Interview with Jeff Sutherland – Inventor of Scrum and Renewable Energy Advocate

Recently I had the pleasure of learning a more effective way to manage projects. The two day course, titled Scrum Product Owner training, was taught by Jeff Sutherland, the inventor and co-creator of Scrum and author of Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. During the class he mentioned having two Tesla […]

How much did the US spend on Imported Oil in 2014?

My previous blog posts about the US spending on imported oil are finally making a difference. At least a lot of people seem to be asking how much the US spends on importing oil.  Earlier this year, one of the leading United States Presidential Candidates stated that the US spent about $300 billion on importing […]

Camping with Thermo-electric Generation (Powered SmartPhones)

While camping over Memorial Day this year, I witnessed several people complaining about their SmartPhones (iPhones, etc.) and having to sit around the bathroom trying to get even to 20% charge. Last year Alicia and I had to coordinate who had the chargers and cables to plug in our iPhones so that we could keep […]

Movie Review of Rob Stewart’s Revolution

I was asked to review the feature length documentary Revolution by Rob Stewart. The movie takes you on a journey under the water and around the world to see the impacts of climate change and the damage that we are doing to our planet. The videography and imagery underwater is breath taking.  The movie gets […]

I haven’t worn antiperspirant in 3 years and no one noticed

A few years ago, my mom gave me crystal deodorant as a gift.  I was skeptical as I am typically wary of the “green” things she gives me, as she has a tendency to fall for green washing. I had been using traditional deodorant & antiperspirant since puberty, and I really wanted to get away from it because of the […]

Our Green Snow Removal Tool Gets an Upgrade

Our trusty Toro Electric Snow Blower died during the first blizzard of 2015 that slammed us with 2 feet of snow. I originally thought I could repair it by replacing the broken blade, but unfortunately the motor had also reached the end of it’s usefulness. Fortunately, I was able to buy a new Snow Joe […]

Breaking Ice Dams with Lady’s Lingerie

Do you have ice dams on your house?  While the long term solution to preventing ice dams is proper air-sealing and insulation under your roof, people with ice dams want to know what to do now, not next spring. A good way to deal with them in the middle of winter is using discarded pantyhose filled […]

Turn down your water heater to save energy

Many water homes have their water heaters turned up too high. Many health codes used to call for hotter temperatures for home water, to ensure that dishes and clothes got clean enough. However, science has taught us that in most cases, it is the act of rubbing the items, the agitation, that causes things to […]

Gearing Up Green for the Super Bowl

I am very excited for the New England Patriots to be in Super Bowl XLIX and almost as excited to see that LEDs will be lighting the University of Phoenix Stadium for the big game. As Katherine Tweed notes in her article LEDs Will Shine on Super Bowl Sunday, the stadium will not just be […]

Jon’s 2014 Green Gift Guide

 My list this year is intended for me, but can apply to almost any active outdoors type man or woman. Goal Zero Switch 10 – $120 The Switch 10 is a battery pack for charging USB devices – and much more. It also has a flashlight, a fan AND it comes with a solar panel that charges […]