Flame Lit – Part IV – Two Simple Tips to Save on Heating

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 are awesome and I highly recommend… Continue reading Flame Lit – Part IV – Two Simple Tips to Save on Heating

Flame Lit – Part III – Your Home Furnace Basics

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 be found in the links. In… Continue reading Flame Lit – Part III – Your Home Furnace Basics

Flame Lit -Part II – Natural Gas

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 small amounts of heavier gases… Continue reading Flame Lit -Part II – Natural Gas

Flame Lit – Part I – Combustion

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 we humans use today are organic… Continue reading Flame Lit – Part I – Combustion

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

The Red Fire Tee

Sensory Processing after the Fort McMurray Wildfire The red fire tee. That's how I think of it. It sounds like a description from an L.L. Bean catalogue. It's not. It's the shirt I wore for almost twenty four hours as our family fled from the Fort McMurray wildfire three years ago. Often when I reached… Continue reading The Red Fire Tee

The Carbon Tax for Dummies – Part 2 -How is Industry Treated and Will the Plan Work?

Introduction This article is a continuation of an outline of the basics of Alberta and Canada's carbon pricing plans that began in "The Carbon Tax for Dummies - Part 1" The Alberta carbon plan is based on its policy report, "The Climate Leadership Plan", or the "CLP". The federal government based its policies on the… Continue reading The Carbon Tax for Dummies – Part 2 -How is Industry Treated and Will the Plan Work?