Tip: Simple Water Saving Ideas

Tweet Pin It Here’s a very simple tip for saving water that I never did until it was pointed out to me: when filling the tub for a bath, close the drain before turning on the water.  I find that most people adjust the water running out of the faucet to the temperature that they […]

Not All CFLs Are Created Equal

Tweet Pin It I’m assuming you know the basics – CFL light bulbs use significantly less electricity than traditional incandescent light bulbs.  They’re somewhat more expensive, but they save you money on electricity and they are supposed to last longer.  You should recycle them when you are done with them and if they break you […]

When Living Green Isn’t What’s Best For Your Family

Tweet Pin It Wow, that sounds like an odd thing for our blog “When living green isn’t what’s best for your family.”  I think it’s important for people to realize that sometimes you have to make choices, and if certain things and certain situations aren’t the right things for your family, that’s OK. For each […]

The Origins of Solar Panel Jewelry

Tweet Pin It Jon loves me so much he invented something for me: Solar Panel Jewelry. It was such a hit with our friends and family that he’s continuing to experiment with forms and techniques and now he’s selling it online and he will exhibit pieces at an upcoming art show.   How does loving […]

Calming the Wrapping Paper Madness

Tweet Pin It This morning I read a blog post on Practically Green about how to avoid mountains of holiday trash.  It’s a good article.  You should read it and take the quiz on Practically Green.  Love the site.   Then reflect on how you can best apply their advice to your holidays.   I started thinking […]

Greening Cyber Monday: Eco-friendly Packaging

Tweet Pin It So anyone with children in their lives knows that’s it’s pretty hard to avoid buying at least a few things at this time of year. We’re doing our best to find a few things that our kids will really like while still minimizing our impact on the environment. This year the Nature […]

GreenTip: Latch Your Windows

Tweet Pin It Are your windows closed but the outside sounds are a little noisy?  Does there still seem to maybe be a draft?  Before running out to price new windows (and fall over in shock), check to see if the latch is shut.  Those latches aren’t really there for security,  they are there to […]

Line-Drying Your Laundry

Tweet Pin It 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 […]

Growing Your Own & Vegan: Zucchini Bread Recipe

Tweet Pin It So,  it turns out I make a mean zucchini bread.  Everyone who has tried to make it is probably aware that there are about a million recipes for zucchini bread out there.  I’ve been through several.  There was one I liked the taste of but all my chocolate chips sank to the […]

Quoted on CNET Green Tech about our TED5000

Tweet Pin It A few weeks back back I talked with Martin LaMonica, editor of CNET News Green Tech, about our TED5000 home energy monitor.  He was doing research for an article about the “smart grid” and wanted to talk to me about what we thought of our home energy monitor now that we had […]