Archives for December 2010

Double Shot Of Jubbling: Solar Costs Fall in 2010 And More Wind Power Options

Rooftop Solar Panels and Xzeres Wind Turvine
For all of the outlying ideas for generating electricity, we keep coming back to solar and wind power based solutions and now they’re looking even more attractive. It’s all thanks to the economies of scale and these old school technologies are only going to get more affordable, efficient and creatively packaged.

Cost Of Solar Falls Again In 2010 – A study out of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that the cost per kilowatt of solar has fallen again in 2010 thanks to improved manufacturing and product efficiency. California and New Jersey, which account for 87% of all solar installations, saw the largest gains as the price for solar dropped by 14 and 16% respectively. In 1998, the price per kilowatt for solar panels was $10.80 and in the first 10 months of 2010, the price per kilowatt has dropped to $6. Leasing options from companies like SolarCity and Sungevity have also made it more attractive for people looking to move toward solar. Gone are the days when installing solar meant you had to take out a second mortgage and shell out $25-40,000. CNET

Wind Turbine For Your Home? – If you’ve ever driven through Palm Desert CA, you probably have seen the huge collection of massive wind turbines. It’s unreal and distracting because it looks like a scene out of a Godzilla movie. A company out of Oregon wants to change our impression of wind power by manufacturing and maintaining more affordable and possibly residential friendly wind turbines. The company is Xzeres and their wind towers stand 60-100 feet with a rotor that is 24 feet in diameter. The size of Xzeres’s towers are in contrast to the 300 ft tall, 250 ft diameter wind turbines we’re used to seeing. Xzeres latest offering is similar to “lease to own” options found in the solar industry – they’ll install their wind turbine, you pay Xzeres’s for your electricity as if they were your utility company and then you own the turbine in 8 – 10 years. It’s a lease to own where the byproduct is electricity you would’ve paid for anyway. Now, if they could only make them look like pine trees….NY Times

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Not Quite Jubbling Worthy: First Edition

Stories that are not quite Jub-Worthy There are stories out there that merit the cycle of agonizing over our thoughts and limited writing abilities for four hours, and others that might be interesting but are just as well represented by a link. Here are those links.


  • San Jose, Calif. Bans Plastic Shopping Bags – And Free Paper Ones – Hopefully one day, this will not be news. Treehugger
  • Pope Benedict wants solar-powered electric Popemobile? – This is already not considered news. AutoBlog
  • Chinese Man Lives in Mobile, Egg-Shaped, Bamboo House – Article about a professional in China who makes a statement about limited affordable housing in Beijing by living in an egg-shaped house on the street. I hope the Chinese government thinks it’s funny or he may get moved. Tonic.com

  • Eggshell House In China

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    Jubbling Holiday Tip: Wrap “Good” Gifts In Clothes

    Here is a post from 2009. It was such a hit (3 or 4 people read it) that we had to bring it back.

    Clothing Gift Wrap

    (Bow Is Optional)

    Everyone with kids knows about the traditional holiday reaction to clothes. If you are lucky, you’ll get a sigh, a toss and your kid will move on. If you are unlucky you’ll have a holiday full of tears and your threats to return everything. We’ve all been there and now Jubbling has a solution – Clothing Gift Wrap. Clothing gift wrap is simple and only requires you to wrap your kids presents in the clothes you buy them.

    The result is your kids will stand anxiously around the tree and say things like “that’s my reindeer sweater” or “those are my bunny jammies” and you’ll be Jubbling by avoiding the normal process of gift wrapping clothing and putting a bow on something they’ll hate.

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    Jubbling Holiday Shopping Guide: Avoid The Gift Card Middleman And Just Give Cash

    It’s estimated that 10% of all gift cards are never redeemed – an $8 billion windfall for retailers in 2006. Forgo the unnecessary and quickly disposed plastic this holiday by avoiding the gift card and the 45 seconds of thought that went into buying it and just give cash. Cash is accepted everywhere, never expires and when you use it, you’ll get your change back. Now the possible Starbucks commuter mug that doubles as a gift card would be the only exception.

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    Cool Idea From Inhabitat.com: Starbucks Reuseable Travel Mug Doubles As Gift Card

    Great article from Inhabitat.com. Inhabitat’s coffee drinkers are suggesting that Starbucks could motivate customers to bring in their own mugs, commuter or standard, if they doubled as a gift card. It’s an especially great idea over the next couple years until Starbucks manufacturers their own recyclable cups. The hell with that – it’s a great idea even when they do have the recyclable cups!

    Our own Jubbling spin on the idea: maybe as an added incentive, Starbucks could randomly add drinks to the accounts of commuter cup-card users. A little sweepstakes to mix with my daily caffeine would be nice morning jolt.

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    $70-Large 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Qualifies For Tax Break (And I Kick Myself In The Middle Again)

    According to Green Car Reports, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid qualifies for a $1800 tax credit and I have to wonder – how does this happen? The US government offers the rebate to motivate consumers to buy more fuel efficient vehicles but in this case, something has to be wrong when a $70,000, 380hp, 20/24 mpg car qualifies for the credit. Automakers are obviously aware of how to get their cars hybrid-tax-credit-worthy and I’d hate to think that we are all paying for it. It seems unfair, especially when the my 1999 van also gets 20 mpg’s but goes 0-60 mph in 16.1 seconds and the Porsche Cayenne gets to 60 mph 10 seconds faster.

    So congrats to the person buying the Porsche Cayenne S – you are going hybrid which is better – but for karma sake, maybe you could skip the line on your tax form where you get the $1800 credit. Or take the credit and donate it to a worthwhile cause… like Jubbling or me directly.

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