Crudeawakening Masthead

Jan. 6th

Select Members of the group will be discussing the movie "A Crude Awakening" at 6:30pm on Jan. 6th, 2009 at the Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition.

Crude Awakening is an advocacy group based in Austin, TX. We concentrate our efforts on political and community awareness of peak oil...

Find our main discussion board plus information about our community meetins in Austin, TX

After the Peak -- Video
A docudrama explores the impact of peak oil on a typical American community
Looking for Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash? Click here to go to the website and view a snippet of the award-winning film

Energy Options

Power Generation

Aerotechture Ltd.  Makers of the unique helical aero turbine, a silent wind power generating system that can installed just about anywhere.  This wind turbine technology that is affordable, safe and effective is  available for buildings in cities worldwide.

Southwest Windpower - is the world’s largest producer of small wind turbines. You can find them used on everything from remote cabins to sailboats and other applications including utility connected homes.

Solar Solutions of Colorado is in the business of providing solar electric, and hybrid power systems and components.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse
—basic consumer information on the full spectrum of renewable energy technologies and household energy-efficiency opportunities.

Austin Energy offers multiple rebate programs for wind, solar, and energy efficiency improvements in homes and businesses.  Their very popular GreenChoice® program procures electricity from renewable energy providers for every kWh used by these subscribers.  The program now provides subscribers with electricity at cheaper rates than conventional electricity subscribers.

DSIRE Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy. DSIRE now includes state and federal incentives for energy efficiency.

HUD.gov. -The Energy-Efficient Mortgages Program (EEM), developed by HUD, helps homebuyers or homeowners save money on utility bills by enabling them to finance the cost of adding energy-efficiency features to new or existing housing as part of their FHA-insured home purchase or refinancing mortgage.

EPA - Offers an annual list of companies that promote telecommuting.

Austin Biodiesel Co-op - An Austin-based organization researching Biodiesel options and securing/manufacturing Biodiesel fuel for its members. Link takes you to the discussion board

Local Resources

Re-Store -- An Austin building materials recycling center.  Drop off donations, buy stuff at low prices, recycle! 

Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology—lots of information on renewable energy and sustainable technologies.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Home Energy Saver website offers an online real-time calculator to see how energy improvements to your own home will save you money. 

For the Homeowner

Solar Electric Light fund (SELF) -- This non-profit organization helps villagers install more than 1,000 PV systems on rooftops in developing countries each year to reduce their need for burning kerosene or diesel.  Contributing to this fund helps you offset some our your own carbon footprint.  A great responsible and charitable cause.

Home Power Magazine—the premier publication on wind, solar, and micro-hydro; it can be quite technical, but it tells great stories of people living happily off the grid.

GoodCommonSense.Net - Offers the slogan, "Change your impacts, not your lifestyle!"  This Austin-based online store offers multiple energy-saving products that are "less expensive than Amazon.com".  They offer light bulbs, showerheads, energy-efficient appliances, and rechargeable batteries.

Green Home - A nice place to buy environmental products.

Green Mountain Energy  Provides 100% wind energy options in Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas.  

Renewable Devices, a UK-based company, has developed the Swift Rooftop Wind Energy System™, the worlds first silent, building-mountable wind turbine.

Lehman's -- Founded by Jay Lehman in 1955 to serve the local Amish and others without electricity, Lehman's ships old-fashioned, high-quality merchandise all over the world.  This is the world's largest purveyor of historical technology.

Water Furnace - offers geothermal energy solutions.  Geothermal systems use the earths energy to provide or extract heat for home HVAC or water systems.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes geothermal systems as the most energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective systems available.

Real Goods Trading Corporation—publishes some very useful books on renewable energy at the household level and, for systems larger than 10kWh, provides expert advice and consulting on customizing solar, wind, and hydro systems to individual customer's needs.  They are the market leader in providing off-the-grid energy solutions to eco-villages and the eco-tourism market.


Austin Carshare - Carsharing is a service that provides 24 hour access to a fleet of cars, trucks, and vans to members. Rather than having a car that only gets used a few hours a day by one person or family, cars in the program are shared among members for more efficient usage.

Plug In America -- advocates the use of plug-in cars, trucks and SUVs powered by cleaner, cheaper, domestic electricity to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. 

EV World's Hybrid Vehicle Resources offers a gateway to an enormous amount of information about hybrid vehicles, plug-ins, etc.

BikeKit.com -- Electrify your own bicycle.  20 mile range at up to 25mph.  Learn about an easy alternative to fossil fuel transportation.

Vetrix Scooters -- An electric scooter from Italy to be introduced in the USA this year, with a top speed of 62mph and up to 68 mile range on a 50-cent charge of electricity.  Hybrid/Fuel-cell model coming out in 2007/2008.

Cap Metro - Get on the Bus! For information on routes and fares from Capital Metro Transportation.

The Austin Monorail Project - An all-electric mass transit system built above grade so as not to interfere with pedestrian or other traffic.  Claims to be more energy efficient and practical than light rail or other options.  Detailed website.  Links to other monorail and maglev systems around the world.