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The Many Costs of Dirty Power!

Mountaintop Removal is one of the many costs of dirty power - What many of don't see is the destruction left in the wake of our consumption. BUT, if you live in the Appalachian mountain range you may very well experience something like what you see in this picture, along with issues such as non-drinkable contaminated well water caused by toxic chemical run off. All this is a direct result of the coal mining process and in no way can be argued that it may have occurred without the influence mans thirst for energy.

Check out your footprint. Visit ilovemountains.org by clicking here, enter your zip code then look at the picture on the right of their website.

I guess the sight of windmills on mountaintops doesn't look so bad after all?

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Cut your CFP and save $$$

Regardless of how new your home is or how well it's insulated it still loses heat to the outdoors in cold weather. If you're not setting your home temperatures back when you are not at home, or at night when you sleep, consider this a very easy method of saving considerable money while also cutting your Carbon Foot Print.

How? Turn your thermostat down before bed then back up in the morning. Or, purchase a programmable thermostat to do it automatically. Every 1 deg you shave could save as much as 2%. (10 degrees could save you 20% of your fuel cost.) You can be the judge as to how low and for how long, but committing to this little trick can save us all.

Check out your potential savings here, and do not fall victim to this myth:

Myth: By turning the heat down at night in the winter, I will lose the load and it will cost me more to reheat the home in the morning when I turn the furnace thermostat back up.

Fact: Lowering the thermostat setting by 1°C (2°F) for eight hours each day or evening can yield a savings of up to 2% on the cost of heating. This applies to either manually setting back your thermostat or using a programmable set back thermostat. An average house can expect to save about 3% to 5% on its heating cost by lowering the temperature setting by 1°C (2°F) over the heating season.

For the price of a warm sweater, some warm sweatpants and an extra blanket, you could be savings hundreds on your fuel bill!

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