Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Day

Every day we think more and more about our energy consumption. The reason does not have to do so much with saving the planet as it does with spending less money. We have been in the 90's since Monday and we turned on our AC tonight for the first time. Tomorrow will be in the 80's again and then in the 70's for the weekend. I'm kinda bummed about that. I was hoping to be able to play in the pool this weekend. The pool temperature had reached 75 degrees today. Although the solar cover was doing it's thing, we still need about 5-10 more degrees.
We've kept our energy efficient shades down all day, creating darkness and cool temperatures. The tile floors help too.

Yesterday we went to the park and explored alternative ways. Paul and I have even talked about a solar oven for out by the pool. Not that we bake so much anyway. But in the summer time it is not an option.

So here are some pictures from our fun day of learning.

Tara and I both brought salads from our garden. We ate local!

Proof in the ... root beer or potion?

Solar Ovens.

Pine cone bird feeders.

Slushies without electricity!

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