Many people have asked me to explain what salt cavern storage means. It’s a new term that’s popping up in the news, especially when the issue is renewable energy or hydrocarbon storage. To best explain it, I will break it down into three parts: salt, cavern, and, storage.
We need to lose the idea that being self-sufficient means sacrificing comfort. That to embrace the idea you have to produce everything you need yourself. That you can’t get started unless you have all the space, funds and desire to just drop out of society and isolate yourself. That the philosophy is, and can only be, embraced by “hippies”. Who have become so idealistically green that they have forgotten that the world is so over populated that it is impossible for it to be sustainable for all of us to join them, and have made the idea unpopular by the way they look down their nose at the rest of us.
What is sustainable living? It’s living more simply where “simply” may be defined as “regular” or “unpretentious”. It does not, however, means that you go pack your backpack and tent and go live in the woods and be a hermit. It does not mean you stop eating meat and go vegetarian. It does not mean you forgo of the finer things in life and sulk for the rest of your natural existence. In plain words, living more simply is doing without the unnecessary clutter that you constantly surround yourself.
We also know that several civilizations tracked the sun and stars. The ancient Greeks use passive solar green energy designs in their housing as early as BC. The Romans improved on this design using glass to trap warm air. The Romans were the first to us glasshouses for growing plants and seeds.
Don’t wash them so much. Washing machines consume huge amounts of water and energy, while utilizing harsh detergents and chemicals that do the environment no favors. Try to wash full loads less frequently, and line dry if possible. And avoid dry cleaning if you can.
One of the striking sights of the city is the Jet d’Eau. It is a water fountain with beautiful lighting in the night. It was created due to the pressure released during hydropower generation in the Rhone River. It soon turned into an attraction and was then made a permanent feature of the city. There are a number of churches and cathedrals to explore. St. Pierre’s Cathedral is an extremely popular attraction in the city. There are a number of museums and art galleries to see as well.
Check into roof insulation at the local home goods store. If it is possible for the home owner to install the roof insulation on their own, this is an inexpensive project that will pay for itself in energy savings over the next few years. Roof insulation can be done by local contractors or handy men if the homeowner is not able.
There are now lots of raw food recipe ideas available in books, magazines and on the internet. Why not check out one or two of these and find something that works for you?