The Smart Grid

Electricity is one of the most important commodities in the world. From lighting your reading lamp for a story before bedtime, to running the world’s largest hospitals, life without it is almost unfathomable. The electrical grids that we use have been expanded and...

Tips for Saving Electricity

Here in Winnipeg, it’s summertime; that means a lot of outdoor activity, and less time spent in the house. The air conditioning is doing overtime, because this summer has been particularly hot; our climate being as extreme as it is, the wintertime isn’t much better...

Electricity and Bitcoin

You live in a small agricultural town in Washington State; electricity is cheap and plentiful because of a nearby dam that produces about six times more energy that your region can plausibly consume. Your power is subsidized, because the electricity the dam generates...

The Rise of Electric Cars

When I was young, I was lead to believe that gas was actually dead dinosaurs that had been crushed down by the pressure of the earth for a million years. I was a bit disappointed to learn that fossil fuel didn’t mean “dinosaur fossil” fuel; the fantasy of T-Rex juice...

Battery Powered vs. Hardwired Smoke Alarms

There are many sayings about the home; it’s where the heart is, when you’re going there, the journey is never too hard. It’s said to be our castle, our sanctuary; peace and security are an important part of a happy home. The most devastating thing that can happen to a...