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President Obama calls for secure energy future
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President Obama released his administration's Blueprint for A Secure Energy Future that outlines the comprehensive national energy policy. "In an economy that relies on oil, rising prices at the pump affect everybody; workers and farmers, truck drivers and restaurant owners," said the president during a speech in Georgetown. "The only way for America's energy supply to be truly secure is by permanently reducing our dependence on oil." As alternatives to oil, Obama voiced support for both natural gas and biofuels, "not just ethanol, but biofuels made from things like switchgrass, wood chips, and biomass." More

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Renewable energy tax credit debate not dead yet
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The ongoing debate over Idaho's energy future and portfolio saw a new twist recently thanks to Rep. Ken Roberts. Roberts, unhappy with a proposed deal that would allow state solar and wind producers to receive a sales tax rebate until Dec. 31, 2014, as long as contracts are signed by Oct. 31, 2011, brought a bill that would give the same credit to other renewable energy projects, but not wind or solar. More

Vermont governor endorses changing from oil to pellet
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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said recently that he has asked the state Department of Public Service and the statewide energy conservation program Efficiency Vermont to set up a new incentive program to get people to switch from heating with oil to wood pellets. More

Exchange old smoke-belching stove and be rewarded
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A program is now available for South Cariboo, B.C., homeowners to exchange their old wood stoves for new efficient ones. Residents may have seen the newspaper advertisements and the posters around town that state your old belching wood stove is wanted for a $250 reward. More

Time running out for woodstove exchange grants    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Time is running out for Canadian residents in the Comox Valley Regional District wanting to get a $250 cash grant for replacing an old wood-burning stove. Earlier this year, the provincial government gave the district money to offer about 100 people a grant, and 60 have registered interest so far. But the government offer was strictly time-limited. More

Patio/Barbecue News

The right lighting can expand your outdoor living space
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A trend toward creating outdoor rooms has dramatically increased lighting options for homeowners who want to extend their time outside. Most indoor lighting fixtures, such as chandeliers, pendant lights and table lamps now have a counterpart designed for patios or decks. More

Planning is the secret to great patios
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National home and gardening experts predict integrating outdoor living into daily life will continue to grow in popularity. More

Backyard fires become a burning issue in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
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Things are heating up around the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario city council table or maybe in people's backyards. Remember the good ol' days when dad would barbecue on a charcoal grill and leave the coals so you could roast a marshmallow for dessert? While gas grills are more the norm now, the popularity of outdoor fire pits have offered consumers a different opportunity of enjoying their own backyard during summer nights. More

Get ready to grill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Besides the yawn, nothing is as infectious as the urge to cook something over an open fire. The aroma that wafts overhead, we sniff the air from our neighbor's yard and know instantly, that unmistakable scent that sparks a primordial memory, and flips the switch on the hardwired, atavistic behavior equally encouraged by warm weather, getting out the barbecue grill. More

Spring means it's time to grill
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Gordon Little wrote in Plattsburgh Press Republican "My friends know I love to barbecue year-round and have been known to wade through snow in shorts and tall boots to fire up the grill in Februaries past." More

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