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Wow, I’m the Deserving Poor!

Note, no matter what I do it won’t embed properly – sorry about that. Here’s the link and thanks to Kerri for finding it: http://tinyurl.com/3sxfdjf Friend Jerah sent this to me, pointing out that since I don’t use a refrigerator, my family is among the .04% of the US population that constitutes the “deserving’ poor.…

Cutting Your Phantom Loads

I’ve always liked Tom Murphy’s “Do the Math” work, and I really like his latest piece on phantom loads and electricity cutting. That’s one of the very first steps for most of us whe we seriously try and cut our electrical usage, but one that a lot of people don’t know to do about. We’ve…

Well, I guess I timed that last piece reasonably well ;-), no? As you may have noticed, I am at present typing this on the internet, rather than carving it into a stone tablet (actually I’d probably just use a pen and a piece of paper, but stone tablet does sound more apocalyptic), so the…

Quite a few years ago I wrote a piece arguing that the single most likely scenario for most of us having to deal with long term electrical shortages doesn’t involve gridcrash scenarios, but the growth of poverty and utility shut offs. I suggested that people should be prepared to deal with electrical outages in large…

April is the month that utility shut-offs are resumed in much of the northern half of the country – it is against the law to shut off people’s primary heating fuel during the winter, but when they can’t pay their bills, generally speaking, April 1 means that you can cut them off. There has been…

I think the first time I really seriously reconsidered the American ubiquity of the dryer was when I was in college, and a friend of mine made a list of ten things she considered hysterically funny about Americans. Number 3, after paying more money for milk with the fat pulled out and something about our…

When the Power Goes Out

We’re just about at the one year anniversary of the Northeastern power outage that had many people out this way out for a week or two last year, and what’s the forecast up at our place? Snow, followed by sleet and icy rain and more ice. This seems like a recipe for trouble. Being of…