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  •  One local effort by our rural electric cooperative (4+ / 0-)

    is a free energy audit.  It is paid for by initiatives coming out of this administration.  I participated and it was awesome.  It included looking at appliances, usage patterns, insulation issues, and gave me a list to work on as the way opens.  I can call if I want to request further information.  

    Another program they put me on to was a free (paid for by administration initiatives again) sealing of ducting arranged by the gas company.  I did that and have been working to replace big energy drawing appliances, regulate usage at peak times (install energy company.

    I should add that our rural community now has a federal rural health center (part of the ACA) and fiber optic being put in by our rural phone company (part of hooking up rural areas to the internet to promote education and jobs).  Our local youth are being trained in programs at the community college in energy conservation, solar, etc.

    Our towns took advantage of the infrastructure grants and loans to update water and sewer in the stimulus package that will help with conservation and water pollution issues.

    The coal problems may be able to be addressed now that the EPA can cross state lines and hold our state accountable for its pollution of other states and maybe we can get a handle on our high levels of air pollution and coal ash storage.

    (rural Indiana, even hear in a Koch run state we are making headway)

    •  That's a great program, (1+ / 0-)
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      But wouldn't it be nice if you could at least know what appliances were using major energy, and could look up how it does compared to the average without having someone else come in?  That should be on every appliance.

      Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Gabby Giffords.

      by Leftleaner on Sat May 10, 2014 at 12:05:07 PM PDT

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      •  Now that would be amazing. (0+ / 0-)

        All we could do was talk about the most likely culprits, look at my own energy usage patterns, which were printed and brought to the audit, and look at age, sizing, etc.  If there were some way to look at the exact usage of each appliance (maybe like a small meter between appliance and plug) that would be amazing.  Maybe it could be moved from one appliance to another to monitor.

        Does such a thing exist?

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