Bluffton Green Homes Tour is HERE!

July 23 Green Home Tour hosted by Transition Bluffton

Transition Bluffton is hosting a Green Home Tour on Sunday, July 23 from 1-4:00 p.m. Three homes in the Bluffton area are featured. Visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes on the 12-mile route; a prize drawing will be held for those who collect colored tickets at all three locations.

The tour showcases homes in the Bluffton area that emphasize energy efficiency and sustainable building. Tour organizers explain, “It might be through clever design, technology, or just plain hard work, but it’s inspiring to see what others have done.” They also note, “The homeowners on the tour have been gracious enough to open their gates for us, so please be respectful of their properties and the time-frame of the tour.”

The three tour stops are a 1970s home with solar PV and battery backup, a new home with monopole PV arrays, and a home with earth berm, PV solar and passive solar design. Maps will be available at CG Pro Bikes, The Food Store, and the Bluffton Public Library after July 7th.

Transition Bluffton’s mission is to be a catalyst for conversation and sustainable change in the Bluffton community. To learn more about the organization, visit TransitionBluffton.org. To contact the organizers, email transitionbluffton@gmail.com.

Do you have a home that you would like to exhibit your green building practices?  Click on this link to apply.

JANUARY TRANSITION BLUFFTON MEETING- Come check us out!

 

Transition Bluffton will be hosting a talk on energy efficiency and alternative/renewable energy sources by Dan Klear, owner of Superior Energy Solutions, Ottawa, Ohio. The event will be held on Tuesday, January 17th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room on the third floor of Bluffton Town Hall, 154 North Main St., Bluffton, Ohio.

Winter is an especially good time to learn about changes you can make to conserve energy and reduce your utility bills. Are you are curious about how a home energy audit can help reduce your energy consumption? Would you like to learn how alternative/renewable energy sources such as solar panels or wind generators can make you more energy independent? Here is a great opportunity to learn, share and connect with other interested people in the area.

Dan Klear is an industrial engineer and founded Superior Energy Solutions in 2009.

Transition Bluffton is a local group, modeled after the Transition Town Movement. Transition Towns are vibrant, grassroots community initiatives, that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and economic uncertainty.

For more information, go to:
Superior Energy Solutions llc

How many wind turbines would it take…

How much dedicated acreage would the US need to allocate to wind turbines to power the US?  That is the question the science news magazine IFLScience! posed to John Hensley, manager of industry data analysis for the American Wind Energy Association in a recent article.  Shockingly, the amount of acreage is much smaller then most people would think.  Mr Hensley worked the math and the United States would need approximately 583,000 wind turbines to supply the US’s annual power consumption of 4.082 billion megawatt-hours.  The amount of acreage needed for these wind turbines would be an area roughly about the size of Rhode Island based on the 0.74 acres per megawatt produced.  wind-power

If we bring that idea closer to home, a great conversation for Transition Bluffton would be how much acreage could Bluffton dedicate to renewable energy?  What is Bluffton’s annual power consumption and what would be the benefits of being a town powered by renewable energy?