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Year in Review: Top 5 Really Natural Posts of 2008

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Happy New Year! The following is a recap of the top ten posts that were written and received the most traffic on Really Natural in 2008.


  1. Solar Hot Water Heaters Found on 90% of Israel's Rooftops: In the 1950s, Israel experienced a fuel shortage, and residents responded by installing solar hot water heaters on their rooftops. By 1983, 60% of homes had solar hot water heaters, and current law requires their installation. Jerusualem's skyline is beautifully cluttered with 90% of homes' rooftops adorned with solar hot water heaters.
  2. Toyota Adding Solar Panels to Prius to Power Air Conditioning: The Toyota Prius has long been the golden child of the environmental movement for its fuel economy. When the EPA changed the standards for reporting fuel economy on new car stickers to include the use of air conditioning, the hybrid Prius lost a few miles per gallon. That may all change, now that Toyota plans to install solar panels on the roof of high end models to power the AC.
  3. Build a Green Home - No More Power Bills Ever: A New Jersey engineer Mike Strizki has created a green home resulting in no more power bills ever, and not just electric bills. Strizki converts sunshine into electricity using photovoltaic panels - and then uses the electricity to wring hydrogen for fuel out of ordinary tap water.
  4. Your Flat-Screen TV is Worse for the Environment than a Coal Burning Power Plant : Nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) has been deemed the "missing greenhouse gas", because it is not covered by the Kyoto Protocol, yet it is 17,000 times stronger than carbon dioxide! NF3 used to be produced in tiny amounts, but the boom in flat-screen TVs has changed that.
  5. Solar Stik Portable Solar Array Cheaper than a Generator to Run: If you ever have the need for green, portable power, Solar Stik is the "new generator". For example, Solar Stiks were sent to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. What is a Solar Stik? It is portable solar system that weighs about 100 pounds and can be set up in about 10 minutes.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

September 25, 2008

Subscribe and Read Really Natural on Your Kindle!

51dSxbsvTbL._SL500_AA242_PIkin-dp-500,BottomRight,-21,38_AA280_SH20_OU01_.jpg A Really Natural subscription is now available on Kindle! If you subscribe, the Kindle edition of our blog will automatically be delivered to you wirelessly throughout the day. Full text and images are included! You can try it out for free for 14 days, then it is only $0.99 a month. What a deal!

Don't know what a Kindle is? A Kindle is a wireless device that you can download books, magazines, blogs, and newspapers. Kindle uses the same 3G network as advanced cell phones, so you never have to look for a wifi hotspot. Think of the paper you will save reading on your Kindle!

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

August 1, 2008

Really Natural July Monthly Roundup

Just in case you missed a post the first time around, here's our July monthly roundup!

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Alternative Energy

Beauty

Blogpire News

Business

Conservation

Electric Cars

Energy Savers

Entertainment

Fashion

Food

Green Homes

Kids

Product review

Really Natural Books

Really Natural Cars

Really Natural Products

Recycling

Shopping

Solar

Travel

Yard and Garden

community

environment

transportation

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 1, 2008

Really Natural June Monthly Roundup

June has sure gone out with a bang here in Northern California, where forest fires continue to blaze. From push reel lawn mowers to green homes without power bills, it's been a fun month on Really Natural!

Beauty

Blogpire News

Business

Electric Cars

Energy Savers

Fashion

Food

Green Homes

Office

Really Natural Cars

Solar

Yard and Garden

community

environment

technology

transportation

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

June 2, 2008

Really Natural May Monthly Roundup

May is behind us, and the summer solstice is approaching.  Here is a roundup of our posts for May:

Alternative Energy

Baby

Beauty

Blogpire News

Business

Electric Cars

Food

Green Homes

Health

Home

Kids

environment

technology

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

May 1, 2008

Really Natural April Monthly Round-Up

Spring has sprung with lots of great product reviews, solar news, and electric vehicle developments!

