Thursday, December 28, 2006

Itís Free, Plentiful and Fickle | New York Times. A very nice little article on wind power and some of its problems. I did not really think about this much, but it does not look like we can offset the building of new power plants just buy using wind generators. The only real thing that will help us all is if we can start to conserve power. Start using those high efficiency light bulbs and start turning the thermostats up in the summer and down in the winter. Also try and drive less and more efficiently. One big waste is small engines, like riding mowers. If we all mowed every other week instead of every week that would save a bunch of gas and reduce the pollution created. Ok I am off my soapbox now. Just wanted to give you something to think about as we start a new year.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Vehicle Mileage Estimates Get Real | commondreams.org. Looks like the EPA may be wising up. This is the first time in over 30 years they have changed the MPG calculations. I am hoping this will help people make more informed choices. Only we can break our dependence on foreign oil. I know the next car I buy will get 30+ miles per gallon.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Happy Winter Solstice. For those of you that suffer from the blues take cheer in the fact that today is the shortest day of the year. From here on out the days will grow in daylight time. This is also the start of Winter. Brrrr.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Our power was restored to our house yesterday afternoon. It was quite a humbling time dealing with no power. You just can not realize how much electricity we have become accustom to until you are without it for five days. It was quite an event. It was amazingly nice to take a hot shower this morning.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Well once again Amber and I find ourselves without power. A large winter storm with ice and snow came through the St. Louis area on Thursday 30 November 2006. We lost power at about 11:00 PM and have not had any since. Luckily Amber's Uncle had lent us a generator last summer when the power was out. We still had that at our house so we wired up the furnace and the refrigerator. We have been using a small electric burner to cook on and have been doing ok. We at least have heat and that is the major thing. The only item of connivence that we are sorely missing is hot water. It is just inconvenient to not be abel to take a shower when you want. Hopefully we will have power restored shortly.

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Edwardsville OKs $9 million retail, housing project | Belleville.com. Looks like the old Dino's market and PK's restaurant will be torn down and some new shopping and housing will go up. This sounds like a great plan. I hope that it will be completed and turn out well.

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