Shining More Light on Energy Efficiency and Green Building

Solar Gift

This article was contributed by Samantha Alexander, contributor to the blog. The blog serves as a resource center for insurance consumers and homebuyers across the country. Going solar produces obvious benefits for the environment and for your pocketbook – you already know you can save money while eliminating or at least reducing your… read more

We love the sun!

I grew up on the beaches in Florida and my wife grew up on the rocky coast of Sweden. Our daughters have grown up loving the sunshine in Colorado. We have always been thinking of ways to recycle, reuse, and conserve to make the world a better place for our children. We have been considering… read more

An evolution of off grid

My husband and I have been living off the grid since the early 1970s, homesteading in a rural community settled during the ‘Back-to-the-Land’ movement in northern California – when undeveloped land was affordable if you were willing to work hard and live simply. We started out with candles and kerosene lamps. Later graduated to lighting… read more

Caring for the family winery

Having been a general contractor in one geographic area for forty years, our reputation was all about quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. I never accepted work less than 99.9% perfect. Attention to detail was paramount. I started our family winery in 1994. We built all the structures at the vineyard with the same due care,… read more

Consumption Habits and the Ideas of Less and More

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Revisited Of the three ingredients in the environmental movement’s “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra, “reduce” is most often overlooked. “Reuse” is celebrated by a culture of artists who transform would-be trash into sculptures, mosaics or birdhouses, and by a niche market of products that extend other goods’ lives (for example, a plastic bag… read more

Putting knowledge to use in the northeast

I am a mechanical engineer and licensed home inspector in upstate NY.  I have a strong passion for making the world a better place through green and sustainable initiatives.  Solar PV is one simple way to do this.  I am in the process of installing a PV array with Real Goods Solar on my current… read more

Blessed with bright sunshine in Colorado

I have lived in Colorado for more than forty years and have come to enjoy the nearly continuous bright sunshine with which we are blessed. We have always lived in the central part of Denver in older houses. Although these houses have many challenges, they are well built and in many cases have good solar… read more

Taking the next step to a lower energy footprint

I have an engineering background and even spent some time in the solar industry. I appreciate the environmental benefits of solar and agree that we need to diversify our energy options to sustainable sources. But I’m also a numbers guy. As a family looking to lower our energy footprint, we have limited capital with which… read more

Going solar to secure steady energy rates

Our family decided to “Go Solar” after the 2012 presidential election. With economic uncertainties, and an administration that has stated that its policies will cause energy prices to “necessarily sky-rocket”, we’ve chosen to make an effort to secure steady rates for our power needs as well as protect ourselves from a potential energy crisis. We… read more