CSU students now have the option of paying approximately $20 a
year to power their residence with wind energy. That price has been
cut in half since last year. The Platt River Power Authority was
able to buy its wind power from another provider at a reduced
price, passing the savings on to customers.
But for college students, $20 can be a good deal of money. That
is a week of groceries. A tank of gas. A month of cable television.
An affordable date on the town. That is a lot of money for the
average college student to scrounge together.
Yet, when each student burns approximately 2,000 pounds of coal
in power plants a year, emitting three tons of carbon dioxide, it
almost makes the extra cost worthwhile. If every student used wind
power, it would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 75,000 tons.
Renewable energy will soon become a highly sought after
commodity. The price of natural gas is rising rapidly, while the
price of renewable energy is falling.
And a Colorado Amendment on the ballot this November, if passed,
would require all Colorado power providers to get 10 percent of
their energy from renewable resources by 2015.
It is time to jump on the tree-hugging,
bake-mother-nature-some-brownies bandwagon. Here are some ideas as
how to come up with the extra $20.
Ride your bike
There’s no better way to lose a few pounds, get some exercise,
reduce the amount of carbon monoxide your car puts in the air every
day and save money on gas. Oil up that chain and use one of the
city’s bike trails. There are lanes down Shields Street, Remington
Street, Stuart Street, Lemay Avenue, Taft Hill Road, Drake Road and
Elizabeth Street. Just wear a helmet.
There is too much crap on TV anyway. You’ll have more time for
school work and that girlfriend of yours. Soon you’ll have a 4.0
and she’ll think you’re so sensitive that you’ll get married after
graduation and live happily ever after.
Mmmm . . . Ramen
For those of you who have enough money to eat chicken stir-fry
three nights a week, you have enough money to buy wind power. Mac
and cheese is 50 cents a box when you buy generic and Top Ramen is
running at $5 for an economy pack.
Take up a donation
Find a really big jar and put a hole in the top. Every time a
friend visits try to guilt them into donating his or her spare
change. Take the jar to keggers and don’t let any people in until
you get their loose quarters.
Forget the beverages
Soda is delicious, but expensive. Don’t drink any for a month,
ditto on the beer.
As anyone can see, with a little personal sacrifice, you too can
harness the awesome power of the winds. And how cool would it be if
you could tell houseguests and cute waiters/waitresses that your
lights are wind powered.