In What Ways Will Solar Roadways Impact Energy Production?
Solar energy roadways look as if they stepped out of a science fiction movie. Rather than use asphalt, smart roadways employ specially designed tempered glass modular solar energy panels that fit together like very large 110 lb. bathroom tiles and can be walked, ridden and driven upon. Panels hold light-emitting diodes that can be used... Read More
Sustainable Living: How Does Solar Power Save on Your Electric Bills?
It’s ironic that the great state of Texas has the potential to harness more solar energy from the sun in one month than all the oil ever pumped out of its land. When it comes to sustainable living, you can save on your electric bills by installing a solar array. The more people realize they... Read More
Green Living: Sustainable Practices and Alternative Energy
Whether it’s the air we breathe, the foods we eat or our environment, green living also known as sustainable living, means different things to different people. Some common buzz words are eco-friendly, being green, clean living, etc. But if you’re like me, overloaded and bombarded with information on a daily basis, the essence of the... Read More
Power to the Planet / Part 3: When Passive Is Positive
Being passive isn’t smart in business. It isn’t smart in relationships. But when it comes to creating a healthy, energy efficient home or office, passive is very, very smart. Passive House, that is. “Passive House” is a voluntary, ultra-low energy building standard that creates structures so efficient they don’t require typical heating or cooling systems.... Read More
Power to the Planet, Part 2 / Solar Flair: How Inverters Lower Energy Bills
A California startup weds solar power with paradigm-shifting technology to deliver cheaper, better energy solutions to homes and businesses. Einstein famously said you can’t solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it. Martin Fornage, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Enphase Energy, thought far beyond the proverbial box to translate geek... Read More
Power to the Planet / Part 1: Dude, Where’s My Energy?
Are you exhausted, stressed, tethered to technology as if you’re part Borg? Welcome to the club. The energy crisis in our outer environment reflects our inner depletion: we scan news about climate change on our smartphones, sipping a pumpkin spice latte made with coffee beans from a rapidly vanishing rainforest, while stuck in traffic behind... Read More
Errors of Emission
“We are stardust Billion-year-old carbon And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” ~ Joni Mitchell, lyrics to Woodstock In the classic, An Inconvenient Truth, Earth steward Al Gore laid out for us, cleanly and with humor, why the way we conduct our lives matters monumentally — and how we each have a... Read More
Solar Panels and City Living
Living in the city and having solar panels has seemed impossible to many property owners, but this combination is becoming viable thanks to open-minded HOA boards and some serious advocating among those with intentions to live a green life. Property owners with homes in the suburbs, the hills, and the countryside have been able to... Read More
Alternative Energy Options and Ideas for Your First Home
Moving into your first home comes with major costs…and major considerations. From remembering to turn off the lights when you leave the room (now that you’re paying the energy bills, not your parents) to installing energy efficient bulbs and appliances, there are even bigger steps you can take to getting off the electricity grid. Like installing solar panels.... Read More