Category Archives: Pondering

Energetic and sometimes lethargic musings about energy-related topics and events.

How Ductless Mini-Splits Beat Oil Heat, Even in a New England Winter

February 20, 2017

We get asked often about the performance of ductless mini-splits for heating in winter. Specifically, we are asked about their efficiency and how they compare to the more traditional forms of New England heating systems. With traditional heating sources like natural gas and oil, we burn a fossil fuel and capture the heat from combustion.…  Read the entire post »

Here’s to a Sunny, Solar-Filled 2017

January 18, 2017

Let’s face it — the mood around the country is unsettled to say the least. But there is much to be optimistic about, like the fact that the U.S. government extended the 30% federal tax credit on solar energy systems through 2019. And no matter what’s going on around you, you can always count on…  Read the entire post »

400 PPM. So what.

December 14, 2016

If you’ve been paying attention to non-election news, you may have heard that recently scientists measured carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in our atmosphere above 400 parts per million (ppm) at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. So what? When I started New England Clean Energy, I was also presenting for Al Gore. Gore had organized the…  Read the entire post »

Bottled Water and Garbage Patches

October 26, 2016

The New York Times has a great new quiz to help you gauge the impact of drinking bottled water. It’s quick, it’s fun, and it’s important, so I encourage you to take it.     The quiz got me thinking about “garbage patches” or “gyres” — something I haven’t done in a while. I decided…  Read the entire post »