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updated 11/5/2001 11:22:00 AM by Ron Swenson
Report: What to do about rising energy prices
In the context of rising oil prices, many are asking how to deal with their new circumstances, and what they can do to make a difference in their communities. Here are some suggestions.

Personal

  • Get the facts; donīt be fooled by government proclamations or journalism with an agenda.
  • Become familiar with renewable energy by purchasing something using photovoltaics ("PV") that you can afford to lose or break. Get some experience with PV -- with a solarpowered flashlight, a lantern, or a backup power supply. More details of some interesting options will be provided soon.
  • Natural gas and fuel oil are likely to be scarce (i.e., expensive) this winter. If you have a house that has access to a good southern exposure but limited windows on the south side, or something that shades the south, it would be worthwhile to do some modifications before the cold weather sets in.
  • Get serious about energy conservation. The most inefficient appliance in your home is probably the refrigerator. It might be time to get a new one.
  • Plant a garden again.

At the Community Level
  • Hold leaders accountable. It is important that more people understand what is going on so that they too can get prepared. This might involve writing letters to the editor or testifying in public hearings.
  • Advocate for transportation money to be spent on public transportation and not for cars -- road expansion, parking garages, etc.

Read "Save Oil Now" for some suggestions of a reader.

If you have some suggestions, you are welcome to submit a report here.


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