Five Percent: Conserve Energy

Climate Change Is Important: Energy Conservation is the First Step

May 21, 2008

Low Hanging Fruit: Solar Panel Parking Lot Canopies

Light pollution Open parking lots are a blight on the landscape. They create “heat islands”, are poor at dealing with rain and snow runoff, have lights that generate light pollution and look ugly, and are unpleasant places to be in.

One technology solution promises to change this, the Envision Solar Grove. (more…)

March 23, 2008

Lights Out For an Hour, Saturday 8PM

Category: Conservation,Save Electricity,Take Actions – Tom Harrison – 8:53 pm

Earth Hour is upon us. Turn out your lights for an hour starting at 8PM (your local time) this Saturday the 29th. You won’t be alone. See my previous post for details and a link.

February 26, 2008

On March 29, Turn Out The Lights for One Hour: Earth Hour

Category: Conservation,Cool Sites,Little Things,Save Electricity,Take Actions – Tom Harrison – 10:29 am

Several readers have posted comments suggesting I look into Earth Hour US. It’s an effort to raise awareness, participants will turn off their lights for one hour on Friday March 29th at 8pm. It’s a small step, of course, but I think we can all learn from taking small steps.

A few years ago, we started taking small steps in our household to conserve energy. Our energy usage continues to fall, year over year since we started; we continue to become more and more aware of how we use energy that provides no benefit. I’ll bet we use at least 1/3 less energy now than in the past, yet none of the changes we have made have made any significant impact on how we live our life. It all started with a relatively small step.

Put the date on your calendar and join the others across the world taking this small first step.

September 5, 2007

Light Pollution: Energy Wasted by Public Lighting

Category: Big Things,News,Observations,Policy,Save Electricity – Tom Harrison – 11:49 pm

I came back from Deer Isle, Maine where I spent a long week on vacation. When surrounded by natural beauty and the sea, things meteorological and astrological seem more important. The weather was great, with clear skies for our whole visit. We watched the lunar eclipse from our bedroom (good thing, as it happened at 5:28 AM). And near the end of our visit, after the moon had started to rise later, we were treated to a perfectly clear, dark sky.

We lay, backs down on the grass, looking up. I showed my kids where the big constellations were, the Milky Way was clearly evident, shooting stars dotted the scene, and of course, billions and billions of stars. It was stunning, indeed it was awesome, and not in the sense of the word frequently used by my 10-year old and his friends. No, the scene produced a feeling of awe in all of us. (more…)