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Do two good deeds at once by recycling used magazines where they will be read and enjoyed. Hospitals, clinics, and public and and private social service agencies don't have money in their budgets these days for subscriptions and will welcome general interest and children's publications for their waiting rooms. You might also find a neighbor or a friend who would enjoy regularly receiving magazines of special interest.

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  • Despite Drawbacks, Home Wind Power is Growing

    We have pointed out many of the disadvantages of using home-based wind power given the current technology; cost, neighborhood opposition, site problems, length of time to amortize the expense, etc. Still, according to the American Wind Energy Association, there were 1,300 wind generating units installed into the power grid in 2007 - three times the number in 2006. This does not include the many hundreds that were installed as the sole source of power far away from the nearest utility line. Wind power...
  • Interest in Homegrown Wind Generation Probably Greater than the Return

    While Mr. Pickens is planning to carpet Texas with windmills and transmission lines , lots of inventors, entrepreneurs, and homeowners see a potential energy bonanza in wind power on a much smaller scale. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has suggested that his city could sprout small windmills from hundreds of rooftops and bridges, and in fact there are operating windmills providing some power at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Another suggested venue for small turbine wind generation is the acres of flat...
  • Old Boone Pickens Wants a Wind Farm

    Thanks to T. Boone Pickens, wind power is getting a lot of attention. It is hardly a new concept. Farm country is dotted with small windmills that were - maybe still are - used to lift water to the surface for livestock quartered in remote fields. Wind farms have been sprouting up everywhere and many more are planned. One very controversial farm is proposed for the ocean off of the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Critics are calling it a visual blight I drove up out of a dip on Interstate 80 in...

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