Home Energy Efficiency – What is Your Home MPG?

Hopefully you are not actually driving your home, because RVs get horrible gas mileage. In all seriousness though, one of the challenges today is figuring out how to compare the energy efficiency of homes in a way that can be readily understandable by home owners and potential buyers or renters. For cars, the EPA’s miles […]

Comparing Site Energy vs Source Energy and Why You Should Care?

When we compare things like homes or cars to determine which are more efficient, better for the environment, greener, etc. it is important to make sure we are comparing apples to apples and using the right calculations. There are two forms of energy use that are often discussed when talking about buildings energy consumption: Site […]

Pennies Per Pound to Save the Economy and the Planet

19 pennies for the 19.4 lbs of CO2 from a gallon of gasoline If you have read my posts before, you probably know that I am a proponent of implementing some sort of energy tax to drive behavior toward energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. I have finally connected the various threads in my […]

Why Pennies Per Pound Better Than Cap & Trade

Why Pennies Per Pound is better than previous Cap & Trade ideas? Pennies Per Pound is simple and therefore significantly easier for people and business to understand and predict.  Pennies Per Pound would apply to everyone, not just major polluters, so everyone would be invested in saving energy and money. Cap & Trade is a […]

Back To School: The Great Kill-A-Watt Giveaway

As we’re preparing to get our kids back to school we’re relishing some of the additional free time we’ll have in our schedule.   One use for that time is to assess the amount of electricity various devices in our house use and make a determination as to which of these we really need and which […]

Typical Household Energy Use and Related Emissions

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 household electricity, natural […]

Green Ways to Stay Cool in a Heat Wave

We’ve been posting a little less often than we’d like. With the kids home from school for the summer we have less time for things like writing blog posts. The past few days of much hotter than usual weather for our area has made us think about some tips for staying cool while still being […]

Green Your Vacation – Go Camping!

An active campfire should always have an adult in attendance. We have always enjoyed camping,  long before being green was so important to us, we went on an annual camping trip with friends.  In fact, some of my oldest friends date back to high school when I belonged to an Explorer Post that went camping […]

Going for Solar: Your First Electric Bill (Step 12)

I cannot believe how excited I was about getting an electric bill.  I was eagerly anticipating our first electric bill after we turned on our Solar Awning.  Yeah, I’m probably a little crazy, but I was excited to see how low our net-usage was, that is, how little electricity we used from the grid. Here […]

Going for Solar: Flipping the Switch To Green Energy (Step 11)

We finally got the go ahead from the electric company to turn on our solar awning on November 19, 2010. It was a bright, sunny day and I took a quick break from work to run home and flip the switch. Usually your solar contractor gives you basic training on how your system works,  then […]