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Looking at the ABQJournal webpage today, I saw as story that sparked (bad pun) something in me. It was how there is a very big shortage of of wood pellets that are used in pellet stoves, and how people here in the metro area are lineing up at 5 & 6am to get ahold of them from truck that are scheduled to deliver to the stores.

(Story Here - Subscription to Journal needed)

It strikes me as odd, but very funny, cus supply is not meeting demand and they know it. I also feel sorry for the people who were not able to stock up on pellets, and how hard it must be if that is your only source of heat for your house.

For you east coast people, think of the wood pellets & pellet stoves as the heating oil that you all use to heat your homes, and some of the shortages that have hit in the last couple of years.

Now, being a dork that I truly know I am, I know that there are other forms of heating a house, that does not realy on gas or electric or even wood, but most of these are really costly. So, does this mean that its time to find a new source of heat, or is it just a one year problem?

I know that many companys are now working on building new plants to make the wood pellets, and that next year things might be better, but then again, with the move to sources of heat that produce little to no polution, we may see this for the next 2 or more years.

(As a side note, when I get more time this afternoon, I will post the full-text of the story here. I just do not have time as I am posting this between classes.)



( 2 People Thought — Tell Me What You Think )
Jan. 25th, 2006 10:48 am (UTC)
Americans are dumb
Here's what we need to do.

1. Increase the insulative value of our homes. So... none of this R-11 stuff, we need some R-19 or greater in our walls. Even greater on our roofs, where we loose most of our heat, and gain more solar gain than anywhere else.

2. Heating oil and wood pellets aren't sustainable. But there are definately places that need to be heated, regardless of how well insulated. So I like hydronic systems. Chilled ceilings, radiant flooring. Forced Air is nice because of it's instantaneous effect, but hydronic systems are extremely efficient.

3. evacuated solar tubes work well even in cloudly places... They work best where there's not as much snow... so. New Mexico, use your sun. :)

Basically, it's in the interest of the government to provide subsidies for people who want to upgrade their homes. We should be promoting sustainable design more stringently, and be providing incentives for homeowners to build in ways that make sense. For the longest time, we're quantity and cost over quality, and that is dooming us.

Jan. 28th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
Re: Americans are dumb
I totaly agree with you. More focus on keeping heat/cool in our home that we want, and keeping the bad stuff out. I would also say "fart fans" too, for when the house gets really hot in the summer months as a way to get rid of large qty of hot air.

Also we really do need many more "sustainable" forms of enegery for not only our houses, but our cars and all the other stuff too. But using differnt building tech's we can really make our homes much more energy eff, which in turn would drop heating and cooling bills too.

Well, its 1:35am, so I should goto bed soon. lol


PS, sorry it took me so long to respond to your comment, but this week has been hell on my schedule and I must say getting up for 8am classes is kicking my butt.
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