conservation

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Peak Moment: Creating a Home Graywater System

23 Mar 2009 | |
View all related to conservation | graywater | Peak Moment Television | Water
Trathen Heckman takes us on a step-by-step tour of how to make a safe, ecological and legal suburban home graywater system. Follow the water as it drains from the bathroom tub (and sink and laundry) through a unique valve leading into the backyard garden. (Episode 141).
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Richard Heinberg's MuseLetter: Energy Limits to Growth - Part III: Integrating Energy Sources

20 Mar 2009
View all related to conservation | Energy | Museletter | Sustainability
This issue of MuseLetter is Part III of a brief series of articles about energy alternatives, net energy, and the best options for an energy transition. Later this spring the articles will be published as a booklet by Post Carbon Institute and the International Forum on Globalization.
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Richard Heinberg's Museletter: The Conservation Imperative: Energy Limits to Growth and the Path to Sustainability - Part II

19 Feb 2009
View all related to conservation | Energy | Museletter | Sustainability
This issue of MuseLetter is Part II of a brief series of articles about energy alternatives, net energy, and the best options for an energy transition. Later this spring the articles will be published as a booklet by Post Carbon Institute and the International Forum on Globalization.
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Richard Heinberg's Museletter: The Conservation Imperative: Energy Limits to Growth and the Path to Sustainability

09 Jan 2009
View all related to conservation | Energy | Museletter | Sustainability
This issue of MuseLetter is Part I of a brief series of articles about energy alternatives, net energy, and the best options for an energy transition. Later this spring the articles will be published as a booklet by Post Carbon Institute and the International Forum on Globalization.
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Peak Moment: Powering the Rain Shadow

08 May 2008 | |
View all related to conservation | efficiency | hydro energy | off the grid | Peak Moment Television | solar power

Most of Washington State's San Juan Islands don't have grid electricity. Many people have relied on generators, but these days, an increasing number are turning to solar. Renewables installer Eric Youngren discusses how net metering works to pay individual energy producers for power they put back into the grid, and other incentives for small-scale renewable "power plants". He tells us about "run of the river" hydro, powered by diversions rather than dams in creeks. A strong advocate for conservation and efficiency, Eric says we could be running everything in the home on a fraction of the energy we now use, just with rooftop solar. Episode 109.

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Peak Moment: What Can One Person Do?

11 Jan 2008 | |
View all related to aquifer | Climate Change | compost | conservation | humanure | Peak Moment Television | plumbing | shower | toilet | Water | wells

If you enjoyed Sally Lovell's over-the-top treatise on her electric bike (episode 40), she's back, telling us other ways one person can make a difference - from fresh water to humanure. Her focus on water includes educating herself on where it comes from, effects of pollution and climate change, and conservation -- pressurized toilets, choice of washing machine, and ways to use that not-so-hot water while it's getting hot. As for humanure, listen in and find out! Episode 90.

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Peak Moment: A Cutting-Edge Architect's Eco-Friendly Home

11 Dec 2007 | |
View all related to conservation | green building | Peak Moment Television | Renewables

As an organizer in the American Institute of Architects, Chris Stafford has long promoted sustainable design. As a natural builder, he worked with straw bale and clay in Greece and Saudi Arabia. For his Port Townsend home, he considered site, size, materials and energy. The 1500 sq. ft home uses mostly non-toxic materials (and fewer of them), foam insulation, metal roofing, solar hot water for space heating, photovoltaics for electricity, and an innovative rainwater collector for landscape irrigation. Episode 86.

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Peak Moment: Energy Savings for the Home

22 Apr 2007 | |
View all related to conservation | Local Energy | Peak Moment Television | Renewables

Todd Cory lives in a zero energy home. He started by conserving a whopping 70% of his energy use. Then he installed solar hot water and electricity connected to the grid. This renewable energy installer brims with enthusiastic ideas about having fun consuming less energy, starting with "the low hanging fruit"-- what's easy and cheapest to do. Episode 57.