Solar Spring: Growing With the Sun

The alternative energy sector continues to motor forward with its impressive technological advancement, deflecting big oil and other sharp toothed corporate giants at every turn. This is especially true in the leaps and bounds of the solar capture industry. Starting out as a laughable, cumbersome attempt, solar cells have now found their way into durable, … Continue reading

Tips on Conserving Energy and Saving Money

In spite of the fact that economists called the recent United States recession (December 2007 to June 2009) over, economic forecasts continue to decline, taking their losses from recent housing starts and persistent unemployment. Even worse, household incomes have fallen 6.7 percent. That means, in an inflationary cycle where food prices have risen on average … Continue reading

LEDs Versus CFLs, It’s No Contest Anymore

In 2008, I interviewed Dan Fink, a Northern Colorado off-the-gridder and co-publisher of Otherpower.com, a DIY renewable energy website. The interview was the basis for a case study on efficient lighting – the study published in my book, Green Your Home. At that time, Dan was using compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, rather than … Continue reading

10 Green Ways to Get Through Winter’s Days

Winter is here in full swing and sometimes it can take its toll both physically and financially. It can also become so uncomfortable for some that remaining green seems difficult when just trying to forge through inclement weather, stay warm or simply deal with the drastic change of sunlight can be a challenge. Obviously the … Continue reading

Smart Grid: Changing Our Energy Infrastructure

There may come a day when a light switch, house key or wallet all become things of the past. Instead we will become a one device carrying society able to control virtually every aspect of our lives via remote location or from our living room couch. Imagine opening your cell phone and logging on to … Continue reading

Video Games Could Save the Environment

The first video game came not out of a developer’s studio but from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, in 1958. The game, a mock-up of table tennis, involved an oscilloscope, skillful fingers and sharp eyes. The first actual video game was Asteroids, played on a game console named Atari, from the company … Continue reading

So You Think You Might Like Home-Based Geothermal Energy?

As one informative web site notes, geothermal’s power source never varies – at least on the human scale of plus or minus 75 years. More important, geothermal energy provides more than half the energy needed to deliver heating and cooling, whether in the Deep South or the frigid northern half of the United States. The … Continue reading

Energy Efficiency Then and Now

Energy Efficiency Then and Now As a result of the 1973 oil embargo, during which Arab oil producing nations (cooperating under the banner of OPEC, or the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) raised the price of oil by 70 percent, to $5.11 per barrel, American heating oil prices climbed from $0.20 per gallon to … Continue reading

So You Think You Want Wind Power?

So You Think You Want Wind Power? You have been at your job for more than a decade and gotten some significant raises and promotions. Now you’re at the outer edge of middle management and can reasonably expect that the recent economic doldrums and the inevitable downsizing might be just the trick to float your … Continue reading

Stay Warm, Save Energy, Cut Spending

Stay Warm, Save Energy, Cut Spending With winter in full swing and gas prices failing to drop in spite of reserves, it is time to think about ways to stay warm even when the thermostat is turned down and the wind is shrieking like a cartoon housewife facing down a spider. You can be gloomy … Continue reading