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Save Energy, Spread Cheer This Holiday Season
From Madison Gas and Electric Company
Pendleton® and The American Indian College
Fund® Join Hands
The holidays bring lots of joy—and can take lots of energy! From shopping for
gifts to planning parties and making meals, the festive season can be a
demanding one for us—and our households. But, a few simple energy-saving
tips can save your spending for spreading some holiday cheer.

Consider these 12 tips from the Edison Electric Institute and the U.S.
Department of Energy:
• If you're hosting the festivities, lower the thermostat a couple of degrees
before guests arrive.
People generate heat—as does cooking. Therefore, your space can be cooler
since it will warm naturally when guests arrive.

• Plan your meal and remove all necessary ingredients from the fridge at one
time. Each time the door of a refrigerator or freezer is opened, it has to work
harder to replace the cold air.
• Cook with lids on when possible. Tight-fitting lids on pots and pans help keep
in heat, enabling you to lower the temperature settings and shorten cooking
• When boiling liquids, start by using the highest temperature settings to reach
the boiling point. Then lower the heat and allow the food to simmer until fully
• Use the microwave instead of your regular oven whenever possible.
Microwaves use less power than a regular oven, and they require cooking for
a much shorter period of time.
• When roasting or baking, avoid opening the oven door. Each time the door is
opened, a considerable portion of the oven's heat escapes.
• When using an electric oven, cook multiple items at once. Foods with
different cooking temperatures often can be cooked simultaneously at one
temperature—variations of 25°F in either direction still produce good results
and save energy.
• Remember to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms and lower the thermostat
when asleep or away. This is a good everyday tip for saving energy.
• Allow hot foods or liquids to cool off before placing them in the refrigerator so
the fridge doesn't have to work as hard. Toss any uncooked food that has
remained at room temperature for more than two hours.
• Make sure your refrigerator and freezer doors seal tightly to keep cold air in
and warm air out. To be sure, close the refrigerator door on a dollar bill. If you
can slip the bill out easily, or if it falls out on its own, the door needs to be
adjusted or the gasket needs to be replaced.
• Forget doing the dishes by hand! An ENERGY STAR®-certified dishwasher is
more efficient and uses less water.
• Finally, when finished, try to avoid using your oven's "self-cleaning" cycle
unless there's a major mess. Wipe up minor spills and splatters by hand when
the oven has cooled. If you need to use the self-cleaning feature, start the cycle
right away while the oven is hot, or wait until late evening hours when use of
electricity is lowest.

MGE thanks you for working to save energy. Saving energy is practicing good
environmental stewardship. If we all conserve, we can collectively make an
impact, reduce our footprint, and save all of us costs in the long term. Be sure
to check out more energy-saving tips at MGE's

November 20, 2018, Denver, Colo.—Pendleton Woolen Mills, Portland,
Oregon, joins the nation in celebrating Native American Heritage Month,
honoring the achievements and contributions of Native Americans. In
tribute, Pendleton is honored to share the philanthropic ideal of Giving
Tuesday to benefit the American Indian College Fund.

On Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from 12:01 am until midnight,
Pendleton Woolen Mills will contribute ten percent of the retail price of
any American Indian College Fund blanket to the College Fund.
Pendleton’s website,, its own stores and outlets will
honor the Giving Tuesday pricing; not offered at affiliate stores or
independent retailers. Visit to see
the entire American Indian College Fund collection.

Each year a new blanket is introduced in the College Fund collection. In
2018 “Butterfly” was created to honor Lakota leader, Sitting Bull, who
worked tirelessly for Native American rights.  Sitting Bull College on
Standing Rock Reservation memorializes his efforts - and demonstrates
the American Indian College Fund’s belief that education can transform
the future.  The caterpillar’s transformation to a butterfly mirrors the
transformative impact of education.
Butterfly joins eight other storied blanket designs including Future of the
Plains baby blanket; Nike N7, Earth Blanket, Raven and the Box of
Knowledge, Water Blanket, Gift of the Earth, Eagle Saddle Blanket and
Naskan Saddle Blanket.

Giving Tuesday’s donation complements Pendleton’s royalty support
from proceeds of each College Fund blanket sold year-round. In 1990,
Pendleton established an endowed scholarship with the College Fund,
today valued at more than $700,000.

Sales of these blankets and the endowment make a difference in the
lives of students throughout the country. More than 1,000 deserving
Native students have received scholarships to attend tribal colleges
from the Pendleton scholarship fund.

About the American Indian College Fund: Founded in 1989, the American
Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting
Native higher education for 30 years. The College Fund believes
“Education is the answer" and provided 5,896 scholarships last year
totaling $7.65 million to American Indian students, with more than
131,000 scholarships and programs totaling over $201 million since its
inception. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and
support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited tribal colleges and
universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring
students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The
College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity
evaluators and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the
Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information
about the American Indian College Fund, please visit www.collegefund.

About Pendleton   
Setting the standard for classic American style, Pendleton is a lifestyle
brand recognized worldwide as a symbol of American heritage,
authenticity and craftsmanship.  With six generations of family
ownership, since 1863, the company celebrated 155 years of weaving
fabric in the Pacific Northwest in 2018.  Known for fabric innovation,
Pendleton owns and operates two of American’s remaining woolen
mills, constantly updating them with state-of-the-art looms and eco-
friendly technology.  Inspired by its heritage, the company designs and
produces apparel for men and women, blankets, accessories, home
décor and gifts.  Pendleton is available through select retailers in the U.
S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia as well as Pendleton
stores, company catalogs and direct-to-consumer channels including the
Pendleton website,