Yesterday I rode all over the cities with my pals Bill and Moira to check out some of the cool abodes on the Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour. I was delighted to find so many great homes that were making great strides to include solar power and other energy efficient practices to reduce their footprint while still living in quite remarkable homes.
Here were a couple that were most notable:
I have to start with my favorite and our last stop on the tour. David Boyce and Lee Olson had essentially built their entire home living lifestyle around efficiency. They made sure to point out every unique choice they had made to reduce their energy needs. They had simple solutions like power strips to prevent phantom charges (the electricity drawn from appliances even when they are "off"), super efficient kitchen appliances (their SunFrost refrigerator was most interesting to me.), a slick black biodiesel mercedes (run on http://www.tcbiodiesel.com/">Twin Cities Biodiesel Consortium fuel), and a solar system that was regularly feeding energy back to Xcel Energy while we were there. Very nice family to...including their super cute kid Maya.
The funkiest soul I know, my good buddy Lila Kitaef, is working out in Seattle as a media producer/activist/educator. She has a cool video piece about housing development and how it affects those on public assistance in Seattle. I only wish I was this informed about my own local housing scene here in Saint Paul, MN. I will have to do some homework and see what I can find out about my own fair city's public housing issues. But this is exactly the type of thinking that great indy media like this forces me to do. I simply don't find myself getting as intellectually involved watching the local news crap-posé after 15 min. of sports and weather.