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Neighborhood Caretaker Alert
Response Center

Citizens can use the Neighborhood Caretaker Alert (NCA) form to anonymously notify the City of issues or concerns.  The NCA form is available in paper form only at City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road; at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road; at the Kirkwood Public Library, 140 E. Jefferson Avenue; and at ALL THREE Fire Houses (137 W. Argonne, 11804 Big Bend, and 1321 W. Essex).  If you have completed a form previously, you can find the results of your anonymous Neighborhood Caretaker Alert form here - click on the link and then enter your form number:

http://w5.kirkwoodmo.org/nca


All Aboard: the City Blog

The City of Kirkwood is BLOGGING!  Join us in the conversation at ALL ABOARD, the City's new blog.  Read cool stuff, and leave a comment or a question!

What's a blog?  Well, it's short for Web Log or Weblog (with the first two letters deleted), which means it's a log or diary about what's going on in the City.  It's less formal in its approach and style, but more interactive!  That means we hope you'll get involved by sending a comment on something you've read on the blog, or by posing a question.

We're glad you're here, and we hope you enjoy the ride!


Electric

TIPS FOR ENERGY & WATER EFFICIENCY

Energy-Saving Tips:

  • Set your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower in the winter and 78 degrees or higher in the summer.
  • Adjust air conditioning and heating system temperatures to save energy when you are away for the day and when you are sleeping at night.
  • Change air filters every month. Look for air filters with a MERV rating of 6 or higher.
  • Tune up your heating and air conditioning system annually.
  • Have your duct work tested for leakage. Insulate ducts where they run through cold areas.
  • Weatherstrip and caulk around windows, door frames, foundation cracks, electrical outlets, or anywhere where you feel a draft.
  • Clean dust and lint away from appliances (heating/cooling unit, refrigerators, hot-water heaters, etc.) on a regular basis so the motors run well.
  • Consider moving your extra refrigerator or freezer out of the garage to the basement so your appliance won’t have to work so hard to stay cool.
  • Make sure gaskets on the doors of refrigerators and stoves are tight.
  • Keep the fireplace chimney damper closed when not using the fireplace.

Live An Energy-Efficient Lifestyle

  • Light only the area where you are working, not the whole room.
  • Turn off lights and appliances when they are not being utilized.
  • Close vents in rooms that are not being used on a regular basis and close the door.
  • Choose the stove burner to fit the size of the pan you are using.
  • Use ceiling fans in occupied rooms.
  • Don’t block radiators or vents – including cold-air returns – with furniture, drapes, or rugs.
  • In cold weather, open window shades that receive direct sunlight during the day; close shades at night. In hot weather, leave window shades that receive direct sunlight closed during the day.
  • Try pulling on a sweater or wrapping up in a blanket before you turn up the heat.
  • During hot months, try to use the oven, dishwasher and other appliances that produce heat during the late evening and early morning.

Tips for Indoor Water Use:

  • Use low-flow faucets and shower heads.
  • Replace old, large capacity toilets with new, water-efficient models.
  • Buy high-efficiency dishwashers and clothes washers.
  • Take five-minute showers instead of baths. If you must take a longer shower, consider taking one every other day.
  • Avoid letting faucets run unnecessarily, such as when brushing teeth.
  • Repair leaking faucets and toilets.
  • If you have a dishwasher, do not hand-wash dishes. Even running partial dishwasher loads can reduce water and energy consumption.

Tips for Outdoor Water Use:

  • When watering your landscape, use enough water to moisten soil to a depth of four to six inches and then let the soil dry completely before you water again. Watering thoroughly, but infrequently, develops a deep root system so plants can use moisture and nutrients deep in the ground. Water according to moisture in the soil, not on a fixed schedule. Lawns are dry when footprints remain in the grass long after being made.
  • Set a timer as a reminder to turn off the sprinkler. Don’t irrigate the pavement; adjust sprinklers to fit the lawn area.
  • Don’t use a hose to rinse off pavement; sweep leaves and grass clippings.
  • Water in the early morning, from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m.
  • Mow grass to a height of two and a half inches, using a sharp blade.
  • Adjust automatic irrigation systems seasonally. Protect your water supply; make sure irrigation systems have back-flow preventers.
  • Separate planting beds from turf areas on your irrigation system.
  • Uses drip irrigation or soaker hoses in plant and flower beds.
  • Monitor automation irrigation systems regularly for broken heads that need replacement.
  • Install rain shut-off devices on automated irrigation systems – you don’t need to irrigate when it’s raining.
  • Add compost to soil before planting new turf or planting beds to increase moisture-retention capacity.