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There are many ways to conserve energy in your home:


- Replace your most frequently used incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights.

- Compact fluorescent light bulbs use only a third as much electricity as a standard incandescent bulb.

- Replace outdoor lighting with a motion-detector equipped bulb or fixture. Outdoor lights that are left on all night can add unnecessary waste energy and disturb wildlife.

Hot water shouldn't be a drain on your wallet. More than 10 percent of your energy bill goes to heating water for your dishwasher, shower and faucets. You can cut this energy use, and your energy bill, by implementing these easy steps:

- Lower your water heater to 120 degrees and drain any sediment from its tank.

- Add insulation to your water heater.

- Install a low-flow shower head.

Source: Sierra Club


HOLLY JOLLY FIRST FRIDAY: events start at 5 p.m. in downtown Augusta; sidewalk entertainment, live performances and features of galleries and businesses on Broad Street; Christmas tunes on Tenth & Broad streets; headquarters tent and live entertainment will later be moving to the north side of Broad Street.

NUNCRACKERS: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $25; (706) 722-3322,

THE PERFECT GIFT: 7-9 p.m. through Saturday; Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road; sidewalk presentation of life of Christ.

TURKEY SHOOT: 6 p.m. at the Grovetown Lions Club on Old Louisville Road, Grovetown; turkey shoot fundraiser; cost is $3 per shot for a chance to win a turkey and other items; concession stand is available.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $12-$38, (706) 826-4707,

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. at New Hope Worship Center, 715 S. Old Belair Road; the Annie Moses Band will perform in its Christmas, Bright and Beautiful Tour; free; (706) 868-6410.

STEAK DINNER: 7 to 9 p.m. at American Legion Post 192, on Legion Drive off Owens Road, in Evans; (706) 863-8728.

NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5:50-9:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; featuring six homes: Vince and Linda Dwan, River Club, 460 Shoreline Drive; Skip and Jean Jones, Olde Towne, 910 Carolina Ave.; Deborah Holmes, Hammonds Ferry, 463 Arrington Ave.; Kevin and Lee Little, Hammonds Ferry, 468 Front St.; Steve McElmurray, Campbelltown Towne Landing, 141 Savannah Point; Donnie Thompson, 930 River Oaks; Chris and Melody Garrison, 419 W. Martintown Road; $15 in advance (available until 2 p.m. Friday), $18 at the door; (803) 279-5074.

DEAR SANTA: Friday-Saturday and Dec. 14-15, Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; cost is $17, $15 for students and seniors; $6 for ages 12 and younger; (803) 648-1438, www.aikencommunity

MAGIC AND MUGGLES OVERNIGHT: Camp Tanglewood, Columbia County; for girls ages 13-17; trip will include Harry Potter-themed activities such as creating magic wands, practicing "potions" and participating in trivia games based on the book and films; event sponsored by the Girl Scouts Central Savannah River Council;