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By Robert Rapier on Jun 1, 2011 with 71 responses

Book Review: Power Trip

Introduction I tend to accumulate a lot of books – sent to me by publishers and publicists – and they pile up on my desk until I have to make a trip somewhere. Because it takes a long time to get from Hawaii to anywhere else, I always grab a book or two from my stack to keep myself occupied while in a plane or while waiting for one. For my most recent trip, I grabbed Amanda Little’s book Power Trip: The Story of America’s Love Affair with Energy. Little describes herself as an environmentalist who — up until writing this book — had “one major blind spot” in her understanding of energy: “I also realized that this thing that… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Feb 7, 2008 with no responses

Instant Energy Savings

The latest issue of Mother Earth News has an interesting article on ideas to reduce your carbon footprint: 8 Easy Projects for Instant Energy Savings Some of them are going to be familiar to everyone here, but others may not be. This is what the author achieved: Here are the details: We cut our total energy use from 93,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year to 38,000 kWh per year. This is saving us $4,500 per year in energy costs, and has reduced our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 17 tons! Our rate of return on the money we invested in this program is more than 50 percent — tax free. Altogether, we took on 22 different projects, including two solar… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jan 21, 2008 with no responses

Building Green

At some point, I hope to own a zero energy home. (My wife is not as enthusiastic, so I have some persuading to do). Until then, I will cheerlead for those who are building green. I have previously written about my friend Jerry Unruh’s solar home in Colorado. Now here’s a very low energy home in Fort Worth. You may have heard of Heather’s Home, which has been featured in numerous media publications and has won lots of awards. The home’s features are: Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) High Efficiency Heating and Cooling System Solar Hot Water System Energy Star Doors, Windows, Appliances, Lighting Fluorescent and CFL Lighting Non VOC Interior Finishes Green Sustainable Products – Trim, Countertops, Floor Coverings, Finishes,… Continue»