Renewable Energy

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Cuba and Vermont Perspectives on Energy and Culture, Part 1

By Paul Scheckel

The first in a series of weekly postings about my visit to Cuba with a delegation of energy industry professionals, and a Cuban colleague’s visit to Vermont for a similar tour. Along the way we learned about efficiency and renewables, and some striking contrasts between ourselves and our countries were revealed.

'Life Off Grid'

By Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart

In this blog post we describe the choices we made in producing and editing our film, "Life Off Grid."

DIY Solar Power Is a Wise Choice

By Doug and Jennie Ostgaard

With photovoltaic (PV) panel technology you can tap into the amazing world of free totally renewable energy from the sun. You generally cannot find a better more reliable source of power on the planet that solar. In our book you will find that a DIY on grid/off grid system is very affordable and a wise choice for almost everyone.

Holiday Meals, the Food Coma and Climate Change

By Paul Scheckel

What do holidays, indoor air quality and global warming have in common?


The Top 3 Green Energy Trends for 2015

By James White

Learn about three consumer-driven green energy trends for 2015 that will have a direct impact on our pocketbooks in the coming year, including net-zero energy homes, electric vehicles, and green energy production.

Biogas in Winter: Heating a DIY Biogas Digester

By Warren Weisman

With a little bit of planning and DIY know-how, it is possible to thumb your nose at old-man winter and enjoy biogas in subzero temperatures.

Biogas All Stars: Marcello Ambrosio

By Warren Weisman

International non-profit biogas professionals and their projects.

Life. Off the Grid.

By Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart

This initial blog post tells the story of how Phillip Vannini became interested in off-grid living and how he began — together with Jonathan Taggart — to do research on the off-grid lifestyle in Canada.