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Green Lifestyle, Heather Flournoy, Smart Grid, Sustainability

It is Hot and Your Neighbors are in Trouble

High temps in NY July 23, 2011 from Weather.com

by Mike Gordon and Heather Flournoy

Our neighbors are in trouble, and we can help. Imagine a heat index of 112 in NYC, humid, and no air conditioning, no fans, no electricity.

Last night’s headlines from The Daily Westchester:

  • 20,000 people in NYC without power
  • 1,700 in Westchester as of 10:30 pm

Con Edison  is urging customers to keep their energy usage to minimum as the record-setting temperatures placed an extra burden on the power grid.

Together we can stop the drain on the grid!

On a hot day, go to the movies, swim in a pool, starting at 11AM isolate your air-conditioning to one room and read a book, unplug everything.

Dishwashers and laundry? Do it after mid-night, or don’t do it at all!

Air conditioning? Counter-intuitively, turn it way up tonight! It’ll allow you to coast a bit more in the morning.

Therefore we’re asking you this: Let’s turn of EVERYTHING and ask our neighbors and friends to do the same…

  • Unplug electronics.
  • Turn off AC when not in house. It is NOT true that running it continuously saves electricity! Again, run it on high over-night; your house will coast for a bit longer when you turn it off at 11 AM.
  • Turn off pool pumps
  • Turn off lights
  • Turn off the hot water heater during the day.

Large consumers are being paid to turn off what they can; we will volunteer it.

Let’s keep in mind that this is not a sustainable approach and socially we can better prepare for this in the future. If we had a micro-grid now, our homes would be remotely controlled: left unplugged all day until twenty minutes before we came home, and then cooled for our entry. We’d be paid for that control, just as large consumers are.

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About Heather Flournoy

I am a writer, social media connoisseur, environmentalist and professional marketer. My personal blog is KatonahGreen.com and my professional website is ReallySocialStrategies.com. I love people's stories, and a passionate cultivator of connections, both for myself and helping others to connect. Tell me who you are, what your story is, and I'll tell you who you should talk to. In my own view, I know some of the most interesting, colorful and profound people in the world. You know who you are. Besides all the above, I am proud to say I am a working class single mother who raised a beautiful daughter. I connect deeply with animals, especially horses. I love music, coffee shops, farmer's markets, growing my own food, sustainable agriculture, broad thinkers, the healing arts, and dive diners.

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