Have you been enjoying this beautiful fall weather? I certainly have, and I would like to take credit for bringing it back to you. Why you ask? Let me tell you a story.
Our youngest daughter is in her third year of college, so it has just been the two of us at home during the school year. I don’t know about other couples, but I am always warm and my husband is always cold. I am not sure if it is because I grew up in this area, and he grew up in sunny California, it is just the way it is. I also try to go as long as possible into the fall without turning on the heat. I write the checks (yes, I still pay my bills by check, but that is another story) , and after the year my equal pay for natural gas was approaching $200.00 a month, I decided I had to do something. If I am cold, I put on more clothes. It is a simple concept called layering. My husband, on the other hand, wears shorts and a t-shirt and says it is freezing. This is a little game we play, until I finally tell him to just turn the heat on.
Never fails, as soon as the heat goes on, the sun comes back out and the days get warm. This has worked for the past 2 years. I even checked the weather history to make sure I was not imagining it.
If you would like to learn more about energy or energy savings we have a lot of books on the subject at the library. We go way back to the 80’s with books about woodstoves and other heat sources, or more current books about living off the grid. You can also find books full of energy saving tips. We also offer this nifty little kit for check out called Kill a watt electricity monitor. Per Rebel's previous blog on May 7, 2012 “What is a Kill-A-Watt? It is a device that allows you to see how much power your appliances are using. Just plug the Kill-A-Watt into an outlet, plug your appliances into it and let them run. The various buttons on the front will display the voltage, amperage, kilowatts, time elapsed, and more.”
From the Kill-A-Watt's packaging: "You can figure out your electrical expense by the day, week, month, or year. Evaluate the quality of the power provided from your utility company by monitoring voltage, line frequency, and power factor. Perfect for detecting voltage drops and brownout conditions before they damage delicate equipment. The knowledge you gain from Kill-A-Watt can save you thousands of dollars."
If you want more information, stop by the library and see us. We like visitors.
Football Update: The still undefeated Camas Papermakers will be playing Heritage High School at home on Friday. It will be homecoming, so expect a lot of traffic. 6-1 Stanford will be playing 6-1 Oregon State, in Corvallis, so again expect a lot of traffic, and a really good game.