April 20

BBB: Hoosiers among thousands with complaints against Texas gift card reseller

first_img Pinterest Pinterest Google+ IndianaLocalMichiganNews Twitter Facebook (Photo supplied/Indiana News Service) Reselling gift cards and buying pre-owned gift cards is now common practice, especially during gift-giving holidays. If you want to sell your unused gift cards, trade or buy pre-owned gift cards, several companies will facilitate this process for you.One Texas-based gift card marketplace, Cardpool, LLC, currently has an “F” rating due to 2,187 complaints filed against the company in the last three years and failure to eliminate the pattern of complaints and unresolved complaints. Although Cardpool, LLC, has been responsive to concerns, complaints originate from all 50 states, including at least 12 in Indiana.Complaints against Cardpool, LLC, allege failure to issue payment in a timely manner after gift card was submitted and confirmed received by business, or non-payment for cards sold. Additional complaints allege gift cards purchased from the website had a zero balance or the gift cards rejected from being purchased were returned with a zero balance.One Hammond man sold a $400 Ticketmaster gift card to Cardpool, LLC. He told the BBB that he received a confirmation email informing him that he’d be receiving a payment within three days, but he never received the money.“I was to receive an Amazon gift card with a $313 balance,” he reported. “I have sent two emails and received two generic email responses.”If you choose to patronize a company that provides this service, Better Business Bureau warns customers to be cautious.“There are so many potential pitfalls if customers are not careful what company they choose,” said Marjorie Stephens, President and CEO of BBB Serving Northern Indiana. “When a gift card is not new and not purchased directly from the retailer itself, you also run the risk of not receiving what you bargained for.”Use BBB’s tips to reduce your chance for risk when purchasing from a gift card reseller:Make sure to research the business before you buy, sell or trade. Visit BBB.org and find out the company’s rating. Read the complaints of any online gift card reseller that you may be considering.Make sure that the company is responsive if things go wrong and has easy-to-find contact information.Make sure that you understand what the business’ policy is regarding refunds.Use a payment method that will allow you to dispute the charges, if you believe you have become the victim of fraud.Immediately check the balance and any passwords or PINs of any cards that you purchase.Once verified, use the gift cards quickly to make certain that they continue to function properly.If problems arise, contact BBB at bbb.org/northernindiana to file a complaint.Consumers are encouraged to report scams to BBB’s ScamTracker at BBB.org.ScamTracker. Their story could help others avoid being a victim of a scam. WhatsApp WhatsApp By 95.3 MNC – December 24, 2020 0 408 Twitter Google+ Previous articleIndianapolis apparent frontrunner to host NCAA March MadnessNext articleGov. Holcomb signs new executive order extending temporary licensing of healthcare workers 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook BBB: Hoosiers among thousands with complaints against Texas gift card resellerlast_img read more

March 1

John Lithgow: An actor’s journey

first_imgActor John Lithgow ’67, Art.D. ’05, has enjoyed an extraordinarily varied career, playing both dramatic and comedic roles on television, film, and stage.He played a transgender woman in “The World According to Garp,” a minister in “Footloose,” a serial killer in “Dexter,” an alien in “Third Rock From the Sun.” Most recently, he starred as Winston Churchill in “The Crown.”In a taped interview, Lithgow sat down with the Gazette to talk about how he got his start in acting, his formative years in theater on campus, and his deep affection for Harvard.Lithgow will receive the 2017 Harvard Arts Medal on Thursday in a ceremony that kicks off the 25th anniversary of Arts First, the annual spring festival of free performances that he founded. Harvard President Drew Faust will present the award at 4 p.m. at Loeb Drama Center. (Admission is free, but tickets are required, either from the Harvard Box Office at 10 Holyoke St., by calling 617-496-2222, or by visiting www.boxoffice.harvard.edu. Phone and online orders have service fees.)last_img read more

August 26

Duke national championship history: How many times have Blue Devils won the NCAA Tournament?

