Turn Off Your Taps if you Want, But There’s a Bigger Leak

By | Aug 2, 2010

photo credit: jasleen_kaur I was interested – although not surprised – to learn that municipailities leak large amounts of their treated water – sometimes as much as 40%. According to the CBC, that amounted to more than 26 billion (said in a Dr. Evil voice) litres of drinking water. Industry-wide, losing 10% of the total […]

Can You Save the World by Eating Less Meat?

By | Mar 30, 2010

We’ve gone over three weeks with no fast food in our household, and have noticed some dramatic changes. For one, we’re spending less time fighting wicked cravings for Big Macs – whatever they put in that sauce makes you want to indulge. Second, we’re far less interested in sugary drinks and snacks like coke and […]

How To Stop Your Home’s Electrical Leakage

By | Feb 20, 2010

Standby power, also known as vampire power, phantom load or leaking electricity, is the electricity used by appliances in your home when they are “off”. Even if you turn off all of your lights, unplug your fridge, and turn off your furnace, your electricity meter will continue to spin. photo credit: lisa cee Some key […]

Family in England Reduces Garbage to One Bag a Year

By | Feb 11, 2010

This video clip was interesting. One family in England has managed to reduce the amount of household trash they dispose of to just one bag a year. ┬áTo do this they focus on purchasing products that are recyclable, and making sure they they have used every opportunity available in their community to recycle as much […]

The King of Pop Passes Away – Everything Else Stops?

By | Jun 26, 2009

photo credit: Current News Stories The American media in particular takes a lot of flak about it’s worship of celebrities when the rest of the world is just as obsessed (I’m thinking in particular of the tabloid journalists in the UK and their constant hounding of royalty, Lily Allen, etc). When Twitter is the most […]

Google Cuts Emissions Using Goats

By | May 1, 2009

photo credit: Ivy Dawned Rather than have their regular maintenance crew come by and clean up their lawn, Google has decided to employ an army of goats instead. No kidding (a-hem). The goats will eat and then fertilize the grass, and not use an ounce of gasoline to do so. PETA was reached for comment […]

Britain’s Only Wind Turbine Plant Closes

By | Apr 29, 2009

photo credit: Caveman 92223 Wind turbines have been in the news quite a lot lately. They seem like the ideal power generator – they don’t destroy water systems, they don’t generate pollution and they can be installed basically anywhere. Offshore wind farms are sometimes seen the solution for meeting North America’s electricity demands without requiring […]

German Company Turns Cellphones into Gold

By | Apr 7, 2009

photo credit: covilha Despite campaigns encouraging people to recycle their used cellular phones, most end up in landfills. In Germany, that amounts to 24 million phones per year – almost 1 for every 3 people. Aside from the obvious environmental harm caused by deteriorating batteries and plastic, the phones represent a significant economical waste – […]

Drink the Ocean

By | Feb 19, 2009

As ideal as it sounds, moving to green energy involves a dizzyingly complex series of factors. We must reduce our consumption – we can’t expect to move our energy source from coal to wind and still keep turning on the television and flipping the light switch in the way in which we have grown accustomed. […]

Organic Wood

By | Feb 17, 2009

I cut my own firewood; every fall we go into the woods, cut down some of our trees, haul them out for splitting and stacking so they can dry out over the winter and next summer and be burned the next year. Since the wood is properly stacked and seasoned, the creosote deposits in my […]

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