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This column has useful links that help groups, individuals and teams save Energy $ / kWh.

Note: To save energy there must be a baseline metric to show where you are today with your carbon foot-print.

To motivate lower energy use, Go to the “Register” link below with your Electric bill and enter your data in this FREE database so you and your family / employees can see the results of their efforts to reduce energy consumption.

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All of these entities deserve your support and patronage as they have clearly shown how a true commitment to energy savings is good for the environment, business, membership and ongoing client retention – Visit their websites today (below)

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November 16 and 17 – a weekend of relaxation, education and stimulating conversation!

Join us at and learn about our joint vision for Ecuador and Galapagos …

The 2-day workshop* involves learning about Energy Conservation (Phase 1) to going completely Off-Grid (Phase 7) and increasing related Sustainability Initiatives along the way.

Weekend also includes many opportunities for people networking during breaks / lunch / classes between 9am and 5pm, and an early dinner on the Saturday evening from 6 to 8pm at the resort.

As a bonus - learn and practice meditation during quieter periods at the resort and leave refreshed from the TOTAL weekend experience.

Lunch, breaks and dinner provided at Vilcabamba, Ecuador included in the registration fee.

Conference fee is $250 with early bird registration and payment by October 15 - $195

For a smaller group of lucky individuals** staying at the resort (Friday and Saturday) – the early registration fee is $495 and includes Friday evening activities (please arrive by 5pm)

For those coming in early enough on the Friday – join us for a private welcoming party on the Friday evening at 7pm for a small additional fee of $25 (drinks and light refreshments provided).

This inaugural event is unique. Attendees will be known as “Founders” of the Ecuador Research – Learning Institute.

*Registration limited to 50 at this time.

** 6 rooms available as of September 18, 2013


Reduce Grid-Based Electrical Consumption!

Take the first step of our 7-phase process toward total finite energy independence

Do this by simply changing how you think!

Everything begins from a thought. When we begin to change how we use the energy resources we purchase, we begin a critical step to conserving that which we cannot think of doing without.

There is a cost saving program available to us, right now. Since knowledge is power, you have the ability to begin reducing your overall expense for a much needed utility. The Energized Research-Learning Institute (ER-LI) can help you accomplish reduced electrical consumption with their 7-step strategic process - not tomorrow or sometime in the future, but now. You can reduce the kilowatt consumption and become a model for your community.

A unique factor in ER-LI’s 7-phase plan is that it is comprised of sequential steps. Each step will bring you closer to the final goal of complete energy independence.

The first phase is achieved by reducing your current energy usage without making major changes to your current equipment. Each successive step brings you closer to the final utopian goal; but you can choose the level of energy independence that works best for you.

Ideas are powerful. You have the ability to use the ideas capsulized over the past 5 years for your benefit. Reducing carbon footprints is a “one person, one family, one business” necessity. The power of “one” does positively affect our surroundings; in fact we will be able to affect our neighborhood, our city, and beyond.

Utility providers have to constantly expand their investments to keep up with the demand we place on their infrastructures. What if, we can reduce our dependency on the utilities’ demand for adding bigger and larger or more and more production facilities? This could be a significant part of a win-win mindset, where our expenses are reduced, the consumption of kilowatts is reduced and the natural resources last longer, wherein new and cleaner sources for providing electricity are utilized.

As prices continue to escalate, no matter what our financial wherewithal, we have a moral obligation to become AWARE of our need to reduce our personal / family / business / government carbon footprints.

Why not now? Why not today? And with ER-LI it can be now; it can be today.

Many items on this web page (below) are courtesy of Wikipedia – their document and photos / images as of Saturday July 6, 2013 .

Ecuador, officially the Republic of Ecuador (Spanish: República del Ecuador, which literally translates as "Republic of the Equator") is bordered by Columbia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean. Ecuador also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) west of the mainland.

Our editorial notes are in italics: Darwin discovered the theory of evolution in the Galapagos Islands in the 19th century. The ecological tie to Ecuador is profound in its meaning / impact on our world today and is an ongoing major responsibility for the government and people of Ecuador.


The main spoken language in Ecuador is Spanish (94% of the population). Languages of official use in native communities include Quichua, Shuar, and 11 other languages. Ecuador has a land area of 283.520 km2.

Its capital city is Quito, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the 1970s for having the best preserved and least altered historic Center in Latin America.

The historic center of Cuenca, the third largest city in the country in size and economically, was also declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, for being an outstanding example of a planned inland Spanish style colonial city in the Americas.

Ecuador is also home to a great variety of species, many of them endemic, like those of the Galápagos islands . This species diversity makes Ecuador one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world.

The new constitution of 2008 is the first in the world to recognize legally enforceable Rights of Nature, or ecosystem rights.

After nearly 300 years of Spanish colonization, Quito was still a small city of only 10,000 inhabitants. It was here, on August 10, 1809, that the first call for independence from Spain was made in Latin America, under the leadership of the city's criollos like Juan Pío Montúfar, Quiroga, Salinas, and Bishop Cuero y Caicedo. Quito's nickname, " Luz de América " ("Light of America"), comes from the fact that this was the first successful attempt to produce an independent and local government.

Although it lasted no more than two months, it had important repercussions and was an inspiration for the independence movement of the rest of Spanish America.


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