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Zero-energy home's cracker roots

07/23/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our first guest on today’s program is the director of buildings research at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa. Rob Vieira talked a little about the history of FSEC and some of the projects he’s presently involved in. In the 1990 Rob took part in a Cracker Home design contest. Cracker Houses used innovative passive cooling techniques to keep them livable before air conditioning was available. Rob talked about the house orientation, porches for shading, ...

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Home solar electric systems

06/25/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living program we spent the hour talking about home solar electric systems. Our first guest, Paul Spencer, is the founder of The Clean Energy Collective located in Colorado. Paul’s business is setting up community solar power and other forms of renewable energy systems (wind, hydro, etc) that you can buy into for the long term, off-setting part or all of your power consumption to renewable. You can visit his website to find out m...

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Some Sulphur Springs residents to get energy make-overs listen

06/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Three hundred homes in Tampa’s Sulphur Springs neighborhood will be getting an energy makeover on their homes this month. The Tampa Electric Company started the neighborhood weatherization program for low-income homes Tuesday in Tampa.

Improvements to homes include things like weather stripping around doors to keep cold air in and hot air out during the energy-draining summer months. A team of contractors will also be cleaning appliances and replacing old light bulbs with more efficien...

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St. Pete's going green with solar water heaters listen

05/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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St. Petersburg officials are celebrating the completion of a federally funded energy efficiency program. A new solar water heater on the roof of the city’s Coliseum and twenty others will save the city more than $22,000 a year. But U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said saving money isn’t the program’s only benefit.

“Created jobs by putting solar panels on the Coliseum and many city of St. Petersburg facilities like City Hall. It updated the air conditioning systems at community...

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Home Energy Conservation

12/12/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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First up on today’s program Roger Dixon, with Skylands Renewable Energy Corporation located in New Jersey, joined the program to talk about new wind generator designs that may be new, but are an old scam. Roger’s main point is that it is the fuel, or wind, that limits any kind of design and the minimum amount of wind needed to start a turbine.

Next up we had a couple of home energy conservation experts with Residential Energy Service of Tampa Bay, Peter Residorf and Kent Bailey, join ...

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Hillsborough County hosts "Art of Sustainability" forum listen

09/17/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County is looking for ways to get greener as environmental awareness and sustainability grow ever more popular in marketing and politics. Local planning officials and businesses proposed ways to make the region more sustainable this morning at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Tampa. It was the 2nd annual “Art of Sustainability” forum called E3: Energy, Environment, and Economics. County Commissioner Rose Ferlita said that the region will begin to look at i...

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