Deep Energy Retrofit Example

So, we were wrapping birthday presents in the local newspaper when we noticed Jon's picture on the front page. He recently went to visit a house on which the owner had done a deep energy retrofit. The article points to some of the more extreme … [Continue reading]

Happy Green Halloween

We hope everyone out there has a fun, safe and happy Halloween.  We hope the ghosts, goblins, princesses and all other things have fun trick-or-treating tonight.If you have a great tip or eco-friendly Halloween ideas, leave us a comment.  Our … [Continue reading]

Table of Contents by Label

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Table of Contents by Date

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Going Green Boston

Last year about this time, David Brown of WCVB Channel 5 in Boston did a Going Green Boston segment about our family and the things we have done to reduce our energy usage and "go green."Check out the short segment.  He mentions a number of the basic … [Continue reading]

Tip: Skip the coffee stirrer by adding sugar and milk first

I hate those plastic coffee stirrers you find next to the coffee machine at work.  Unless you are making hot chocolate or mixing honey into tea, stirring is so unnecessary.  Instead, do what I do by putting the milk and sugar in first and then adding … [Continue reading]

Love My Fleece Nursing Pads

New babies traditionally bring a lot of disposable things with them, and the first thing that comes to mind tends to be disposable diapers. I'm currently doing a trial of different cloth diapers, and I'll definitely do a post or two on what I've … [Continue reading]

Warmer Inside Than Out!

blown in cellulose insulation in an attic with some loose wires

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 … [Continue reading]

What incentives are available for you?

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 … [Continue reading]

Tip: Paper recycling

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 … [Continue reading]