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June 13, 2006
Tips For Planet Protection
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Dr. George M. Brenner Spoke To Concerned Collinsville Citizens

Note the link for the Gore "An Inconvenient Truth" film above was chosen randonly from many in a search ... many bashing the film already. I'd be interested in hearing what viewers think after they watch it. The energy bulletin link was from the library's reading list. -- Ted
I missed the first half hour of Dr. Brenner's presentation (covering the VCO meet) but still saw plenty of easy to understand charts showing that our current dependency on oil and gas can not continue at it's existing level. As worldwide energy consumption continues to grow each year the discovery of new petroleum continues to decline. Less energy consumption and alternative energy sources will not be a choice in the near future.

We've all been spoiled by abundant and cheap energy for so long that change is resisted but most of the suggestions below are not that difficult to implement if we just give it a try.-- Ted
Dr. George M. Brenner presented facts on energy consumption changes over the years. The chart above shows the transition from primarily wood fuels to coal in 1885 and then from primarily coal to petroleum and natural gas in 1945.
Diane Newhouse compared a normal light bulb to a newer more energy efficient compact flourescent bulb (with one of Dr. Brenner's charts in the background). Diane was also trying to organize a group to go see the new movie "An Inconvenient Truth" to see what it had to say about global warming and other issues.

A sample of the many tips given are listed below. A reading list is also available at the Library. The tips were given to reduce energy consumption (with the by-products of saving money & the helping planet):

Level 1
1. Set thermostat to 68 degrees or lower in the winter and to 78 or higher in the summer.
2. Replace tungsten bulbs with high efficiency flouresent bulbs.
3. Turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Use power strips.
4. Turn off hot water heater and adjust the tthermostat when you are away from home.
5. Walk or bike whenever possible.
6. Consolidate your errands; drive slower.
7. Plant a garden; mulch flowers and shrubs; use drip irrigation.
8. Buy locally-grown food; start a community garden.
9. Obtain a retractable clothes line and hang clothes out to dry when feasible.

Level 2
1. Carpool; use public transportation.
2. Replace high-maintenance lawns with low-maintenance native grasses, shrubs, and wildflowers; use a manual lawn mower.
3. Install a programmable thermostat on your furnace/a.c. and hot water heater.
4. Install a solar hot water system or solar-powered attic ventilation.
5. Install an on-demand water heater.

Level 3
1. Purchase a hybrid or efficient diesel vehicle, scooter or moped.
2. Move closer to your workplace and cut your commute time and cost.
3. Build/buy a high efficiency home; include passive solar heating; consider an earth berm and solar or wind-generated electricity.