Did you know residential energy use per person in California is lower than that of any other state except Hawaii? 1 The chart below gives a general idea what typical household energy costs are per year in the U.S.
You can see your own home’s energy use breakdown by category and get a personalized savings action plan at sdge.opower.com. To log in you’ll need your SDG&E My Account User ID and password. If you’re not a My Account user, you can enroll at sdge.com/myaccount. Once logged in, select “Ways to Save” in the top right-hand corner. If it’s your first visit, you’ll be prompted to take a quick survey about your home. Your “Home Energy Analysis” will automatically populate. Here’s an example:
You’ll receive energy-saving tips based on the areas you use the most energy, like this:
There are many lifestyle changes we can make without breaking the bank. Here are some no-cost and low-cost ideas to help you save energy and money while staying comfortable during the colder winter months.
At first, “A Christmas Love Story” has all the hallmarks — if you’ll excuse the pun — of a typical Christmas TV movie.
A single lady choir director, Katherine, gets her youth choir geared up for the holidays. A young man, Danny, shows up as a volunteer for the props—but as soon as the choir director exits the room, he’s on the piano, crooning out a tune with the skill of a pop star.
Naturally, there’s an “obstacle:” The dad of the young man, Greg, doesn’t want his son to spend time in choir because the goal is for him to work at a financial firm, not live in a garret while chasing singing stardom.
And of course, of course, because this is a Christmas movie not made by a Grinch, Greg is a widowed, attractive guy who as soon as he meets Katherine starts to realize that maybe a life singing is better than a life on Wall Street.
So far, so normal.
Then, “A Christmas Love Story” has a unique twist.
Look, I’ve grown fond of Hallmark movies over the past couple of years. But I look to them much as I look to sugar cookies: insubstantial, cheerful fluff. In short, I don’t anticipate being genuinely moved one iota when watching them.
But “A Christmas Love Story” somehow manages the impossible.
We find out that Katherine gave up a child for adoption when she was younger, and shortly after, that Danny is her son — and the whole reason he volunteered to help with the choir is that he wanted to meet her. The two have a short, beautiful conversation in which Katherine expresses her joy that Danny’s adopted mom was the right woman to raise him and her happiness at seeing her son grown up.
It’s a wonderful moment—and as I found out later, all the more poignant because the actress depicting Katherine, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, was adopted herself.
In an article published on People in 2015, Chenoweth says:
I knew that my birth mother loved me so much that she wanted to give me a better life. And my parents, Jerry and Junie Chenoweth, were looking to adopt a baby and found me—literally less than one week after I was born.
Growing up, my parents explained my adoption by telling me, “We chose you.” It was a wonderful way to put it to an adopted child. And I think it’s true. An adoption is a full-circle blessing.
Chenoweth added, “I would thank my birth mother for loving me enough to make such a huge sacrifice. It’s a great gift for me to be able to say: ‘I know that I came from love, and I know that I have love.’”
No wonder the scene was so powerful.
When my dear friend, fellow Hallmark movie aficionado and Susan B. Anthony List vice president of communications Mallory Quigley, tweeted about the movie’s pro-life message, Chenoweth responded that it was “told from my gut.”
“That scene happened to me,” Chenoweth said on Facebook Live, per The Daily Wire. “I am adopted and I had this virtually same conversation with my birth mom.”
“I remember [my birth mom] saying to me, ‘Can you ever forgive me?’” she added. “And I was like, ‘There’s nothing to forgive. You gave me such a great life.’ I got the right parents.’”
If you’re looking for a family-friendly movie this Christmas season that affirms the value of all human life, check out “A Christmas Love Story.” It’s a powerful reminder, in this season of counting our blessings and cherishing our loved ones, that people matter the most—and every one of us deserves a chance to live.
LifeNews.com Note: Katrina Trinko writes for The Daily Signal. Reprinted with permission from the Daily Signal.
