February 12th, 2013
When all is said and done it really just comes down to making sure that we do what we can in order to save our precious energy (and there are numerous types of energy) in any way that we can. Not only is it a matter of periodic energy shortages, but the cost of the energy that we all are relying on is still sky rocketing and hitting us right in the wallet, right where it really hurts us the worst.
We have been talking about having a home energy audit at our house, much like the home energy auditors that came out to my in-laws house last year that turned out quite well for them utilizing one of the many federal grants for home improvement. Once again we really have been blessed with an unusually warm winter so one has to think about the price we may have to pay for lower heating bills for the past 3 or 4 months. We could have a really cold summer or worse a really hot one, guess we will find out here in just a few short months.
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I’ve just recently found a home insulation contractors website that I’ve book marked that offers a home energy audit and will put it on top of the ever growing list of things to do for our home and our wallets. It’s a win, win situation all the way around. You may want to consider doing the same thing for your residence and/or business, it’s all good.
February 7th, 2013
Going back to school is something that I have been thinking about and keeping in the back of my head for several years now and I am now researching the idea a bit more and the urge to learn something interesting is getting mighty powerful. It just makes sense considering that the company that I work for will pay the majority of the bill and it will possibly raise the amount of money that I am earning, depending on what courses/classes that I take.
Today at our H.R. department I was given a good amount of literature that they keep on hand and piled up in that department, one of the papers suggested going online and looking at the professional engineering courses that are available to take by going to many websites that they made available to me in all of the papers that I came home with to go through.
There are several areas that I’m interested in and it will take some time to figure out just what path I want to take, but one class stood out from all of the others, it is called Future Energy Sources and is described briefly as follows: “This course describes the state-of-the art, cutting edge efforts by scientists and engineers in the United States who are involved with research to continue to find alternate energy sources for the future.” I really like the sound of that and want to look further into it as soon as possible.
October 15th, 2012
Armed with the knowledge that there are home improvement grants available and the fact that there are ways to have an home energy audit done to find out just what to improve in order to save our precious energy reserves. I think that it only makes sense to take advantage of both important opportunities. It doesn’t seem as if the cost of any type of energy, of all types, will be going down any time soon, or if it ever will. It certainly doesn’t look promising with all the political nonsense involved these days.
I would love to be able to afford a car that only requires me to go to the gas station once a month or better. That would save a lot of money, but it does take money to make money, it even takes money to save money which places so many people in between a rock and a hard spot. And believe me they are making rocks harder and harder these days. In the mean time I’ll keep running my old car, a 1987 Toyota Camry till it can’t go anymore and continue each week to try and find the cheapest gas price in town and pay $50 to fill her up. That adds up to $200 a month just for gasoline, that really hurts, but it’s all I’ve got right now.
I can’t afford a new car, so buying a new house is totally out of the question, but there are so many ways to help reduce the cost of keeping your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. My first attempt is going to be finding energy efficient windows that won’t break my bank account. My current windows are the original windows and this house is over 55 years old so they are certainly due to be replaced and soon.
June 17th, 2012
It looks like my efforts to get my folks to have an home energy audit in new jersey done were worth the short time it took to find the right home energy audit professionals to come out and do the work for them. It only took a few minutes to Google “insulation assistance in NJ” and I was brought to The Energy Team which is located in Southampton, NJ and has a great reputation for their professionalism in today’s energy consensus world. So I think it was a good choice.
My folks have been needing some assistance with home repairs for a few years now but my father has been stubborn about asking for help, but as he is getting older he is realizing that he really does have some limitations and that there are trustworthy people out there that can and will help. He is even taking to some of the energy saving suggestions that a few of us have been putting out on the table to him for the last couple of years. I was impressed to see that he finally got two rain barrels to help with the harvesting of water that will most likely be an issue later in the summer. We had such a mild winter and a dry spring so word is that we will most likely be dealing with mandatory water restrictions. Oh fun, fun.
May 30th, 2012
Anyone who doesn’t know or understand the Benefits of Solar Power Energy really needs to at the very least check out the Solar FAQs at Nextgeneration-ae.com, which I have enjoyed reading and learning so much about Renewable Energy and other “green” related information lately. There is so much information out there, the majority can be found on the Internet with little or no effort to locate. We have been dealing with energy issues for decades now, I know there has been a lot done to move forward and help with the energy crisis, but it just doesn’t seem to be going fast enough.
With the cost of fuel increasing, and it is increasing once again, it is getting harder for my parent’s farm to be making enough money to pay for the fuel they need to run the tractors to tend the farm. They are currently growing enough crops to feed their livestock, assuming that the weather cooperates they won’t have to buy too much winter feed.
Dad’s thinking about putting in a windmill and some solar panels to try to generate some of his own energy to cut down on electricity costs. It’s hard to find ways to conserve energy when you are running a farm! I’ve been reading articles on the Internet about how different plants like algae can be used to create bio fuel instead of using corn (which I think is a great idea) and how many areas of the country are looking into wind farms and solar farms, too. I think that all of these areas are good investments into the energy futures of the country.
There is so much more to becoming as green as possible than recycling our household waste, even though that is a great way to help the situation. We are lucky in that we are provided recycling bins that the local Waste Control trucks come and pick up each week from the curb of your residence, at no extra charge mind you. I mean it can’t get much easier than that, which makes me crazy when I see so many neighbors not using them. Makes me wonder what else do they expect to help keep our Mother Earth healthy for us all.