After all our summer festivals had ended we returned home, to Houston, TX,
where we were handed a key to our new home
…and we discovered that we had a lot of cleaning to do.
At the same time,
Abilene had started potty training
so everything was a bit out of the ordinary.
Though one thing was for sure, we needed to get ourselves a washing machine,
so we headed to the Sears Outlet.
We had never purchased a washing machine before,
and there were so many to choose from.
We knew that we wanted to make the most of our energy…
Fortunately, there are several models of washing machines built for energy efficiency.
However, there is no such thing as an energy efficient dryer, aside from a drying line.
(In most of Europe, Great Britain, and Australia, this remains the most common way to dry your clothes.)
Fortunately for us, we have already chosen to run our house on clean energy, so we can dry our clothes the old-fashioned American way without a heavy conscience.
It is deeply ironic that the same energy deregulation that gave us Enron and the California energy crisis has allowed Texans (along with residents in an increasing number of states–now including New Jersey, New York, and Oregon) to choose where they buy their electricity.
We chose Green Mountain Energy, because it uses only renewable energy sources (like solar and wind).
There is no doubt that sustainable energy and global climate change is the defining question of our generation.
Questions define us because they lead us on a path of thought, a course of actions.
Where do we focus our resources? How do we allocate our time?
*photo of broken birdhouse/beachouse taken at a Galveston beach after Hurricane Ike. Courtesy of pulse: repulse art collective
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