Getting Lean and Green
I know you're wondering but, yes, I can tie sheep in with this. So, what does going green, sheep herding and Clyde Butcher have in common? Nearly nothing but a little something. I'll let the cat out of the bag with this one but here goes: I'm a nerd and I listen to NPR. There, I said it. It's out in the open.
Anywho, I was listening to NPR on my way back from showing foreclosures and short sales in Golden Gate Estate and Clyde Butcher was being interviewed. For those who don't know Clyde Butcher is a genius photograph, artist who specializes in the Everglades. He lives in the middle of the Everglades, on the only piece of real estate above water. It's outside of Ochopee and that little post office.Clyde has been taking is gallery green and in an effort to do so has switched to LED lighting and will save tens of thousands of dollars, approximate $50,000, alone on his electric bill. That's huge money. Because the bulbs use less energy and produce less heat there isn't as much air conditioning needed to offset the heat they generate. The entire interview was fascinating. You can listen to the podcast, here: Gulf Coast Live (you don't need anything fancy, just go to that link and click "listen" - the first two minutes is a news report, be warned.)
If the article fascinates you, you may find yourself digging around the web trying to find out more about solar hot water tanks, 35 seer air conditioning units, LED lights and anything else to help promote a more sustainable living in your home and in your city. In my search I found this viral video that is meant to show how little power LED lights require, yet how dynamic they really are. I not only wanted to buy LED lights after this, I wanted to buy sheep. I wanted a sheep dog. I wanted to go to Australia, even. Well, not really, but I did enjoy the film. I hope you do, too.