Has Earth Day Lost Its Appeal?

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 19th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: bikeshare, carbon-footprint, carshare, clean energy, climate change, Earth Day, Earth Month, economic issues, energy efficient, environment, environmental issues, EPA, fossil fuel, Green Living, hybrid cars, plastic bags, politics, radio show, recycle, reduce, renewable-energy, reusable grocery bags, reuse, save money, solar panels, wind energy, wind turbines

Earth Day

I recently did an interview with a local radio station. I’d been invited on to talk about Earth Month and what we can do in our homes to reduce our carbon footprint.

I offered up my usual advice — neither new nor glamorous, but nonetheless worth repeating. We must, I said, remember that the three Rs start with “reduce.” We absolutely must reduce our consumption of fossil-fuel-burning energy. And then I outlined how incredibly simple — as well as economically sound — this is. If you’re doing it right, I said, living green should, overall, save you money.

The radio interviewer interrupted. “Hasn’t Earth Day lost its appeal?” he asked. “Didn’t it used to be trendy? Don’t you worry now that no one cares?”

Going Geothermal with Ground Source Heat

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | March 29th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: carbon emissions, clean energy, climate change, Department of Energy, electricity, energy efficiency, energy efficiency rebates, environment, fossil fuels, geoexchange system, geothermal, geothermal system, global-warming, green energy, green home, green incentives, ground source heat pump, GSHP, HVAC, renewable-energy, solar-power, sustainability, tax incentives, the grid, wind power

geothermal heat

Sure, you’ve thought about adding solar panels to your roof as a way of reducing your home’s carbon footprint. Maybe you’ve even given wind power a gander. But what about ground source heat pumps?

Look Who’s Going Green: the Military

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | July 29th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: foam insulation, geothermal, green technology, military, renewable-energy, solar

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.

I’m Stimulated … How About You?

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | February 25th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: energy efficiency, energy savings, insulation, renewable-energy, tankless water heater, weatherize

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.)

What’s So Smart About a Smart Grid?

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | February 5th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: electricity, energy efficiency, energy efficient, GE, power, President Obama, renewable-energy, smart grid, solar-power, Super Bowl Ads, T. Boone Pickens, wind energy

Smart grids. Everyone’s talking about them. President Obama wants to include the beginnings of a new smart grid in the economic recovery package. Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens started calling for an overhaul of the power grid last year as he touted his wind energy plan. And GE even laid down a serious chunk of change to run ads during the Super Bowl (featuring the Wizard of Oz’s hapless scarecrow) simply to convince folks a smart grid might be quite a nice thing to have — and perchance also that GE would be a dandy company to help build it. (See the ad on Earth2Tech.)

Must-See Links: The Obamas Hire Green Chef, Climate Change and Your Health

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | January 30th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Conscious Living News, Relationships | tags: cooking, Fitness, food, kids, nutrition, obama, Personal Growth, product reviews, renewable-energy, Yoga

Every week we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live green, be healthy, and connect with your sense of spirituality. Read our roundup for info that just helps you live better.

Green Living

Obamas Hire Green Chef

New Technology Makes Power from Footsteps

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | December 18th, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: cell phones, dance floor, footsteps, piezoelectric boots, piezoelectric roads, piezoelectricity, renewable-energy

What if you could generate energy simply by walking? Or by boogie-ing on a dance floor? Or by driving your car on any old road?

That’s the premise behind piezoelectricity. Certain crystals or ceramic materials can generate an electric charge simply by having stress applied to them — the stress, for example, of a person walking on or a car driving over them.

Gifts of Green Gear: 8 Cool Ideas

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | December 15th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: alternative fuels, eco-friendly products, energy savings, green gadgets, green gifts, green transportation, renewable-energy, solar chargers, solar-powered

It’s mid-December, and you’re still not sure what to get your sweetie? Try one of these green tech goodies.

Solar Gorilla, $250

The Motion of the Ocean: A Cheat Sheet on Wave Power

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | October 15th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: alternative energy, clean energy, current energy, ocean-generated power, renewable-energy, solar-power, tidal energy, wave energy, wave farms, wave power, waves, wind energy

Every now and then, you’ll hear about a new wave energy project, and if you’re like me, your reaction is probably, “Waves, energy, that sounds cool.” But then I wonder, if wave power is so cool, how come it’s not being implemented more widely? Maybe you’ve wondered that as well. If so, here’s your wave power cheat sheet.

SLI Adds More Green Jobs Training, Fuels Solar Growth

John Schaeffer by John Schaeffer | January 28th, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: green-jobs, renewable-energy, solar-living-institute, solar-power, trends

The Solar Living Institute just published its amazing new class schedule. This nonprofit is doing more to promote solar energy than any other organization I know of — especially with its recent focus on green careers and green workforce development.