Just One Thing: Programmable Thermostats

Several of my busy friends have asked me if there is just one thing they should definitely do, what is it?   To save money and use less fuel, get an Energy Star programmable thermostat and program it.   The energy auditors I work with tell me that reducing your house temperature by 1 degree […]

My First HEET Barnraising

I am in fact caulking a window in this picture. I was participating in a “barnraising” for the Women’s Center in Cambridge, MA where approximately 40 women got together to weatherize their building. It was organized by an organization called HEET. HEET organizes gatherings to teach people how to weatherize their homes. They gather at […]

Alicia’s Green Gift Guide

There are a plethora of lists of “green gifts” out on the web, in magazines and on tv.  I believe that the best gifts for the environment are ones that are not tangible at all.   I know a did a posting on consumable gifts,  but I’d like to take that one step further and […]

Reuse "Disposable" Restaurant Cups

It took me several years to realize that the plastic cups with lids and straws that are used for children at restaurants are considered “disposable” by restaurants. In other words, if you don’t take them with you, they will throw them out. These cups are very, very reusable, and can save you a ton of […]

Plastic Silverware Is Not a One Time Use Item

Do you throw away your plastic silverware every time you use it? I challenge you to start saving it, running it through your dishwasher and reusing it. Most plastic ware can be reused this way for years. When I’m in a situation where I’m using plastic ware, like a fast food restaurant or cafeteria, or […]

Alicia Presenting Massachusetts Home Energy Seminars

Last winter a colleague and I developed a series of Home Energy Savings seminars for the Massachusetts Municipal Association.   These seminars discuss ways to reduce electricity and water use through a variety of do-it-yourself home improvements and more in-depth investments to reduce your energy usage for heating and cooling.  The seminars present information about […]

Late Fall Broccoli Harvest

We live in the Boston area and we’ve already had some significant frost, in fact this afternoon we were clearing ice off the picnic table.  Most of my garden has been put to bed, but there are still a few things producing.   This leads me to thinking about what items to plant next year […]

Christmas Light Trade-In at Home Depot – Limited Time!

We’re often asked what people should do with incandescent lightbulbs and Christmas lights strings.   We have a limited-time answer and discount! Take your old incandescent light strings (working or not working) to Home Depot and receive a $3 off coupon for the purchase of energy efficient LED Christmas Lights.  Limit 5 exchanges per customer and this […]

Teaching Young Children About Environmental Issues

I mentioned in my Starting With Children post that I would post additional information about what our preschool did when teaching about environmental issues.  I asked their preschool teacher for information about what books she used with the children so that I could share the information with others.  She says: “I just wanted to quickly […]

Eat Your Presents

Consider classy consumables for presents.   It really makes people feel good to give gifts to people they love, even if they don’t need anything, and as much as some people protest, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love receiving a thoughtful gift. I’ve been telling Jon for years that I really don’t need […]