Edge of Falls


When it comes to climate change, the time for action is now. In a newly released study, UK and Netherlands scientists warn if the world’s major governments don’t enact measures … Read morePOINT OF NO RETURN

Non-carbon Thermal Energy

Traditionally, people get most of their energy from carbon based fuels like wood and fossil fuels. All are polluting and the fossil fuels are non-renewable. There are at least three … Read moreNon-carbon Thermal Energy

Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde


NATURAL SOLAR SPACE HEATING – PASSIVE It began with south facing caves that provided warmth to their inhabitants. This is called “Passive” solar heating because there are no moving parts. … Read moreDOMESTIC SOLAR SPACE AND WATER HEATING

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The main purpose of solar cookers and ovens is to change sunlight into heat which is then used to cook foods. Water too can be heated for beverages, dishwashing or … Read moreHEATING AND PASTEURIZING DRINKING WATER WITH SUNSHINE


ABOUT LOCAL ECONOMIES Has the Global Economy gone too far? Does it make sense to import so much of our food from far away? Freshness may be lost, cost of … Read moreABOUT SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIES

A Prudent Man Supports Solar

As an environmentalist I consider myself a prudent man. According to Wikipedia, the prudent man rule is based on common law stemming from the 1830 Massachusetts court formulation, Harvard College v. … Read moreA Prudent Man Supports Solar

Cleaning Up Our Planet with New Technologies and Products

We are replacing products that burn dirty fossil fuel with those that use clean solar energy.       Sunshine is clean, free and as yet, still untaxed.    This is the … Read moreCleaning Up Our Planet with New Technologies and Products

So Simple Soda Bread

A great substitute for the more complex Irish Soda Bread recipes. Ingredients: 4-½ cups commercial (or homemade) biscuit mix ⅔ cup of white sugar ¾ box of raisins 1-⅓ cup … Read moreSo Simple Soda Bread


There are few dishes as simple – or as comforting – as mac-n-cheese. Here’s a recipe you can have ready and put your solar oven to work. There’s a pretty … Read moreMac-N-Cheese

Solar Corned Beef and Cabbage

Yes. Corned Beef right outta the solar cooker. You’ll be glad you did. Ingredients: One three-pound, corned beef brisket (store bought or brine your own) Potatoes, carrots, and onions to … Read moreSolar Corned Beef and Cabbage

(March) Madness Chili

No need to wait for playoffs of any sport to make this delicious version of chili. Easy and satisfying, it’s a winner every time. Ingredients: 2 pints cooked beans (1 … Read more(March) Madness Chili

Pecan Cookies

Pecan Cookies 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for rolling) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon salt 2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 cups finely chopped pecansPreheat … Read morePecan Cookies

No-Stir Solar Oven Polenta

Polenta is always a crowdpleaser, but not so much for the chef who traditionally has had to work whisking vigorously to achieve the perfect, smooth texture that generations of families … Read moreNo-Stir Solar Oven Polenta

Clean Water

The first time I went to the Minnesota Boundary Water area, lake water was clear and drinkable. This is no longer so. You would probably get mercury poisoning if you … Read moreClean Water

Cleaning Up Our Planet

This post is the first in a series on Cleaning Up Our Planet. Click here to view all posts in the series. Two hundred years ago, our planet was mostly … Read moreCleaning Up Our Planet