Islands of the Future

I recently watched the five-part documentary series, “Islands of the Future” on Netflix. The series documents five islands off the coast of Europe who are reimagining the future of energy. Historically, these small islands have battled the forces of nature. Today, they’re leveraging the power of the sun, wind and water to generate clean energy. The rising cost of oil and gas combined with limited…

JUMPathon Chicago

JUMPathon Chicago

The U.S. Department of Energy and its JUMP team are hosting a cool networking event in Chicago this Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Makers, entrepreneurs, students and enthusiasts are invited to participate in the brainstorming session and pitch ideas to the JUMP team. Ultimately, the participants with the best ideas will compete for prizes that include: cash, accelerator programs and…

Netatmo Weather Station

Netatmo Weather Station

I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area two years ago and quickly discovered how significant the temperature varied from community to community. Northern California is comprised of microclimates. I learned the hard way that the weather in San Francisco is completely different than the weather in Santa Cruz, which is completely different than the weather in Marin. Being from New England, I found this…

Google's Project Sunroof

Project Sunroof: Google’s new project is a perfect fit for the real estate industry

Google’s new tool, Project Sunroof, aims to help homeowners determine if solar panels are a good fit for a home by calculating the roof’s solar potential. The app uses high-resolution Google Earth data to calculate the usable sunlight per year and provides an estimate of the potential energy savings. Simply enter an address and Project Sunroof calculates the number of hours of usable sunlight per…