Just when you've had it up the the gunn'els with computer-ese lingo, here comes another one: blog is short for "web log".

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All Maine Energy Blog Posts

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Green Building and LEED Certification in Maine

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about green building.

IS there a Future for Defensible Ethanol in Maine?

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about ethanol.  Up until recently, I would have made this a very short conversation, indeed, because there are so many reasons NOT to make or use ethanol.  Ethanol is basically alcohol, produced by a distillation process similar to corn whiskey (don’t get ideas about drinking it, though!).

Calling all of Maine's Energy Experts

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about energy consultants.  There are many types of energy consultants in Maine, including: home energy auditors, energy service companies and energy consulting engineers. What are these different types of experts?

HOME ENERGY AUDITORS can assess your home’s energy usage and recommend things that you can do to make it more efficient.

An Intro to Home Weatherization for Mainers

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about home weatherization. We can’t say often enough how important it is for us to increase the energy efficiency of our buildings BEFORE investing in any type of renewable energy system to provide heat or power to them. If we don’t invest in efficiency first, we will just move from wasting fossil fuels to wasting renewable power.  I don’t know about you, but waste was a dirty word in my household growing up; now we are beginning to understand (and measure) how much energy has been wasted over the years in our drafty houses.

A Frugal Yankee's Dream: Combined Heat & Power

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about combined heat and power (CHP). CHP is just one way that we can use energy more efficiently in homes and businesses.  Most of the early adopters of CHP systems are commercial, industrial or public institutional users, because of the large scale of the generators, their cost and payback time.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency website,

Biodiesel fuel for Maine

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about biodiesel.  Biodiesel is a fuel made from oils extracted from different plant materials. It can be substituted for either diesel to run buses, trucks and cars, or for heating oil for our buildings.  It is sold in different blends with fossil-fuel diesel, such as B20, which is 20% biodiesel and 80% diesel fuel. B100 would be 100% biodiesel.  The exhaust from burning biodiesel smells like French fries.

Solar Power in Maine

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about solar power.  There are two main ways we can use energy from the sun: one is to create electricity (photovoltaic or pv) and one is to collect heat (solar thermal). These two topics will eventually become separate blog threads, but for the moment they are all under one roof, or is it on top of the roof?

Hydroelectric Power in Maine

Fish Ladder at Worumbo Dam in Brunswick, MaineWelcome to Maine’s conversation about hydroelectric power in Maine.  If you are buying the standard offer electricity supply from one of Maine’s utilities, you may be surprised

Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cells in Maine

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about hydrogen energy and fuel cells.  Hydrogen (also called H2 on the periodic table of elements) can be used in two different ways: one is to burn it like any other fuel to give us power. The other way is to run it through a fuel cell to produce electricity.

The two main benefits of using hydrogen for our energy needs are:

An Introduction to Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Geothermal Air Duct in GreenhouseWelcome to Maine’s conversation about Geothermal heat.  Geothermal means earth-heat, that is, heat from the earth.  This can mean different things.  If we were in Iceland, for example, where there is a lot of heat near the earth's surface that produces hot springs and volcanoes, we could rely on this energy for our heat, as they do.