Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Won't you join us for EarthHour 2009

This will not cost you anything... I promise.
Join this world wide event on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 local time.

Thank you.
How easy is that.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring projects are in the air...

March in Upstate New York can be very nice, but can still be challenging when it comes to the weather. We had snow the first day of spring. Not a lot, but snow none-the-less. I am trying to turn the thermostat down a little, but with 15 - 20 degree F evenings, it still gets pretty cold.

I still have some projects to do inside, but can't help but look forward to some out door work. I have to start making my list. Of course, it does depend on the cost of the project. Anything that has a price tag of more cash than I carry in my pocket right now, will need to be reviewed and considered for worthiness. If it is a green project, we have to consider the payback period. Projects for the kids will need to be reviewed for how busy it keeps them. Then there is the "honey do" list. Anything that keeps my wife happy gets serious consideration, keeping in mind the amount of cash I carry in my pocket.

But seriously, I am looking at several projects that are green in nature and should be easy on the wallet. For one I am going to build a nicer compost corner in our yard. This should not cost anything as I still have left over lumber from a previous project. Then I would like to light up the backyard using a solar panel, a car battery and 12 volt lighting. Lastly, I would like to consider solar pool heating this year. There are many DIY solar pool heating installation kits that are not that expensive. This should be a lot of fun. I will have to keep you posted on these projects and more.

I can't wait for the weather to turn warmer. Also... I had better complete my indoor projects fast;-)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Earth: the Sequel: Did you watch the show on Discovery?

Highlighting the contents of the book Earth: the Sequel, the show was a very informative session, that showed some great innovators working to reduce CO2 emissions and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

They covered the major areas of renewable technologies. This included: geothermal power, solar power, wind power, bio-fuel production, hydro-power from flowing water currents, and electric cars. Inventors and entrepreneurs described how they are working to use renewable energy as a way to make money and provide jobs.

It was great to see how some projects are already making a significant impact on reducing CO2 emissions. Then there were others who will see production scheduled within the next couple of years. Now that is exciting.

Most of the show was dedicated to large scale projects such as PV installation in Arizona. But the smaller ones will have impact none-the-less once fully realized.

However, to really make it work, it will take political involvement in the way of a comprehensive energy policy. Without this change high CO2 emissions will continue to be out of balance with clean energy and thereby negating the positive impacts already in place.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Earth: the Sequel

Our friends at the Environmental Defense Fund have partnered with the Discovery Channel to bring green energy technologies to life as never before:

The high-stakes race is on. The competitors are the smartest minds in America. And the prize will be the biggest explosion of wealth ever witnessed.
This is about the people who will solve the climate crisis and create wealth at the same time. It is about the minds that will save the planet, and what we can do to help them. Earth: The Sequel asks of us that we as a nation let them compete fairly in the world’s biggest business. We can avert the crisis, make the planet safe, and beat the climate challenge.

Watch this Wednesday 3/11 at 10 p.m. on the Discovery Channel. See a glimpse of the clean energy of the future. Watch the trailer: