The Sun of a German

With a name like O’Rourke, it was relatively easy to conceal the truth that my mother was a full-blooded German American.  Growing up in the 60’s, I sensed a very subtle stigma about being German, and the association with the crimes of Hitler and Nazi Germany.  I...

Keys to Energy Independence – Part 2: Efficiency

In order to achieve energy independence in our homes, we need to create a net-zero energy home. In short, this is where we produce as much energy as we consume using any number of renewable forms of energy. To do this, though, we need to use renewable energy...

Using Renewable Energy for a Change

As we learn more about the causes and effects of climate change, we see how complex the problem is. The depletion of our forests, particularly the rainforests of the Amazon, certainly reduces the earth’s capacity to naturally store the carbon from CO2 and produce the...