I confess that I used to be a dandelion anarchist. For years, after we moved into this house, I raged in silence at the City for spraying herbicides in the park behind us to kill off the dandelions and clover. It seemed to be such an archaic practice. After all, many cities had already banned…
Prices at the Pump
Flame Lit - Part V - A micro-blog series of energy definitions and quick facts to help improve energy literacy photo by author Prices at the Pump This is a photo of a 20-Litre jerry can that I bought after our city was evacuated due to wildfire in 2016. It would cost about $30 to… Continue reading Prices at the Pump
Flame Lit - Part V - A micro-blog series of energy definitions and quick facts to help improve energy literacy photo by author Gasoline Most of us still use gasoline to get around in our cars. We certainly obsess over the prices at the pump! Where does our gas come from anyway? Gasoline is… Continue reading Gasoline
Two Simple Tips to Save on Heating
Flame Lit - Part IV - A limited micro-blog series of energy definitions and quick facts to help improve energy literacy photo by author Two Simple Tips to save on Heating The Union of Concerned Scientists have a list of ten personal actions you can take to reduce your energy use and carbon footprint. These… Continue reading Two Simple Tips to Save on Heating
Your Home Furnace Basics
Flame Lit - Part III - A limited micro-blog series of energy definitions and quick facts to help improve energy literacy Your Home Furnace Basics This piece is intended to help with general understanding of the basic process of your home furnace. Detailed descriptions of the many types of modern furnaces and their equipment can… Continue reading Your Home Furnace Basics
Flame Lit -Part II - A limited micro-blog series of energy definitions and quick facts to help improve energy literacy photo by najma m. Natural Gas Many of us heat our homes and hot water with natural gas. What is it anyway? Natural gas is a light hydrocarbon. It’s mostly methane (CH4) but also contains… Continue reading Natural Gas
Flame Lit - Part I - A limited micro-blog series of energy definitions and quick facts to help improve energy literacy Lamp - photo by author Combustion Whether we burn candle wax, propane, or coal, the combustion equation is always the same: Fuel + oxygen = heat + by-products (carbon dioxide and water) Most fuels… Continue reading Combustion
A Reading List
I am away at a writer’s conference this weekend. I usually try to post every Friday - normally something energy or climate related. Since I am surrounded by books and authors this weekend, I thought it might be appropriate if I shared a list of some of my favourite books that talk about our environmental… Continue reading A Reading List
Courting the Apocalypse – How Disaster Movies Can Ease our Despair
I have an un-natural obsession with apocalyptic stories - movies and books. My husband pokes fun at me for it - even though he often settles in to watch too. I am not alone, clearly, looking at the box office numbers. Why is it we are drawn to them? I have often wondered about this… Continue reading Courting the Apocalypse – How Disaster Movies Can Ease our Despair
Should Your Next Vehicle be Electric?
Should you invest in an electric vehicle “EV” to work on your personal greenhouse gas emissions? Or stick with your gasoline powered internal combustion engine – your “ICE”? If you plan to charge it up off the provincial electric grid – then it depends where you live in Canada. If you plan to install your … Continue reading Should Your Next Vehicle be Electric?
Failing Statistics – Twice – and Finding My Way
During my undergraduate years in chemical engineering, I failed Statistics. Twice. And it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I failed the first time somewhere in my early years. I don't remember why - likely I spent too much time in the pub. However, the second time, I took a… Continue reading Failing Statistics – Twice – and Finding My Way
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