Going Geothermal with Ground Source Heat

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | March 29th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: carbon emissions, clean energy, climate change, Department of Energy, electricity, energy efficiency, energy efficiency rebates, environment, fossil fuels, geoexchange system, geothermal, geothermal system, global-warming, green energy, green home, green incentives, ground source heat pump, GSHP, HVAC, renewable-energy, solar-power, sustainability, tax incentives, the grid, wind power

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Sure, you’ve thought about adding solar panels to your roof as a way of reducing your home’s carbon footprint. Maybe you’ve even given wind power a gander. But what about ground source heat pumps?

Take a Video Tour of the Gaiam HQ & Meet Some Really Smart People

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | August 21st, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Green Living | tags: gaiam cafe, Gaiam Garden Gaiam headquarters, Gaiam office, solar-power, video tour

Go behind the scenes at our headquarters in Boulder, Colo., in this clip created and hosted by the fabulous Director Kasey Luber. Our campus was a big stop on her recent “50 Days” tour of yoga studios around the west (since we do, after all, have a yoga studio right here in our building). Meet a few of our Gaiam team members and get a peek at, you guessed it, our yoga studio — plus our our solar power system, Gaiam Cafe, Gaiam Garden, filming studio, customer service center, mock retail store and more. Put a few friendly faces to the Gaiam name — and see where we do all the good things you make it possible for us to do!

Cool Your Car, Save The Planet

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | July 8th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: cars, Green Living, solar, solar panels, solar-power

Summer means swimming pools and hot dogs and… boiling hot cars. Raise your hand if you’ve recently almost burnt your hand on your steering wheeling after your ride’s been baking in the sun.

Where the Jobs Are

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | February 12th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: alternative fuel vehicles, building retrofitting,, energy efficiency, environmental careers, Fortune, green sector, green-jobs, President Obama, solar-power, sustainable industries, wind energy

Raise your hand if you’ve been sitting at your soul-deadening, eye-ball-glazing, brain-frying cubicle job, preparing your latest round of TPS reports and saying to yourself, “I just wish there was a job out there where I could both enjoy myself and do good for the planet. And, you know, not starve.”

What’s So Smart About a Smart Grid?

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | February 5th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: electricity, energy efficiency, energy efficient, GE, power, President Obama, renewable-energy, smart grid, solar-power, Super Bowl Ads, T. Boone Pickens, wind energy

Smart grids. Everyone’s talking about them. President Obama wants to include the beginnings of a new smart grid in the economic recovery package. Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens started calling for an overhaul of the power grid last year as he touted his wind energy plan. And GE even laid down a serious chunk of change to run ads during the Super Bowl (featuring the Wizard of Oz’s hapless scarecrow) simply to convince folks a smart grid might be quite a nice thing to have — and perchance also that GE would be a dandy company to help build it. (See the ad on Earth2Tech.)

The Motion of the Ocean: A Cheat Sheet on Wave Power

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | October 15th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: alternative energy, clean energy, current energy, ocean-generated power, renewable-energy, solar-power, tidal energy, wave energy, wave farms, wave power, waves, wind energy

Every now and then, you’ll hear about a new wave energy project, and if you’re like me, your reaction is probably, “Waves, energy, that sounds cool.” But then I wonder, if wave power is so cool, how come it’s not being implemented more widely? Maybe you’ve wondered that as well. If so, here’s your wave power cheat sheet.

SLI Adds More Green Jobs Training, Fuels Solar Growth

John Schaeffer by John Schaeffer | January 28th, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: green-jobs, renewable-energy, solar-living-institute, solar-power, trends

The Solar Living Institute just published its amazing new class schedule. This nonprofit is doing more to promote solar energy than any other organization I know of — especially with its recent focus on green careers and green workforce development.

3 Green New Year’s Resolutions

John Schaeffer by John Schaeffer | January 14th, 2008 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: biodiesel, gardening, phantom_loads, resolutions, solar-power

It’s that time of year when we all vow to purge our weaknesses and get back to the business of doing the right thing. While 2007 was a pretty good year for me in the scheme of the last decade, still there are myriad ways to improve. I thought I’d share a few of the things I intend to do in 2008 to be a more environmentally conscious being. While living in an off-the-grid solar house with no electric company and no gas powered vehicles is a start, there is always a long way to go to lighten the proverbial footprint. For starters I intend to:

Celebrities Usher in a Green Christmas

Suzanne Byrne by Suzanne Byrne | November 30th, 2007 | No Comments
topic: Celebrity Planet, Green Living | tags: Brooke Shields, Celebrity Planet, diapers, energy saving light bulbs, environmentalism, Josh Groban, Keri Russell, lili taylor, Nick Lachey, solar-power, Tony Bennett

Seeing as the tree in New York City’s Rockefeller Center has been lit, the holiday season is officially underway. Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Brooke Shields, Nick Lachey and Ashley Tisdale were among the celebrities there for the flipping of the switch in Manhattan. One big difference this year is that the 84-foot-tall Norway spruce is sporting energy-saving bulbs and solar panels on top of a nearby building will help power them. ‘Tis the season to go green

Solar Goes Mainstream: 2007 Trend report

John Schaeffer by John Schaeffer | November 26th, 2007 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: PV, silicon, solar-power, trends

This fall’s Solar Power 2007 Conference in Long Beach, Calif., was a real eye opener.

For one thing, it was the first time I felt underdressed at a solar conference! I’ve been going to solar conferences since the early 1980s, and most were noted for their ragtag conglomeration of mission-passionate solar pioneers with stars in their eyes. At this event — the third largest ever, behind SolFest and the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair — it was all suits. In place of mom-and-pop solar businesses were billion dollar companies like SunPower, QCell, Sharp Solar, Kyocera, Conergy, and SunTech.