Recently, I had an interview with Wally McGuire, Director of California’s Flex Your Power, a conservation and energy efficiency campaign. We discussed the state of the environment, the importance of social marketing, and the future of energy efficiency.
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Finally, your car and our water heater have something in common: this week the federal government set tougher standards on both vehicle and water heater efficiencies.
Recycling old or broken cell phones, chargers, and camera’s, and other electronic devices of can be one of those things that gets put at the back of the to do list. They can sit around for ages, purposeless, yet holding valuable metals, plastics, and component parts that are prime for recycling. Bigger items like laptops, printers, and monitors hold significant amounts of recycling potential since they too contain precious metals, such as gold, as well. Learning a bit about where and how to recycle these types of items can help you move this valuable effort from the back of your to do list all the way up to “done”.
Is your refrigerator getting up there in years? Is your water heater older than you can remember? Or maybe your washing machine is not very efficient? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or had similar thoughts about any of your other appliances, you might be a good candidate for ENERGY STAR appliance [...]
For many of us, a completely car-free lifestyle seems like a near impossibility. However, for residents of one German town, getting around without an automobile is their current reality. Vauban is a new experimental, one square mile, upscale suburban district near the French and Swiss borders.
I’ve recently moved into a new space, and let’s just say there have been some kinks to work out. We have some remodeling to do, and are in the processing of putting up lighting fixtures, varnishing floors, painting walls and replacing carpeting. I wanted to try my best to do these home improvements in an [...]
For many, the Pacific Ocean conjures images of azure blue seas, exotic marine flora and fauna, and vast expanses of sheer water separating continents. However, this image is somewhat tarnished by the existence of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific Ocean Trash Vortex or the Northern Pacific Gyre.
Move over Crest Whitening Strips, it’s time to talk about greening our teeth, rather than whitening them. Or, to be more precise, greening our toothpaste. After coming across an article on Grist.com about one family’s attempt to find the tastiest, most environmentally friendly toothpaste on the market, I got curious about how my own toothpaste measured up.