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Tips to Save Money During Peak Summer Heat

As the temperature continues to rise this summer, your power bill doesn’t need to increase by extreme degrees too. Saving money is easy.

save money on bills with energy efficiency tips

Here are some strategies from Appalachian Power to conserve energy and save money on your electric bill.

• Close the drapes on the sunny side of your home while you are there, or close all window coverings if you are leaving for the day.

• Turn off unnecessary lights and use energy-efficient fluorescent light bulbs, which use less energy and give off less heat.

• Seal air leaks with caulking and weather stripping, and minimize door traffic to keep the cool air inside.

• Use heat-producing appliances such as your dryer, dishwasher and range during the cooler nighttime hours.

• Turn air conditioners to the highest comfortable setting to save money. Energy experts recommend 76 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home and 80 degrees while you are away. Adjusting your thermostat up a few degrees will have a significant impact on your cooling bill, saving approximately 30 percent on your summer cooling costs.

• Clean or replace your air conditioning filter monthly, or as needed.

• Keep coils on the exterior air conditioning unit free of dirt, grass clippings and leaves.
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For more information about how you can save money and maintain your home for years to come — check out our Master Homeowner Program — designed to teach you the basic skills necessary to be a successful, lifelong homeowner.

Learning to Reuse & Refurbish Old Furniture

Many of us find a piece of used furniture that speaks to us, but it may not match the décor in our homes. That is where Rich “The Refurburator” Chapman comes in. Chapman owns “Refurburator” in Kanawha City. His store offers custom furniture painting, interior design, chalk paint classes and estate sales. He also enjoys giving back to his community by volunteering.

Chalk Paint Classes DemonstrationSince opening his store in 2016, Chapman makes time to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Partnering with our Master Homeowner Program, “The Refurburator” teaches classes in The John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Community Center.Class Participants Painting

“I have always known how Habitat helps people in the community with housing and home education,” Chapman says. “This is my way of helping too.”


Saturday, July 22 marks the third class Chapman has taught in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Eleven participants from Kanawha and Putnam counties signed up to learn how to take old furniture, such as tables and chairs, and give it new life. The class members worked with Dixie Belle chalk paint and a special finishing wax over the course of three hours to completely transform their pieces.

Chapman insists that every old chair, table and wardrobe can be made new again, saying, “a great way to keep these items out of the landfill is to repurpose them into something more useful.”

The chalk paint that class members used is very forgiving, according to Chapman. A lot of times he uses it to create an aged appearance on pieces he sells from his shop, saying the paint can be distressed with little effort. As for how long the class member’s renewed furniture will last, Chapman says that under normal conditions, if it is waxed, it will last for years. “That’s what I like about Dixie Belle paints. They last for a really long time, unlike latex paints that can chip and peel if you put something like a lamp on them.”

Chapman plans to host more classes at Habitat for Humanity’s community center in the future. Whatever your skill level, the projects his classes take on are a perfect match for anyone — from a novice do-it-yourselfer to an expert crafter.

If you’re interested in checking out Chapman’s “Refurburator” store, it is located at 3706 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, in Kanawha City.

For more information about our upcoming classes, or to learn how you can host your own workshops in The John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Community Center — contact Janie Hamilton at 304-720-0141 ext. 18. You can also email Janie at



Reuse Refurbish Old Furniture Classes Saturday July 22 Class

Class members wipe down their furniture to clean any residue off — no sanding needed — before applying the first coat of paint.






Chapman takes time to work with each class member — making sure there are no questions or problems with the painting process.

Free Lunch!

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Habitat for Humanity is offering you a free lunch!

Lunch & Learn is an opportunity for you to learn more about what Habitat for Humanity is doing in Putnam County. We want to tell you about the ReStore in Teays Valley, and give you more information about the people we are partnering with to help build homes.  Come and have a delicious lunch from Barnyard BBQ of Hurricane – ON US! Everyone is welcome to attend.

It’s only an hour.  The program starts at 12:00 noon SHARP and ends at 1:00 pm. It’s happening on September 27, 2017 at the Putnam Chamber of Commerce located at 971 WV Route 34 in Hurricane.

To register for our free September 27th lunch — CLICK HERE.


