Asheville, Buncombe County and Duke Energy are trying to encourage citizens to reduce their consumption of energy so the construction of a third Asheville gas-powered electric plant will not be necessary.
It seems to me that a 68/78 campaign — which encourages all citizens and businesses to set their thermostats at 68 in the winter and 78 in the summer — is the quickest solution to the problem of saving energy immediately and locally.
I am a senior, and I have been following this plan — as an environmentalist — since 1980. A 68/78 campaign could easily be started in government offices, schools and through Leadership Asheville. Compliance is, of course, voluntary; however, Asheville could make compliance fashionable and at the same time start a nationwide energy-saving trend.
As a country, we waste so much energy. Please consider this plan as a way personally to make a difference in the world — for the sake of the children.
— P. Diane Chambers