Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Energy Czar

The PG&E bill arrived yesterday, and so ended my warm evenings cuddled in a reading chair with a good book. We have morphed into energy czars overnight, glaring at those who dare to leave any unattended lights on. Heidi, sporting a new haircut, stays curled on her pillow with all of her extremities hidden underneath herself. It is a miserly existence and the inside temperature is often colder than outside, 54 degrees at night, 61 degrees in the day. My next door neighbor proudly announced to me that the temperature in his house when he got up, was a brisk 40 degrees! Is this what we have to look forward to when we are 70? How did we get to this point? 80 years from the days of Laua Ingles Wilder, and we are wearing long underwear and jackets in the house! Everyday, the newspaper talks of global warming-sure doesn't feel any warmer to me!

This weekend, we will check our energy usage with a device my brother has. It will tell us what monsters are consuming our power. We will change our lightbulbs, unplug appliances, and close bedrooms off. We'll find our heavy sweaters and our woolen socks. Nothing will escape the grips of the energy czars.

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