10400RE: [hreg] State of Texas need residents help with power conservation efforts immediately
- Feb 5, 2011
Good comment, Bill.
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Subject: Re: [hreg] State of Texas need residents help with power conservation efforts immediately
I am a very practical man, more than that most of these things are common sense issues.This should be a multi-pronged approach:
1) Efficiency rating for all electrical items, appliances, lighting and heating. There are already some good efficiency results but we need to go further. This is why efficiently insulated and passive-used elements in our homes and business are so important.
2) Coops of RE power is exactly what could have helped. Solar PV, Solar thermal, CSP and wind energies are kind of like a "duh" nowadays and we SHOULD call Austin and bring this home. It is applicable at so many levels.
3) An energy policy (yeah right!) what is saving on electricity for one busines is not for another. In that, there should be a "level" like there was today for emergency readiness, there should be for essential electrical use protocol.
Our country has never (thank god) been in a losing or devastating war that has caused us to ever have lived WITHOUT anything! We have no prior knowledge, experience or history of ever having to do with LESS in this country. Therefore we have way different levels of what is efficient or doing with less which is not calibrated. It is quite the contrary now we live to excesses and are about to have a giant wake up call. If this winter storm caused this much craziness in the electrical grid we are in deep poopie.
Supplemental wood heat, steam and even passive solar has its place here in our everyday life.
The driving (vehicles) part may be one of the leading causes in this"can't happen to us" scenario. I don't care where you are from in the USA it is very difficult to drive on ice, snow is very different but ice is treacherous. Studded snow tires are the only thing I've ever seen (from the passenger seat) that can handle that part of natures humor. I watched so many people absolutely oblivious to frozen bridges, overpasses and/or anything elevated today. People should be cited and ticketed for driving while "stupid!"\
BTW- Australia survived Typhoon Tashi with 186 mile -an-hour winds, hmmm, wonder what our hurricane season gonna shape up to?
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