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Cash for Clunkers – Not SO Green

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | August 12th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech

Back in June when I wrote about the upcoming Cash for Clunkers program, few observers actually thought many people would take advantage of it. Surprisingly, then, as you’ve probably heard on the news, it was so wildly successful that it used up its entire $1 billion allotment in a single week!

How to Green Your Home Without Going Broke

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | August 5th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought about installing solar panels or a tankless water heater, and then balked because of the cost. If so, you’re not alone.

Berkeley, however, has come up with an innovative program to help homeowners afford solar systems—and it’s one that is starting to make it possible for homeowners around the country to finally afford renewable energy systems and other energy efficiency improvements.

Look Who’s Going Green: the Military

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | July 29th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living

There are many ways in which waging war is not a green proposition (depleted uranium casings, anyone?). But the military’s huge need for energy is making it a leader in exploring green technologies and renewable energy.

That Apple Could Power Your Home

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | July 21st, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Green Tech, Healthy Home

Take a look at a pile of food scraps, and most eco-minded folks think “compost.” And sure enough, that’s a great way to recycle. (Or is it “reuse”?)

In any case, there’s another use for your rotting apple cores and moldering orange peels: Energy. A few municipalities have started setting up facilities to capture the biogas that escapes as organic matter decomposes and turn that gas into energy.

That Apple Could Power Your Home

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | July 21st, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech

istock_000000088277xsmallTake a look at a pile of food scraps, and most eco-minded folks think “compost.” And sure enough, that’s a great way to recycle. (Or is it “reuse”?)

In any case, there’s another use for your rotting apple cores and moldering orange peels: Energy. A few municipalities have started setting up facilities to capture the biogas that escapes as organic matter decomposes and turn that gas into energy.

Speed Bumps Power Cash Registers

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | July 15th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living

So this was exciting: A supermarket in England has outfitted their parking lot with kinetic plates which produce enough energy to power their cash registers. The development was announced last month, and many green blogs wrote enthusiastically about it.

But then a professor wrote a long piece in The Guardian about why projects such as this one are a waste of effort, and how we should focus instead on systems that provide a bigger bang for the energy buck.

Cool Your Car, Save The Planet

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | July 8th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living

Summer means swimming pools and hot dogs and… boiling hot cars. Raise your hand if you’ve recently almost burnt your hand on your steering wheeling after your ride’s been baking in the sun.

Making Sure You Don’t Overwater

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | June 17th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living

It’s summertime. You want to water your garden and lawn so they don’t go brown. But remembering to water is a hassle. So you installed an automated system. Problem is, your system goes off even when there’s a downpour, wasting both water and energy. What to do?

White Roofs

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | June 10th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living

People who live in hot climates without air conditioning, like Greece or India, know that the key to keeping cool is to paint the roof — or, indeed, the whole building — a light color.

Turns out it could help counter global warming too. In London last month, Obama’s Secretary of Energy said painting roofs and roads light colors in urban areas could offset the impact of all the cars in the world for 11 years!

Carpooling Made Easy

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | June 3rd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living

We all know we need to do more ride-sharing. But historically, coordinating rides has seemed like a major headache. Now, however, technology is taking some of the pain out of that process.

A slew of sites and applications have emerged to make it easier to share rides, no matter the occasion: daily commutes, errand-running, and even cross-country road trips. Here are a few: