Posts from — August 2004

Intro to renewable energy
by JULIETTE SMITH on AUGUST 31, 2004 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY

There are still places for the Intro to Renewable Energy course by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association on the 11th Sept 2004. The course is for anyone interested in living a more sustainable life based on renewable energy, but doesn’t know where to start.


Micro hydro revolution
by JULIETTE SMITH on AUGUST 31, 2004 - 2 Comments in ENERGY, WATER

Micro hydro is the most cost-effective and efficient source of alternative energy.

A micro hydro plant

A micro-hydro system will produce 10 to 100 times more power than photovoltaic or wind power systems for the same investment.


Gas barbecues
by JULIETTE SMITH on AUGUST 30, 2004 - 0 Comments in ENERGY, FOOD, MOBILE

We all love barbecues. But what’s best, gas or charcoal?

Gas barbecues are more eco-friendly than charcoal — they are more energy-efficient and release less pollution. Gas won’t give a funny flavour to your food like charcoal briquettes. Gas barbecues are not all expensive, and some are small enough to be taken on camping trips. Here’s where to find some online.


Garden Solar water feature
by JULIETTE SMITH on AUGUST 30, 2004 - 0 Comments in ENERGY, LAND, WATER

Water fountains and other garden features can be powered by small solar panels. Here’s where to find the cheapest ones.



Small is powerful
by JULIETTE SMITH on AUGUST 27, 2004 - 1 Comment in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101

If you’re grid-connected, a small wind turbine will reduce your electricity bill 50 to 90%… Small wind turbines are silent and easy to set up.

Small wind

A small turbine should be placed at an unobstructed site, for optimum efficiency — a rooftop is fine, small turbines don’t need towers.


Don’t bin it — compost it
by JULIETTE SMITH on AUGUST 27, 2004 - 0 Comments in LAND

Clean and easy to use, a compost bin to recycle your organic waste is this year’s off-grid must-have accessory. Compost bins can be used in the city, placed in a garden or on a balcony. They reduce the mountain of waste and make something out of nothing. Here are the best ones available online.



Solar Jam & Rally
by JULIETTE SMITH on AUGUST 26, 2004 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY

SolarJam For those in the northeastern United States, a new half-day event called Solar Jam & Rally might be of interest. The event will be held Sat 28th Aug 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Burlington City Hall Park in Burlington, Vermont.
This solar-powered event is free and will feature live music, educational exhibits, and vegetable oil vehicles.

Uganda eco-retreat
by JULIETTE SMITH on AUGUST 26, 2004 - 0 Comments in MOBILE

Bushara is no ordinary holiday destination. This island on lake Bunyonyi in Uganda was turned into a sustainable eco-tourism facility in the late 90’s by the Ugandan NGO The Lake Bunyonyi Development Company (LBCD).


The lake is one of the rare swimmable lakes in Africa and the area is teeming with wildlife – it’s not too far from the mountains, where you can spot gorillas.


GE to open renewable energy lab
by JULIETTE SMITH on AUGUST 26, 2004 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

Megacorp General Electric doesn’t intend to be left out of the race for the new oil. The energy giant is opening a new $52 million research lab for renewable energy technologies near Munich, Germany.


The new lab is just another card in GE’s game to dominate the market for renewables.


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