Keep holiday light decorating safe, ENERGY-efficient, festive and fun
People love lighting up their homes for the holidays – whether it’s inside your home along the fireplace, or on your front lawn decorating your trees and bushes. What most people don’t love is the increase in their electricity bill after all the holiday cheer and lights are gone.
Here are some ways to be energy-efficient this holiday season:
Much like summertime, when you see your energy bills spike from using the A/C too often, wintertime is no different – but for opposite reasons. Rather than keep cool, you’ll be trying to stay warm! It’s no surprise that heating costs can take a toll on your budget and even cause unnecessary stress. But did you know that electric heating systems can total as much as 40% of your electric bill every month? While natural gas furnace heating can total more than half of your natural gas bill, there are several ways you can combat home heating costs and lower your electric bill.
If you’d like to cut your energy expenses and contribute to reducing environmental emissions, check out these six no-cost and low-cost tips and prepare to save:
1. Consider using programmable thermostats or time clocks that regulate temperature, setting them at comfortable temperatures while awake and only lowering them when you sleep or are out of the house.
2. Use the sun to your advantage and naturally heat your home throughout the day by keeping curtains that face the sun open.
3. Cover the inside of your window frames with clear plastic sheets to keep the heat from escaping your home or install insulated shades/drapes.
4. Use a portable space heater to warm up the rooms you spend the most time in, if possible.
5. If you have a fireplace, ensure the damper is closed to prevent the cold from coming in and the heat from escaping. And if you don’t use your fireplace, consider sealing/plugging the chimney flue.
6. Keep your heating systems in top shape by scheduling maintenance and changing the filter once a month (or when necessary).
For more tips to reduce your energy usage, visit sdge.com/energy-tips.
Think smart. Don’t leave your safety to chance. Take steps to prepare for any emergency now. Here are some ways to get ready for an emergency.
Update your contact information: Go to sdge.com/MyAccount. Click on “Manage My Account” to update your contact information, including email address.
Sign up for power outage notifications: Click on the “Alerts and Subscriptions” tab. Select “Outage Notifications” from the drop-down menu. Select how you want to stay informed, e.g. email, text and/or phone.
Develop an emergency plan: Identify a place to meet with family including safe routes and shelters, as well as what actions you will take. Discuss and practice the plan with your family, including your kids.
Prepare an emergency kit: Keep the essentials on hand. Make sure your kit is stocked with items you and your family need, including for your pets, seniors and those with a disability. Store items in easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks or plastic crates.
Help your neighbors: Being a good neighbor takes more than sharing the occasional cup of sugar or hosting a potluck. It’s important to help our neighbors during emergencies, especially the elderly and disabled.
During an emergency, every second counts. Thoughtful planning can help keep you safe and reduce the stress of having to scramble for what you need most. Prepare an emergency kit to help safeguard yourself and your loved ones from unexpected emergencies like earthquakes, floods or fires. Don’t forget to outline a family plan and practice safety drills before the need arises.
Being prepared means having food, water and supplies to last for at least 3 days. An emergency kit is a collection of basic items your family may need. Since you don’t know when a disaster will occur, prepare an emergency kit for your home, work and your vehicle.
Here are some items to consider adding to your emergency kit -
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The detrimental effects of the Mirena IUD to users are many, with the worst being migration of the device, puncturing the uterine wall and damaging organs within the body cavity such as the liver and intestines. Other possible side effects are ectopic pregnancy, fatigue, depression, mood swings, painful cramps and many more. Many women who are opting to have the Mirena IUD removed to avoid complications are experiencing many of the symptoms that they sought to avoid. These symptoms also occur with women who had the device removed after the prescribed duration of five years. These detrimental effects, known as the Mirena crash, or Mirena IUD crash, can occur for weeks or even months after removal of the device. In a great number of women, the symptoms were severe enough to negatively impact their lives.
The Mirena IUD is a T shaped device that is implanted in the uterus, containing a reservoir of synthetic progesterone which is slowly released. This synthetic product, Levonorgestral, causes a thickening of the mucous membrane inhibiting the travel of sperm, preventing pregnancy.
