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    One Step Forward for Offshore Wind

    alternative, energy, green living, Wind

    Thumbs up to Ken Salazar and the Department of the Interior, they have issued five leases to private companies to explore offshore sites for wind energy. All these sites are off the shore of New Jersey and Delaware. I hope this is only the beginning of government being proactive in helping private enterprise develop off shore wind sites.

    Here in Massachusetts, where I live, Cape Wind has been fighting an uphill battle, at their expense, to get government approval for a project in Nantucket Sound. Eight years of pushing for wind energy is too long if we are actually going to make wind and renewable energy a reality. In order for individual states to meet any renewable energy quota we need more positive government actions like this.  

    Lets all pray that the government will continue to put their money and decisions where their mouth is.

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    Go To a Convention For FREE!

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    Haven’t you always wanted to go to a convention and find out more information, but you just couldn’t justify the time and expense of going? Now is your chance. Virtual Energy Forum is offering a free two-day converence on clean energy. No plane trip, no hotel room and no credit card bill!

    Just sit down at your computer and wonder through the convention. Catch a live presentation by a keynote speaker or ask a vendor some questions. All while sitting at your desk, you can learn the latest about the most important issue facing the world.

    This is your chance to find out how you can make a difference in clean energy without wasting any of your energy. Sign up today for free at Virtual Energy Forum. They can’t make it any easier than that. Set the date June 24th and June 25th, 2009.

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    Teaching Children to Save Energy

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    I came across on interesting web site the other day called, www.LoseYourExcuse.gov. This is a U.S. Department of Energy tool to teach “tweens” about saving energy.

    The site consists of a game that, while fun, actually does nothing but teach eye-hand coordination. But the rest of the site does teach children specific examples of how they can save energy around the house. It gives examples that mean something to children such as turning off the Xbox, not leaving their phone charger plugged in and how and why smart power strips are important.

    The site also includes links to other energy saving web sites designed for children such as http://www.eere.energy.gov/kids/, and downloads to help them remember to turn things off. It also features advice for teachers with lesson plans (K-12) on saving energy and renewable energy.

    The bottom line is that your battle to save energy in the home cannot be won if you are being sabotaged by your children. It is best to teach them early to save energy in a fun atmosphere with out the nagging (my specialty).

    Obviously my sixteen year old son is no longer a “tween”; he thought the site should be more for 6 to 10 year olds, not 10 to 15 year olds. But later that day I caught him remembering to turn off his Xbox without me yelling at him, so the point got across.

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