Horsepower & Horse Sense

Horsepower- 18th century Scottish engineer James Watt coined the phrase ‘horsepower’ based on his own equations. Since he was hoping his steam engine would perform work traditionally done by horses, such as moving heavy loads, pumping water from mines, or grinding...

Sun Comes In, Rain Stays OUT…Guaranteed

If it’s done right, the penetrations a professional solar installer makes on your roof will keep moisture out longer than your roof will, in much the same way the best welders proudly proclaim (and prove) that their bead of material is stronger than the pieces...

FasTrak Up a Buck in 2019 – How to Get it BakFast

FastTrak toll rates go up a dollar starting today. The state-approved increase is the first since 2010, all in all, a gentler blow than what’s happened to a gallon of gas (around $1.80 in January 2009) or a kilowatt hour over the past decade. Inflation is...

Mobile Phone- Novelty or Necessity? How About Your Energy?

IN 1973, New Yorkers stopped and stared in amazement as Dr. Martin Cooper demonstrated the first cellular telephone call, right on the city street. The invention and combination of the radio, battery, and micro-processor had launched the mobile phone era. It takes a...

Up in Flames- Who Pays for PG&E’s Rise from the Ashes?

California’s largest energy provider has come under fire over the fires that devastated the state this year. A barrage of news outlets on the local and national level have placed an alarming amount of blame on PG&E. The purpose of this memo is not to point the...