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.

Climate Change and Our Economy

peepersPerhaps the most visible impact of global climate change in New England has been the increased concern over tropical storms and hurricanes.  Hurricanes Irene and Sandy are two recent examples of how northern parts of the country are being increasingly affected.  An often overlooked impact of climate change is how it affects New Hampshire’s tourist driven economy.

Weatherize Your Windows

Infrared Image of 78 Main St

Infrared Image of 78 Main St

As Garrett mentioned in last week’s blog, windows can be a big source of heat loss for many homes.

The picture is an infrared (IR) image of the back of my house (and Energy Emporium), 78 Main St. The dark colors represent colder temperatures, orange is warmer, and yellow represents the warmest parts of the image. This building has been super-insulated (click on 78 Main St Renovation to get some details), but you can still see where the most heat is being lost — through the windows.