It’s a sunny, breezy day here on the ranch, and Craig just came running into the house yelling, “Turn on the dishwasher – wash some clothes – turn on the lights! We’re wasting electricity.” Is this an odd sentence to you? If it is, then it’s obvious that you don’t have solar panels or a wind generator hooked up to your house. We have both and on sunny, windy days we make TOO much electricity and, if we don’t use it, it has to just be dissipated. We aren’t hooked up to “the grid” so we can’t “sell” the power back to the power company – we have to just let it go. We’re looking into getting an electric vehicle of some sort so we can use this extra electricity. Days like today, we just look at each other and say, “why doesn’t everyone do this?” I guess it just makes too much sense in a country where everyone is used to relying on big corporations to take care of them.
We’re wasting electricity – turn on the dishwasher! April 8, 2010