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Name: Paul and Linda Wassel
Location: Terre Haute IN
We contribute to the Nature Conservancy carbon credits program whenever we travel, and have been purchasing wind energy from our local electric company, Duke Energy. We have leased a more fuel efficient auto, and are conscientious about combining trips whenever possible. We also turn our thermostat down in winter and up in summer, have many compact fluorescent light bulbs in service, and have completed an energy audit of our home. We recycle as much as possible.
As challenging as the weather has been of late (very wet springs and hot dry summers), we’ve also been growing an organic garden. If you plan carefully, you can still raise a fair amount of produce in a small plot. We’ve enjoyed some tasty blackberries, lettuce, tomatoes, turnips, squash and cucumbers. Any surplus is shared with neighbors and family.
Photos courtesy of Paul and Linda Wassel.
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