News to Use Podcast Transcript: July 11, 2012

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for July 11, 2012. Coming up, learn about upcoming public meetings for the Fairfax Connector and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, green internships, saving money on energy costs and tips to stay safe while on a ladder. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Fairfax Connector has two upcoming public meetings – July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Government Building, 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, and July 28 at 1 p.m. at the South County Government Center, Alexandria. The meetings are being held to discuss changes to routes 231, 232, 304, 333, 334, 395 and 927, scheduled to take effect in September.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation also has two upcoming public meetings – July 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center and July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road in Alexandria. These meetings are to discuss the Countywide Transit Network Study’s purpose, scope and schedule, and to help refine the proposed goals and objectives as well as to identify possible modifications to the Comprehensive Plan designation of Enhanced Public Transportation Corridors. To learn more about the study, visit

The term “green” has two meanings for the Fairfax County Department of Purchasing and Supply Management – being environmentally friendly and saving taxpayer money.  To promote and support the county’s green purchasing efforts, the department is hosting two interns this summer through a partnership with NACo, the National Association of Counties. The two county interns are among 15 deployed by NACo this summer.

Speaking of being green and saving money, many county residents spend at least $100 to $200 a month on electricity, heating and cooling. A new county Web page, Energy Action Fairfax, offers a variety of steps you can take to help reduce your energy use…and your costs. Steps range from simple, such as sealing air leaks or upgrading light bulbs, to those that require more time and investment such as insulating walls and attics. Each step you take to become more energy efficient, helps keep the energy you paid for where it belongs — inside your home. At Energy Action Fairfax you can find out how to understand your electric bill to know how much energy your home uses and how much energy — and money — you may save from energy-efficient upgrades.  Find out more at


After the recent storm, for debris removal make sure you use a ladder correctly. Always have three points of contact on the ladder — two hands, one foot or one foot with two hands. Incorrect ladder use at home or work can lead to a serious strain or sprain injury. Before you start, check the ladder for any loose parts; never use a damaged ladder; and know the ladder’s maximum load capacity.


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That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  

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