Energy Choices

Robert asks questions sometimes that make me think about why we make the choices we make for our projects. He said he wondered about what our neighbors thought about the wood stove and the affect on them such as smoke from the chimney. The picture above isn’t Robert by the way, it is Richard, a friend that supplies some of our fire wood. He is one of the most sustainable living people I know. All of the wood he supplies us is harvested for a good reason, thinning trees that are growing too close together, dying, fallen branches, or just the branches from trees that have been low-graded which means trees that are harvested for their lumber at the end of their life or that are too closely spaced to grow properly. Nature does this as well by natural selection, one tree growing over the top of another and shading it out, a tree becoming stressed and getting insect damage, and other factors that make trees lose vigor and life. Richard brings our wood only when he has to come to town for other reasons, not just to be bringing us wood. We also use wood from the waste stream so it doesn’t just get thrown out, there is a railroad tie place by commercial st. that we get the cutoff end pieces before they are treated, plus we get other scraps from Gloria’s son who is a remodeler that would otherwise get pitched. There are downsides to wood heat but I think when you weigh it out, mountain top removal for electric heat, fracking chemicals in the water for natural gas, and the transportation costs associated with moving the materials from a long way off to Springfield for use, this is the choice we decided on. We buy as much food as possible from local farmer’s, now we are localising our energy comsumption as much as possible. When we spend our money on energy we want to keep it as local as possible, we want to put a local face on our energy the same way we have on our food.


3 responses to “Energy Choices

  1. Love reading your blog. Richard is a lovely person. Are you making hard cider this year? Great use of resources. You are both an inspiration to our community.

    • Hi there Aubree! He’s making cider and I hope to do a few batches of hard cider for us. Thanks, that’s nice thing to say, you are doing a ton of great things too, everyone has their part of the puzzle for the new way the world is going to work. Nice seeing you the other day at the park, stop by sometime.

  2. I agree with all of your points. However, wood smoke in a neighborhood has immediate negative impacts on peoples health and quality of life. Whereas things like mountaintop removal, are more remote. Most people do not even know about it. Thats not to say that one things not more important than the other, just that one is “in your face” amd the other is not.

    Thats what made me question what your neighbors thought about it. Has anyone said anything to you about it?

    Keep up the good work, I enjoy reading your blog.

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