Happy New Year!

Ready or not, it’s 2009. Seems like a good time to set some goals.

I’m not a big fan of resolutions. Among other things, I never keep them. But I do like goals. You don’t keep a goal, you meet it.

1) Power: We want to install solar panels. Our largest expanse of south-facing roof is on the garage, which needs to be re-roofed. Right now we are entering our rainy season, so this goal will have to wait for five or six months.

2) Water: We want to collect runoff. Right now we are entering our rainy season (that sounds familiar), so there’s no time like the present.

3) Food: We want to garden. First we have to move the spa that’s in the way of the future garden. In the meantime, though, I can go through my new seed catalog and pick out what we want to order.

That seems like a decent start. Each of these items is achievable in 2009 and will lower our bills (admittedly, there are up-front costs for solar installation). And there’s nothing wrong with lowering bills, particularly in a recession.

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