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

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

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

City-by-City Review Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB)

City-by-City Review Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) In the middle to latter part of the last century, BYOB meant bring your own bottle (of wine, beer or whatever) when attending a party. Today it means bring your own bag, and marks a 180-degree shift in thinking among environmentally conscious Americans who have now lived through … Continue reading

Stay Cool, Save Energy, Cut Spending

Stay Cool, Save Energy, Cut Spending There are a number of ways to save energy and cut spending this coming summer, so I thought I would get a jump on them and give readers time to budget the more costly ones.  The best part is that none of them require you or your family to … Continue reading

Do You Know Your Electricity’s Pedigree?

Do You Know Your Electricity’s Pedigree? If someone were to ask you where your electricity comes from, would you just say, “a power plant”, or would you be able to recite chapter and verse of the specific power plant, its primary fuel and fuel mix (if any), and how much that fuel contributed to your … Continue reading

Giving Back to Earth

Giving Back to Earth Three hundred sixty four days a year, we humans take some part of Mother Earth to sustain ourselves. Mostly, it’s food, but fuel for our vehicles is another big bite. So is the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, in huge power plants, to provide energy for … Continue reading

Debunking Some Green Myths

Debunking Some Green Myths Not all “natural” products are natural. And not all “green” corporations are as environmentally friendly as they would have you believe. In fact, phony green companies have inspired the term “greenwashing” – a term that piggybacks on such concepts as “whitewashing,” which means intentionally obscuring some unfortunate, possibly illegal and likely … Continue reading

NOAA Calls July Hottest Month Ever

NOAA Calls July Hottest Month Ever According to NASA’s chief scientist, James Hansen, the bizarre weather patterns taking place all over the globe are the direct result of climate change. In fact, Hansen insists that there is no other possible explanation, and the statistical climate change analysis that Hansen and his colleagues published in the … Continue reading