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Roof Mounted - Residential Wind Turbine

Roof Mounted – Residential Wind Turbine

Finally. Quiet, Safe, wind power for your roof. Up until now, most wind installations required you looking above the tree line, for wind streams.

Conservation Corps

Conservation Corps

A timely post from during the campaign, revisted now. Auto workers, manufacturing workers, college students, all need work. Work creates value, creates income, creates a better economy.

A Green Snowblower

To continue my migration to all things green, my big, heavy, smokey snowblower has find it’s new home under my deck. Yes, I might have to get some exercise this winter.

Here in New England we expect anywhere from 75 to 120 inches of snow each year, and it needs to be removed from driveways and sidewalks. In true American style, we have built some monster snowblowers, to do the heavy lifting for us. Gas powered, noisy, newspaper eating, propellors throwing the snow 30 feet in the air. Fun, yes. Green, no.

Residential Solar - A Real World Example

Residential Solar – A Real World Example

I am in the process of designing and quoting a solar electrical system for a house I recently purchased. This is a ‘Split Level’ Home of approximately 1900 sq feet. The heating systems is electric baseboard. I researched several local companies that provide a soup to nuts service and installation.

Once you have selected a provider, the first step is usually a quick suitability review from the installer. With an address, they can pull up google maps and get a view of your house, determine the orientation and roof structure. From that initial review you get some immediate feedback about solar applicability on your house.

Residential Wind Turbine - Vertical

Residential Wind Turbine – Vertical

I am a big proponent of vertical axis wind turbine vs large rotored wind turbines. I believe they have more real world uses than, their ‘bigger is better’ horizontal cousins.

Residential Geothermal – Here now. Is it Cost Effective?

The idea, which is being proven effective every day by companies like Climatemaster and Waterfurnace is a real choice for new construction, public buildings and upgrading your home system. The earth absorbs almost 50% of all solar energy and remains a nearly constant temperature of 50°F to 70°F depending on geographic location. Working with an […]

Battery Powered Lawnmower

Battery Powered Lawnmower

My next investment is a battery powered lawnmower from a company in Vermont, called Neuton Power Equipment. I am awaiting arrival of the 19″ mower. This is a new model, most to date, have been smaller in width, 16″ and under powered. This makes it more work to mow the lawn, more passes across the lawn, even more frequent cutting because it can not handle the longer grass. I hope this model can fill the bill.

Vertical Wind Turbine – Quiet Revolution

I love this idea. The problem with many wind turbine installations has been the NIMBY it fosters in local communities. The large turbines, destroy the view, make too much noise and cost too much. Those are the usual complaints. We have a major wind project held up along the cape cod coast for exactly these […]

Geothermal Units

Duh… Makes a lot of sense. If you only need to heat something 10-15 degrees (water temp around 55 degrees 30 feet) vs 30-50 (air temperature) degrees, it makes sense that it would take less energy to do it. That is my simple logic for geothermal energy. I was aware of it’s widespread use in Iceland, but wasn’t aware there was a residential system. At least one that seems to be getting some traction. From my limited research it seems like this company gets the most press.