Extreme Weather Hits Home – Weblog

Personal Action Plans

Extreme Weather Hits Home, Protecting Your Buildings From Climate Change

January 1, 2008

Today I started a new blog called 1:5:10:365. You can access it at www.1510365blog.wordpress.com

One minute a day isn’t a lot of time, but it is what I am asking you to invest in learning ways to make your home and our planet a better place to be.

 Each day for the next year I will be posting a new ecotip – which shouldn’t take more than a minute to review. If during that minute you decide not to follow-up on that tip, then that’s it for the day.

Some of the ecotips you may already know, or already be following. If that is the case – so much the better! That means your already ahead of the game!

You may also find a use for the ecotip later.

Reviewing additional information or getting ready might take up to another 5 minutes, and implementing it might require about ten minutes. That’s why I’m calling this blog 1:5:10:365.

See you there

 John Banta

December 11, 2007

I just viewed “The Story of Stuff” with Annie Leonard sponsored by the Tides Foundation. This is an incredible 20 minute video that is a fun and interesting way to learn more about – well stuff!

According to the web-site where this is posted:

“The The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.”

To view this video check out my blogroll posting under “Story of Stuff” or go to www.storyofstuff.com

November 20, 2007

I received an email from a friend that is having solar installed on her home. I have posted it as a comment below and wanted to pass this information on. I have asked Christine to contribute some regular updates about her solar adventure. The next installment should be after her roof has an engineering evaluation.

October 2007

I am in the process of fleshing out a personal action plan. Although I understand why some people might find the idea of carbon offset credits appealing, I am thinking the most effective approach to solving the problems with increasing green house gases needs to be more personal.

Here I am promoting my book which means air travel and increasing my own carbon footprint. Maybe its narcissistic but I believe my message is important enough to warrant some extra travel. At the same time I don’t believe writing a book about adapting our buildings to withstand the effects of climate change grants me any special privileges.

So rather than purchasing carbon offset credits and letting someone else absolve me of guilt, I am going to track my personal carbon production and start creating my own offset program. There should be plenty of things I can do – but I’ve got to get the numbers together.

As an example – we’ve been hearing about how important using compact fluorescent lighting is in terms of saving energy. I have a fundamental problem with fluorescent since every one of them contains some mercury, and I’m not convinced the voluntary mercury recovery recycling programs go far enough. I was at West Coast Green a couple of weeks ago and was impressed with light emitting diode (LED) technology. A greater energy savings using a longer life bulb with no mercury makes a lot of sense to me, so this is the first step in my personal offset program. I will pay my carbon tax by purchasing diode lighting, as my incandescent lights and compact fluorescent that I already have burn out, I plan to replace them with the LED lighting. That will be the first step. I’m sure I’ll come up with more.

I will post more about this as I develop the numbers.

For information about LED lighting you can go to www.ccrane.com. I would also suggest you review the product reviews at amazon.com for this item to see what others think.

October 28, 2007

I’ve just visited my local Ikea Store and discovered they are a recycling station for fluorescent lights and batteries. Now I have an easy place to take the burned out one’s I’ve been storing in my garage. Thanks Ikea!



  1. I just registered to have solar power put on my home by a company called The Citizenre Corporation. They are an energy company that is dedicated to modernizing our energy infrastructure and increasing our energy supplies.

    I believe that this is a very important goal – for a number of reasons. The first, and strongest, is that I believe we are too dependent upon foreign oil. I would like to be free of rising costs in oil and natural gas; not to mention, I would rather see my hard earned money stay right here in the U.S. The second reason is that I believe the pollution created from burning fossil fuels is having a damaging effect on our environment, and is the reason behind the increase in unstable weather.

    There are more reasons to name, but I would rather you just visit the their web site below to find out more information about the Company, the reasons, and the chance to do what I did.

    I hope that you find it as appealing as I did. And by the way, did I mention that the solar power system lets me generate electricity right at my home, does not require me to leave my utility, but gives me a fixed electricity rate for years.

    This is an amazing company with an innovative idea–RENTING SOLAR! It’s worth checking out. If you like what you see, watch the educational video, read the frequently asked questions and help our environment by being part of the solution.

    Going green,



    Comment by jbanta — November 21, 2007 @ 1:00 am

  2. Connecticut Home Lighting…

    It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers. ~ James Thurber…

    Trackback by Connecticut Home Lighting — May 2, 2008 @ 6:31 am

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: