What green building techniques and design options make sense? Which ones save you, the homeowner, a few greenbacks in the long-term? Here I’ll share my experience with energy efficiency choices while building a two-story, 40 ft. by 20 ft. home addition. But before I jump into the details, I’d like to tell you I opted […]Read More
Nest, the company that makes what they claim to be the “next generation thermostat” is facing a few challenges. Out-dated HVAC systems, Wifi connectivity, and vocal, unhappy customers during a national cold spell are in the forefront in today’s news. TechCrunch discusses the situation on a recent blog post here. You can learn more about the […]
Helpful Tips and General Guide to Buying an Energy Efficient Water Heater Energy efficiency has come a long way with respect to water heaters.
Geothermal Pros & Cons Earlier this year, I wrote a post on the Pros and Cons of Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHP). As it turns out, there is more to the story. I am in the process of evaluating HVAC systems for an existing home that is getting an addition. The addition is almost the size […]
Green remodeling a home is possibly one of the highest levels of “green.” It is one of the best sustainable housing initiatives around. While researching the remodeling industry I came across the website dubbed, Home for Life. The site includes a wealth of resources that explain opportunities to upgrade an existing home’s energy and resource […]
Do attic fans lower the cost of cooling your home? Are solar attic fans worth installing?
My metal roof was red, hot, and desperately needed painting. After spending some time inspecting the roof, I quickly realized how incredibly hot the red paint became even on a modestly hot spring afternoon. Why repaint the roof red since it gets so hot? I thought there must be a better solution so I started […]
Helpful videos that explain Geothermal energy and the operation of geothermal heat pumps (GHP).
How does a fuel cell work? See the list of resources below; energy tax incentives are also included. But first, I recently came across ClearEdge Power, a company that provides fuel cell-based energy systems (hot water, electricity) for both commercial and residential facilities. The concept is interesting. Here’s a brief excerpt from their website about […]
More than four years after the market launch of the current generation the smart fortwo remains on the road to success. Until today over half a million models of the innovative two-seater have been sold. And sales continue to rise: since the beginning of the year 69,073 smart fortwo have been delivered to customers around […]
Hat’s off to Family Circle for publishing an energy saving article as fall approaches; good timing. Simple energy saving solutions can result in significant savings as we all know. The article, The Heat is On: and a Plan to Lower Energy Costs, offers a simple break-down of “Light Green, Medium Green and Dark Green” energy […]
Car2go announced that San Diego will be the first N. American city to have a 100-percent EV car sharing..