There is so much to learn and so little time to learn it. The world is growing and our resources are shrinking. As my interest in renewable technologies has developed, i am learning that there is way too much that needs to be done.
Energy Engineer - planner, philanthropist, designer, electrician, mechanic, meteorologist.
Company. Carbon credits? Any company can
The latest fad for Ski Resorts is advertising that their whole operation runs off of wind energy. They don't get their electricity from a wind turbine mounted on the side of the ski hill, but rather they simply pay a higher rate for their power, which the electric company confirms that that electricity comes from renewable source. What they don't advertise, is that they raise their ticket prices so that they can cover higher electricity rates
Master Refurbishment has to become the normal. We are such a wasteful culture that there must be improvements to refresh and refurbish furniture and appliances that have a lifespan based on appearance and not function. Dumpster diving, re-new-vation, renovation, thrift stores, finding a use for materials that we would normally throw away.
Consumer. WE MUST LIMIT OUR CONSUMPTION
Energy storage - thermal mass heat storage, battery, hydroelectric plant.
Indoor Air Quality
Embodied energy - amount of energy for production and transportation of material to site.
Big Belly Solar Trash Compactors cut down the number of times per week that recepticles have to be emptied.
We are inhabitants of the Earth.
Cradle to Cradle (not grave)
The R's of saving the environment: Reduce - Reuse - Recycle - (Rethink, Renew, Recover)
Did you know: Buildings make up 48% of total energy consumption in the United States.
Did you know: Reverse Metering: 1-to-1 in Germany, lowest rates imaginable for generating to the grid in the USA. U.S. utility companies offer the lowest possible buy-back rate for grid tied residential energy production. This is not such a terror, since many residental plants don't make more than they consume, however, Germany offers a 1-to-1 ratio given more financial incentive to local solar energy production.
House design: reclaimed materials, utilizes passive heating and cooling techniques to minimize amount of energy usage.