Sign Up for the Spring Session of The Master Homeowner Program

Women's WorkshopThe Spring session of Habitat’s Master Homeowner Program is now enrolling new participants. The program was developed with the needs of Habitat for Humanity Home Buyers in mind, but is open to everyone. Anyone who owns their own home or wishes to own a home in the future is eligible to receive the Master Homeowner certificate. It will take most participants 9-12 months to complete all of the program requirements.  You can sign up here to take individual classes, or to complete the entire Master Homeowner course. Individual classes cost $10 each. Here are this Spring’s class schedule and the link to where you may sign up online:

To sign up for all classes, click here.

Legal & Insurance issues of Homeownership – Monday March 27 5:30 PM

Neighborhood Relations – Monday April 3 5:30 PM

Home & Neighborhood Safety  – Monday April 10 5:30 PM

Fire Safety & Prevention – Monday April 17 5:30 PM

Homeowner’s Toolbox  – Monday April 24 5:30 PM

Home Maintenance – Monday May 1 5:30 PM

Basic Household Plumbing – Monday May 8 5:30 PM

Home Electrical Basics – Monday May 15 5:30 PM

Energy Efficiency – Monday May 22 5:30 PM

If you would like more in depth information about the Master Homeowner Program, click here, or contact Janie Hamilton.

A Taste of Rocco’s in Charleston – February 22, 2017

Continuing our tradition of bringing West Virginia’s best fine dining to Charleston for its signature “Taste of…” fundraiser, Habitat is proud to announce Rocco’s Ristorante as this year’s featured restaurant!

For over 30 years, Rocco’s Ristorante of Ceredo, West Virginia has been providing diners with the tastes and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine. This unique fine-dining restaurant is known for its delicious pasta dishes and fresh-baked bread as well as its traditional atmosphere. Almost every day the restaurant is open, long lines of hungry patrons form outside the door just before opening time just so they can be sure to get a seat for dinner. For one night only, Charlestonians can experience A Taste of Rocco’s without the drive or the lines!

Join us on the Clay Center Stage to celebrate an evening of delicious Italian cuisine like only Rocco’s can provide! Music by The Total Meltdown Band. Tickets are $75 each or two for $140. Space is limited!

Click Here to purchase tickets online!


Anitpasto: Olives, Cheeses & Meats

Italian Salad with Rocco’s Signature Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Garlic Toast 


Meatballs & Sauce

Linked Sausage & Bell Peppers

Stuffed Hungarian Wax Peppers

Tiramisu & Cannoli

Iced Tea, Coffee & Soft Drinks

Cash bar (one complimentary beverage for each ticket holder)


There will also be a silent auction of merchandise and services, benefiting Habitat For Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam.

Introducing the Master Homeowner Program

When Terri bought her first home in 2007, she quickly realized that she had no idea how to operate a house.dreamstime_xs_26029015

“When you buy a car,” said Terri, “at least you get an owner’s manual and the salesman shows you how to set the stations on the radio. But at my closing, the realtor and lawyer handed me the keys and that was it!”

Terri learned quickly how much she didn’t know about being a homeowner. She had no idea that she needed to change her furnace filter until after a costly repair visit from the HVAC repairman. She didn’t know how to winterize her home, who to call if she had an electrical problem or how do diagnose a leaky pipe.

Terri’s story is common. People who buy a home through conventional means receive no training. The fortunate ones have a friend or a relative who can show them the ropes, but many more are left adrift without any direction or do-it-yourself know-how.

“When I heard that Habitat home buyers receive in-depth training on how to be a successful homeowner, I thought, ‘Why hasn’t anyone offered that to people like me?'”

We heard you, Terri.

Introducing The Master Homeowner Program
Habitat for Humanity’s vision has always been a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Here in Kanawha and Putnam Counties we have been hard at work for 28 years building new houses for qualifying families, but we also recognize that there are a lot of people who are currently living in homes whose state of repair is on a downward spiral. Many people simply lack the skills and knowledge necessary to maintain their home, and many others do not understand the importance of doing so. It has become clear to us that in order to achieve our vision, not only do we need to continue to build new homes, but we need to address Women's Workshopthe deterioration of existing housing in our community.

To address the issue, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam has developed the Master Homeowner program to empower homeowners in our community to be proactive and proficient in the basic skills that are required to maintain the condition and value of the largest investment in their lives. The program is designed to instruct and inform homeowners or those planning to become homeowners, in all areas necessary to be successful, healthy, lifelong homeowners.

