Electric Bill

Our bill is at a all time low of $89.43.  We used 16.1 KWH/day or $3.37 a day.  The all time high for KWH was in July 2008.  22.2 KWH/day or $6.17 a day.  We have cut power consumption in several ways.  We have not added solar water heating or photovoltaic panels.  We would like to hear what your electric bill is and how you are saving money by cutting electricity.  If you added solar how much has your KWH/day changed?

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Changes to Bus Schedule 3/1/2009

The bus routes affected:
52
83A
98
98A
Read The Bus Alert.

Vote for MTA Board

You should have received a packet in the mail from the Mililani Town Association (MTA) this week.  Please take the time to vote and fill out your proxy (unless you are planning to attend the Annual meeting in person) and mail it in.

Here is a link to the current Board members.  MTA Board.

List of Elected Officials in our Area

Now that the 2009 Legislature as started up again here is  list of elected Officials in our area.

State Legislature:
Representative Ryan Yamane – Mililani, Waipio Gentry
Representative Marilyn Lee – Mililani, Mililani Mauka
Senator Robert Bunda – Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa, Haleiwa, Mokuleia, North Shore
Senator Michelle Kidani – Mililani, Mililani Mauka, Waipio

Citizen’s Guide to the Hawaii State Legislature

City and County of Honolulu:
Councilman Donovan Dela Cruz 
City and County of Honolulu Legislative Branch

Happy New Year

This is my first blog posting of the year.  I still haven’t figured out where we want to take this blog.  We do know that we want to share information with the community,  and want others to also post information on a variety of topics.  We welcome your ideas.

As Barak Obama becomes our next president, many are looking forward to seeing what the new administration and Congress will do to reverse our slumping economy.

What steps having you been taking to adjust to what’s been happening?

In our own household, we haven’t done much to reduce spending, except for our utility bill.  We recently turned-off our outside fridge, installed compact flourescents, and replaced our top-loading washer with a new energy-saver front loading model.  Many of our neighbors installed solar water heating, but we opted not to.  We instead installed a timer on our water heater.  We added solar fans a few months ago to reduce the need for air-conditioning, and we now grow more vegetables in our small strip garden.

We planted eggplant seeds and cress (which isn’t doing well because of the rain), and just started  a 2-year project to grow asparagus (Twin Bridge Farms variety), first in egg cartons, then eventually in soil.  We added a dwarf apple banana plant few months ago, which is now over seven feet tall.  We replaced our gas mower, with a push-mower from a garage sale.  It gives me a good work-out, and I find that I’m mowing our lawn more frequently because it’s convenient and easy to use.

We’ve also done a lot of house-cleanning in the new year, sorting through the clutter accumulated over many years, and discarding or giving them away.  Our resolution for the new year is make-do with less, and to stop buying things that are really not necessities.

What have you been doing in the past year, and what do you plan to do in the new year to adjust to the slumping economy?