Getting Started Hiking

I've loved to hike since shortly after I started going to a summer camp at which you hike one or two mountains each summer and then after summer camp, my mother began dragging me up Mt Washington every year. I eventually became known as an … [Continue reading]

What’s the Hottest New iPhone Tech – FLIR ONE Review

Apple iPhone Charger

Over the weekend I got to play with one of the coolest new tools for an energy geek - a FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Camera add-on for the iPhone 5/5S. You can literally measure and see how cool or hot you or anything around you is. A friend at … [Continue reading]

Identifying Ragweed

Are you allergic to ragweed?  Jon is.  According to Wikipedia, Ragweed is a very common allergen.  Just ask around and you're sure to find people who know they are allergic to it.  But do you know how to recognize it? … [Continue reading]

How Many Times Should You Use Your Disposable Razor?

razor with disposable tips

There are a lot of things that we have been taught should be disposable, like silverware and diapers. I agree, sometimes it is wonderfully convenient and helpful to have disposable items. We took plastic forks and spoons to the beach with us this … [Continue reading]

Charcoal vs. Propane Revisited

food on wood pellet grill

Last summer I blogged about the age old controversy: Which is the greener way to grill: Charcoal or Propane? My conclusion was that it matters far more what you grill than how you grill it. Now I have discovered something new and I … [Continue reading]

Music That Inspires Me To Be Green

drawing of acoustic guitar

I can relate to Kermit the Frog saying, "It's not easy being green."  Recently, I have been struggling to stay motivated and write blog posts to motivate others to be green.  With everything going on in the world these … [Continue reading]

Living Smaller – Make Friends With Your Neighbors

metal measuring cup with organic sugar

"Bye mom, I'm going next door!" "Can I go to David's house to get Daddy?" "Run across the street and get a cup of sugar." Making friends with your neighbors is generally a good idea. Life is better when you know the people who live around you … [Continue reading]

Amazon Packaging FAIL

small plastic card packed in a big box

Why does Amazon insist on using a card board box to ship everything? Today I received a Windows Update Card (i.e., something the size of a credit card that has the license key printed on it) attached to a card board insert inside a much bigger … [Continue reading]

Addicted to Electricity

tangle of charging cables in a car

"My life would be miserable and I wouldn't ever be happy, unless I had a shelf full of boardgames in my room [if I didn't have electricity]." "If you're not charging your iPod, could you plug in my iPhone?"  "I have another cable, I can … [Continue reading]

Upgrading Historic Church Pendant Lights to LED

300W LED Upgrade

Have you noticed that many churches have the same lantern-style chandeliers? Our church and my mother's church both have them. Jon and I can't help ourselves, but we notice the lighting wherever we go.  We don't necessarily notice how bright it … [Continue reading]