Silver Bullet Tiny House Wins Award

 

 

We are proud to announce that our founder, Vera Struck, built her own tiny home on wheels with the intent to utilize it as a sustainable education classroom exhibit (by living example) of “Living the Sustainable Tiny Life”.

She has now traveled over 12,000 miles to inspire individuals, families and workers to adopt best sustainable practices. She has motivated and empowered thousands over the five year lifespan of the Silver Bullet Tiny House.

award2

We are honored that she has won the best ‘Tiny Home’ award out of 90 tiny structures on wheels at the Florida Tiny House Festival this month. She was chosen as Renogy’s Solar Ambassador to the festival and is powered by Renogy. See more about her on their website here.

She purchased her 2nd generation solar solution for the 5 year old tiny home early this year and loves being powered solely by renewable energy. You can learn more about her clean energy choice here.

Energy is Everywhere

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 2.32.08 PM

Energy is Everywhere (Week #22)

The WHY:

When I was two years old my mother gave me a colorful shiny pinwheel whose movement would captivate me for hours at the beach. That was my first “energy” discovery. A few years later I understood that the invisible force behind its movement was the wind; an energy that could be harnessed.

Our society has made energy invisible. Most of us don’t visually see the gas we put into our automobile tanks, our released GHG emissions; and once home, we don’t see the electricity when we flip the switch turning on our lights, smart devices, heat or air conditioning. And arguably, three decades ago, climate change and energy use were both invisible to most of us.

Not any more. Today, energy use and climate change are two of the most important challenges confronting humanity. The fossil fuel age is on its way out and renewables are on their way in. Although innovators produce energy solutions globally in the sea, on land and in the air, the reaction in the United States, recently, is to penalize those that go “off-grid”. Examine the case in Florida here.

Global energy use and the climate conversation are about choices, both individually and collectively. All of us are involved in that choice. And yes, each of our choices, collectively, will have enormous effects.

Each person or family should have the freedom to make the choice of living a sustainable lifestyle by utilizing renewable energy.

When we can make choices in an informed manner we can change the future to a more sustainable world for our children for generations to come.

I offer my top five innovative wind turban design choices for 2015:

1. Silent wind turbine trees:

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 5.49.07 PM

 

2. Giant Dutch urban hotel/rollercoaster turbine:

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 6.01.35 PM

3. MIT based start-up, Altaeros Energies, designs floating wind turbines:

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 6.09.31 PM

 

4. And the French are planning these large (330 feet) VAWT’s for the Meditterranean:

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 6.18.28 PM

5. And last, but not least, is the Vindship, the cargo vessel with a hull so large it acts as a sail:

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 6.25.39 PM

The WHAT and HOW:

Increase awareness by celebrating Global Wind Day, (June 15th). Or visit a local wind farm or windmill. For us that would be either Mark Richey Woodworking or Ipswich Utilities.

The Deep Dive:

Global Wind Day, June 15

Global Wind Day Events

A Battle to Go Off-Grid

Boston Renewable Energy Conference Events

Women in Wind Energy

The Missing Link to Renewable Energy, a 15 minutes TED talk

Latest Global Wind Statistics (2014)

Freeing Energy from the Grid, 12 Minute TED talk

Kites Tap Wind Energy, 6 minute TED talk

DIY site for making Pinwheels

NOVA 2012 Wind Power Episode

Singapore Internal Energy Week, Summit October 26-30, 2015

NPR review of Windfall, the movie

Earth Hour

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 10.06.42 AMEarth Hour (Week #12)

The WHY:

In 2007, Earth Hour started as a “Lights out” event in Sydney Australia. More than 7,000 cities, 162 countries, and nearly 1.8 billion world citizens came together in 2014 to participate in Earth Hour and demonstrate their collective concern for the issues facing our planet.

I know turning off all your lights (LED or otherwise) for an hour is not going to decrease GHG emissions that much. Especially if you use paraffin candles (also fossil fuel) instead of bees wax or other more natural candles. It is a great opportunity to increase awareness about the catastrophic effects we are experiencing from global climate change and the importance of making smarter choices in our everyday lifestyles to remain resilient on a planet whose resources are diminishing daily.

In fact, I wish we had an Earth Week or Earth Month; then we all would have an increased awareness about climate change, up close and personal.

The WHAT:

This week, your challenge is to join them by turning off your lights for one hour on Saturday, March 28, at 8:30 PM. If you’re up for a bigger challenge than just one day, turn off the lights (plus other electronic devices) for one hour every night this week.

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 1.11.50 PM

The HOW:

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 1.07.46 PM

Note: Lighting petroleum based candles can release just as many GHG emissions as the electricity you would use, so stock up on beeswax candles instead.

Use Earth Hour to contemplate the impacts that energy use is having on the global climate, local environment, and livelihood of future generations.  Avoid the use of TVs, laptops, and other electronic devices during Earth Hour – avoiding these distractions can lead to some great conversations with friends and family!

The Deep Dive:

Learn more about earth hour…http://www.earthhour.org/Homepage.aspx

Learn more about the most natural candle waxes here.

Earth Hour’s History here.

Calculate your Carbon Emissions here.

Wikipedia’s Earth Hour post.