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Efficiency Won’t Cut It. We Have to Power Down.

Energy efficiency sounds nice, but the reality is, it’s a double-edged sword. It hasn’t allowed us to meet carbon reduction goals. Only powering down will move us in the direction of a sustainable future. Continue reading

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Thinking About Consumption: “Highest Use”

One of the things I’ve been thinking about is whether I am using something for its “highest use ” or “highest purpose” – something like electricity or space or whatever. If what I’m doing is not its highest use (general … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel & Energy Efficiency: Natural Gas

Taking The Leap FROM Natural Gas Like most Minnesotans, we use natural gas to heat our home and our water, and we used it to cook our food. It’s an accepted fact that “natural gas is cheaper and easier to … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel & Energy Efficiency: Electricity

I admit it — I’m a design junkie. I watch all the kitchen design shows, follow Houzz, Kitchn and TinyHouse, and regularly attend the Minneapolis/St. Paul Home Tour. I have a Pinterest page where I collect images of kitchen efficiency … Continue reading

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How Thinking of Sustainability Affected our Kitchen Remodel Project

We really USE our house. We host neighborhood soup nights, community meetings, discussion groups, game nights … all with a side of food and drink. We can tomatoes and pickles, sprout seeds, brew beer and wine, bake bread and culture … Continue reading

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Personal Permaculture 2: Capture and Store Energy

This month’s permaculture principle is “Capture and store energy.” Since we’re looking at permaculture broadly, the conversation encompassed many different types of energy.

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First Unitarian Wins Energy Competition, Tour the Building and Learn How

In 2011, the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis won an EPA Energy Star national building competition, “Battle of the Buildings,” in the House of Worship category for their efforts to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By taking advantage … Continue reading

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It is Possible to Reduce Your Heating Bill by 70 to 90%

Yes, you can make your house super efficient, but might not want to… yet. We visited the Corcoran neighborhood sustainability fair on 2/12/11 and saw two sessions: one was about deep energy reduction retrofitting, or DERR. Never heard of it … Continue reading

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