Mirena Crash after Removal
So, what is the Mirena crash? The Mirena crash is the name given to the symptoms of pain and discomfort that are prompted when the birth-control device is removed and the flow of synthetic hormones stop. It can be weeks or longer before the body realizes it needs to produce its own progesterone because it has become “lazy”, relying on the synthetic provision. This causes hormone imbalance or estrogen dominance. This same period of time reflects the Mirena crash duration. In many women this imbalance causes severe symptoms similar to those associated with the usage of the device. In some women, Mirena crash symptoms appear recurrently before each period, lasting for months. Some other women suffer for extended periods of time both physically and emotionally at any time, day or night. One sufferer described her feelings as being “smothered with severe despair” at night.
How long does the Mirena crash last?
Some women have reported the crash only lasting a few days, while others report weeks or months.
Medically speaking, there is no way to tell. This is because it all depends on how long your body takes to return to a normal hormonal balance. The sooner this happens, the sooner the symptoms will dissipate.
Mirena Crash Symptoms
Mirena crash symptoms include:
Runaway emotions such as anxiety, sadness, anger and depression. Severe cases have produced suicidal thoughts.
Frequent mood swings that can strain relationships and effect work performance
Physical symptoms such as muscle fatigue, cough, sore throat and even fever which are often misdiagnosed
Nausea, vomiting and stomach pain
Decreased sex drive and painful sex
Denial of Mirena Crash
Many physicians will not acknowledge the side effects as being attributable to the Mirena crash after the device has been removed for a period of time. They only rely on the information provided by Bayer the producer of the product. Women are told that their tests are normal and their symptoms are blamed on a number of different causes from anxiety to early menopause. The fact the every woman can experience different reactions makes the doctors accurate diagnoses and treatment less likely.
Mood Swings after Mirena Removal
The symptoms associated with the removal of the Mirena IUD are not necessarily life-threatening, although that’s not to say they’re not painful. However, one symptom does pose some risk, the emotional effects. According to a study of Mirena removal, depression occurs in 36% of women under the age of 33 with a higher percentage for those 34 and older. Once the device has been removed and hormone levels are disrupted, patients often experience changes in mood. These range from depression, sudden mood swings, and abnormal behavior. This is caused by the abrupt changes in the concentration of hormones, which disrupts the way the brain and body functions. One of these emotional changes (or a combination of them all) is the possibility of suicidal thoughts. Obviously, this poses a serious risk if severe. If you are experiencing this symptom, speak to a healthcare professional right away.
Emotional symptoms of Mirena removal may include:
Consistent sadness, hopelessness, and/or anxiety
Mood swings and irritability
Feeling of always being tired
Loss of interest in once enjoyable activities
Excessive sleeping or insomnia
Changes in appetite
Thoughts of suicide
Other Mirena IUD Complications
Mirena IUD can cause other serious complications besides the hormone imbalance referenced above. In fact, Mirena has been known to cause birth injuries to babies who are conceived and carried by women who still have a Mirena IUD in place, posing a serious risk to the developing fetus. This is especially true if the IUD is not removed early on in the pregnancy. Becoming pregnant while your IUD device is still in place can also cause ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, premature birth, and even birth defects and fetal abnormalities.
Wildfires, earthquakes and flooding all pose serious risks to our community. Though we can’t eliminate the threat of these emergency situations entirely, we can help you prepare for them. Here are 3 actions you can take today to get you started:
Visit sdge.com/wildfiresafety today to make any changes to your personal information and learn more about what you can do to keep you and your family safe. Also, you’ll be able to explore some of the projects SDG&E is working on now to keep you and the community safe.
Time is money. When you use energy determines how much you can save. Every little bit counts when it comes to saving energy. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Sharon Pearce has served as the Director of Silent Voices since 1984, and has dedicated her life to speaking up for the unborn - and for the women who have been hurt by abortion.