Swanson's law states that with every doubling in the production and shipments of solar PV panels, there has been a 20% reduction in their cost. By getting to scale, with solar installations becoming widespread and common, Germany has reduced the cost of installed solar to half of what it is in North America. So we can observe, learn, and do the same.
In the spring of 2013, I made a big promise to myself. I would own an electric vehicle (EV) by the time I turned 50. Since I was the New Year’s baby in Wiliams Lake in 1964, that left me approximately 8 months to accomplish the feat. Easy peasy, right?
Turns out I was being overly optimistic.
What was the hitch, you ask? Can’t you just pop down to a dealer, pick your favourite colour, sign the credit card slip, and drive away (silently)?
The world conspires against EV owners, I’ve learned -- at least this part of the world (I live in Kamloops, BC).
It’s now possible to log into your online account with BC Hydro and see on the screen how much electricity you’re using on a daily and hourly basis. I live in a 2-bedroom condo apartment with electric baseboard heaters and an electric hot water tank. Heating the home in the winter always adds up to a higher electricity bill, of course. But now that I can see the hourly electricity consumption, it’s clear that hot water is one of our big electricity hogs too.
The winter holidays are truly a wonderful time, when we stop our busy lives to celebrate with family and friends and bring light and green things into our homes during the darkest days of the year.Our spirit of giving can sometimes lead to excess, however, when faced with the post-Christmas morning mess of heaps of wrapping paper, discarded plastic toys and junky ornaments ready to be tossed in the trash. Here are some tips to help keep your Christmas less wasteful and more sustainable.