Green Lifestyle Changes

Tweet Pin It Our mission for Green Lifestyle Consulting says Step by step to a greener lifestyle. Easy greening for families! We are a husband and wife team who want to help others get started living greener and saving money by doing simple and affordable things that make a big difference in your community and […]

Greening the Family Car – Choosing Your Top Features

Tweet Pin It Back in 2004 when we were new parents of twins, our definition of a green family car was a family vehicle that would carry all of us, including my sister-in-law and was the color green.  We purchased a 2005 Toyota Sienna minivan (middle vehicle) that would seat 7 and carry enough gear for […]

Greening the Family Car – Our Top 5 Features

Tweet Pin It Fuel Economy (MPG) For us, the reduced green house gas and other emissions are more important to us than the fuel cost savings, but they go hand in hand.  Our annual combined driving distance for both vehicles is about 15,000 – 16,000 miles thanks to things like occasionally e-bike commuting, trip chaining […]

Managing As A One-Car Family In the Suburbs

Tweet Pin It We tried being a one-car family exactly four years ago.  Our Volkswagon Passat was ruined by water that got in through the vent system and turned our car into a moldy short-circuited mess before we noticed it. Back then, Jon and I both worked at MIT and the children were at the […]

Doubling Fuel Efficiency Standards by 2025

Tweet Pin It I had the opportunity today to listen in on the press call held by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where they announced that they are finalizing the national standard for fuel efficiency for passenger vehicles and light duty trucks for model years 2017-2025. The official […]

Top 5 Things Stupid Cyclists Do

Tweet Pin It I love bicycling to work.  I love being outside.  I love that I’m being green and not using gasoline to get to work.  I love that I’m getting exercise.  I love that other people bicycle as well and that it is becoming a movement.  I love that there are so many cyclists […]

The Greening of Rest Stations!

Tweet Pin It We live about 200 miles from our nearest family, so a typical holiday for us involves driving that far each way. Before children, we would occasionally drive straight through, but really, I can’t go more than about 2 hours without stopping at a rest station. Now that we have three, we have […]

I Can’t Exercise for Exercise’s Sake

Tweet Pin It I can’t stand to exercise just for the sake of exercising. As a working parent of three active kids, I don’t have the time to go to the gym or workout at home to exercise. I even have had trouble this year fitting in 5 minute blocks of targeted exercises from my […]

The Learning Curve of E-Bike Commuting

Tweet Pin It I’ve been riding my e-bike for about a month now (~100 miles) and really love it, though to be honest it hasn’t been the smoothest road.  So far, all of the problems I’ve had are things that can happen to any bicycle commuter and are not related to the electric assist. My […]

Greening My Commute Electric Bike Style

Tweet Pin It Jonathan with his newly converted e-bike As a parent of three active young kids, a blogger, leader at our church, tinkerer, volunteer and being employed full time, my life is too packed to add new things without dropping something else. However, getting more exercise is something I’ve needed to do for some […]