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Guy Marsden Greetings!

I live with my wife Rebekah Younger in rural Maine where I work out of my solar powered and heated barn workshop.
  
I started this web site in 1997 and add to it when I have new things to share, it now includes well over 280 pages.  I update the site frequently, and always Tweet about updates to this site or my blog.

In recent years I have come to define myself as a "creator".  This concept encompasses the many media and technologies with which I work, all require the idea of creating or designing something new.  This is what gets me up every morning and keeps me going every day.  Creating.
Since 2001 I have made a big commitment to live as sustainably as possible and my web site documents all my efforts to reduce the waste and energy footprint of our lifestyle.  The main reason I share this information is to inform and educate others who are equally committed to saving our planet from the impending disaster that climate change portends.
view of our property 
View of our property (house hidden by trees) and workshop.

Installed a mini energy recovery ventilator in the kitchen/dining area of our home

Upgraded my blog:
"Living in the Shadow of Climate Change"
(Blog archive here)

A new section of my web site for my time-lapse videos


Prototype ELECTRONIC PRODUCT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
Since the mid 1980's I have worked with individual inventors and small companies to develop electronic prototypes and design new electronic products.

Here you will find my background, how I work, and detailed examples of my design process.
piano artwork ENGINEERING FOR ARTISTS
I work with artists to design electronic controls for their light, kinetic, video, audio and multi-media work. 

Here you will find an extensive gallery documenting many projects large and small.


My wife and I are committed to living sustainably,
here are blogs and information about all the things we do to live lightly on the planet.
LIVING SUSTAINABLY
On this page I list all the things that we do to live sustainably from using solar energy and owning a hybrid and an electric vehicle to simple no-cost things like composting and recycling rechargeable batteries.

By modeling the world we want to see maybe others will join us in living lightly on the planet without compromising a comfortable lifestyle.
Chevy Volt side view CHEVY VOLT ELECTRIC VEHICLE
In In May 2012 we purchased a Chevy Volt electric vehicle.   This section of my site explores the energy usage and characteristics of this amazing vehicle.  See real time charging and weekly energy usage here.
Barn with solar panels on the west facing roof SOLAR POWER SYSTEM
My blog documents the process of financing, designing, purchasing and installing a 5.2kW solar power system.  My friends and neighbors helped install it in the summer of 2009.  The system currently consists of 31 solar panels with Enphase micro-inverters behind each panel that convert solar power directly to 240 Volts AC right on the roof.  By installing it myself, I saved about $9000.  See the real time energy stats here.
South end of barn with 4 solar collectors SOLAR HEATING FOR MY WORKSHOP
In 2001 I designed and built a solar augmented heating system for the radiant floor in my workshop.  The backup is propane, and I later added a wood stove to reduce the propane consumption.  This blog documents the initial construction and the continuing improvements and lessons learned.  See real-time system stats here.
Team installing solar collectors SOLAR DOMESTIC WATER
In July 2006 I installed a solar domestic water heating system with the help of my friends.   This blog documents the installation of a packaged system that was purchased as a complete off-the-shelf kit, although I made a few modifications.  See real time monitoring of this system.
Solar DHW
storage tank
temperature
(live)
ENERGY MONITORING
I have installed real-time energy monitoring equipment with live web interfaces to make my energy use and savings transparent:
Solar electric power generated and historical records of energy usage
Solar domestic water heater
Solar building heating system for my workshop (shut down in summer/fall)
Heat recovery Ventilator temperatures in my workshop (shut down in summer/fall)
Chevy Volt charging station power in Watts and weekly energy use vs. miles driven.

also monitored annually:
Propane consumption and costs for home heating/cooking/water heating
Propane used as supplemental heat in my workshop (in addition to solar and wood)

and live:
Weather Station (via Weather Underground)
Geiger counter - live ambient radiation counts
Heat revover ventilator on wall of utility room HEAT RECOVERY VENTILATION SYSTEM IN MY WORKSHOP
In October 2008 I installed a heat recovery ventilator in my workshop because the building is so well sealed in the winter that I was concerned about indoor air quality.  This inexpensive system brings in fresh and removes stale air while recovering 86% of the heat as it exits the building.
Rinnai tankless water heater TANKLESS WATER HEATER
In June 2010 we replaced our failed 50 gallon water heater with a propane fired tankless, on-demand unit that conserves energy by not losing heat all day from a tank.  Water is pre-heated by the solar collectors to reduce the need for propane
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Electric lawn mower conversion SOLAR LAWN MOWER
In July 2005 I converted a gas lawn mower by replacing the old polluting gas engine with a 12 Volt electric motor run from a battery that charges from solar electric panels on my shed roof.