first_imgHere’s a look at just how dominant Duke is in the NCAA Tournament and a record of all their national championships.MORE: When did your team last win a national title in college basketball?How many national championships has Duke won in basketball?The Blue Devils are blue bloods when it comes to college basketball. Duke has won five national championships, with the most recent occurring in 2015. The 2014-15 season was one to remember for Duke fans as coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 1,000th career game, and the team featured three future NBA players in Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook. Perhaps the most memorable moment in NCAA basketball history came in Duke’s run to the 1992 national championship. In the East Regional final versus Kentucky, Christian Laettner hit an iconic, game-winning, turn-around jumper as time expired to send the Blue Devils to the finals for the second year in a row. Duke defeated the famed Michigan Fab Five by 20 in the final.In Duke’s run to its third national championship in 2001, it became the first-ever school to defeat all of its tournament opponents by double digits, including a 10-point victory over Arizona in the final.Duke’s NCAA championship game appearancesYearScoreRecord2015Duke 68, Wisconsin 6335-42010Duke 61, Butler 5935-52001Duke 82, Arizona 7235-41999UConn 77, Duke 7437-21994Arkansas 76, Duke 7228-61992Duke 71, Michigan 5134-21991Duke 72, Kansas 6532-71990UNLV 103, Duke 7329-91986Louisville 72, Duke 6937-31978Kentucky 94, Duke 8827-71964UCLA 98, Duke 6326-5MORE: Top 10 college basketball programs since 2010: Kentucky or Duke at No. 1?Duke’s NCAA Tournament record all timeThe Blue Devils are 108-36 all time in NCAA Tournament games. Duke has been to 16 Final Fours in school history, with coach Mike Krzyzewski leading them to 12. His 12 Final Four appearances are tied with UCLA’s John Wooden’s for the most by any coach in history.Duke hasn’t been back to the Final Four since its most recent championship in 2015. In 2018, the Blue Devils came one game short, losing in the Elite Eight to Kansas.Who has more national championships: Duke or UNC? North Carolina holds a slight advantage in national championships. By defeating Gonzaga for their sixth title in 2017, the Tar Heels have a 6-5 edge over Duke. The two schools have never met in the NCAA Tournament but did play head to head in the 1971 National Invitational Tournament, with UNC winning 73-67 in the semifinals. Duke and the month of March have become nearly synonymous throughout college basketball history as the Blue Devils continue to dominate the NCAA Tournament record books.The Blue Devils haven’t missed an NCAA Tournament since 1995 and look poised for another deep run in 2019 with three of the nation’s best freshmen. MORE: 20 winningest coaches in March Madness historyWhen did Duke win its first national championship?Duke won its first national title in 1991 with a 72-65 victory over Kansas in the final. Three players on that team — Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill — have since had their jerseys retired. The championship-winning season came after reaching the Final Four for a fourth straight season and the national championship for a second straight year. Duke would repeat as national champions in 1992. Which school has won the most NCAA titles?Duke’s five national championships ties it with Indiana for fourth all time in men’s basketball. UCLA leads the way with 11. Kentucky ranks second with eight, followed by North Carolina’s six. SchoolNational titlesMost recent1. UCLA1119952. Kentucky820123. North Carolina620174. Duke520155. Indiana51987last_img read more

August 13

Solskjaer arrives at Man Utd training ground

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived at Manchester United’s training ground on Thursday to begin his role as caretaker manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.United called time on Mourinho’s two-and-a-half years at the club on Tuesday, with the club languishing sixth in the Premier League, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool.Solskjaer will be at the helm at Old Trafford until the end of the season, when the club will appoint a full-time successor. Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino is the current front runner.The appointment of Solskjaer, who will take a break from his job as manager of Norwegian club Molde, was confirmed on Wednesday, with Alex Ferguson’s former assistant Mike Phelan also returning as first-team coach.The pair link up at United with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, who took training on Wednesday.Solskjaer, 45, established his status as a club legend with his dramatic Champions League winner in 1999 to seal the treble. He cut his coaching teeth as reserve team boss. He will take charge of his first match on Saturday against Cardiff, where he spent an unhappy spell as manager in 2014.“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” said Solskjaer. “I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”Mourinho won the Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield in his first year at the club before United finished runners-up in both the league and FA Cup, but things unravelled during the early months of his third campaign at the helm.Mourinho had made his frustrations about the recruitment of players and the club’s decisions clear over recent months, but did not return to the subjects in a statement released the day after his sacking.“I have been immensely proud to wear the badge of Manchester United since the first day I arrived, and I believe all United supporters recognise this,” Mourinho said in a statement to Britain’s Press Association.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

