RAINY & DAYS MONDAYS

The sun is trying its hardest to peak through the grey clouds and after four days of rain and light showers the air is fresh and clean – mmmmm.

More rain is expected on Wed and continuing through Sunday. Boy, it would sure have been nice to have had some sort of rain catchments system installed for this rainy season (will come in time!). Luckily, the guys had a chance to take out most of the driveway so we don’t have anymore runoff into the street.

Yesterday, JM passed the turtle enclosure and saw Tia was up and soaking in the water. It was our first sighting of her in quite some time as she’s been hibernating in her cozy turtle house. zzzzzzz

I did a bit of work on thebackyard biodiesel page — added photos and a brief step by step outline of homebrewed biodiesel. It is still under construction so please forgive the mistakes.

JD and JR spent yesterday afternoon finishing some work on the solar oven – the improvements that JD made are awesome! I can’t wait to use it! The oven should really heat up faster and will be easier to use. I’ve already put in an “order” for another one!

A GREEN WORLD BY THE NUMBERS

JR pointed these facts to me from a magazine so I thought I’d pass them along.

If ever American unplugged their television when they turned them off, they’d save 8.45 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year. That’s twice the amount produced by the Hoover Dam

If SUV’s complied with the same fuel-economy standards as ordinary cars, the US would save one million barrels of oil and day, more than the Artic National Wildlife Refuge could produce at peak volume

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for 3.5 hours

On average , a homeowner with an automatic sprinkler system over water’s his lawn by 112,000 gallons a year

Sixty-five million trees are cut down to make the 500 piece of junk mail sent each year to every person in this country

A family of four can save up to 20,000 gallons of water a year – the amount needed to fill an average-sized swimming pool-by using a low-flow showerhead

If all cordless phones and answering machines sold in the US in the next year were Energy Star certified, consumers would save $ 4.4 billion in electricity

Replacing a single incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulbs saves more than $50 in energy cost and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by nearly half a ton

Recycling two gallons of used motor oil provides enough electricity to cook 48 meals in a microwave oven

Forty percent of the country’s lakes and rivers are unsuitable for fishing or swimming

The DOE has introduce an initiative to encourage the installation of solar energy systems on one million roofs by 2010. If successful, it will reduce carbon emissions every year by an amount equal to that produced by 850,000 cars.

Compared with the average car, an SUV getting 13 miles a gallon wastes as much energy each year as leaving a bathroom light on for 30 years

Under inflated car tires reduce the fuel efficiency, wasting up to two billion gallons of gasoline a year

Scientist predict that if global warming continues as its present rate, by 2030 there will be no more glaciers in Montana’s Glacier Nation Park

Readers, do you have any eco-facts? – please post them in the comment box below!

Weather Report: Cloudy and cool

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