Articles

Introduction

 We are posting articles here concerning our Village, lake Chapala and sustainability. We hope these articles are of interest to you.

 

Articles About Sustainability

By Rick Cowlishaw

This fun animated movie Wall E was enjoyable and I recommend it.

An automated trash compacting robot is doing his job, scooping up trash on the ground and squishing them into squares of compacted material. We see signs that say “BIG-N-LARGE” everywhere. There are even “BIG-N-LARGE” dollars scattered outside the bank.

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March 20, 2013
By Rick Cowlishaw

Introduction
We have discussed how passive solar heating and cooling may be applied to a home in the Lake Chapala region. Now we will talk about making the home green. We can apply “green” to the home, which will make it more self sufficient with less impact on the environment.

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July 13, 2012
By Rebecca Disbrow CohousingBlog.com Editor, Cohousing Collaborative LLC

The following article was originally published at CohousingBlog.com on December 3, 2011. It was titled "Rancho La Salud: Mexican Cohousing. Interview with founder…"

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December 22, 2011
By Rick Cowlishaw

Introduction
We have discussed how passive solar heating and cooling may be applied to a home in the Lake Chapala region. Now we will talk about making the home green. We can apply “green” to the home, which will make it more self sufficient with less impact on the environment.

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December 21, 2011
By Rick Cowlishaw

 

Introduction
We talk about living “green”, using less physical resources and leaving more for future generations, but what about ourselves? How can we paint ourselves green? What if we want to live our lives in a more sustainable way so that we enjoy life fully and actually live longer?

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December 21, 2011
By Rick Cowlishaw

Introduction
We have discussed how passive solar heating and cooling may be applied to a home in the Lake Chapala region. Now we will talk about making the home green. We can apply “green” to the home, which will make it more self sufficient with less impact on the environment.

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November 1, 2011
By Rick Cowlishaw

Heating

We talked last month about using a skylight for direct gain during November, December and January but then shading the skylight during the other months preventing most of the heat gain. We still want daylighting. We want the shading device to be over the outside of the skylight and to be automatic not needing physical adjustment.

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November 1, 2011
By Rick Cowlishaw

Introduction

Sometimes we ask ourselves why bother trying to be self-sufficient. Well, a major reason is peak oil. Peak oil is that time when the world can no longer produce as much oil as we need. From the time of peak oil going forward, production will decline as demand continues to increase. Let’s see what the US Department of Energy thinks of this.

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October 29, 2011
By Rick Cowlishaw

We are fortunate to live in a climate that allows us the greatest freedom in home design. We can be very creative and still be within the perimeters of passive solar heating. Here homes in newer gated communities are built of masonry which is good for moderating temperatures (smoothing out, balancing the temperature). Floor tile is used in nearly all our homes, allowing for direct heat gain during the cooler months. On the north shore of Lake Chapala, much of the land slopes downward toward the south to the lake. This provides good southern exposure and a view of the lake.

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October 29, 2011
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