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June 05, 2007

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Pete

This reminds me of these PSAs that have appeared on late-night broadcast television up here in the Commonwealth. If you watch after 12, you know the time I'm talking about -- a slew of spots from the Ad Council roll out each night in the least-marketable ad time (when the fewest people are watching), probably not doing their respective causes a whole lot of good.

They're for something Massachusetts has called "Baby Safe Havens" -- a program under which hospitals and police stations will accept newborn drop-offs, no questions asked, in order to prevent mothers of unwanted children from abandoning them or worse.

I can't be sure, but I seem to remember a version of this heavy-handed rap that used less slick, more realistic-looking actors. I don't know that either one has had much effect other than to cement the words "Baby... Safe Haven!" in the heads of late-night viewers statewide, but what do I know.

The video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NRNQmtUAUg

Max

Gonna have to get that Les Blousons Noirs CD--thanks for posting it. I liked the Several Mouth Parts too. As for PSAs, I would really like to hear the AIDs awareness PSA Luke Skywalker had to do as part of his community service--the WRSU record library used to have a copy that was released on a 12" so maybe you have one in your record library as well.
Max

bartleby

The only place I've seen the Energy Hog character is on bus shelters in downtown Newark. Seems kind of silly since the people who see the posters are taking the bus already. Though the posters do feature Energy Hog in the shower with his hair over his eyes. I guess this is to warn people against using too much hot water - in the summer. (Actually I think they've been up since spring)

David

The Energy Hog PSA is to get people to not waste things that use energy. Turn off everything not in use: lights, TVs, computers, etc. Check the furnace or air conditioner (AC) filter each month, and clean or replace it as needed. Dirty filters block air flow through your heating and cooling systems, increasing your energy bill and shortening the equipment’s life. During hot months, keep window coverings closed on the south, east, and west windows. In winter, let the sun in. Glass fireplace doors help stop heat from being lost up the chimney. Also, close the fireplace damper when not in use. Activate "sleep" features on computers and office equipment that power down when not in use for a while. Turn off equipment during longer periods of non-use to cut energy costs and improve longevity. When cooking, keep the lids on pots. Better yet, use a microwave oven instead. Dress appropriately for the weather, and set your thermostat to the lowest possible comfortable setting. On winter nights, put an extra blanket on the bed and turn down your thermostat more. In summer, use fans whenever possible instead of AC, and ventilate at night this way when practical. Using fans to supplement AC allows you to raise the thermostat temperature, using less energy. Fans cost less to use than AC. About 15 percent of an average home energy bill goes to heating water. To save hot water, take five-minute showers instead of baths. Do only full loads when using the clothes washer or dishwasher. Use cold water for laundry and save up to $63 a year—detergents formulated for cold water get clothes just as clean. Lower the temperature on your water heater. It should be set at “warm,” so that a thermometer held under running water reads no more than 120 degrees. Only heat or cool the rooms you need—close vents and doors of unused rooms. Install low-flow showerheads and sink aerators to reduce hot water use. Seal and weatherstrip your windows and doors to ensure that you're not wasting energy on heat or air conditioning that escapes through leaks to the outdoors. A water tank insulation wrap costs about $20 and helps hold the heat inside. Add pre-cut pipe insulation to exposed pipes going into your water heater—it is cheap and easy to install. If you’re starting with an uninsulated tank, the energy savings should pay for the improvements in just a few months. Duct tape works well on lots of things, but it often fails when used on ductwork! Use mastic (a gooey substance applied with a paintbrush) to seal all exposed ductwork joints in areas such as the attic, crawlspace, or basement. Insulate ducts to improve your heating system’s efficiency and your own comfort. Storm windows can reduce heat lost by single-paned windows by 25–50 percent during the winter. As an alternative, you can improve your windows temporarily with plastic sheeting installed on the inside. When buying new products, look for the ENERGY STAR® label, found on more than 40 different products such as TVs, furnaces, cell phones, refrigerators, air conditioners and more. Incandescent light bulbs are outdated; 95 percent of the energy used goes to heating the bulb, adding unwanted heat to your home in the summer. Replace your five most used light bulbs with ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent bulbs to save $60 each year in energy costs. These light bulbs use two-thirds less energy and last up to 10 times longer. Use dimmers, timers, and motion detectors on indoor
and outdoor lighting. Consider safer, more efficient ENERGY STAR torchiere lamps rather than halogen torchieres, which can cause fires. Halogen bulbs are expensive to use.

Daniel

^^^^
Its a public service comment!
I like it...

m.c.

some - very litle - info on Les Blousons Noir

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