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 […]

Defanging your Cable Box Vampire

Tweet Pin It Earlier this week, the EPA released the new Energy Star requirements for Audio/Video (AV) equipment including CD, DVD and Blu-ray players. The new specification establishes On mode and low-power Sleep mode power consumption limits and Auto Power Down requirements that AV products must meet in order to earn the ENERGY STAR label. […]

TIP: Reducing the ICK factor in composting with a countertop compost bin

Tweet Pin It Composting is a great way to avoid sending vegetable scraps to the landfill while at the same time making nutrient rich compost for your garden.  With a few tips you can avoid the ICK factor altogether and make composting easier.  One simple step is to use a table or countertop compost bin […]

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 […]

Tip: Save Water, Time and Money: Train Your Hair To Need Less Washing

Tweet Pin It About ten years ago I decided that I wanted to grow my hair very long.  I searched the web for resources and learned that the best way to have healthy hair is to not wash it every day.   There were tips for training your hair to not need washing every day. […]

Warmer Inside Than Out!

Tweet Pin It Over the past week I’ve noticed several times that our house is significantly warmer inside than it is outside. So much so that I’ve checked a few times to see if the heat was on. Each time our programmable thermostat was set to be much cooler than it actually was in the […]

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.  […]

Tip: Paper recycling

Tweet Pin It When I forget my cloth bags at the supermarket, I always ask for paper. Then I have a collection of paper bags to use for recycling. Our city requires that all paper recycling be in paper bags. I try to place a paper bag conveniently to locations where I will generate recycling. […]

TIP: Compost your tea bags and coffee grounds

Tweet Pin It Instead of throwing them in the trash or down the garbage disposal, compost used tea bags and coffee grounds.  Most people start the day with some sort of coffee or tea.  Hopefully you make that at home to save both money and the environment.  Take those grounds or tea and put it […]

TIP: Take the leftovers after Events

Tweet Pin It Today at the Harvest the Wind Festival as everyone was packing up, I noticed that there was still a full party tray of vegetables that Whole Foods had donated. I asked them if anything was going to be done with it and unfortunately, since food shelters won’t take open food, they were […]