all of us 'little guys' put together doing our part cannot make a dent in what the huge money hungry corporations are doing - sorry to say - but while we make sacrifices they do what they bloody well want and get rich to boot!!!
We try to be energy conscious all the time; drive a small car, turn off lights when we leave a room, wash in cold water and use the washer/dryer during off-peak hours. I often wonder, though, if our small efforts have much effect when we see the huge amount of power used and wasted by commercial and industrial users.
Yes, and we are always energy aware. Heat, hydro, etc. You are so right people seem to have no conscience when it comes to conserving energy. People who are apartment dwellers (most) with utilities included don't care. Perhaps if some of these people cared more they might benefit from too high increases. Oh boy do I remember the summer of 2003. My daughter was in a terrible car crash because of it. Kids racing, no stop lights and boom broadside.
I always go by the energy schedule for washing, etc. My dryer, stove and furnace are gas and my highest gas bill this winter was $110. I can't complain about the electric bill either.
Did you participate in Earth Hour? Hamilton's hydro consumption was down by over 4% in that hour.....which was better than last years!
I know it is symbolic and it shows us all how dependent we are on hydro ...not just for the essentials but for a lot of non essentials - turning those non essential things off and functioning just fine in that hour just gives us an idea of how well we can do with less hydro being consumed....which in turn will lower your hydro bill.....
I also know how hard it is to participate in something like this when we see some of our corporate community members doing nothing to reduce the power being wasted. For example....city street lights left on during the day, going unfixed, or huge office buildings lit up like it was Christmas on a weekend evening. I know some lights need to stay on for security reasons...but ...most could be turned OFF.
During the big black out in the summer of 2003 - a lot of people realized just how tenuous our supply really is and what happens when we are deprived of that supply -
So even though Earth Hour is a mere drop in the bucket - it is a good experiment in reduction...of hydro consumption.
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Norman Vincent Peale ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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- Norman Vincent Peale
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