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Going Solar (Plus Storage): A Vermont Homeowner Shares Her Experience

The Ouellette home features 27 solar panels along with two Powerwall batteries. Courtesy photos.

By Janice Ouellette, Clean Energy Group

My husband Dan and I feel very fortunate to live in the “Green” Mountain State of Vermont. In recent years, programs have emerged that have brought clean, renewable and affordable energy to the […]

Craftsbury Sculling Program Enlists Electric Boats

Electric launches are used by coaches for the Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s sculling program. Photos courtesy of COC.

Roger Lohr

Seven years ago, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s (COC) sculling program director, Troy Howell, received a mission-oriented directive from the organization to look into acquiring and using electric boats for the operation. In November 2008, Dick […]

How To Avoid Harmful Chemicals In Plastic

Reduce Exposure to Toxic Household Plastics

Reprinted from U.S. PIRG. Originally posted at https://uspirg.org/feature/usp/how-avoid-harmful-chemicals-plastic

Image: www.humannhealth.com

Everyday plastic items contain many chemicals, some of which have documented negative health impacts. Most notably, phthalates and bisphenols are known endocrine disruptors and have health impacts ranging from reproductive development and fertility […]

USDA REAP Grants Awards for Farmers, Ag Producers & Small Businesses

Foster Farm Botanicals in East Calais, VT will use its grant award to install a74.4kW ground-mount solar array. Photo courtesy Foster Farm Botanicals.

Kevin Lambert

On August 20, it was announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $919,474 in grant funding to farmers, producers and small businesses in New Hampshire, […]

NatureFest Goes Virtual

Teaching children how to build birdhouses. Courtesy photos.

Joan Rech

NatureFest is an enjoyable and educational event sponsored by Friends of Moreau Lake State Park (just north of Saratoga Springs, NY). “Friends” is a non-profit group that sponsors activities and in general supports the park. NatureFest is their biggest event. Non-profits and government agencies […]

I LIKE Killing Flies!

Author is ready to take care of flies with his soap solution. Courtesy photo.

Larry Plesent

My wife owns a bakery and, as you know, flies and restaurants do not mix. Hence, the title of this month’s musing on all things natural and sustainable, “I LIKE Killing Flies”.

Did you know that all insects […]

Pathways

Artwork courtesy of Joyce Dutka.

David Fried

In a hectic world, I like to be surrounded by plants as I walk along, tasting, breathing it all in.

Like a bee visiting flowers, I walk the pathways between the plants.

When I walk around the farm, one path takes me from the blueberries to the […]

New DOE Rule For Evaluating Energy Conservation Of Appliances & Equipment

Appliance and equipment standards are saving consumers and businesses billions of dollars. Image: energy.gov

Effective date of this rule is October 19, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Final Rule amending its decision-making process for selecting energy-conservation standards by specifying that it will conduct a comparative analysis of the relative […]

Energy Efficiency Appears Prominently in New Climate Plans

Wendy Koch, ACEEE Senior Director, Marketing and Communications

United States Capitol in Washington DC at night

Energy efficiency appears prominently in recent proposals to address climate change, underscoring its ability to deliver dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Nationwide building retrofits, net-zero construction, fuel efficiency, electric vehicles, and industrial decarbonization — cornerstones of the […]

Efficiency Vermont’s Efficiency Excellence Network Contractor Spotlight:

Alliance Mechanical of Essex Junction, VT

The Alliance Mechanical Team. Courtesy photo.

Interview with Tim Campbell, Energy Solutions Manager

1. What is your area of expertise?

Alliance Mechanical’s expertise is in proactive maintenance, HVAC system repair and replacement, building automation, and boiler services, all for commercial customers. Building automation includes the latest energy […]