Camping with Thermo-electric Generation (Powered SmartPhones)

Tweet Pin It While camping over Memorial Day this year, I witnessed several people complaining about their SmartPhones (iPhones, etc.) and having to sit around the bathroom trying to get even to 20% charge. Last year Alicia and I had to coordinate who had the chargers and cables to plug in our iPhones so that […]

What’s the Hottest New iPhone Tech – FLIR ONE Review

Tweet Pin It Over the weekend I got to play with one of the coolest new tools for an energy geek – a FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Camera add-on for the iPhone 5/5S. You can literally measure and see how cool or hot you or anything around you is. A friend at church just got one […]

Understanding 50% Jump in Our Natural Gas Usage

Tweet Pin It As I reviewed our energy consumption for 2013, I noticed a shocking thing: our natural gas usage for December jumped by over 50% this year.  As a family that tries very hard to live green, save energy and has made numerous energy efficiency improvements, this was not the sign we wanted to […]

Lusting For The Nest

Tweet Pin It What can I say, we love Programmable Thermostats!  They are one of the easiest and most effective ways to save energy in your home.  When people ask us, “What is the one thing I should do to save energy?” we tell them to install and program a programmable thermostat. Some thermostats even program themselves […]

Heating Degree Days and Cooling Degree Days

Tweet Pin It Have you ever had the feeling that this winter (or summer) was milder or harsher than normal? With all the talk of climate change, global warming and extreme weather, I certainly have.  Do you want to see how your energy use is doing compared to previous years, but realize that since last […]

Tesla vs The New York Times

Tweet Pin It Over the past few days, I have been watching the war of words erupt between New York Times writer John Broder and Elon Musk, CEO & founder of Tesla Motors, over Broder’s recent failed test drive of the Tesla Model S all electric sedan from Washington D.C. to Boston using Tesla’s new Super […]

ISO to Go – Our New Favorite App

Tweet Pin It Alicia just showed me my new favorite app for iPhones and Androids: ISO to Go from ISO New England.  ISO to Go, which is also available for free, provides easy access to real-time electricity data for the New England grid including: Overview of the power grid and electricity markets Real-time consumer demand […]

The Learning Curve of E-Bike Commuting

Tweet Pin It I’ve been riding my e-bike for about a month now (~100 miles) and really love it, though to be honest it hasn’t been the smoothest road.  So far, all of the problems I’ve had are things that can happen to any bicycle commuter and are not related to the electric assist. My […]

Typical Household Energy Use and Related Emissions

Tweet Pin It Have you ever wondered what the energy use of a typical household is? I came across this EPA resource while doing research for a campaign/petition I hope to start shortly and found it very useful and worth sharing. Check out the EPA’s Household Emissions Calculator Assumptions and References to find out typical […]

Building your Energy Savings Toolbox – Kill-a-Watt meter

Tweet Pin It We can all reduce how much electricity we use around our homes and offices.  Everything in our lives plugs in these days, whether it is our cell phone chargers, or cable boxes or computers, they all use electricity.  The important questions about each appliance/device are: How much does it use when you […]