Sunday, October 23, 2005

Well, Why Don't They Call It "The Big Chill"? Or "The Nippy Era"? I'm Just Sayin', How Do We Know It's An "Ice Age"?

It's dropped below 40° every night for the past few days around my neck of the woods, and gas prices, while dropping noticably, are still much, much higher than they were only a year ago. So it's time, indeed past time, to start thinking about ways to lower the fuel bill. Because God knows our Dear Leaders don't give a shit.

There are many, many good sites out there, but let's focus on a few of the best and best-known. First, the government's Energy Hog program, which is cute in a Nickelodeon-wannabe sorta way, and which is intended particularly to make kids more aware of things like leaving doors open and the lights on.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's
Home Energy Saver site is more useful, because it doesn't work with generalities -- it helps you audit your home for energy use (and waste). has loads of info about environmentally friendly driving and the cleanest (and dirtiest) vehicles.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is policy oriented, but also has an excellent online consumer guide to home energy savings.

Same with the Alliance to Save Energy, which broadens the scope to worldwide.

Prompted by an editorial in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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