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Energy saving tips

Dear Editor:I read in Science News that the sun is at solar minimum. Cooler now, it’s producing the least heat radiating, coronal ejections since 1928. We can expect reduced sunspot activity until 2013. But don’t be fooled by the weather reprieve. The mean temperature of the planet is still on the rise. It’s reacting to forest decimation, ocean degradation and CO2 rising 1,000 times faster than at any time in the last 400,000 years. We have a small chance to reduce CO2, ocean killing toxins and plant forests. If we don’t, we risk releasing the methane permeating vast, frozen tundra. Though CO2 takes 10 years to reduce once the source abates, methane, an even more insulating gas, takes 100 years to dissipate after the source is cut off! Some tricks for cutting carbon footprints in the summer are to utilize the ground temperature of 52 degrees and optimize it to cool home and workplace. Draw the curtains on the intense sun in west and east windows. Get light from the north and switch hot 100w bulbs for CFL 20w ones. Close up the house up like in winter. Open indoor doors and vents to the basement and let cool air flow. If you live on a concrete main floor even better. That floor warms us in the winter and cools in the summer. Count on it and optimize!To reduce automotive CO2, let’s put some air in our tires. Read the shaded fine print on your sidewall and it likely tells you maximum pressure is 44 psi! PR interjected, conventional wisdom, advises us that tires are happiest at 35 psi, but don’t believe it. The last round of federal CAFE rules to increase efficiency in cars, achieved 3 mpg by adding that 10 lbs to the tire pressure. Running tires under-inflated makes them run hotter & wear out faster. The car uses more gas and resistance shortens the life of the vehicle. Get trucker smart and air up to the max.John HoffmanCarbondale