Energy

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 don’t recall any holidays like St. Patrick’s Day…

Energy

Keys to Energy Independence – Part 3: Renewable Energy

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. The first two parts of this three-part series focused on using energy conservatively and efficiently. Once you…

Energy

Everything is Energy

As the sun rises, I’m fascinated with this immense source of energy. In an hour, more sunlight falls on the earth than what is used by the entire population in a year. The light and warmth of the star of our solar system is responsible for almost all of our energy, in a variety of…