The digital grid, also known as the smart grid, has created quite a buzz in recent years.
No one designed the current grid. It is a patchwork of different parts that merged together as electrical service became more widespread. After nearly everyone had electrical service, regulators and the industry attempted to impose some order on it.
It has served us well, but it is vulnerable to massive disruption. It is vulnerable to large-scale blackouts and a tempting target for terrorists. The rise of renewable energy has subjected it to new strains.
New battery technology is beginning to store electricity to help integrate renewables with the grid. The idea of microgrids allows local areas to operate independently of each other. That way, they can insulate themselves from power failures that occur elsewhere.
Digital grid technology promises to combine these and other innovations to create a system more responsive and resilient than we have ever known. Continue reading →
Building a new house is exciting, and even more so when it’s an environmentally friendly house. However, before you hire a contractor, make sure you understand all the important elements of building a green home.
Before You Start
Be ambitious and aim high. Nevertheless, given the obvious altruistic motivations behind going green with your build, you may need to bring a touch of realism to your grand designs. Every green build does indeed make a difference and have a positive impact on our environment, but you can’t save the planet in the build of your house.
Bringing in an experienced green contractor can help, but ultimately it is only you who are responsible for your own house. How will you create the perfect symbiosis between you, your loved ones and your space? Continue reading →
Don’t make the same mistake that I did.
My mistake was not knowing about reusable feminine hygiene products until I was in my early 30’s. I wasted a ton of money, exposed myself to more chemicals than necessary, and created a lot of waste that went to the landfill.
How did I not figure this out sooner? I’m not sure, but I hope that you can avoid this same mistake.
There are better ways in the world of feminine hygiene. Let’s look at some options. Continue reading →
Lithium-ion batteries have powered electronic devices since 1991. Tesla has successfully used them for cars and storage of renewable energy. They are expensive and dangerous.
The search for new green battery technology has not yet found any viable alternatives to lithium batteries. But developments over the past year show promise. Continue reading →
Americans generate more than 250 million tons of trash every year, which amounts to more than 1,600 pounds per person annually. We recycle or compost just over a third of it. Most of the rest goes to landfills, with all their environmental problems. What are alternatives to landfills?
Basically, we can either bury it or burn it. Nowadays, burning it means using waste-to-energy (WTE) technology. Continue reading →
Making your home more sustainable may seem an expensive and disruptive task. It doesn’t have to be. As Vincent Van Gogh said, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together”.
And so it is with starting a sustainable home. Take what you have right now, and just . . . start.
It needn’t be complicated, as these five simple ideas will show you: Continue reading →