Years ago, I had heard that shutting down your computer and then booting it up again takes up so much energy that it made more sense, from a green standpoint, to leave it running. People also claimed that shutting down and rebooting wears out the power switch, drive motors, and other computer components at a quicker rate.... read more
One of the funniest little videos I have found on youtube. What to do when the powers of evil try to use too much fuel or create too much greenhouse gases... just call Eco-Boy! Sometimes not everything in the green movement is serious, sometimes it is just serious fun!
"The environmentally friendly superhero ECO BOY battles with the evil super villain POLLUTOR in an epic fight to save the world from destruction!"
Earth2Tech just did a great review of a surprisingly simple, but original initiative surrounding solar installation. The initiative is called 1BOG and hopes to use the power of community bargaining to bring down the price of residential solar. This initiative, cooked in that communal hot bed of San Francisco, is taking collective bargaining from the union hall to a neighbor near you.... read more
A few weeks ago, I wrote about all the fantastic and eco-friendly things you can do with baking soda. Now it's time to chat a little bit about baking soda's best friend...VINEGAR!
What is vinegar? The word vinegar comes from Old French and means "sour wine." Vinegar is made from the oxidation of ethanol in wine, cider, beer, fermented fruit juice, or pretty much any liquid containing alcohol. There are lots of different types of vinegar, from rice vinegar, to cider vinegar, to (mmmm) balsamic vinegar.... read more
KMVT Community Television, of Mountain View and Cupertino, CA, put together a great segment regarding ten tips of going green in the home. The video is very well made and is a great piece of non-profit television. Check it out and tell me what you think of the tips.
When shopping for new appliances or electronics, you might see this logo on the box:
But what does the Energy Star certification actually mean?
A little background: Energy Star was created by the EPA in 1992. Since then, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the European Union also have the Energy Star certification. The EPA now estimates that it saved about $19 billion in energy costs in 2008 alone due to Energy Star products AND avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars. WOW! That is impressive!
From computers to refrigerators, you can get all sorts of Energy Star electronics. An Energy Star product will also help keep your electric bills down. When we replaced our old fridge that was already in the house we bought (the fridge wasn't quite of the avocado green era, but the handles did have fake wood paneling!) our electric bill went down significantly on a monthly basis.
Usually, when you shop for an Energy Star product, they'll have one of those yellow tags on it telling you how much money you can save by using an Energy Star product.... read more
After Krissy and Michelle's staycations postings earlier in the week, I found that this new concept is actually international! Urban Rush, a Canadian news show, recently had Lavish & Lime founder Colin Campbell walk through eco-friendly ideas for summer. A great selection of natural sunscreen, DEET-free bug spray, made in Canada adjustable sun hats, recycled plastic and wood sand toys plus recyclable cardboard activity kits and more!... read more
Seafood can be good for you and so very tasty, but due to a variety of different causes, some seafood is (sadly) bad for the environment. From overfishing to habitat damage, there are certain types of seafood that you should avoid eating.... read more