Archive: May 2019

12 Ways to Conserve Water Outdoors

Posted on: May 22, 2019

The sun is shining and summer is right around the corner. During these warmer months, we spend more time outdoors tending to our lawns, growing gardens, and washing our cars. All of these activities require water. More than half of the average household’s water occurs outdoors. As a result, your water bill can see a significant increase during the next few months. Using these simple tips will reduce your water bill and save you money.

  1. Inspect your garden hose and irrigation system for leaks. Check hose connectors to make sure rubber washers are in place.
  2. Add a shut-off nozzle to your hose. You can save about 5-7 gallons each minute your hose is on.
  3. Put out a rain barrel. Collecting rain water is an excellent (and FREE) way to water your indoor plants or wash your car.
  4. Water outdoor plants in the morning or late evening. Due to the colder temperatures, less water will be lost from evaporation. Avoid watering on windy and hot days.
  5. Use a broom to clean off outside living areas (decks, porches, driveways), rather than hosing them off.
  6. When cutting the lawn, set the mower blade to 2-3 inches high. The longer grass will shade the soil, allowing for better moisture retention.
  7. Keep your mower blades sharp. Dull blades tear grass, making it susceptible to disease, and causing it to appear tan and worn.
  8. Only water your lawn when necessary. Over-watering results in the growth of shallow root systems that are easily damaged. If rainfall isn’t sufficient, water your lawn once a week. This routine will encourage healthier and deeper grass roots.
  9. Mulch around plants and flower beds to keep the soil cool, reduce moisture evaporation, promote growth and control weeds.
  10. Take your car to the car wash, rather than washing it at home. Most commercial car washes recycle the water.
  11. Wash your pet outdoors in an area of your lawn that needs watering.
  12. Don’t water your lawn during a drought. The grass may turn brown, but it is not dead. Your lawn will turn dormant during dry and hot spells, but it will revive itself when wetter weather returns.

Fishing for a Cause 2019 Recap

Posted on: May 8, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund hosted its second annual fishing tournament, Fishing for a Cause, on Sunday, May 5, 2019. The weather didn’t stop dozens of anglers from coming out to support their neighbors in need. We welcomed 40 boats to Smith Mountain Lake – Parkway Marina, Virginia. The event raised nearly $20,000, including a utility partner match, to assist limited-income customers of Appalachian Power Company maintain or restore basic electric service through our Virginia Neighbor to Neighbor Program.

The day started off before dawn with registration and check-in. Our anglers set out on the lake at 7 a.m. and didn’t return until the afternoon. When boats arrived back at the marina, our guests enjoyed lunch and an award presentation, where they received great giveaways and prizes.

Everyone who entered the tournament was eligible to win a grand prize of $2,000, courtesy of New River Electrical Corp. Our lucky grand prize winners were Erin & Kristina Smith. The first place team with the biggest catch was Mike and Michael Nichols, with a total weight of 19.82 pounds. The tournament payout guaranteed a cash prize for the top five anglers. Congratulations to all of our winners!


Team Boat # Fish Weight
Mike Nichols – Michael Nichols 14 5/5 19.82
Michael Thomas – Taylor Thomas 15 5/5 17.53
J Draper – Tatum 27 5/5 15.27
B Humpreyes – M Oaks 34 5/5 14.98
Jason Adams – Zach Peaslee 5 5/5 13.86
T Hatcher – M Henxley 30 5/5 13.23
T Bowling – Lythgoe 35 5/5 12.18
T Vallastro – Bates 42 5/5 13.12
David Witt – Mike Lemaster 4 5/5 11.68
T Miles – Sawyer 24 4/4 11.08
T Weeks – T Gray 16 5/5 10.89
D Smathers – Suhy 12 5/5 10.74
T Smith – Smith 26 5/5 9.93
 Dale Wood – Steve Bright  2  5/5  8.23
 T Massie – Arrington  23  5/5 2.14
 J Holdren – B Giles  9  4/4  7.09
 T Wooldridge – T Akers  19  3/3  6.02
 T Ashley – T Johnson  20  3/3  5.64
 B Wright – T Wright  22  2/1  5.77


We want to thank everyone who helped with our Fishing for a Cause fundraiser. This event was made possible through a partnership with Appalachian Power Company and Conrad Brothers Marine. We are grateful to everyone at Conrad Brothers Marine, BassQuest SML, Parkway Marina and Appalachian Power for their excellent service and support – we could not have done it without you.

Dollar Energy Fund would also like to thank all of our sponsors for their generosity, including New River Electrical Corp., Elliot, Integrity Tree Services, Townsend, Hapco, Osmose, Orvis, Uttermost and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Their involvement was an integral part of making our event a success, and it goes a long way towards helping the families we serve.

At Dollar Energy Fund, we always encourage you to have fun while raising money for families and individuals who are on their path to self-sufficiency. Stay tuned for future events in Virginia by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

To view more photos from our fishing tournament, click here.


Congratulations to our first place team, Mike and Michael Nichols, with a total weight of 19.82 pounds.




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