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

Tweet Pin It 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 […]

Saving Water with a New Toilet

Tweet Pin It Water it’s the key to life. Over the human span water has been the most fought over resource and it is one of the most important resources for sustaining life on this planet. Access to clean potable water is a requirement for a happy and healthy life.  Water is essential to grow […]

Make Recycling Easy

Tweet Pin It Do you ever have a day where you want to do the right thing, but it’s just too hard? I know, it happens to me a lot.  Like the winter I stopped composting because the snow was just too deep. It really helps when there are little thing you can do to […]

Lusting For The Nest

Tweet Pin It What can I say, we love Programmable Thermostats!  They are one of the easiest and most effective ways to save energy in your home.  When people ask us, “What is the one thing I should do to save energy?” we tell them to install and program a programmable thermostat. Some thermostats even program themselves […]

What is Important When Buying a New Room Air Conditioner

Tweet Pin It This is for Jen. Earlier this week was the hottest day in our area all year – by far – and it was only June.  That day I was picking my kids up from my friend’s house, and she told me that her air conditioner had decided to leap to its death […]

No Spill Reusable Coffee Mugs

Tweet Pin It We drink coffee every day, but we don’t regularly buy it at coffee shops.  To be honest, we avoid the coffee shops more because we can’t stand to spend $3 on a cup of coffee than because the environmental impact of all those single use coffee cups.  I especially hate those styrofoam […]

Not All CFLs Are Created Equal

Tweet Pin It I’m assuming you know the basics – CFL light bulbs use significantly less electricity than traditional incandescent light bulbs.  They’re somewhat more expensive, but they save you money on electricity and they are supposed to last longer.  You should recycle them when you are done with them and if they break you […]

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 […]

Our Green Little Secret for Turning Up the Heat in Bed

Tweet Pin It We have a secret for staying toasty warm in bed so we can turn down the heat at night.  Our green little secret is an electric mattress pad.  In the olden days they used to heat up bricks and stick them under the covers to warm them up before crawling into bed.  Thankfully we no […]

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 […]