Just One Thing: Programmable Thermostats

Several of my busy friends have asked me if there is just one thing they should definitely do, what is it?   To save money and use less fuel, get an Energy Star programmable thermostat and program it.   The energy auditors I work with tell me that reducing your house temperature by 1 degree […]

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 more in-depth investments to reduce your energy usage for heating and cooling.  The seminars present information about […]

Sleep your PC to Save Energy

Personal computers account for about 1% of the total carbon emissions in the world according to the PC Energy Report 2009. Almost every family in the US has at least one computer at home and the sad fact is that most of the electricity used by computers at home is wasted.  Not because the computer is […]

Teaching Young Children About Environmental Issues

I mentioned in my Starting With Children post that I would post additional information about what our preschool did when teaching about environmental issues.  I asked their preschool teacher for information about what books she used with the children so that I could share the information with others.  She says: “I just wanted to quickly […]

How and When to Teach Children About Green Living?

How early can you teach your children about doing what’s best for the environment? The earlier the better, but it’s never too late. You’re learning, right? Ellie learning about incandescent and LED lightbulbs I walk around with my new baby and say “let’s turn out the light to save electricity.” By the time my twins […]

Getting Started

Often people want to start “being green” but they don’t know where to start. It’s overwhelming, there are so many things to do, so they don’t start anywhere. I’d like to give you some suggestions on how to get started living a greener lifestyle. To paraphrase Confucius, every journey starts with a single step. Deciding […]