Man. Mr. Brewster, my ninth-grade science teacher (1978-1979), made it sound like solar powered houses would be as common as personal jet packs by 2012!
But I digress:
This just in, from the city of Oklahoma City:
Workshop offers new ways to harness solar power at home and work
Homeowners and business owners can discover recent developments in solar technology and learn how to implement solar power on their property by attending a free “Viable Solar Technologies” presentation from 7–8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.
The workshop takes place at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Student Center (map) , 900 N Portland.
Presenter David Nordahl with EnergyWise Systems and Electric Green, Inc., designs and installs residential and commercial solar electricity, hot water, pool heating and day lighting systems.
Nordahl will teach about recent developments in the solar power industry and which solar technologies are the most economically viable.
RSVP here. Registration is not required, however.
This workshop is part of the Oklahoma City Conservation Lecture Series sponsored by Oklahoma City’s Office of Sustainability. Funding was made available through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Over the past 20 years, increases in energy effiency associated with the Energy Star program haved saved people about $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon pollution.
To 20 years of Energy Star, the great greendaddy of the green movement!
If it came right down to such a hard choice, I’d make the payment on my truck before I’d make the payment on my house.
I can live in the truck. I can’t drive the house.
How about you? What would be your priority? Has that changed since the housing debacle and recession? Do tell.
Why do I ask? The AP reports:
The recession and its hangover may have turned bill-paying habits upside down. Cash-strapped Americans are paying off their car loans before they pay credit card bills and make mortgage payments, a study finds.
Must. Not. Write. Another. Column. About. This. Blog. Must. Not. Write. Another. Column. About. This. Blog. Must. Not. Write. Another. Column. About. This. Blog.
So, I won’t. So, y’all help me out. Pass it on.
Just a good ol’ fashioned pat on the back and thanks for Lisa Chronister, AIA, LEED, AP, principal at Oklahoma City’s LWPB Architecture. She always takes my calls, always calls me back fast and always gives me a few minutes of her time — and to a journalist, that makes her a rock star.
I called her for something the other evening, when she’d had just about enough time to get home from work. I think I may have interrupted a “driveway moment.” Maybe not, but it sounded like she was in her car, thinking she’d put the work day behind her — and she humored my vague questions about architectural design narratives.
As we say on Facebook: “Like.”
Here’s a story about Lisa and a project she was working on, from last June.
My wife, Dolores, and I talk about buying a lake cabin sometimes.
Maybe one at Possum Kingdom Lake, about 90 miles south of Wichita Falls, Texas, where she’s from — mainly just so’s we can say, “Hey, did y’all know? We got us a cabin down at Possum Kingdom!” PK Lake is what Craig Morgan was singin’ about in “Redneck Yacht Club” – and I mean that as high praise. I helped judge a chili and bean cook-off at PK once. A fine time was had by all, y’all.
Or maybe one over close to my neck of the woods, at Lake Tenkiller. One of my first reporting assignments was to cover the Lake Tenkiller Boat Parade … or Miss Lake Tenkiller contest on boat … or something on the lake, when I was an intern at the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark. That was 26 years and some brain cells ago. Details are sketchy.
We are not the only people thinking of second homes and investment properties, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales for such surged last year.
The article talks about several cities; scroll down to get to Oklahoma City’s story.
The lede: “The push toward downtown revitalization that began in the 1990s has survived the Great Recession.”
(h/t Richard Howell)
They will take my red pen when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers.
… but dang.
Somebody I know just copied me on an email to set up a meeting between us and somebody I do not know — and introduced me as “the longtime real estate editor” of The Oklahoman/NewsOK.
That’s it. I am totally old now.
Wow. … But really: How many people *do* keep the same job for 12 years nowadays?