August 4

‘Patriot Church’ Celebrates Long History of Service to the Community

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Imagine what life was like 325 years ago in the area that is now Middletown.It’s a wilderness with a few small pockets of settlers, looking to carve out a life in the New Word. In that frontier setting there is a communal center to the area, the church. It’s a church that still exists today, continuing its mission to offer spiritual and community support.Elaine Lent, church moderator and historian, and Board of Trustees Chairman Peter Ahern, stand in front of the historic Old First Church, Middletown’s oldest church, as they prepare for the Baptist church’s 325th anniversary on Oct. 6.Old First Church, 69 Kings Highway, is celebrating its 325th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 6, with programs, including costumed tours of the historic site, a morning worship service with the church’s pastor, the Rev. Joyce A. Phipps, and a 7 p.m. candlelit community concert of music by early American composers. The musical program will be performed by Glenn May from the Mon­mouth County Historical Association, who will be wearing 18th-century dress and playing the church’s 700-pipe Fritszche organ.The program also will offer some historical notes about the lives of early county residents.A point of pride for the church is its long history of patriotic fervor shown by its members. That is especially true of some of its earliest congregants, including clergy members, who were quick to support the call of liberty and revolution in the 18th century, said Elaine Lent, the church’s moderator – the lay leader – who also serves as the church historian.Middletown’s Old First Church’s cemetery, decorated in American flags for its 325thanniversary, contains the remains of many church members going back to its earliest years.In honor of the church’s participation in the nation’s history, members have placed 400 small American flags around the church buildings and along the outline of its 150-plot cemetery, which contains the graves of some of its original members.Founded in 1688, it was the first church and meeting house in the Middletown area, though personal diaries and records show worshippers had met in each other’s homes as early as 1668, according to Lent.The founders were early settlers arriving here from Massachusetts and what is now the Gravesend section of Brooklyn, N.Y. They landed in the area of what is now Atlantic Highlands and made their way inland.Old First Church, on Kings Highway in Middletown, is decorated with 400 American flags in preparation of the church’s 325th anniversary on Oct. 6.Like many of those who traveled to the Colonies, the earliest church members were seeking freedom from the religious intolerance they found elsewhere. The Baptist sect was relatively new at that time. “So new that there was a number of schisms,” within, Lent said. Being new and often misunderstood, the church was dismissed or derided by other denominations. One of the church’s early clergy members, Obadiah Holmes, was horsewhipped in Boston for his beliefs, Lent said.Even though it is a Baptist denomination, the church attracted those of other faiths, including Episcopal­ian and Quakers.“It was what I would say were a bunch of free thinkers,” who saw the church’s mission as one dedicated to freedom of conscious, soul liberty and respect for diversity, beliefs that still hold true today, Lent said.By the time of Revolu­tionary War, the church had become known as the “Patriot Church” under its pastor, Abel Morgan, who served there until his death in 1785. Morgan was “a very charismatic, intelligent minster,” known for his debating skills, having traveled as far away as Oyster Bay, Long Island, and Staten Island, N.Y., to preach.“He took this very divided congregation and united it,” Lent said.Morgan’s writings show he was an early supporter of the Colonists, looking to break away from England, Lent said.There was certainly a division between the British and the Anglican Church and the relatively upstart Baptist denomination with Anglicans and their Tory supporters having little regard for other faiths, she said.Joseph Murray, a church member, who owned a Middletown farm, was killed fighting the British in 1780, and is buried in the church’s graveyard.Pictured is a drawing of Abel Morgan, Old First Church’s pastor at the time of the American Revolution, with a pair of his eyeglasses and pocket Bible.Around the time of the Battle of Monmouth in Freehold in June 1778, British troops took control of the church, using it either as a field hospital or to house soldiers, according to Lent, who said the information on that is somewhat vague.Morgan was unable to preach there, his services relegated to his farm’s barn, located about a mile away.Following that period “the church just grew like mad,” with its congregation swelling to its high point of about 500 members in the late 1880s, Lent said.Since then, the church has seen some of its members leave and start other Baptist churches in the area, including in Matawan, Holm­del and Atlantic Highlands. About 14 area churches were formed directly from Old First Church, Lent said.The church that sits at the Kings Highway location is the congregation’s third. The first burned down in 1734 and was rebuilt immediately. The existing structure was built in 1832 by members who volunteer their time, funds, lumber and equipment for the task.Over the years there have been expansions and renovations, including moving the former Middletown Women’s Christian Temper­ance Union Hall to the property in 1921, where it is still used as a social hall.After all these years, Old First Church continues to be a center of community involvement and a source of spiritual guidance for its congregants, Lent said.Pictured is a tree showing the numerous area churches that spun off of Old First Church, Middletown’s oldest church.In the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy last October, Old First Church, like a great many houses of worship, remained open and available, allowing the public to come and use the gas-operated stoves to cook meals, and its hot water to wash clothes and themselves when so many were without power for so long.“Churches are some of the few places to handle things like that, because of their size,” making them oftentimes ideal community focal points, Lent said.This summer the church hosted 39 youth and disaster assistance workers from Upstate New York who spent time in Monmouth County working to restore homes for families still recovering from Sandy’s effects.That’s a role the church has always played and continues to take pride in, Lent noted.“As a community church it is dedicated to community efforts,” and continues to host organizations, conduct its own programs and work with the efforts of other community groups.Old First Church now has a diverse membership of about 40 to 50 families. “We have people from all over Monmouth County,” who attend services and participate in programs, said Peter Ahern, chairman of the board of trustees.But some things don’t change with time.“Community was always the heart of this church,” Lent said. “It still is.”last_img read more

