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“Global Climate Disruption” and the Never-Ending Summer

Glad to see that the White House has officially adopted Global Climate Disruption over Climate Change or Global Warming as the name for what is sure to dominate the news for the next few generations. We’ve been advocating this title for a few years now. Since greenhouse gas accumulations can do things like melt the Greenland ice sheet and potentially bring the Gulf Stream to a halt, thus resulting in a new Ice Age for Europe and the Northern US, the term Global Warming can seem like a misnomer, even though generally speaking the planet is getting warmer. And Climate Change just sounds too natural and benign. In our neck of the woods in the Piedmont of North Carolina, we’re having another hellish summer that just won’t quit. Some highlights: – Rainfall eight inches below normal – 84 days above 90F and counting. Before 2007 we had never had more than 72, but in 2007 we had 83. Next week, the official start of Fall, the predicted highs are in the mid-90s and no rain. The spinach I planted last week thinks I’m an asshole. – 2010 tied with 1998 as hottest year on record for US. Sorry to bitch and moan, but as a representative for all the plants outside, I had to say something. Stephen and Rebekah Hren are the authors of The Carbon-Free Home, and the newly released A Solar Buyer’s Guide for the Home and Office.

Solar homes sell 20% faster, for 17% more

It has been over 10 years since we’ve seen a new report on the relative benefits of selling a house with solar installed. Homeowners pondering installing solar frequently ask whether the resale value of the house will be positively effected. So we were glad to see this new comparative study from the National Renewable Energy […] Read More..

Solar Buyer’s Guide Table of Contents

Most solar books out there just focus on introductions to solar electricity. Ours provides a comprehensive overview of the three main solar technologies (photovoltaics, hot water, and heating), understanding financing, dealing with installers, and much more. Here’s the Table of Contents to give you a better understanding: CH 1: Types of solar CH 2: What’s […] Read More..

Solar Power International 2010 Day 1: Lakota Sioux Leading Nation Away From Fossil Fuels

Rebekah is spending the week nerding out on all things solar at Solar Power International 2010 in Los Angeles. She’s picking one item as the “cool solar thing of the day” and blogging on Huffpo about it. Henry Red Cloud is a respected Lakota elder and a fifth-generation descendent of the last Lakota war chief […] Read More..

Carbon-Free Military?

Here’s some news that we would hesitate to call “good” but is certainly ironic! The military, already hip to the reality of peak oil, is ordering less dependence on fossil fuels. They better be careful, because if we succeed as a nation to wean ourselves from those bad boys, we just might not need a […] Read More..

Lots of Rooftop PV = Steady Power

One of the concerns with renewable electricity such as solar and wind is the variability of the power generated. We’ve always suspected that a diverse array of renewable energy installations would average out into a steady supply, and it’s great news to see this confirmed with a recent study by US Department of Energy. Rebekah […] Read More..