Over the last few years, sustainable and renewable energy, particularly the energy coming from the big ball that we see travel across the sky every day, has simply fascinated me. This blog is a place to discuss my ideas on the topic, looking at both the both some of the applied ideas for living sustainably, as well as a bigger picture look at how energy is produced and used in the world around us.
My most practical experience has come from designing, building, and living in a very "green" home. It is highly insulated with a tight building envelope, designed with passive solar principles at the forefront, and is fully off the grid, with electrical power generated by photovoltaic solar panels. Being off-grid has forced me to think a great deal about how one really puts together a power and energy 'ecosystem'. I plan to share the lessons that I have learned during my journey.
The less applied path, but just as interesting to me, has been a broad examination of energy production, use, and storage, examining such questions as; How much energy do people really use over time? Where does it come from and where does it go? With solar energy, how is it harnessed to provide for our needs? Through technology? Through biology and the harvest of plants and animals? While these questions don't always have a direct impact on our day-to-day lives, they provide the big picture that frames those daily decisions. I will try to go out to the grand design and back in to the smaller details, to take those big ideas and put them at the scale of a single person, a building, or small plot of land.
About myself, I will just say that I get drawn into some interesting new idea on a regular basis. For each concept or question that draws me in, the best description for my interest would be 'obsession'. I do in-depth research, take notes, try my best to truly and deeply understand it, and have written out hundreds of pages of my thoughts on a multitude of topics, and up until now it has been simply for my own edification. I think that at least some of these thoughts have merit and deserve a wider audience than one. Hopefully you will agree.