December 21

Khris Davis’ clutch blast lifts A’s past Rays in extras

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Khris Davis leads the majors in home runs, but he isn’t just your average masher who pads the stats with long bombs when the game is out of hand. When he hits them, they usually mean something of significance.The A’s (90-58) were stymied by Rays pitchers for five innings and failed to record a hit past the fourth, but one swing of the bat from Davis caused an eruption in the visiting dugout as they took the lead during Friday’s 2-1 victory over the Rays in ten innings to …last_img read more

December 18

Gallant Amajimbos have much to be proud of

first_img2 March 2015The Amajimbos, the South African national under-17 team, went down 2-0 to Mali in the 2015 CAF African Youth Championship final in Niamey, Niger, on Sunday night – but coach Molefi Ntseki said he was happy with his charges’ performance despite the defeat.It was a high-tempo game that saw the physically bigger Malians using their imposing stature to dictate the pace, although the Amajimbos gave as much as they received for the full 90 minutes.Stand-out goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto and defender Reeve Frosler were in the thick of action from the word go and came to the rescue of the South Africans as the West Africans sought for an early goal.Gilt-edged chancesIt was a physical first half with Amajimbos handling aerial balls well but Mali keeping up the pressure. Despite going to half-time goalless, both teams created gilt-edged chances.After some constant pressure at the start of the second half, the Malians took the lead thanks to striker Siaka Bagayoko in the 65th minute.Mpoto had made a number of saves to keep South Africa in the game, with one in particularly impressive, while the Malians also missed several chances with shots that went wide.It was game over in the 78th minute when Aly Malle doubled Mali’s lead with a curling that shot that gave Mpoto no chance.The Malians showed superior physical dominance and endurance, the Amajimbos never gave up and they kept on pushing to the end.South Africa had a Khanyiso Mayo goal ruled out for offside in the 88th minute, following good work by the lively Sibongakonke Mbatha.Amajimbos end as runners-up, with Guinea claiming third place earlier on Sunday after beating Nigeria 3-1 in the play offs.“On another day, the result could have been different. They bullied us off the ball but we always threatened on counter-attacks. We will now focus our attention to the World Cup in Chile. I am proud of the boys,” he said.Amajimbos XI: Mpoto, Ngcobo, Frosler, Mohamme, Mukumela, Dlala, Meyiwa, Maluleke (c), Mbatha, Mkatshana, Mayo.Mali XI: Traore, Dante, Bagayoko, Sangare, I. Traore, Mamadou Fofana, Koita, Malle. Maiga, B. Traore.Source: South African Football Associationlast_img read more