In my blog I have detailed every step of the process so that others can build their own quiet, powerful, zero emission conversion that runs on free solar power.
window with insert THERMAL WINDOWS
In 2008 my friend Topher came up with a design for an interior thermal storm window that can be made easily and inexpensively.  If placed in all the windows of a home these simple frames of double pane shrink film can save hundreds of dollars in heating bills annually in colder climates.

My complete instructions with detailed pictures show you how to build these simple energy savers.  Thousands of these windows have been built by individuals and community groups since the fall of 2008.


INSULATING BUILDINGS
Insulating exposed concrete walls from the outside with rigid polystyrene foam and sheathing.  This keeps the concrete inside as warm thermal mass.

also:
Insulating exposed frost walls of my solar heated workshop

and
 Insulating door and window framing

and
A thermal study of our buildings
Weather Underground PWS KMEWOOLW2WIND STUDY and WEATHER STATION
In April 2010 I decided to evaluate my site for a potential vertical axis wind turbine on the roof of my workshop for a year.  So I purchased a weather station that can log wind data. 

While my site is not good for a wind turbine, the result of the study was an abiding interest in meteorology.  At right is the real-time local weather from my station as reported on Weather Underground's site click the image for more detail.

small couch table with coffee cup on it FURNITURE
My furnishings are all based on a theme of thin vertical staves as a primary visual/structural element.  I work mostly with native woods: maple, cherry, walnut and some exotics.

I have exhibited in craft shows and galleries across the country since 1997.  Here you will find a catalog of my designs, and information about how I work.
Completed canoe on saw horses CANOE
In July 2007 I decided that I needed a small, light canoe that my wife and I could use to paddle around Maine's beautiful rivers and lakes.

This detailed blog shows the construction of my 14 foot stitched lap strake canoe, built from plans in a book.  Made from 4mm marine plywood with some fiberglass it weighs less than 47lbs.

ART TEC Solar - DTC-D controller SOLAR DIFFERENTIAL TEMPERATURE CONTROLLERS
I designed and manufacture these simple and affordable controllers. They improve the performance of solar heating systems by preventing pumps from running if the collectors are cooler than the storage tank. 
Levitating russian doll MAGNETIC LEVITATION KIT
I designed this simple electronic kit that uses magnetic levitation to suspend small objects up to about 1/2 ounce (15 Grams) or so in mid air.  This is an ideal Science Project for ages 12 and up!

Defy gravity!  Enhance levity!

Assembled and tested versions as well as parts kits with detailed instructions from $39.75.

"Digital Numeric Relevator Mk XXVII - Big Red" MY ELECTRONIC ARTWORKS
I began making electronic artworks in the mid 1980's.  My work has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the country and is in several private and corporate collections.

Recently completed January 2014: "Digital Numeric Relevator Mk XXX - LCD" shown at left.
TIME-LAPSE VIDEO SERIES
My series of time-lapse videos: "The Beauty of Decay" explores the beauty of cut flowers decaying over days or weeks - condensed to a minute or so.

In the
media
IN THE MEDIA
Over the last few years I have been writing articles for the press on sustainability issues for Home Power magazine and others.  Collected on my site are all these articles and also press about me or the things that I do.
live web cam view od workshop with solar panels WEB CAMS
Shows live image of my workshop and solar array, and live image of our house.  Images update every minute.
(if images are black - it's dark outside!)
Guy posing with the Enterprise model from STTMP BIO
A brief pictorial history of my life.

At left I am posing with the Enterprise model while shooting visual effects for "Star Trek the Motion Picture" in 1979.
Rebekah Younger MY WIFE: Rebekah Younger
Her interior decorating business inSite Contemplative Design is about adjusting interior spaces to enhance wellbeing and mindfulness.  She has a separate blog about Contemplative Design.  She is also teaching Shambhala Arts, basic and advanced digital photography and various other classes in adult ed and community college.

 In 2009 she completed her MFA in interdisciplinary arts in photography, video and installation.  Her artwork can be seen on her personal web site and blog

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