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Old 06-29-2012, 08:54 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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100+ degrees for the next few days, folks!

The LAST thing we need are rolling blackouts from the electric company, so please, help ease the load on the system during this time. Avoid using high drain appliances like clothes driers and huge screen TVs during the day.... turn off all lights you're not using.... etc. Every bit of power each person saves takes that much off of the "grid", helping to prevent brownouts and blackouts.

Tip: If you happen to have an older style manual control attic fan, you can run it for a few minutes during the day, and a few extra minutes once the sun starts to go down, and it helps flush the heat out of your attic, making the A/C run much more efficiently. Many homes even with modern venting systems really aren't equipped to handle that much heat or what they do have is inefficient, so any way to clear out the heat in the attic always helps the home's living area stay more comfortable.

And please remember to NOT leave your pets outdoors for prolonged periods during times like this, keep cold water for them at all times, and never, EVER, leave the kids/pets in a car for even a minute. Put your bonbons down now and go start turning stuff off!
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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Also, stay hydrated. With the current level of heat and extremely low humidity for this region, your mind will be fooled in to thinking you are fine when in reality your body is nearly dehydrated. The MayoClinic recommends consuming between 2 to 3 liters of water a day, so make sure to compensate for the water lost due to the conditions outside by making a point to drink more water than you do normally.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I don't know if it's related, but we have already had our power blink twice today at our office in Alpharetta. Hope this isn't a trend!
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:51 PM
 
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I plan on staying poolside most of the weekend ;-)
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I plan on staying poolside most of the weekend ;-)
With cold adult beverages.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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If the slow-footed political feebs at our state capitol weren't so busy prostituting themselves for the sake of Georgia Power, we citizens would likely be harnessing the power of the sun for solar power by now, which would've greatly helped in negating the effects of this hot summer on our electrical grid.

When will our state stop being so doggone "southern" on the most inconvenient occasions?
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:31 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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With cold adult beverages.
Keep in mind that alcohol causes dehydration.
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:30 AM
 
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If the slow-footed political feebs at our state capitol weren't so busy prostituting themselves for the sake of Georgia Power, we citizens would likely be harnessing the power of the sun for solar power by now, which would've greatly helped in negating the effects of this hot summer on our electrical grid.

When will our state stop being so doggone "southern" on the most inconvenient occasions?
You can harness as much solar power as you'd like- how is the state stopping you from putting solar panels on your property???
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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The state at this time doesn't allow regular people like myself who can't really afford to install solar panels to enter into private (notice I said private...no public subsidy necessary) longterm contracts with companies that are willing to install them, plus allow folks like me to pay electricity rates to those companies cheaper than I would be paying Georgia Power.

Seems like the politicians here in the south always talk about competition being good for capitalism, except for when lobbyists from a mega-monopoly corporation is busily stuffing money up their sphincters to convince them to react otherwise.


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You can harness as much solar power as you'd like- how is the state stopping you from putting solar panels on your property???
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Ola, Georgia
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Renewables | Southern Company
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