Going Wild in the Backyard

Going Wild in the Backyard By: Sue Moore Turn your backyard into a wildlife refuge! It’s easy with a little help from the Backyard Conservation Program, a joint venture between the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Wildlife Habitat Council, and the National Association of Conservation Districts. According to the NACD over 92 million acres … Continue reading

10 Green Ways to Get Through Winter’s Days

Winter is here in full swing and sometimes it can take its toll both physically and financially. It can also become so uncomfortable for some that remaining green seems difficult when just trying to forge through inclement weather, stay warm or simply deal with the drastic change of sunlight can be a challenge. Obviously the … Continue reading

So You Think You Might Like Home-Based Geothermal Energy?

As one informative web site notes, geothermal’s power source never varies – at least on the human scale of plus or minus 75 years. More important, geothermal energy provides more than half the energy needed to deliver heating and cooling, whether in the Deep South or the frigid northern half of the United States. The … Continue reading

A Good Tax Credit for Small Business, Large Business and Residential Advancement

A Good Tax Credit for Small Business, Large Business and Residential Advancement Throughout the 2012 campaign, dramatics about taxes where abound in full force. They continued into and around the fiscal cliff crisis and in the end, we all got taxed one way or another. However, it is not often that we hear about how … Continue reading

Energy Efficiency Then and Now

Energy Efficiency Then and Now As a result of the 1973 oil embargo, during which Arab oil producing nations (cooperating under the banner of OPEC, or the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) raised the price of oil by 70 percent, to $5.11 per barrel, American heating oil prices climbed from $0.20 per gallon to … Continue reading

So You Think You Want Wind Power?

So You Think You Want Wind Power? You have been at your job for more than a decade and gotten some significant raises and promotions. Now you’re at the outer edge of middle management and can reasonably expect that the recent economic doldrums and the inevitable downsizing might be just the trick to float your … Continue reading

Stay Cool, Save Energy, Cut Spending

Stay Cool, Save Energy, Cut Spending There are a number of ways to save energy and cut spending this coming summer, so I thought I would get a jump on them and give readers time to budget the more costly ones.  The best part is that none of them require you or your family to … Continue reading

Weighing the Pros and Cons of LEED

Weighing the Pros and Cons of LEED Most of us can agree that moving towards environmentally-friendly building practices is one of the keys to a more sustainable future. After all, the construction industry accounts for around a quarter of all non-industrial waste production in the U.S., and buildings are some of the biggest resource hogs … Continue reading

Building and Remodeling with Sustainable Materials

Building and Remodeling with Sustainable Materials It wasn’t so many years ago that “green” became the next big thing, and people flocked to buy solar panels, soy foam insulation, synthetic parquet tiles (and other engineered wood products), and landscape plants to create green (or “living”) roofs. It was a remarkable revolution, noted more for its … Continue reading

How to Do a Home Water Audit

How to Do a Home Water Audit It’s so easy to turn on the taps that a lot of us don’t notice how much water we send down the drains every day. But when you add up all those showers, lawns, and dirty dishes, you end up with a lot of wasted water. In fact, … Continue reading