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  1. #1
    MP
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    Morning all.
    I wanted to write in with a few suggestions for you all based on what I have learned in my current job. I work for the Weatherization Department of my local Community Action Program.


    So number one....figure out if/where you have one of these programs near you, and apply for it. They focus on insulation and air sealing, and I can only speak for my agency, but we partner with a local energy efficiency firm, and they help us with electrical measures, like light bulbs (compact flourescents) and fridge replacements. No one is going to save DOLLARS on fuel this year, but they can save gallons with weatherization.


    I have an 1100 sq foot house. I have two children (7 and 11) My electric bill is $35.00 a month give or take a few cents. I am VIGILANT about my electricity usage, not only because of the cost, but because of the footprint on the supply!!! I have an electric stove and dryer...and do probably two to three loads in the dryer per week.


    -turn off and unplug anything/everything possible when not in use (When I started this I went from $45 a month down to $35)

    -replace light bulbs with CFLs

    Hope this helps.

    Marie in Vermont



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    Suzi McMullen
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    Wow, I have to do 1 load everyday just to barely get by. If we are washing sheets and blankets it's more like 2 loads per day.

    Suzi
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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: MP
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2008 7:31 AM
    Subject: Budget101.com : saving electricity and fuel






    Morning all.
    I wanted to write in with a few suggestions for you all based on what I have learned in my current job. I work for the Weatherization Department of my local Community Action Program.

    So number one....figure out if/where you have one of these programs near you, and apply for it. They focus on insulation and air sealing, and I can only speak for my agency, but we partner with a local energy efficiency firm, and they help us with electrical measures, like light bulbs (compact flourescents) and fridge replacements. No one is going to save DOLLARS on fuel this year, but they can save gallons with weatherization.

    I have an 1100 sq foot house. I have two children (7 and 11) My electric bill is $35.00 a month give or take a few cents. I am VIGILANT about my electricity usage, not only because of the cost, but because of the footprint on the supply!!! I have an electric stove and dryer...and do probably two to three loads in the dryer per week.

    -turn off and unplug anything/everything possible when not in use (When I started this I went from $45 a month down to $35)

    -replace light bulbs with CFLs

    Hope this helps.

    Marie in Vermont






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    J Diane Northcutt
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    I hope one of you ladies that grinds and bakes with whole wheat can help me. I have always used hard white wheat for my yeast breads and soft wheat for my quick breads. Here is the problem , I am out of hard wheat and have no money to buy more right now. On the other hand I have about 50 pounds of soft white wheat. I have actually made yeast bread with the soft wheat a long time ago. I recall that you had to use more of the flour than the recipe calls for. I just don' t remember how much more. I hate to ruin several loaves figuring it out.
    Does anyone know the ratio of soft wheat flour to substitute for hard wheat flour?

    Thanks,
    Diane
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    Hope Ware
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    I know that you have to PACK soft white wheat to get the measurement in

    the recipe correct. I'd pack it in the measuring cup and then go by

    "feel". Be sure it's cleaning the sides of the bowl and you knead it

    long enough. You'll be okay. If you have some vital gluten, I wonder

    if you'd add that too. It may give you a little better texture and

    rise with the soft white. I, too, have made bread with soft white.

    Mine turned out okay. I've noticed that those of us who grind are

    paying quite a bit more now for those wheat berries.



    Hope64










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    J Diane Northcutt
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    Yes , wheat is getting very expensive. Bread Beckers charges 40.92 for a 40pound( 6 gallon bucket) of hard white wheat. That comes to 98 cups of wheat or 142 cups of ground flour. That equals almost 29 cent per cup. That amounts to about 3.77 for every 5 pounds of flour we go through. I know fresh ground is better than bagged store wheat , but is not any cheaper. It is actually a whole lot more expensive than white flour.
    Waltons is not available to me unless I buy as an individual and pay more for shipping than the grains themselves cost. There used to be a Wheat Montana co op about 45 miles from me , but is gone now too.
    I could drive 45 miles to an Earth Fare but their prices are no better and usually a little higher.
    I just relized that I also have a bucket of Durham Wheat. Has anyone made bread from Durham wheat????
    Diane
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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Hope Ware
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2008 9:50 PM
    Subject: Budget101.com : Re::Baking bread with home ground wheat ?





    I know that you have to PACK soft white wheat to get the measurement in
    the recipe correct. I'd pack it in the measuring cup and then go by
    "feel". Be sure it's cleaning the sides of the bowl and you knead it
    long enough. You'll be okay. If you have some vital gluten, I wonder
    if you'd add that too. It may give you a little better texture and
    rise with the soft white. I, too, have made bread with soft white.
    Mine turned out okay. I've noticed that those of us who grind are
    paying quite a bit more now for those wheat berries.

    Hope64





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    Idodc@aol.com
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    I work for the Weatherization Department of my local Community Action Program.

    How would we find this program with our local goverment? How typically are they listed or what department typically is it under?

    TIA!
    alana




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