Heating Cooling & Energy

 
Choosing the right firewood
Dense hardwoods like maple, oak, birch and cherry are some of the better woods for heating. Different species of wood are available in different areas, so the best firewood will vary by location. . Using softwood is less than ideal for home heating, largely because of how fast it...
The installation of tidal turbines In New York’s East River
Renewable power sources such as sun and wind present challenges for grid operators in being able to consistently meet demand.  Tidal and river generators remove that unknown, and Cornwall, Ontario will soon benefit from a river turbine pilot project. A project started in 2002 by...
Photovoltaic solar panels
It has been estimated that the sun provides as much energy in 15 minutes as humans use in a year. By taking advantage of that with heating and electrical generation, we can work to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Solar energy Our future truly depends on us continuing to develop...
Water
Heating water accounts for one fifth of our energy consumption and there’s a lot we can do to improve that. Insulate your water heater and pipes © Mike...
Design ideas that can help you build a durable, healthy and efficient home
Many systems for controlling the air quality and temperature in our homes are intertwined. Here is a look at some of the options for efficiently heating, cooling and bringing fresh air into your home. The very first thought for efficient home design should always be passive solar. It...
Plastic in landfill
While we are not advocating burning oil to heat homes and commercial buildings, the reality is that that is the source of much of our heat. A new technology is immerging that promises to at least lighten the burden of that, and hopefully slow our extraction of oil. Though we all...
OFFSHORE WIND PROJECT
With the largest energy infrastructure project since the end of the war, Germany is setting out to replace 17 nuclear reactors by the year 2020 with renewable energy sources. Already a leader in solar energy, they plan to be the first developed nation to end its reliance on fossil fuels. ...