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Subject: Re: Poll: Have You Taken Action to Reduce Energy Date: 6/12/2008 7:24 AM
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I'm probably average overall in what I do energy-wise:

- We put only about 5,000 miles apiece on our cars per year--and one is a Prius, but another 9,000 on the RV over the past year. My husband spent the past week installing a towing hitch on the RV and Honda so we can tow. That way we can visit people, sight-see, and run errands at much better than 10 mpg--and reduce the annual RV mileage by about 40%.

- We boon-dock often in our RV (camp without hook-ups so no pulling electricity from the grid).

- We turn off the surge protectors/power strips to electronic devices when we're away (we're away about 1/4 of the time). We also leave the house set to Cool to 82 in summer and Heat to 55 in winter (and Off in spring and fall) when we're away. On the other hand, with my health issues and aging body, I use more heat and A/C than I used to when I'm at home--usually cool to 75 day and night, and heat to 70 day and 65 night.

- There are some easy things that I can't do; for example, I can't line-dry clothing outdoors due to severe allergies. But I do dry my gentle wash indoors without using the dryer. And I barely dry other clothes (you can tell by whether you get static or not--static means the clothes have been over-dried). I use a front-loader washing machine and only wash full loads (ditto with the dishwasher).

- FUTURE: We're very happy with the solar panels on our RV and would love to implement something similar on our house, either passive solar hot water, solar electricity, or both. We'd have to remove a big ole oak tree on the south side first. Actually, I'd like to downsize my house.
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