Organic instant soup – Oxymoron or Life Saver?

tortilla soup with cheese and avacado

Today I was thrilled to discover that I can buy ready-made, organic tortilla soup and chicken soup in a tetrapak box, off the shelf of my main stream grocery store. I am scared of putting chemicals into my body and my kids' bodies.  I see … [Continue reading]

Our Green Snow Removal Tool Gets an Upgrade

SJ621 Electric Snow Blower in the snow

Our trusty Toro Electric Snow Blower died during the first blizzard of 2015 that slammed us with 2 feet of snow. I originally thought I could repair it by replacing the broken blade, but unfortunately the motor had also reached the end of it's … [Continue reading]

Breaking Ice Dams with Lady’s Lingerie

stocking filled with CaCl over an ice dam

Do you have ice dams on your house?  While the long term solution to preventing ice dams is proper air-sealing and insulation under your roof, people with ice dams want to know what to do now, not next spring. A good way to deal with them … [Continue reading]

Snowflakes

Our area has had over 60" of snow in the past 17 days.  That may not sound like a lot for some people, but on average we get 44" of snow a year and it has been so cold here that it has not been melting between the storms.  This morning … [Continue reading]

Adapting To Climate Change

I spent two days in December meeting with Sustainability Directors from around New England. While we met, pounding rain drenched late arrivals, and rain and snow storms to our north waylaid some of our colleagues. Three to four inches … [Continue reading]

Turn down your water heater to save energy

Many water homes have their water heaters turned up too high. Many health codes used to call for hotter temperatures for home water, to ensure that dishes and clothes got clean enough. However, science has taught us that in most cases, it is the act … [Continue reading]

Gearing Up Green for the Super Bowl

DIY Patriots Cloth Napkins

I am very excited for the New England Patriots to be in Super Bowl XLIX and almost as excited to see that LEDs will be lighting the University of Phoenix Stadium for the big game. As Katherine Tweed notes in her article LEDs Will Shine on Super … [Continue reading]

Climate Change is Causing More Intense Storms

As we were re-scheduling projects and meetings because of the incoming blizzard, a co-worker from another department asked me: Are we seeing more frequent and more intense storms because of climate change? Yes, we are. Even my … [Continue reading]

Not Running Against the Wind Anymore

Wind Turbine at Energy Festival

When Jon and I first started writing Green Lifestyle Changes over 5 years ago, we felt that we had to write it. Very few people were talking about climate change or green living. We had become aware of the issue, and we were very concerned about … [Continue reading]

Is Your Body Wash Killing Fish?

Is your shampoo, body wash, or toothpaste killing fish? Not with some crazy new chemical, but something very simple: tiny microbeads of plastic. At some point the companies that make personal care products realized that they could put tiny … [Continue reading]