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Project: Save Energy with Insulated Shutters

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has […]

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Power from the People – A Webinar with Greg Pahl

Renewable power is always better than fossil fuel power, but even solar and wind can stir up environmental concerns. Here in Vermont, where ridgeline construction is limited and restricted, residents are increasingly seeing their beloved landscapes interrupted by wind turbines. Meanwhile, activists in the southwest are seeing huge solar installations disrupt the delicate desert ecology. […]

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Playing Nuclear Roulette in Vermont

Vermont’s lone nuclear reactor — Entergy-owned Vermont Yankee — has been named one of the five worst reactors in the United States, according to the new book Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth, published by Chelsea Green Publishing. For much of the past Vermont Yankee has been the focus […]

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Seize the Power — It’s Energy Awareness Month!

If you’re a Chelsea Green fan (read: you’re concerned about the planet) and you suffered through the first Presidential debate last week, your ears probably perked up when the President and Governor Romney faced off about energy. Since they are politicians, we can assume most of what they said was either completely untrue, or so […]

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Project: Harvest Rainwater with Sand Filters

Here’s a great tip from Stephen and Rebekah Hren from their book The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit. Harvested rainwater needs filtration before it is potable. Pollution, particles from the air, debris from the collection system (your gutters) are not things you want to find in your tall glass […]

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Van Jones: Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

“We are entering the tough terrain of an unforgiving new century. But there is a path forward,” says Jones in this excerpt from Greg Pahl’s book, Power from the People. This book rests an optimistic message on a pessimistic premise. The sobering underlying thesis is that human civilization is already in big trouble—both ecologically and […]

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Power from the People is Here!

Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects by Greg Pahl is here! If you’ve ever looked up at the power lines feeding into your home and wondered if there could be a better way than giant plants miles from town supplying your electricity by burning dirty fossil fuels — […]

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Pre-Release Special: Power from the People

More and more Americans acutely sense that the old way of doing things — investing our savings in Wall Street companies who care little about our families and communities; depending on polluting, costly, and non-renewable sources of energy; eating food grown far away that makes us sick — is no longer working. People want to […]

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Energy Department Study Confirms Reinventing Fire‘s Vision

From TriplePundit, file in the extremely thin folder of articles that display governments’ ability to get with the program on climate change and peak oil! May there be many more such articles in the years to come, and maybe, just maybe, by 2050 we’ll get to celebrate real independence — from fossil fuels and the […]

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Join us at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair

Join Chelsea Green this weekend at the largest and longest running renewable energy and sustainable living event in the country – Register today! Each year the MREA Energy Fair transforms rural Central Wisconsin into the global hot spot for renewable energy education. The Energy Fair brings over 20,000 people from nearly every state in the […]

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