Transients and Electrical Bills

So first, just an observation and its amazing to me, but there are just a LOT of transient people in Ch’town. People visiting, new people, people going here, going there. I mention it because its not like living in Cannington (a farm type community) or Georgetown Ontario. Both are relatively stable places, you don’t see too many new faces, the cultural spectrum is stagnant and limited – not that thats a bad thing. I’m just seeing living in Charlottetown – ok, outside but close – and going to Calvary you see different faces every sunday. Visitors, immigrants to Canada / to the Island, vacationers, relatives, family etc. Its a different church life for sure, cultural shock in a way. You see how people react to newbies (once you’re on the inside – we were on the outside for a good while), and then we react in similar fashions to newbies, we being the long timers now (6 months :P)

Different way of life here that Islanders are well used to! Not like old farm country Ontario.

Blue Planet Energy Meter – from Canadian Tire – $24 or so

For electrical bills, I just purchased a Blue Planet Energy meter (see left). So you set your kwh cost – here its $0.155. Then you plug it in and watch the price meter go up. Granted, for most things its pretty slow. You need to leave it in for many hours, ideally 24 hours so you get a full – somewhat nominal – usage period. The longer you leave it going, the more accurate it is if you want to extrapolate costs over the month or year. Our monthly bill for Nov was $121 🙁   Methinks its mostly due to the furnace blower as when its cold, its on a lot. But we also have a well pump that is 2400 watts or something so when its on, its suckin power like theres no tomorrow.

I measured our TV / DVD / Wii corner, its about $2.80 a month, about $24 a year to run that. Granted… I have a timer on it, so during the night, it shuts off ALL power to the tv, dvd and Wii which would otherewise continually draw power. The TV of course is instant on – which means its always consuming power to keep it wound up, the Wii too sleeps during the night, still it uses power for that. Likely, without the timer, that cost would probably be twice as much.I currently have it plugged into the fridge, we’ll see how much that draws. Should be a LOT more. I’m also interested to see how much my home office chugs in the course of a work week – I’ve actually already added a timer onto things like my external screen, modem, router etc – no need for that in the middle of the night right?! So why bother letting it suck power.

You may say, well 24 buts or even 50 a year doesn’t sound like much. If you add that up though and consider I wasn’t using a timer, if I had 9 other things taking power like that does, that would be $500 a year right? (assuming without the timer it was $50 a year). Thats (500/12) $42 a month – how much is your monthly bill? Would you like  to cut your monthly bill down by $20 bucks? Oh ya!!  Saving electricity here and there with electronics or timers, like insulating, pays for itself quickly. With the timers, I would suggest they pay for themselves in less than 6 months. It all depends what you’re turning off with them.

Basic 3 pronged outlet timer

Stay tuned for more numbers as I collect them. Should be interesting. btw, timers like the one below are super useful, I have 3 of them running in the house already. You don’t need fancy digital ones either, they are far too complicated, the one here you just put the red and green tabs on the times you want the unit to switch on and off. No brainer! (from canadian tire too, about $15 – remember to get the 3 pronged ones, the two pronged ones are kinda useless for most things…

There ya go, does that open your eyes any little bit to the cost of electricity and how to save on your monthly bills,.. .or did you know that already??

The future of military technology – Stuxnet

Read all about it, this is the future of military technology, cyber warfare. As our lives are increasingly smothered with electronic interfaces all connected to the Internet, we lend ourselves to easy access, theft of identity and intellectual property, and even propaganda and indirect mind control of sorts. Our lives being in a large part digital means a world leader could come in at any time and totally change the way people in the world interact, and they could control our money,  what we buy and sell, all of that.

In the 20th century, this would have been a job for James Bond.

The mission: Infiltrate the highly advanced, securely guarded enemy headquarters where scientists in the clutches of an evil master are secretly building a weapon that can destroy the world. Then render that weapon harmless and escape undetected.

But in the 21st century, Bond doesn’t get the call. Instead, the job is handled by a suave and very sophisticated secret computer worm, a jumble of code called Stuxnet, which in the last year has not only crippled Iran’s nuclear program but has caused a major rethinking of computer security around the globe.

Intelligence agencies, computer security companies and the nuclear industry have been trying to analyze the worm since it was discovered in June by a Belarus-based company that was doing business in Iran. And what they’ve all found, says Sean McGurk, the Homeland Security Department’s acting director of national cyber security and communications integration, is a “game changer.”

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We should all be aware of whats happening in our world, politically, militarily, environmentally. This helps us to make edumucated decisions and to be good responsible citizens. It also helps us see how the endtimes are near as it relates to the bible and the coming of Jesus.

Exciting times, fascinating stuff!

The ultimate battle

Revelation 19

Want to read the original exciting story about good battling evil and good overcoming in the end?

If you’re a reader, probably most of the books you read are fantasies about good overcoming evil, its the feel good thing, everyone is happy at the end. Well the bible and its story of history is the ultimate story of good fighting evil

And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast–miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur

There are tons of other great pieces in there too, this book SHOULD be made into a whole movie, parts of this are in the Left Behind series of movies.

The most exciting part? This is going to happen in MY lifetime! Israel is a nation!  Thats one of the biggest signposts, the Lord is returning soon for His people.

You’d better set your life in order!

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