Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Conscious Living & E-books

-- Quote of the Day --

In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.

~ Baba Dioum

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

I first learned of our featured guest of the day through John Kremer’s Newsletter, where after reading a piece by Joshua Tallent about formatting books for Kindle I approached him about coming on to our show to explain the electronic aspects of the publishing industry. Joshua is a professional e-book converter and the author of: Kindle Formatting – The Complete Guide.

Today we discussed the e-book industry's growth, e-book distributors and publishers, formats, size, length or e-books and how to obtain ISBN's and the benefits they bring to society. To access today's interview click on the hyper-linked show title: All About E-books , or access the links located on the right side of this blog for the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.

-- Conscious Living --

In the last 4.5 years in this house we’ve replaced every single appliance with energy efficient ones (hot water tank, laundry machines, freezer, fridge…) and are considering a furnace in the near future. It is a large investment, however our older furnace is far from efficient. The new ones have a higher energy performance standard then ever before… According to Terasen Gas – “the national standard, set by the Government of Canada… through the BC Energy efficiency Act requires that all replacement gas-fired central forced air furnaces achieve at least a 90% AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating.”

Of course, this purchase cannot be done for quite a while – we just can’t afford it. However there are many things we can do to make the existing furnace run more efficiently. Clean filters is a biggie, we purchased a reusable filter that we clean every 6 weeks or so – rather than having a disposable one that gets tossed in the garbage. Having the furnace cleaned every couple of years and serviced every single year is a good idea as well. Keep the meter clear of ice and snow, if ice builds up call your gas dealer to take care of it. Check the vent to the outside to ensure that it is not blocked - and clean away any dust-balls near the furnace regularly.

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

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