Line-Drying Your Laundry

I never thought I’d hang dry my laundry.  I kept thinking about how heavy the laundry basket would be coming out of the basement and then how I wouldn’t want my neighbors seeing my laundry hanging out. We’ve hung blankets in our basement before, but I’m not comfortable with the dust and kitty litter down […]

Where do you use the most energy?

Where do you use the most energy?  Is it heating your home?  Powering the refrigerator? Heating water for showers and dishes? Powering your entertainment center?  In order to really understand how you use energy, you will need to install some sort of home energy monitoring system like the TED-5000, but you can extract an amazing […]

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Resale!

I’m doing a last-minute push to get things ready for my Mother of Twins club’s semi-annual Gently Used Clothing & Equipment Sale.  My club has been holding a “gently used” sale for a lot longer than I’ve belonged to the club, which for those who are wondering, is about 6 years.  The club holds the […]

Energy Saving Tips for Renters

One of the questions we’ve been asked numerous times is What can I do as a renter to save energy? A general rule of thumb is anything that is good for a home owner is also good for a rental property, but it is limited by what you are allowed to do by your landlord. […]

First Days with our TED-5000 Home Energy Monitor

Understanding your home energy usage is an important step to to reducing it.  You can get a good first start by just looking at your energy bills and thinking about why there are peaks and valleys and how this year compares to last.   To go beyond looking at your bills and save even more, you need […]

Electric Snow Thrower in Action

Last week, when the mid-Atlantic was buried in snow, most of Boston shut down in anticipation of snow that never arrived.  This week, after actually receiving enough snow to shovel (about 8″), I took the opportunity to get some photos of our electric snow thrower in action. In about 35 minutes, we (I had occasional […]

Our Green Little Secret for Turning Up the Heat in Bed

We have a secret for staying toasty warm in bed so we can turn down the heat at night.  Our green little secret is an electric mattress pad.  In the olden days they used to heat up bricks and stick them under the covers to warm them up before crawling into bed.  Thankfully we no longer have to […]

1 Flush, 2 Flush, How to Make a Dual Flush

Update 11/118/203 – removed the last of the dual-flush conversion kits when we replaced our toilet with a new 1.28 gpf model from American Standard.   UPDATE 3/23/2012 Two years later, 2 of the 3 HydroRight Dual-Flush conversion kits have been removed and replaced by standard flush mechanisms and the third frequently fails to stop running […]

Greening Your Home Before Travel

As we prepared to leave for the holidays today we realized that there were several things we could do to save money and energy while we were gone.   While Jon is driving, I have a spare minute to write about some of the things we did and you should consider doing as well. We […]

Green Snow Removal

In New England, snow is a part of life and dealing with it is something you have to do.  We currently have about a foot of snow and it’s still coming down steadily.  So what are the greenest ways to move it out of your way? Greenest – Snow Shovel The greenest (and cheapest) is […]