Teaching Moments in Energy

Challenging Common Energy Misconceptions – Part 4: Cooling

There’s a bunch of misconceptions and mistaken assumptions about energy that often mislead people into doing things that wind up either causing more problems or costing them more money. The very vexing thing about these misconceptions is that at first glance, they seem to make sense. Let’s take a closer look to find out why these energy misconceptions are scientifically wrong, wasteful of your money, and just not cool at all. READ MORE

Challenging Common Energy Misconceptions – Part 3

There are a bunch of misconceptions and mistaken assumptions about energy that often mislead people into doing things that wind up either causing more problems or costing them more money. The vexing thing about these misconceptions is that at first glance, they seem to make sense. Let’s take a closer look to find out why these misconceptions are groundless and don’t really work in the real physical world. READ MORE

France’s New Environmental Legislation: What It Means for the US

A new French law requires that all new buildings in commercial zones must be partially covered (50%) with either solar panels, or plants. The benefits are obvious. Solar panels generate electricity, plus roof-mounted panels also provide shading and help deflect the radiant heat. Plants provide cooling through shade and extra insulation, as well as preventing runoff and establishing wildlife friendly environments. READ MORE