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 […]

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 […]

Green Energy

By | Feb 4, 2009

According to the British Council, offshore Welsh wind farms provide enough energy to power 100 000 British homes.  Wind power is relatively cheap (the machines last long enough to warrant their costs) and seems to provide a good, reliable source of energy.  Modern wind generators apparently are not even harmful to wildlife, as they rotate […]

New York City Switching to LED Street Lights

By | Dec 21, 2008

In a move sure to please the team of president-elect Obama, New York City is taking steps to promote its own green economy by switching to LED streetlamps. The program will provide the city with a few key benefits: Cheaper maintenance: LED lamps work twice as long as the currently used high pressure sodium bulbs. […]

The Recession is Good for the Environment

By | Dec 17, 2008

It turns out that the recession is good for the environment, as long as Obama has his way. Under a new ten year plan, the president-elect plans to pour $150 billion into projects aimed at improving the energy-efficiency and weatherizing government buildings in order to save big on electricity. By extension, the plan will cut […]

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