Show for August 13, 2011

It’s hard to escape the heat we’ve “enjoyed” this summer (is “enjoyed’ the right word?) It’s been on our minds so much lately, it’s the theme of this week’s show. From using geothermal to heat, and more importantly cool, your home, to heat from Hatch, New Mexico, to Andrea’s tips to stay cool, it’s all about the heat this week on the Earth Train.

Contributor Reggie Marston talks with Jay Wilson, President of Geothermal Options in Fairfax, VA. Jay explains why new generations of heat pumps are light years beyond the units your parents knew. They’re efficient, can be installed almost anywhere, and most importantly, they actually work! Reggie also has a great web site packed with resources for homeowners. He’s known as the House P.I.

Preparing to install a geothermal heat pump.

Heat is measured many different ways: Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin, and Scoville. It’s the Scoville heat scale that measures the amount of capsaicin in a chili pepper. In practical terms, the more Scoville heat units, the hotter the pepper.

New Mexican varieties of the Anaheim chile are spreading across the nation this time of year, and perhaps none are more delicious and versatile than the green chiles out of Hatch, New Mexico. In many respects, Hatch is holy ground for chile aficionados, and Gary Naricle is their ambassador. His company,, processes about 8 tons of peppers a season. Gary has tips on how to find, grow, and enjoy peppers!

New Mexico Green Chilis!

And finally Andrea Ridout shares some inexpensive and low-tech ways to beat the summer heat.

You can listen to the show here: The Earth Train – August 13, 2011