887 miles on first tank of gas in our minivan

Tweet Pin It We recently purchased a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan and we drove over 25 days and 887 miles before our first fill up at the pump. Over that time we only used 13.3 gallons of gasoline, which works out to 66.7 MPG for a 7 passenger minivan.  We have been charging the batteries […]

First week with our new plug-in minivan, the Pacifica Hybrid

Tweet Pin It Driving our new plug-in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has been amazing this week. With the exception of one problem, which I’ll get to later , we have been very pleased with this plug-in hybrid minivan.  The acceleration is fun, so far I’ve experienced 95kW all electric torque launching us forward from a stop […]

How we went from zero to owners of a plug-in hybrid minivan in 2 weeks

Tweet Pin It The weekend started off as pretty much every weekend, our kids had a ton of lessons and practices to be shuttled around to and Alicia had yet another sustainability conference she was trying to get to. This one happened to be at Tufts, which was conveniently where the kids music lessons were. […]

How bad is Bitcoin for the planet?

Tweet Pin It With the value of Bitcoin (and other digital currencies) more than doubling in December, lots of people are exploring mining for fun and profit.  I get it, I’m interested too.  Who wouldn’t want to take an idle computer and have it effortlessly crank out money?  Unfortunately, mining cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, uses a […]

Busy little Hummingbird

Tweet Pin It Back in April, I was in San Diego, California for a conference.  While walking back to my hotel room, I came across this cute little hummingbird who caught my attention. Happy Greening! Jon If you liked what you just read, please signup below to receive our blog posts and tips via email.   Tweet […]

Camping in the Rain

Tweet Pin It When you’ve got a trip planned with 40 of your favorite people to hang out with, you just don’t want to cancel because of a little rain!  My babysitting exchange, which also includes the members of our bee co-op, likes to go camping every spring.  This year the weather was not promising […]

Dogs and Doughboys

Tweet Pin It This year on our annual camping trip I was sitting with my young friend by the fire making doughboys and discussing why some people like dogs and some don’t.  She’s a huge fan of dogs and told me she likes them so much because they are soft and cuddly and always like […]

Creating a Beehive Co-op

Tweet Pin It We have bees.  Not an infestation, but an actual honey beehive that we have setup in our backyard.  Luckily, it’s legal here, because we’ve had some problems. Last year, I spotted the Flow Hive Indiegogo crowd funding campaign and I was in love. Unfortunately, it seemed like a lot of money to invest and […]

Best Climate Change Speech Ever

Tweet Pin It Today President Barack Obama gave what I consider the best climate change speech ever when he announced the rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline. However, when I first tried to watch the speech, by going to well known news sites, like USA Today, NBC News and CNN, I found that they only played […]

Love Song to the Earth

Tweet Pin It Natasha Bedingfield and Sean Paul teamed up with an awesome group of artists including Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow and many more to create “Love Song to the Earth.” They released it to coincide with Pope Francis’s visit to Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York.  I found the song a uplifting and […]