My First HEET Barnraising

I am in fact caulking a window in this picture. I was participating in a "barnraising" for the Women's Center in Cambridge, MA where approximately 40 women got together to weatherize their building. It was organized by an organization called HEET. … [Continue reading]

That Makes Cent$

Last November, as part of an EPA's Energy Star national campaign (p. 8 & 10), our home was featured as an example of reducing your home energy use in New England.  Channel 7 Boston (WHDH) interviewed us and the EPA's Energy Star's Melissa Klein for a … [Continue reading]

Alicia’s Green Gift Guide

There are a plethora of lists of "green gifts" out on the web, in magazines and on tv.  I believe that the best gifts for the environment are ones that are not tangible at all.   I know a did a posting on consumable gifts,  but I'd like to take that … [Continue reading]

Reusing Old Business Cards

Over time things change, maybe your title changes or you have a new office, so what do you do with those old business cards that are no longer useful for their original purpose?  Of course, you should recycle them, but before you do that, first reuse … [Continue reading]

Reuse "Disposable" Restaurant Cups

It took me several years to realize that the plastic cups with lids and straws that are used for children at restaurants are considered "disposable" by restaurants. In other words, if you don't take them with you, they will throw them out. These … [Continue reading]

Plastic Silverware Is Not a One Time Use Item

Do you throw away your plastic silverware every time you use it? I challenge you to start saving it, running it through your dishwasher and reusing it. Most plastic ware can be reused this way for years. When I'm in a situation where I'm using … [Continue reading]

Defanging your Cable Box Vampire

cable box with fangs

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 … [Continue reading]

Alicia Presenting Massachusetts Home Energy Seminars

Last winter a colleague and I developed a series of Home Energy Savings seminars for the Massachusetts Municipal Association.   These seminars discuss ways to reduce electricity and water use through a variety of do-it-yourself home improvements and … [Continue reading]

Late Fall Broccoli Harvest

We live in the Boston area and we've already had some significant frost, in fact this afternoon we were clearing ice off the picnic table.  Most of my garden has been put to bed, but there are still a few things producing.   This leads me to thinking … [Continue reading]

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

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 … [Continue reading]