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Your local efforts to break away from oil are commendable and it is this kind of commitment that will lead the way for millions of other homeowners to do the same. You are a leader in the forefront of our new energy future.I made my comment on geothermal because in the big picture the energy we need to run our factories will require a bigger bang for the buck than roof solar panels. Still there are millions of Americans who could follow your lead. Unfortunately for me I live in an apartment. There is little I can do to reduce my energy use except to turn off the lights before going to bed.TOTC
You might be surprised by what an apartment dweller is capable of doing with their own electricity creation, depeding upon the amount of sunlight available - there's this neat little converter/inverter/ small folding butterfly panel being made in the US for around $1-200 that I read about in treehugger.com.
Tell you what check out www.treehugger.com
BioFuelsDigest - have I got a list for you.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Maybe even old copies of Mother Earth magazine
Back in the 70's and 80's in MA during college years - I was making solar heaters with the USEA, and some local solar type groups. We were making solar heater collectors outta - rigid foam polyisocyanurate with aluminum front and rear, for around $90 bucks in materials my apartment was much warmer than fellow renters I could get 90½º temperatures in the winter for no cost beyond the initial investment in panel and plastic for covering the box - that idea came from Mother Earth. That and the shutter for the leaky windows made outta the same polyiso board (and no, for the life of me I still don't know why I can remember the names of the boards). They gave me an R-14 or 19 insulation factor better than the R-.02 or whatever single pane windows offer. The newer formulations of these boards are R-38 in a 2" thick panel - progress marches on.
Remember that was in my Apartment dwelling era where I had to pay for the heating, water, etc.
Much as I do now - but, now it's a house and camp in the woods - and still paying for heat. But, now it's Biodiesel from my neighbor down the road around $buck gallon he pays around 50cents to make it for chemicals and the McDonalds and Asian restaurant frying oil. And wood heat for power failure times - mountains of Maine.
Although my background is computer sciences,security,forensics,etc and a couple of other not even closely related others - you gotta do what you gotta do. And when the West Coast of Florida has a month+ of freezing temperatures you just have to believe were going through a change in the climate, courtesy of our lack of understanding safe, clean renewable energy.
The joy of my business is 139 emails daily just for the business, magazines halleiluiah (now in digital form) all 40 weeklies, and then tring to wade through all of the other intersts that come in on a daily basis. If interested in other links let me look around a bit. I really try to scan and save only what I need when needed - otherwise it's a billion favorites on several computers, etc.
Time to go back to packing - I'm so outta here soon.