Thursday, May 22, 2008

Energy Costs

The Dryden Dems met last night to discuss dealing with energy costs at the local level. Lots of chat about alternative energy, park-and-rides, the evils of corn-based ethanol, and public transportation. I'd ride the bus if it came anywhere close by, but it doesn't. So I'm test-driving a Hyundai four-door Accent today. It's cute and drives well, and the trunk space is ample compared to the three-door hatchback, but the ceiling's low enough that I feel claustrophobic. Nevertheless, it may be my new car, although I refuse to pay for the XM-Radio in this particular model.

It irritates me that no one can do decent mileage in an AWD car (barring the few hybrid models, which are too pricey for me).

Other things we're doing to conserve this month: composting in our new composter, lugging Wegman's stuff in our cloth Wegman's bags, reducing plastic bags in O's lunchbox.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget to fiddle while Rome burns...

KAZ said...

Fiddling away! Be fair; I also raked our poor local congressional aide over the coals about biofuels. Our little group also talked about a Congressional lawsuit against OPEC for violating antitrust laws (!), using church parking lots as commuter park-and-ride lots, locating citizens now who will need home heating help in the winter of 2008-09, and establishing Dryden as a home for Cooperative Extension's grass-burning pellet manufacturing. Every little bit helps, maybe.