When suburban uniformity and reality collide

It is difficult to overstate the importance of water for life. It’s one of the reasons why so many human cities and human civilizations sprung up in places next to rivers or lakes where fresh water was plentiful. And in many places the bringing in of fresh water is one of the first public utilities to appear. Even here in Boston, a public water system was available by the end of the 18th century.
So how is it that in the 21st century, we have so many places, not just in the developing world but right here in the United States, that are struggling just to provide potable water for their population?
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Boston & Cambridge area people- big freecycle event in July

Harvard University and the Harvard Square Farmer’s Market are having a huge freecycle event on July 8th, 2014 on the Plaza in front of the Science Center.  There will be tons (ok, maybe not tons, it depends on how much is donated) of stuff there for people to take and reuse.

Donations will be accepted as early as 9:00am.  Details on the website are here.  You can bet I’m going to be there to drop off the growing pile of stuff Geoff and I have in our “To Donate” corner of the guest room.

Harvard Square Famer's Market Freecycle event poster
Harvard Square Farmer’s Market Freecycle event poster

Tell your friends, coworkers, family, etc.  I’ll see you there.


ETA: Month fixed.  I was tired.

Yes! Vindicated!

We got our new utility bills, and what do you know, the difference between the amount of kilowatt hours of electricity we used this past month compared to the same month last year is huge.  And what’s even better is even with running the AC units at full blast last year we still couldn’t get the indoor temperature below 78 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas this year it is almost always below 74 degrees.   Those new curtains and the weather sealing really worked.  Awesome.


Energy efficiency for the win

The past few weeks have held a lot of change for our humble home.  Although it has not been the hottest summer on record for Boston (as far as I know) it has been rather warm.  Kelly and I held out for a good month and a half before finally caving in and putting in our two small window AC units and turning them on.  But that is not the only thing different.

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