The Case For and Against Ethanol

Ever since commercial production of corn-based ethanol first began – in 2004 in Canada and about 2008 in the United States – there have been highly vocal proponents and opponents. The first cite ethanol’s cleaner burn and a reduction of greenhouse gases and particulates. The latter argue that taking corn from the food supply and … Continue reading

Progress in Alternative Power, From National to Global Views

At least once a month, some self-styled electrical power expert (often from the Republican side of the aisle) will insist that: Wind and solar energy will never have more than a minimal market share of energy resources Wind and solar will remain above grid parity, in terms of consumer costs, well into the middle of … 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

Sourcing Green, U.S. Companies at the Top of Their Green Game

Dedicated green living individuals are confronted by one difficult truth; the items they have to buy to live may or may not come from “green” sources. As a result, their carbon footprint is large in spite of their best efforts. “Not so,” you argue. “There are a lot of things we only think we need.” … Continue reading

A Better Place

Israeli entrepreneur, Shai Agassi, is one of the leaders of the next generation of ‘giving the finger’ to the antiquated, bloated, often corrupt, greedy and irresponsible fossil fuel industry. He is the former CEO and founder of Better Place, one of the first successfully rising companies to tackle the technological, political and corporate challenges of … 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

A Good Tax Credit for Small Business, Large Business and Residential Advancement

A Good Tax Credit for Small Business, Large Business and Residential Advancement Throughout the 2012 campaign, dramatics about taxes where abound in full force. They continued into and around the fiscal cliff crisis and in the end, we all got taxed one way or another. However, it is not often that we hear about how … Continue reading