December 17

Nearly 400 Ohio FFA members to receive American Degree this week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kameron Rinehart from the Miami Trace Chapter will be staying busy this week at the National FFA Convention.“So here at National FFA Convention, I have several roles. I’m serving as a delegate for the Ohio FFA Association and I’m also receiving my American FFA Degree this year, and I’m representing Wilmington College as a student ambassador,” Rinehart said. “I am super excited for Saturday to get my American FFA Degree. It’s something that I’ve worked hard for the past six years being an FFA member. It’s a life long dream of mine to receive my American FFA Degree. During my freshmen year attending National FFA Convention when I saw my fellow FFA members receive their American Degrees, I made it a personal goal of mine to achieve and it wasn’t an easy task getting all the hours and all the different obligations you have to do to get that American Degree. I made it and I’m happy to receive it this Saturday.”Nearly 400 Ohio FFA members will be presented with their American degree this week. To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization, members must meet the following minimum qualifications:Have received the State FFA Degree, have been an active member for the past three years (36 months) and have a record of satisfactory participation in the activities on the chapter and state level.Have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least three years (540 hours) of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program, or have completed at least the equivalent of 360 hours of systematic secondary school instruction in agricultural education and one full year of enrollment in a postsecondary agricultural program, or have completed the program of agricultural education offered in the secondary school last attended.Have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention at which the degree is to be granted.Have in operation and have maintained records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, through which the member has exhibited comprehensive planning and managerial and financial expertise.A student after entering agricultural education must have:Earn at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500 orEarned and productively invested $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time. Any combination of hours, times a factor of 3.56, plus actual dollars earned and productively invested must be equal to or greater than the number 10,000. Hours used for the purpose of producing earnings reported as productively invested income shall not be duplicated as hours of credit to meet the minimum requirements for the degree.Have a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement and have achieved a high school scholastic record of “C” or better as certified by the principal or superintendent.Have participated in at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours.Applicants must submit an application electronically through ffa.org. Applicants must also submit the signature page with the signatures of the chapter president, chapter advisor, superintendent or principal, and state advisor or state executive secretary, certifying accuracy of all statements in the application and that the applicant conducted him/herself in a manner to be a credit to the organization, chapter and community.When he is not busy with his numerous FFA activities Rinehart will be working in the trade show at the Wilmington booth.“I really enjoy serving as student ambassador at Wilmington College. I found my home at Wilmington College and it’s just an awesome place to really come get a hands on learning environment,” Rinehart said. “I can honestly say I’m at home each time I step on campus. I love to promote my school and the agricultural department specifically.”last_img read more

