Useful Site –

Tweet Pin It Considering a new or used car purchase?  Do you know that fuel economy is a major component of overall cost of car ownership? The US Department of Energy and the EPA have a great site that helps you compare various model used and new cars for fuel economy.  I am really […]

Going For Solar – Get Multiple Proposals or Bids (Step 4)

Tweet Pin It Since solar installations (even after incentives) cost more than most cars, you should definitely speak to several companies or contractors before making your decision to proceed and selecting the right one for you. Because we were not doing the standard roof top solar installation, several of the big players in our area […]

Quoted on CNET Green Tech about our TED5000

Tweet Pin It A few weeks back back I talked with Martin LaMonica, editor of CNET News Green Tech, about our TED5000 home energy monitor.  He was doing research for an article about the “smart grid” and wanted to talk to me about what we thought of our home energy monitor now that we had […]

Would you buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds?

Tweet Pin It Green America is trying to push Congress to act and support Clean Energy investment in the US.  One idea that they are floating is making Clean Energy Victory Bonds (CEVBs) to help finance the rapid development of renewable energy projects and energy efficiency upgrades.  What do you think of the idea? I […]

1 Flush, 2 Flush, How to Make a Dual Flush

Tweet Pin It Update 11/118/203 – removed the last of the dual-flush conversion kits when we replaced our toilet with a new 1.28 gpf model from American Standard.   UPDATE 3/23/2012 Two years later, 2 of the 3 HydroRight Dual-Flush conversion kits have been removed and replaced by standard flush mechanisms and the third frequently fails […]

Green Snow Removal

Tweet Pin It In New England, snow is a part of life and dealing with it is something you have to do.  We currently have about a foot of snow and it’s still coming down steadily.  So what are the greenest ways to move it out of your way? Greenest – Snow Shovel The greenest […]

Just One Thing: Programmable Thermostats

Tweet Pin It 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 […]

Building your Energy Savings Toolbox – Kill-a-Watt meter

Tweet Pin It We can all reduce how much electricity we use around our homes and offices.  Everything in our lives plugs in these days, whether it is our cell phone chargers, or cable boxes or computers, they all use electricity.  The important questions about each appliance/device are: How much does it use when you […]

What incentives are available for you?

Tweet Pin It One of the most common questions I get asked by friends and strangers about renewable energy, efficiency or general sustainability is: What are the incentives for me?  Now, there are the “green” incentives like doing good for the planet and combating climate change and then there is the other type of “green,” the almighty dollar.  […]

Great time at the Harvest the Wind Festival

Tweet Pin It We took the kids over to the Harvest the Wind Festival put on by Mass Energy and Medford. I was working the event as part of my role on the Medford Clean Energy Committee, so it was a must see for the family. The kids had a great time and they had […]