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Coen Brothers Tell Companies to Stop Touting “Clean Coal”

Suzanne Byrne by Suzanne Byrne | February 27th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Celebrity Planet, Green Living, Green Tech

The new commercial from the Coen brothers.

The new commercial from the Coen brothers.

Academy Award-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen are always up for a challenge — after all, they’ve worked with notorious prankster George Clooney on three different movies! — but this time they’re taking on the coal industry.

The filmmaking duo have directed a new TV spot for an environmental coalition that’s trying to demolish the notion that there’s anything clean about so-called “clean coal.”

I’m Stimulated … How About You?

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | February 25th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech

istock_000006691668xsmallSince I’m currently living as an expatriate in Sweden, I have been watching the stimulus package action from afar — with envy! Details are now emerging on how U.S. homeowners can take advantage of tax credits for energy-efficient improvements: a 30 percent rebate, up to a max of $1,500 for most projects. (The old federal tax credit was 10 percent up to a max of $500.)

December’s Project: How To Recycle Computers

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | February 22nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech

If the lines outside Best Buy on Black Friday weren’t indicator enough, the holidays are clearly when many families look for great deals on new computers. If you’re one of them, you might be wondering what you should do with the one you’re replacing.

How to Eco Your Home Office

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | February 18th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech, Healthy Home

Whether you’ve designated a nook as your home office or have his-and-her office wings in your estate, there’s probably some semblance of a work portal generating a lot of waste in your abode. Here’s a four-part strategy to cut the trash, pollution and wasted resources generated by your home office.

A View from Gaiam’s Rooftop

Everett by Everett | January 29th, 2009 | 12 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Green Tech

Tucked between the Colorado foothills and a watering stop for migrating Canadian geese are the Gaiam corporate offices in Louisville, CO. We have a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains from all west-facing windows, but it’s the view from our rooftop that takes my breath away.

Go Tankless?

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | January 28th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech

Tankless water heaters are getting a lot of buzz these days. After all, they can reduce a household’s water-heating energy use by 20-50 percent. And that’s no chump change: Water heating counts for about a third of a house’s total energy usage.

Eco Rides of the Future

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | January 26th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech

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A new car looms in my future. My current ride has over 200,000 miles on it. While it’s still going strong, there’s no escaping the fact it probably won’t make it to 300,000. Normally, I’d just go out and get another full-size model. But with innovation going like gangbusters in the zero-emissions, alternative fuel, small neighborhood car space, I’m thinking I might try a new strategy: Buy something small and cute (and easy to park — a big plus in crowded cities) for everyday driving, and use a rental or car share service for bigger trips.

Eco- Friendly Computer Cleaning

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | January 14th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Green Tech, Healthy Home

Maintaining a clean computer is not just a matter of aesthetics or even hygiene, although both are improved when you do this regularly. A regularly cleaned computer can actually last longer than one that is allowed to fester in dust, crumbs and other debris from your daily work habits. However, one wrong move – too harsh a cleaning product, too wet of a rag – and you’ve got trouble which may drastically shorten the life of your computer. Proceed at your own risk!

The Top 4 Ways Homes Lose Heat, and How to Fix Them

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | January 12th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech

The long dark days of winter are here, bringing us cheery snowmen, cozy nights by the fire, and… sky-high heating bills. There’s nothing to be done, you think. You’ve got to heat the house, right? Well yes, but there might be a way to reduce the amount of energy you use — without resorting to three layers of sweaters and goofy wool hats.

The ABCs of Green Keyboard Cleaning

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | January 7th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Green Tech, Healthy Home

Look down. Is your keyboard replacing what should be used to catch crumbs, like a plate, a napkin, or, in extreme cases, a bib? Are your keys lined with a dull grey or, even worse, the black residue of fingertip history?