December 17

Late-season weather impacts corn and soybean growth and development

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kyle Poling, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Ada, OhioPhysiological maturity of a soybean seed occurs when the seed has completely lost all green color and turns yellow. At this point grain moisture is still over 50%, but a harvestable moisture of near 13% can be reached in as little as two weeks under good drying conditions. In order to time harvest perfectly, it is necessary to monitor soybean drying very closely. At full maturity (R8), 95% of pods have reached their mature pod color. At the R8 growth stage, only five to 10 good drying days are needed before harvest. Begin checking grain moisture before all the leaves have dropped off all the plants as various stresses can cause soybeans to retain some leaves. It is not uncommon to see a few green leaves and stems on some plants after the pods are fully ripe and the soybeans are dry enough for harvest.Soybeans should be harvested the first time they reach 13% to 14% moisture. Moisture above 13% will incur a price discount, but moisture below 13% results in less weight at the elevator. What is the cost in lost yield from shrink when soybean moisture levels get down to 10% or less? Delivering soybeans at 12% moisture is a 1.14% yield loss; at 10% moisture there is a 3.3% yield reduction. If a field of soybeans yields 60 bushels per acre at 13% moisture, but if harvest moisture is at 10% moisture than the amount of bushels sold will be reduced by 2.3 bushels per acre from just the moisture shrink. Additionally, when harvest is delayed, a number of potential losses may occur, including increased tendency to shatter.Several factors affect the rate at which crops develop — photoperiod, heat, moisture, and fertility. Heat and photoperiod are the two primary factors influencing soybean maturity. Soybeans are considered short-day plants, meaning that physiological development is accelerated as daylength shortens. However, the rate of maturity is sped up by hotter temperatures and slowed down by cooler weather. Soybeans can compensate for stresses/shortcomings that occur during early to mid-reproduction provided ample sunlight, adequate temperatures, and soil moisture is available. Favorable late-season temperatures (not too hot) and rainfall during late stages of development (R5 to R6) can create larger seed weight by extending the seed fill duration.For corn, the reproductive stages last for approximately 65 days. Nearly half of this time during reproduction is spent in the dent stage (R5). At the beginning of R5, the kernel has accumulated about 45% of its total dry weight. Kernels will begin to “dent” as the soft dough at the top of the kernel begins to be convert into a solid starch. A visible “milk line” on the kernel marks the progression of the solid starch formation as it moves from the kernel cap towards the kernel tip.Stress during the R5 growth stage can reduce the time for additional starch accumulation thereby reducing yield potential. At the beginning of dent stage approximately 60% of yield potential has been reached. At growth stage R5.5 (50% kernel milk) nearly 90% of a corn plant’s yield is final. Visual signs of stress that are speeding crop maturation and negatively impacting yield include leaf firing, ears prematurely tipping over, or plant top die-back from anthracnose stalk rot. Physiological maturity, also known as black layer (R6), is complete when an abscission layer forms at the base of the kernel eliminating further dry matter accumulation.Kernel drying following black layer is entirely due to evaporative moisture loss. In standing corn, kernel moisture loss requires approximately 30 GDUs to remove 1% of grain moisture between 30 and 25% moisture. As corn continues to dry down, approximately 45 GDUs are needed to remove each moisture point between 25% to 20% moisture. When weather conditions are warm and dry, corn may lose 1% of grain moisture per day, but during periods of cool and/or wet weather moisture loss may be minimal. Hybrid characteristics such as husk leaf coverage, husk leaf senescence, ear angle, and kernel pericarp thickness can affect drydown. Corn that matures earlier will dry down faster due to more favorable drying conditions early in the harvest season. Later maturing corn has fewer warm days to aid in drying thus will dry down at a slower rate.last_img read more

December 16

Code Changes Call for More Insulation and Reduced Cathedral Ceiling Area

first_imgSTEP 2: MORE INSULATION, LESS CATHEDRAL CEILING (TABLE N1102.1 IRC AND IECC)The code: In numerous areas of Chapter 11, insulation requirements have been increased or trade-offs that allowed for insulation reductions have been removed. This effectively improves the thermal envelope to retard heat flow. For example, floor insulation increased in two climate zones; basement insulation increased in several climate zones.What it means to you:In colder zones (5-8) there is a small but effective increase in insulation in walls, floors, and basements.In addition to these modest increases, there was one significant change. Cathedral ceilings tend to have limited insulation and can account for large energy losses. The IRC has now limited the area of certain types of cathedral ceilings — those with reduced insulation levels — to either 20% of the entire ceiling area or 500 sq. ft., whichever is less. (There is no limitation on cathedral ceilings that are fully insulated.)Basement insulation was also added to portions of Climate Zone 3 where, previously, you were not required to install it.While some of these code changes occur only in the IECC and not in the IRC, it is important to note that either energy code can be used for those building single-family homes. Generally, the added costs of increased insulation material will be minor and the labor costs should not change, compared to the energy savings realized.The 2009 building codes reflect practices that not only increase energy efficiency—air-sealing measures and increased insulation, for example—but also address sustainable building practices, such as moisture control.Other segments of this series:Part 1: Air SealingPart 2: Insulation Part 3: LightingPart 4: Programmable ThermostatsPart 5: Insulating Mass WallsPart 6: Efficient WindowsPart 7: Insulating Mechanical PipesPart 8: Exceeding the Energy CodePart 9: Vapor Retarders 9 Steps to A Greener CodeRecent spikes in energy costs have increased the attention on regulatory measures that limit energy waste. Those same energy price increases have also gained the attention of President Obama, who made energy efficiency central to his stimulus package, specifying the need to improve energy efficiency in 2 million homes.Last week we looked at air sealing, this week we look at insulating. In cold zones the level of insulation has increased, and so has the size of allowable cathedral ceilings.last_img read more