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"A society built on green design, sustainable energy and closed loop systems, a civilization afloat on a cloud of efficient, non-toxic, recyclable technology." ~~Alex Nikolai Steffan



According to the Department of Energy, lighting uses nearly 40% of all electricity used in commercial buildings! Does the Florida Department of Education read this? Or the Department of Revenue under construction across from Southwood? Lights there glow brightly 24/7.

Speaking about this new construction, I did inquire about the huge expanse of asphalt parking lot going on top of former open spaces. Why couldn't it at least be made of permeable surfacing?

New federal lighting standards will take effect in 2012, will make fluorescent tube lamps more efficient and will phase out conventional incandescent reflector lamps, used in recessed lights and track lighting, as well as the already existing phase out of incandescent bulbs.

If we all turn off all our house lights for fourth of July fireworks, whether we are viewing from Tom Brown Park, local neighborhood displays or in the comfort of our backyards--no DEET bug repellent*--we'll be doing our part to save a little energy tonight.

no DEET bug repellent*-
plant lemon grass!

a combination of lemon grass oil, citronella oil and eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle gives good protection or combine into a spray bottle and shake:
1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup witch hazel (or cheap vodka)--I have been told that vodka works better than any other alcohol

5 drops of citronella or eucalyptus essential oil

Neither concoction is water (or sweat) proof, but can be safely sprayed not only on one'
s body parts, but on surfaces.



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