Going Green in the Ozarks
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday follow the odyssey of my family while we try ways to help save the beautiful landscape for future generations to love and enjoy here on Bull Shoals Lake - and where ever you live
Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
As are most decisions with regards to going green, its all a bit confusing and I'll have to do more extensive research to sort it all out.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Not according to a study conducted in Indiana, which concluded people in that state spent an additional $8.6 million a year when the whole state was forced to go to daylight savings time.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Through the month of February into early March, we received a series of weird weather that alternated between 8 inches of snow, to ice, to spring like weather again.
Last week was no exception. On Monday, we were in the middle of a thunderstorm when lightening struck my modem and put my telephone line and me out of business for a better part of the day. By Thursday, we were back to winter with winter storm advisories. We only received 5 inches, but it was enough to knock out power for us - and according to a friend of mine in Pennsylvania who saw a news report - 44,000 others in Arkansas.
"I'm sick of winter and I would like to see some of that global warming," said an editor when she called to inquire about some files I couldn't send until our power was restored late Saturday.
Oh, but we are seeing the effects of global warming, it just doesn't alway show itself as hot.
Our goal now is to meet these weather challenges. Due to the terrain, underground basements are usually not built here. If people have shelter from tornadoes, they usually put in some type of storm shelter. I've seen two variations - one that goes underground and a heavily constructed concrete structure that sits on the lowest part of your land above ground. Although the lower level addition to our home will still be above ground, we've planned a concrete safe room for a storm shelter.
As for losing power, my aunt is investigating solar while we're investigating propane generators. In my next two posts, I'll talk about the advantages of each.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008