Vital Communities – Solarize the Upper Valley

Vital Communities, Solarize Upper Valley has been helping home owners and businesses solarize.  Their goal is to increase the use of photovoltaic (PV) across our region.  They negotiated rates and award contracts to solar installers for the best possible outcome for the homeowner or business. Round One resulted in120 homes go solar and generated 640 kilowatts of power for the upper valley reducing carbon emissions by 552 metric tons. 

Off-Grid Workshop

We had a great get together of homeowners living off-grid and others who might want to some day.

Five people shared their experiences living off-grid or preparing to live off-grid. Here are some notes I took on their experiences:

Ground Source Heat Pumps

A few weeks back we had a very interesting workshop discussion that included the opportunity to hear from two home-owners with ground source heat pumps, also known as a geothermal system.

The basic idea is that the earth’s temperature anywhere below about 6 feet is a fairly constant at around 50F. It doesn’t matter if the outside temperature is 0F or 90F, the ground and the ground water temperature will be about 50F.

Long, Cold Winter Blues

It’s been one of the coldest, snowiest winters that I can recall. Despite all of that downright balmy-for-February weather they prattled on about during the Super Bowl, it’s yet another cold day here in the northeast.

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