easy steps you can take to reduce your electromagnetic pollution exposure

posted December 6, 2016

Photo from Flickr account Arralyn!

Every little bit helps! These fifteen steps from Katie Singer are also good initiatives towards reducing energy usage, reconnecting with the physical world, and saving your sanity.

I like number 5 the best:

5. Think of your mobile phone as a message-taker. Program it to let you know every two hours whether or not you’ve got a message. (This way, you won’t get zapped 24/7; and you’ll get more work done, since you won’t have to respond to constant messages.) Turn off the bluetooth and Wi-Fi antennas. Keep them off. If you must make a call, keep the phone in speakerphone mode. Do not keep the phone near your head, in your bra or pants pocket.

amazing new energy source: introducing TREES

posted August 26, 2015

Scientists at the Climate/Energy Design and Research institute (CEDAR) have just announced the discovery of an astounding new energy source that promises to solve several of humanity’s thorniest dilemmas at once.

“This is a paradigm-shifting moment,” says Dawn O’Newday, the engineer in charge of the project. “Whatever your game is, this changes it. Big time.”

The new energy source, called TREES (Totally Renewable Energy, Emissions capture, and Storage) is, as the name suggests, completely renewable. Unlike conventional power plants, TREES devices use no fuel; and unlike most solar and wind technologies, TREES requires no non-renewable materials for the manufacture of panels or turbines.


solutions for self reliance

posted August 19, 2015


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light up the farm

posted September 19, 2012

with Sustainable Energy!
2012 Field Day Series offers “How-to” information on incorporating solar panels, wind turbines, radiant heat, passive solar and ecological stewardship practices into your farm or homestead.

Have you been considering transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy on your farm or homestead?  The farmers in the 2012 “Light Up the Farm with Sustainable Energy” Fall field day series are eager to show you how.  The farms in our 2012 series produce a wide range of products spanning vegetables, poultry, milk, eggs, honey, garlic, koi fish, and even lemons and figs!  And they are all doing so using sustainable energy. Solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind turbines, radiant heat, and a variety of other ecological production techniques are empowering these farms to stabilize their energy bills into the future and conserve resources for the next generation. During these farmer-led, inspiring tours, you’ll learn about how to decide what renewable energy source is right for you; grants and loans available for financing; installers that work with farmers; and other sustainable production techniques.  All field days are free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.  Sponsored by Northeast SARE and the Cornell Small Farms Program.  To learn about funding opportunities from NE SARE, visit www.nesare.org 

Region:  Central NY, Schoharie County
Address:  116 Davis Rd. Summit, NY 12175.

October 5, 2012. 10am – noon.  Energy from the Sun! Summit Naturals Organic Farm.  Leo Siemion will give us a tour of the sustainable energy features on his 25 acre organic farm. (more…)

a wonderful program

posted April 11, 2012

Training unemployed construction and building workers in the skills of energy retrofit.  This is a magnificent use of public investment!

Home Energy Retrofit Exchange
The Retrofit Exchange was designed to address the critical worker shortage. This Retrofit Marketplace Exchange networks the entire industry together, automates many of the missing business skills, and improves the rate of success for small efficiency retrofit businesses.  It is designed to engage both small businesses and larger contractors in entering the retrofit market to build an industry at scale.

A public/private training consortium being developed in collaboration with the University of Central Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri provides a case study to support the development of high-level national standards for training a national home retrofit workforce