Chuck Ross

Freelance Writer

Chuck Ross is a freelance writer located in Brewster, Mass. He can be reached at chuck@chuck-ross.com.

Articles by Chuck Ross

December 2011
Alternative-energy watchers are to be forgiven for feeling a bit edgy when it comes to promises of market-shifting technologies. After all, that’s just what California--based Solyndra suggested U.S. Energy Department lenders could expect less than a year before the company went belly-up this summer. READ MORE
December 2011
Hurricane Irene likely will rank among the top 10 costliest catastrophes in U.S. history, with damage estimates totaling between $7 billion and $10 billion. In addition to the devastation Irene wreaked along the Eastern Seaboard, it marked the first time many electric utilities used social media seriously. READ MORE
November 2011
James Strange III, vice president of Louisville, Ky.-based Advanced Electrical Systems Inc., first began thinking about adding electric vehicle (EV) chargers to his company’s installation services at last year’s NECA Show. Though several exhibited products were still prototypes at that point, Strange saw an opportunity for driving his company’s business in a new direction. READ MORE
October 2011
Looking to cut back on your energy use? Try watering the grass a day or two less each week. And you say water efficiency is becoming more important to you? Try turning off a few lights and setting back the air conditioning. READ MORE
October 2011
Some things in education remain the same--—it’s all still really about reading, writing and arithmetic. But the way those and other subjects are taught has evolved significantly since many of us spent time in a classroom. READ MORE
October 2011
Walk into your local supermarket in mid-August, and the electricity consumption surrounds you. The combination of overhead lighting, air conditioning, cooler refrigeration and all those freezer compartments make that round-the-corner temple to the food pyramid (or the new food plate) one of the biggest energy hogs in town. READ MORE
September 2011
Warwick Stirling hopes for a more meaningful relationship with his refrigerator. You see, they just haven’t been talking as much as he’d like. There was the time, recently, when he would have appreciated knowing just how warm this normally cold-hearted appliance was feeling inside. READ MORE
August 2011
The U.S. Congress continues to bat the phrases “cap and trade” and “carbon tax” across hearing-room floors, but with economic legislation deadlocked, any proposal even suggesting a new federal tax is pretty much dead in the water. READ MORE
August 2011
To highlight the variability of the New England climate, Mark Twain once wrote, “If you don’t like the weather here, just wait a few minutes,” and the phrase has since been applied to regions across the United States. READ MORE

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