Archive for the Category Green


Sam is my new “green” hero

He installed a solar water heater and 14 PV panels on his roof. Still waiting to hear how much energy he generates, but it’s still a very cool thing to do. When I eventually own a house, I anspire to follow in the good example that Sam has set in installing solar water heat and energy creating PV cells. Way to go Sam, I salute your forward-thinking eco-evangelism!

Gas Price Trends Pre-Election

As I had observed a few years ago, gas prices tend to drop dramatically just prior to an election and will go up afterward.

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Reason Number 256 Why Google Rocks

They’ve just announced that they are planning on spending 10’s to 100’s of millions of their own research money to prove that renewable and clean energy creation is able to be brought down to the same, or lower, cost levels of current coal power generation. It’s an ambitions task, but will certainly be a huge push that could jump start the renewable energy market.

From a USA Today article, Larry Page was quoted as saying “Our goal is to produce one gigawatt of renewable energy capacity that is cheaper than coal… We are optimistic this can be done in years, not decades.” As part of this push to research and push the cutting edge in renewable engergy, Google will be hiring talented engineers in many fields of related study.

News like this certainly puts a friendly face on Google despite the fact that it’s becoming a HUGE company; I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how successful this project is so that I can eventually buy my own solar, wind, and geothermal energy creation solution for my house (when I eventually own one).

[as heard on NPR’s Marketplace, in other news Verizon may become more “open” to a broader range of phones come next year]

[Related news: NYTimes, NYTimes 2, CNN Video, BBC ]

Doing our Part: Shopping bags

Lauren and I recently decided to pick up three recycled canvas EcoBags to go shopping with instead of using plastic bags. After talking about our impact on the environment by just shopping every week and consuming plastic bags, we decided that using canvas bags would help to minimize our impact on this earth.

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Thomas Edison… Forward Thinker from the Previous Century

Apparently, electric vehicles, “green” houses, wind power generation, and solar power are not new ideas by any stretch of the imagination.

According to a NYTimes article about Edison, the Magician of Menlo Park envisioned cars running solely on clean electrical power and houses not connected to “the grid.”

Edison worked with Henry Ford to produce running electric vehicles (Who’d have thought that Ford, of all companies would have had one of the first, though almost a hundred years ago and discontinued from production?) and build a model home with all modern luxuries that could be powered off of renewable energy in the ‘burbs of New Jersey. He even went so far as to state “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

If that’s not forward thinking that’s 100 years ahead of his own time, I don’t know what is. It’s too bad we didn’t listen to him until the last 15-20 years.