Some energy conservation tips she shared: Use compact fluorescent bulbs to save electricity. They now come in different colors and some are dimmable. Be aware of “Phantom Loads”. Sarah said some appliances appear to be turned off, but still draw power. A good example is a plasma TV. In standby mode one can use $120 per year in electricity. She recommended turning one off with a power strip either manually or by using a programmable power strip. Clean dust from the air intake at the bottom of your refrigerator twice a year. See the photo below of one where air flow was severely restricted by dust and pet hair. Mastic is better than duct tape to seal duct work. Ed Tausche, a general contractor said even better is to use aluminum dust tape sealed with mastic. Blue Ridge Electric offers a $75 rebate if you get an energy audit for your home. The cost can range from $100 to $300.
Charity Auction Chair John Calvin reported preliminary figures for the auction over the weekend. The silent auction netted $8,544. The live auction netted around $22,190. There may still be a few expenses to figure in and members bought some leftover items, so we should end up with nearly $30,000 to distribute to non-profit organizations in the High Country. This represents about a 16% increase over last year!
1. Avoid making them
2. Postpone making them
3. Make them sufficiently vague
4. Fog over them later
5. Forget them
6. Include an escape clause
7, Overcommit yourself or set impossibly high standards
8. Postpone starting until it is too late
9. Go with the flow (“something came up”)
10. Daydream, back burner, brainstorm…FOREVER
11. Postpone completion…then don;t complete
12. Put yourself down
13, Drown in alternatives
14. Play victim: “You won’t believe what happened to me”
15. Reinterpret the task as completed
16. Put down the agreement: “It was meaningless”
17. Stop with “I tried. I really tried.”
Despite a “tough crowd” our 2nd annual Charity Auction was a great success. Preliminary numbers show we will net more that last year’s, but final numbers will be announced later this week.
For lots more photos of this year’s Charity Auction at the American Legion Hall click here: