festival was a hit! Thanks to Barry Werber for taking some photos of event, and to all of the neighbors who volunteered or attended. Looking forward to what next year will bring!