The Master Homeowner Program is structured similarly to the widely acclaimed Master Gardener Program offered by the WVU Extension Service: a certificate program that features classroom instruction, and hands-on experience. Classes are taught by professionals in the field and participants then take the information and apply it in their own homes.

The program was developed with the needs of Habitat for Humanity Home Buyers in mind, but is open to everyone. Anyone who owns their own home or wishes to own a home in the future is eligible to receive the Master Homeowner certificate. It will take most participants 9-12 months to complete all of the program requirements.

For more information contact Janie Hamilton at 304-720-0141 ext. 18 or or visit the Master Homeowner page here.

A Habitat Love Story

A Habitat Love Story

In the summer of 2006 a young man and a young lady decided to give a day of their time to volunteer at a Habitat jobsite. That decision led to a beautiful relationship that culminated in a wedding ceremony the following summer.

The young woman was the now former Wendy Ewald, a special education teacher  who was coming out to volunteer with her church; Forrest Burdette United Methodist. When other church members had scheduling conflicts and couldn’t make it out that Saturday morning, Wendy decided that she would go anyway.  The young man, Rob Laukoter, former President of the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and pastor at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Culloden, was fulfilling his responsibility to work on the board of directors’ “Board Build Day.” Little did he know that his life would forever be changed that day.  A little over a year later the two were wed.

To celebrate their love, Rob and Wendy decided to ask their friends and family to honor their marriage by coming out for a day to work on the Habitat jobsite.  One week before their wedding, a large contingent of friends and family helped to build a Habitat house on Charleston’s West Side. Habitat held a special lunchtime ceremony to mark the occasion and the bride-to-be was given a hard hat with a veil to wear during the ceremony.

Rob and Wendy remain committed to the mission of Habitat for Humanity and volunteer often.

Habitat Completes 800,000 Houses Worldwide

Habitat Completes 800,000 Houses Worldwide

Habitat for Humanity marked a major milestone Nov. 6 when it began construction of the 800,000th home that the organization has built, rehabilitated or repaired around the world since it was founded in 1976. This collection contains information on the construction of Habitat for Humanity’s 800,000th home. Affiliates are welcome to use the graphic, talking points and the template media release to communicate this milestone to their local audiences. You can learn more here…

Our History: Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam

Our History: Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam

When a small group of folks met in the living room of a Teays Valley home on January 28, 1988, they had no idea of how many people would be impacted by what they were about to do. Among the group present that evening were four friends who had lived and worked at Koinonia Farm, a place in southern Georgia that was also the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity. They knew they wanted to bring this special ministry to Kanawha and Putnam County and had heard stories and seen firsthand the way the fledgling ministry had changed people’s lives in Georgia. Knowing that many of their own neighbors needed a decent place to live, they decided to step out on faith.

Mountaineer Habitat for Humanity was incorporated in 1988 as the 256th affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Thanks to the extraordinary abilities of its first executive director, Bill Londeree, the affiliate accomplished much in its first five years. Our first house, built for the Groom family on Charleston’s West Side, brought together countless organizations and people who otherwise never would have been involved in affordable housing. During the next four years, Habitat would build 35 houses, buy and develop acreage in Putnam County and forge partnerships that would help build many more.

When Bill Londeree stepped down in 1994, his legacy was a successful organization with a reputation for delivering what it promised. In 1995, when Habitat finished up its Fuller Street development in Hurricane, new executive director Shawn Means turned his sights to addressing the extreme shortage of affordable housing in Charleston. Because of Habitat’s past performance, city leaders embraced the organization, and from 1995 through 2001, 45 new homes were built in and around the Charleston, West Virginia.

In 2000, we received an extraordinary gift of 29 acres of land in South Charleston from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. This gift would become a full-scale subdivision called “Jubilee Heights,” in honor of the Roman Catholic Church’s term for Year 2000 as “The Year of Jubilee.” During the next seven years, 30 Habitat families would build their homes on this plot of ground as streets and utilities slowly were put into place. During this same time, the organization grew and matured and changed its name to Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam to better reflect its expanded service area.

A new headquarters and a “ReStore” (a new and used building materials retail outlet) were established and expanded. To date, proceeds from the ReStore have been used to build 59 Habitat houses. As our ministry grew, professional staff was added to better equip our homeowners and homebuilders.

As we look toward the future, we know that a large part of it will be built on 50 acres of land generously donated by Gene Warden. Our North Hills Drive development will be a neighborhood where our Partner Families and volunteers build lasting memories.

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All are welcome
Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.

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