Save Money – Go Solar

Solar-powered home in Henderson, NV.

One of the most satisfying things we can do is gain energy independence. Start with efficiency. Get a professional energy audit and follow the recommendations, however mundane they may be. Then it’s time for the fun part, installing solar panels. We all want to save money and get a good deal, especially on big-ticket items. Timing is everything and it is no different when buying a renewable ... Read More

From Daylighting to Moonlighting

Most people have no idea our solatube is really light from the sun.

Green buildings perform well by incorporating a variety of ways to increase efficiency and enhance occupant comfort. Perhaps one of the most common strategies is daylighting, a means of utilizing natural light for interior illumination. It not only reduces energy usage, but provides natural, full-spectrum light that enhances our well-being. When an architect designs a new green building, they ... Read More

Can’t Have it Both Ways

Rube Goldberg machines are overly-complex ways to do simple things.

I’ve done energy surveys on hundreds of homes to determine their suitability for renewable energy systems. One thing that I’ve learned is that many people are out of touch with energy reality. This is especially true in the U.S. where we’ve experienced more energy abundance (and waste) than any other generation that has ever lived. We want our power all right, and we want it cheap and unlimited. ... Read More