I love this time of year. Besides hustling for the school bus in the morning and the magic of birthdays for two of my kids, autumn in the Northeast brings the gorgeous spectrum of turning leaves and the appeal of crisp fresh apples. But most exciting of all is the big thrill of things that go bump in the night: Halloween!
The National Energy Awareness Month Celebration continues! The following is a simple checklist of energy conservation/efficiency measures to use at the office.
You don't have to completely give up your car to prove how much you care about the environment. Simply changing the way you commute can radically reduce the amount of air pollution, greenhouse gases and carbon emissions you produce each day. And what's more, alternative modes of transportation can benefit your health, save you money and even lead to new friendships (hello, carpool buddies!).
It's easy to forget that the components of the classic sustainability slogan "reduce, reuse, recycle" are actually listed in order of importance. Recycling is undeniably significant, but reducing and reusing -- using less and using something again -- have a greater impact. Enter "upcycling." It may sound like a tortuous spin class maneuver, but upcycling is nothing more than reusing with a twist.
When I decided to make a huge change a few years ago and transition my life from New Mexico to California, I discovered that there was only one place in the world that I wanted to be: Santa Monica. Santa Monica is an incorporated city in its own right, but it is best known for being part of the greater Los Angeles area. I used to travel in and out of Los Angeles a lot for business, and I always knew that it was my destiny to eventually call the city my home. I had much to figure out before transitioning my entire family here, though (a family that included my two small children and my ex-husband). I knew that I would never want to divide our co-parenting arrangement – for the children's sake – between two states.
Twelve weeks remain on eligibility for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) so if you are in the market for a new hot water system, consider going tankless and you could be eligible for a 30% tax credit.
You want to be green, but it's hard to know the difference between reusing and recycling. Fortunately, it's not that complicated. Recycling and reusing have the same goal: to keep items out of overflowing landfills. The two tactics just go about it in very different ways.
Whether you live in an apartment, a condo, or a house, the kitchen can be an easy place to help trim your household’s water use.
Sinks, dishwashers, and garbage disposals give you plenty of options for how you can stop wasting one of our planet’s most valuable resources, whether you’re building new, renovating an old space, or just making do with what you’ve got.