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November 9, 2007 | 7 Comments

Sometimes I am just astonished at simple words giving great meaning.  Investors’ Business Daily has an opinion piece that should be called educational for the larger population and a reality check for politicians.  The assumption behind each of these ideas is that government will take money from you in the name of “curbing global warming” and fix the energy problem. It won’t — it can’t.  Instead, these not-so-nifty ideas will sock Americans with billions in costs while not creating any net new energy.”  This piece may be too hard nosed for some, but it directly answers the questions about getting and keeping our lifestyles fueled.  A hint to TBD – note your writer’s name for credit!

USAToday, not one of my regular reads, well, seldom actually as it tends to be one of the mass media tilted off into left field, has an op-ed that hits a sensible point and strikes a near centered balance politically.  The piece’s title is “Like it or not, $100 oil forces new energy policy on U.S.”  It’s a quality, informative and observant writing product that requires you to get to the end to see the line that could have opened the editorial, “But the interesting question is not why prices have gone up, but how American resourcefulness can be employed to break dependency on oil and maintain the momentum toward alternative fuels.”  It could be passed around to your more left leaning friends without sending them into a hysterical rant for government programs – or maybe not.  There is the risk the lefties will see the paragraph suggesting a tax three years ago of 140% would have given their goals a huge infusion of cash.  So, here’s the obvious answer to the implied question – dump the SUV, pickup or other large fuel hog, conserve, and invest in alternatives – while you can still afford it!  Jeesh . . .

ExtremeTech has an article “Five Ways to Cut Your Utility Bill.”  OK, its technical in content, after the programmable thermostats, but you might be pleasantly surprised how much of a difference it can make when you set up computers properly and choose appliances based on the electrical consumption.  Lots of computers are still using old monitors and have power supplies that suck hard at the grid.  LCDs can be had really cheap and with petroleum product prices squeezing so many at the holiday season the sales could get very attractive.  One point they missed is all those little things like cell phone charges and other items that idle and still draw current which need turned off.  Think another power strip (s) or the simple $2.95 cord in line switch (they just fit over the cord and a thumb wheel opens or closes the circuit) at the hardware store.  Easy, and savings will add up much faster than you might think.  Ah, you do turn out the lights when not in use?  Right?

MSNBC has posted a Forbes article that offers a slideshow about ten fuel-saving tips from Wayne Gerdes who we discussed July 17th 2007.  Without a long comment on my part this is a top of the line fuel saver tip list, make yourself proud, improve and gain new skills kind of thing.  Highly recommended.  I think I’ll look at it again.






7 Comments so far

  1. Maria Howard on October 5, 2010 1:36 PM

    power strips are very useful but they octopus connection is dangerous”,”

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  3. Health and Medicine Forum · on November 9, 2010 2:25 PM

    just buy high quality power strips and do not use power strips that are not UL certified ‘

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