I am from a part of the country where most people don’t have sprinkler systems. It rains enough during the year that we don’t have to worry about keeping our lawns irrigated with sprinkler systems and when it stops raining, we are happy because that means that the grass will die and then we won’t have to mow it anymore! Now that I think about it, though, I think that was just my family. I think that there might have been a couple of people in our neighborhood that had sprinkler systems, they just didn’t have to use them very much.
We did, however, have a sprinkler. My mom would use it to water the garden sometimes, but more than anything, it was utilized by us kids, who would often need some cool liquid refreshment on hot days. We would put on our swimsuits, pull out the sprinkler and let the water flow. We would run quickly through the water at first; it was always too cold to handle initially. But soon thereafter we would be splashing in it. Those are good memories. I miss those days. Someday I will have children of my own to let dance in the sprinkler system.
So, I’m just sitting here in a chair next to a window, typing. It’s a little hot in here. You know why? There’s this thing called the sun that starts throwing energy my way through this same window at about this same time every day. This energy hits my body and turns into heat. My body stores some of this heat, which makes me feel excessively hot. I’m already warm enough, so all of this excess energy that the sun is kind enough to throw my way is essentially wasted. We actually have to spend even more energy to turn on the air conditioner to try to counter the effects of the sun’s generous contribution to my work area.
Turns out that the sun does this all over the place on a daily basis. Despite this fact, most people shell out tons of cash to buy electricity from the power company. When I get a house, I’m not going to pay the power company. I’m going to get a nice magnum inverter and some good solar panels. You know what a magnum inverter and some solar panels like to do for fun when they get together? They like to take care of your power bill for you. Sounds like a winning combination to me.