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.


78 Main St – 2 years later, Insulation

78 Main St

78 Main St

I love my house. It’s comfortable. It’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I continually look for ways to improve the energy systems, the windows (the least efficient part of my house), the heat distribution, but for the most part, the house functions really well and costs me very little or no money to run.

Irene Revisited

floodingThe damage caused by Hurricane Irene brought the threat of flooding to the forefront of everyone’s mind in the state of Vermont.  The eight inches of rain that fell on August 28th of 2011 caused over 700 million dollars in damaging and left 6 people dead

Hybrid and Plugged In

2002Prius, hybrid car

2002 Toyota Prius

I finally gave in to the fact that my 2002 Prius (gen1) was reaching the end of its life. It served me very well for the last 12 years. At 190,000 miles I was still able to get between 38 and 45 miles/gallon. It still had its original batteries and I never had a major maintenance problem.

But the car was too small to be my only vehicle for business, and it was having a little trouble starting up the gas engine in sub-0F temperatures.

Climate Change – What Can I do?

Climate change is happening and it will have a major effect on the lives of our grandchildren as well as disrupting just about everything. They may not be able to enjoy the Earth as we have enjoyed it. So, you may ask, “But what can I personally do?”
meatThis is a legitimate question as we all think that its cars, power plants and airplanes that cause all the problem. But, the answer may lie closer to home than we think. Data shows that 51% or more of climate change is caused by animal agriculture – the raising of meat animals for food.