FireFly

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Some time ago my wife and I saw a poster at our local movie theater advertising a show called Serenity. It looked pretty good, both action/adventure (which my wife enjoys) and Sci-fi (which I enjoy). We watched it and loved it! Later I was talking about with with a friend and a co-worker overheard. “You…

Got (too much) Light?

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When we think about lighting we usually think about energy efficiency and lumens but we don’t take much time to think about light pollution. Light pollution is the side-effect of artificial lighting, and is responsible for any number of things including screwing up migratory patterns of birds and insects, loss of “a good night’s sleep”…

Solicitation for Products/Services for Review

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If you are a manufacturer or reseller of high-tech and/or green/environmentally friendly products I would like to review products for you! I will fully disclose in my review whether or not you’re providing the product/service for “evaluation only” or “for keeps” and will not hold back praise and/or constructive criticism, as warranted by that which…

Backyard Wind Turbine, Part 3: Installing the Tower Base

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Project Table of Contents What kind of energy should I harvest? City ordinance and neighborhood considerations Installing the tower base (this article) Building and securing the tower Building and installing the wind turbine Wiring up the electrical connections Wiring Preventing “reverse flow” Regulating and controlling the charge Batteries Dump Loads Afterward… This is the third…

Backyard Wind Turbine, Part 2: City ordinance and neighborhood considerations

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Project Table of Contents What kind of energy should I harvest? City ordinance and neighborhood considerations (this article) Installing the tower base Building and securing the tower Building and installing the wind turbine Wiring up the electrical connections Wiring Preventing “reverse flow” Regulating and controlling the charge Batteries Dump Loads Afterward… This is the second…

Not Hyper enough to be a HyperDriver? Try EcoDriving!

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Those of you that have been following my blog for any reasonable amount of time know that I have more than a passing interest in the American Native (or is that Native American?) tenet of living with nature and treating her with respect. I try and apply this philosophy in every aspect of my life,…

Is VoIP Green?

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VoIP Now has an interesting read about Voice over IP (VoIP) implementations and whether or not they’re a “greener” solution than traditional PBX/POTS systems (http://www.voipnow.org/2008/08/why-voip-needs-to-go-green.html). This site focuses on what end-users and residences can do to improve their lifestyle while reducing their impact on the environment, VoIP Now focuses more on business deployments of VoIP,…