Thursday, August 4, 2011

Stuck Inside

Some of you may have noticed that we have a slight drought problem going on...actually that's an understatement. We're on our 35th day of 100 plus degree temperatures, and things are definitely not looking up at all. The best we can do is just stay indoors, and hope that this streak will be over tomorrow. And to top it all off, there are energy issues going on because of all the people staying indoors and running their air conditioning 24/7-resulting in rolling blackouts. Well, while I was sitting at home and confined indoors, I decided to do some research on how to save energy-and here are some facts that I found:

-Instead of cooking with your stove, try using your microwave- it uses two-thirds less energy than the stove.

-Use the dishwasher! It uses much less water than washing dishes by hand.

-Set your thermostat to 78 degrees and 85 when your way. Use ceiling fans to keep the cool air circulating around your room.

-Turn off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use. It'll use 2% less energy that way.

With these precautions hopefully we'll be able to at least stop the rolling blackouts and prevent people from being forced into enduring this heat. Keep cool!

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