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History Of Energy Gardens

Before I begin writing about energy gardens, it is incredibly helpful to understand what they are, what they aren’t, and their level of independence from whatever energy utility serves the vicinity. The concept of distributed energy According to the US Department of Energy, “distributed energy consists of a range of smaller-scale and modular devices designed […]

October 6th

DIY Solar Panel Tips: Build Your Own

If you’re ready for the low-down on a DIY solar panel, read on. Nearly all sustainability geeks would like their house, garage, greenhouse, and business to be plastered full of solar panels. Unfortunately, there is the hard-edged reality of affordability. Installing solar panels on any structure is a high-cost proposition, now matter how good the […]

August 17th

Sustainable Living in Honolulu: Public Transit, Biking, Renewables, Recycling, Compost, and Local Food

Sustainability is just about the biggest buzzword since synergy or gluten. It’s popping out of more and more mouths (and blogs) because more and more of us are beginning to realize that critical aspects of our daily lives – transportation, food, waste, power production, water management – have become complex systems that aren’t always designed […]

April 3rd

The Future of Wave Power

There is good news for the future of wave power. Not only does the technology for tidal energy continue to get better and more cost competitive, there is a growing interest in this wide-open field of study. As reported on Ecopreneurist, an initiative from the US Department of Energy (DOE), sponsored by the Water Power […]

February 3rd

Take Charge And Go Off The Grid

I had just arrived to camp for the night, roughly 30 miles from the trailhead, and low and behold one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen was just starting to ignite in the early evening sky. It was as if any and every color I had ever seen was being brushed onto […]

November 19th

How To Insulate Your Hot Water Pipes

One of the best ways to save money and energy around your home is to insulate your hot water pipes. It will save you a lot of energy and money. Luckily, this home improvement project is inexpensive and easy to do. Just follow these easy steps to start saving money and energy today.  First things first–assess the […]

September 15th

Clean Technologies For Cooling And Heating Your Home

Today there are all sorts of different systems you can have installed in order to green your home and make it more energy and water efficient, but which ones give you the best bang for your buck? After all, your home is a serious financial investment and making it as energy and water efficient as possible […]

September 15th

Nuclear Power: The Facts & The Fiction

There are few issues in the environmental movement as polarizing as nuclear power. On one hand, nuclear provides a huge, baseload energy source that has no real carbon footprint. On the other hand, it’s easy to see why people are against it: just this week a senior nuclear expert advised that California’s nuclear power plant […]

September 4th

Could Clouds Power The Planet? Air: HES Thinks So

Finding ways to produce clean, renewable forms of energy is one of the most pressing issues facing our planet today. In order to be successful in doing so, it seems that we’ll need to “think outside of the box”. Or in the case of Air: HES, this would seem to require thinking outside of the […]

August 25th

How To Spot A Dying Mobile Battery

As mobile phones get more complicated, problems with battery life become more prevalent. There are a number of pages online that speak of ways to improve battery life though how do you know when it needs replacing? Nowadays, phones are no longer limited to simple functions such as call and text. Phones have become a […]

July 29th

8 Fracking Myths Debunked – Updated

Earlier this year I penned a popular mythbusting guide to hydraulic fracturing, also known as ‘fracking’, the process of extracting shale gas by drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a very high pressure. This process is intensive and potentially risky because the pressure is required to fracture the shale rocks and release the […]

July 16th

5 Common Myths Surrounding Nuclear Power

I must start off by saying that as you read this, bear in mind that I am a huge environmental supporter and things like nuclear waste do not bode well with me. However, there are common misconceptions about nuclear power I want to address. Okay, so you may not be a nuclear engineer, but you’ve […]

June 27th

America’s Energy Mix: How Much Renewable Energy Do We Have?

Great stories are everywhere about the solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass revolution. Our sister site, CleanTechnica, regularly covers the booming business of renewable energy and clean technology, with its vast potential to offset dangerous emissions and help defray the effects of climate change. With all the good news (and what media company would want to […]

May 15th

SolarCity Comes To Nevada

SolarCity, the largest solar power provider in the United States, has just entered the Nevada market. As elsewhere, homeowners can get solar panels installed on their roofs for free from SolarCity, and then just lease the solar panels (er, the electricity from them) from SolarCity for a lower estimated rate than they would pay the […]

May 2nd

Retail Bond Success Stories for Green Investments

Retail bonds are a fairly new product within the context of the UK’s financial market, and are fast becoming one of the success stories of the 21st Century. Amid the doom and gloom of the economic downturn, there’s a new kid on the block that can spell success for the small, private investor. The London […]

April 25th