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About Chris Dragon

Chris Dragon I grew up programming on an Apple IIe and now run a software company. Despite a hatred of family camping trips, I've always had a deep concern for the creatures we share this planet with. In respect of those creatures, I spent a number of years working at an environmental non-profit, but these days I just try to live with sustainability and encourage others to do the same. I've even come to tolerate camping trips!



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Dragon’s Guide To A 100% Renewable Home — Part 3 (Axe Gas)

February 19th, 2017 | by Chris Dragon

In Part 2, we talked about heating hot water with electricity with a goal of supplying 100% of that electricity with solar panels.R emember, we aren't trying to cover 100% of instantaneous electricity use with solar PV, just 100% of the average electricity use for the entire year in a grid-connected system without batteries. For example, if you use 11,000kWh of electricity during the entire year, your PV system will need to generate at least that much energy for the year (and hopefully some extra to offset grid losses). We'll talk about that more in Part


Trump Inspires Record Resistance

December 12th, 2016 | by Chris Dragon

I'm on a lot of environmental email lists (many without opting in — grrr) and most are saying the same thing: people are signing up in record numbers


A Less-Slim Chance To Stop The Trumpocalypse

December 10th, 2016 | by Chris Dragon

In 1 Slim Chance To Stop Trump’s War On Cleantech & The World, I argued that Trump would be a disaster for cleantech and our planet. I suggested we all sign a petition to save us from Trumpocalypse by asking electors to change their votes and give us someone other than Trump


Dragon’s Guide To A 100% Renewable Home — Part 1 (LEDs)

December 9th, 2016 | by Chris Dragon

In Southern California, actor Ed Begley Jr. is famous for going 100% renewable back when it was prohibitively expensive to do so. In 1985, he bought a stake in a wind farm. In 1990, he installed solar panels on his roof. He prefers walking and biking, but when he drives, it's in an EV (including the EV1, RAV4 EV, and various custom models). Everything in his home is renewable powered or person powered. He's even got his own TV show about his way of living


1 Slim Chance To Stop Trump’s War On Cleantech & The World

November 24th, 2016 | by Chris Dragon

If you already understand how much of a danger Trump is to cleantech and the future livability of our planet, sign this petition, and this petition, share them with friends, and prepare to march in the streets between now and Dec 19th. After you sign, see Susan Kraemer's long list of more things you can do to prevent Trump's climate ruin


This. Means. WAR.

August 25th, 2016 | by Chris Dragon

It’s 5:43 am and I can’t sleep. The fire is mounting another assault. On August 7th, rumor has it that [&hellip



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