Monday, December 3, 2007

Walking in a winter wonderland


Do you see that? "29 * feels like 16*"! Though, Brietta has us beat by 2 degrees. It's very blustery out there, but curled up in my living room the snow looks pretty dancing around here and there as it decides where to land.

So many times I wish that we'd move somewhere warm.. although Tara says it's either hot or gauge your eye out hot in the desert. There has to be somewhere moderate to live, that isn't so expensive to live in like California.

I am very, very thankful for our coal stove. 6 months of heating by coal costs us less around 20% of what it cost to heat by propane. Not to mention, we're able to keep the house much, much warmer than when we used propane. If we were to keep the house as warm by propane as we do with the coal, it's probably more like coal is 10-15% of the cost.

And besides being economical, for those who are eco-friendly, it's clean too.

Coal is one of the cheapest, most abundant fuels on the planet...and the clean-burning anthracite coal for which the Hitzer E-Z Flo is designed to help save the planet's environment, too. Rich in clean-carbon--but low in pollution-causing sulfur, dust, and ash -- anthracite "nut" or "pea" size coal is readily available in clean, easy-to-store 40 lb. bags that produce more heat per dollar than any other fuel you can use. Anthracite is one of natures cleanest burning solid fossil fuels and carbon sources known to man. Since it's discovery in Eastern Pennsylvania in 1769, Anthracite (hard coal) has been providing clean affordable heat for homes, schools and institutions. In addition, Anthracite has been an economic and environmentally friendly source for many industrial carbon applications as far back as the American industrial revolution.

Jacob says that the very cleanest sort of heat would be solar, hydro, or wind powered. However coal is the most efficient in terms of dollar spent and low pollution - both because of it's natural properties, and because you need little to produce heat in comparison to other forms of energy. I feel good knowing that... and I feel good next to my nice toasty stove. It was a great investment.

My prayers are with all our friends and family who will be commuting home tonight in this weather. I hope everyone has a very slow and safe drive home :-) and hopefully somewhere warm to curl up to shake off the chill!

1 comment:

Darlene Sinclair said...

Hey, there Katie!

Filling preferences: my fave is cherry pie filling, Rick likes blueberry. I think that Strawberry or peach would be yummy, too!