How much did the US spend importing oil in 2013?

More recent update: How much did the US spend on imported Oil in 2014? A couple years ago, I tried to find out how much money the US economy spent on importing oil, but could not find that fact listed anywhere. All of the information I needed to calculate it was out there, so I […]

Cutting my carbon footprint by reducing my waistline

As my grandpa used to tell me, the only real ways to lose weight and keep it off are through portion control and exercise. Yes, a balanced diet helps keep you healthy, but it is simple math, in order to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. Besides being my wonderful […]

Understanding 50% Jump in Our Natural Gas Usage

As I reviewed our energy consumption for 2013, I noticed a shocking thing: our natural gas usage for December jumped by over 50% this year.  As a family that tries very hard to live green, save energy and has made numerous energy efficiency improvements, this was not the sign we wanted to see. Our usage […]

Jon’s 2013 Green Gift Guide for Dads and more

Happy Holidays! Dads can be particularly difficult to buy gifts for because they often have what they need and want really big things like a 3D Printer or a new computer.  Need an idea for what to get him? Looking for something he doesn’t have yet? Here’s my list of things for the dad that has almost […]

Are 3D Printers Green?

As someone who likes to create new things, I have been following the 3D Printing revolution from the sidelines for a couple of years.  Until now, getting in the game required spending over $1,000 and dozens of hours, which for a toy or at best hobby, was just too much for us.  Now with the […]

Save Water with Every Flush – American Standard Champion 4 Max Review

In honor of World Toilet Day on November 19, 2013, we replaced one of our toilets with a WaterSense 1.28 gallon per flush  American Standard Champion 4 Max and could not be happier. Alicia says that she never before thought she would have an actual opinion on a toilet beyond the shape and height of […]

So much to be thankful for

For the second time in my life, I am extremely thankful that I can see with my left eye.   Twenty years ago, while mowing the grass without safety glasses, a tiny sliver of metal shot through my eye and lodged in the edge of the retina in my left eye.  I was living near […]

Home Depot recycling holiday lights again

Home Depot is offering up to $5 off LED Holiday Lights when you recycle incandescent light strings again this year.  From now until November 17, 2013 you can get up to $5 off new LED Christmas Lights in exchange for recycling your old incandescent light strings. Here is the summary from Home Depot: Bring in […]

Green Holidays Solar Panel Jewelry Giveaway

Welcome to the A Very Green Christmas Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering and Brittleby’s Corner together with the Green Moms Network! Each of the participating blogs is offering a green Christmas Gift themed giveaway, just in time for the holidays! There’s sure to be something for everyone on your list. We hope you’ll discover […]

What’s in your Cauldron for Halloween?

As we prepare for Trick or Treating this week, we have broken from the traditional big bag of candy to go with something better for the planet and the kids.  Instead of the big bag of chocolates and candy from the company I won’t name that we are boycotting over child labor practices, we will be […]