Observing the obsessions of most people during this season that seems to revolve almost exclusively around consumption, the simple ideas of living smaller and living lighter on our environment might appear almost sacrilegious. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to visit a local big-box retailer to pick up a couple of modest items. This is […]
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An oversized furnace is a very wasteful shortcut taken by many LEED homebuilders and HVAC service providers. The result is that many unsuspecting homeowners are straddled with an appliance that overly dries their indoor air, wastes copious energy, and sends a lot of money right up the chimney. When it comes to heating appliances, bigger […]
“Why can’t someone make candles with scents that everyone likes?” That was the question that 13-year-old entrepreneur Hart Main asked after smelling some particularly noxious candles that his sister was selling for a school fundraiser. That simple question led the youngster to develop his line of Man Candles–a remarkable product that combines social responsibility with […]
Condensation on the inside of your windows during the winter may indicate that you should look at upgrading your windows. More likely, however, water on the inside of your windows is a symptom of a completely different problem with your home.
Sustainable Foods Under Attack Big Agribusiness loves to throw around dire predictions of impending world hunger. According to their press releases, if not for their genetically modified organisms, petrochemical fertilizers, and their long list of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, society would be doomed. Then there are the hormones and constant use of antibiotics which keep […]
You need to have an energy audit performed on your home so it functions more with LEED efficiency. As a green home consultant, there are preciously few definitive pieces of advice that I can give all-comers. It seems that I am always qualifying any advice on home upgrades–telling the homeowner that the right choice depends […]
Rainwater storage seems like a no-brainer. Rain falling on your roof is often whisked away the storm sewer where it has to be dealt with as waste. Meanwhile, you pay a small fortune to buy water for watering your lawn, irrigating your garden, or perhaps washing your car. The Original Rainwater Pillow could make serious […]
The Kill A Watt Energy Meter is a simple and remarkably useful device for revealing how much appliances are costing you to operate. A few experiments with one of these meters have saved me hundreds of dollars in energy waste and hundreds more in unnecessary appliance upgrades that I probably otherwise would have made. A […]
On September 24th, Tesla Motors revealed that it had been hiding a bit of a secret. It seems that the much anticipated network of Tesla electric car charging stations was not only designed and ready for construction, but a mini-network of an initial six stations was already operational in California, having been built in secret.
Blowing insulation into an attic space is a remarkably simple home energy retrofit project that can have truly enormous financial and energy saving payback. Insulation is one of the cheapest components of a home, yet has the largest potential for saving money over the course of the life of a building. In fact, many insulation […]