Alternative Energy

Baby

Beauty

Blogpire News

Business

Celebrities

DIY (Do It Yourself)

Electric Cars

Energy Savers

Entertainment

Food

General News

Green Homes

Health

Holiday

Home

Product review

Really Natural Books

Really Natural Products

Recycling

Solar

Yard and Garden

technology

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April 8, 2008

Really Natural is Now Carbon Offsetting Site Visitors!


multicolorpro.pngIt has been the practice of Really Natural to carbon offset the server for this site, as well as all Blopire sites. Now, we are also offsetting the carbon created by our site visitors. Using the service CO2Stats, we are measuring total visitor electricity use and offsetting emissions. So far this month for Really Natural, our server footprint is 4.3204 lbs CO2 (31.1088 kWh), and our client footprint is 0.4378 lbs CO2 (4.0473 kWh).

CO2Stats was started by Tim Sullivan and Alex Wissner-Gross, PhD students at Yale and Harvard respectfully. Sullivan explains:

Most internet users are unaware of its environmental impact. To solve this problem, we created CO2Stats, the first-ever tool that allows bloggers and webmasters all over the world to monitor the carbon footprints of individual web sites internationally. Our ultimate vision is to make the entire internet carbon-neutral. Our ultimate vision is to make the entire internet carbon-neutral.

We too share that vision!
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February 29, 2008

May 23, 2007

Win $50 Bucks at Tool Snob

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Thanks for being an avid reader of our blog which is published by Blogpire Productions. We'd like to share with you a new title just launched this week - ToolSnob.com. Blogpire Productions started ToolSnob.com to help homeowners, contractors, and hobbyists find, not only the tools that fit their needs, but to point out the ones that don't. The wrong tool can end up costing you time, money and hours of frustration. Tool Snob aims to be the most reliable and entertaining source for the latest power tool news and reviews.

Want a really good reason to visit? If you sign up for the Tool Snob newsletter by using the form below or on the Tool Snob web site, you'll be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate from Amazon.com. That's right, all you have to do is sign up for the newsletter and be on the list when we pick the winner at the end of June.

Sign up for the Tool Snob newsletter and win $50 bucks.

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April 30, 2007

Check out our New Site SuperCoolPets.com and Win $50

Thanks for being an avid reader of our blog which is published by Blogpire Productions. We'd like to share with you a new title just launched today - SuperCoolPets.com. Blogpire started SuperCoolPets.com to help other pet owners find the pet products they really need, to help them stay away from the products that they don't, and to point out cool stuff along the way.

Want a really good reason to visit? If you sign up for the Super Cool Pets newsletter by using the form below or on the SuperCoolPets.com web site, you'll be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate from Amazon.com. That's right, all you have to do is sign up for the newsletter and be on the list when we pick the winner at the end of May.

So sign up below and visit Super Cool Pets for all the latest pet news, gadget, and toy fun!

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April 23, 2007

Happy Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day, everyone, from all of us here at Really Natural.

Yep. We know we're a day late. We love you, but preferred to spend our Earth Day, well, outside enjoying it. We celebrated by taking a walk with friends, having dinner with family -- oh, and taking a quick trip to Home Depot to pick up our free compact fluorescent light bulb. (Russ used it to replace the bulb in our laundry closet -- perfect!)

It's pretty cool to see the attention that Earth Day is getting this year. Treehugger has been asking if recycling has jumped the shark, but our feeling is, the more folks who pay attention to reducing, reusing and yes, recycling, the better. Sure, we'd love to see a world where everyone's goal was no waste instead of less waste. But in the meantime, it feels good to know that folks are waking up to that fact that this Earth -- not to mention the condition in which we leave it to our kids and our kids' kids -- is our responsibility.

Let's hope all the attention translates to more than lip service. We wish you an excellent year!

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 24, 2006

Holiday Gift and Shopping Guides from Around the Blogpire

Our editors have been hard at work coming up with the latest products to give as gifts this holiday season. Each of our different sites has their own holiday gift guide on various topics including: shaving, hdtv, gps, gaming, coffee and espresso, kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, and more.

Make your holiday gift giving easier this season by visiting the holiday shopping guides below, and get your shopping done online without the crowds and hassle of ever leaving your comfy couch or computer chair.

Electronics - TV and GPS

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Holiday Shopping Guide from TVSnob.com

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Holiday Shopping Guide from GPSLodge.com

Natural Products & Organic Living

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Holiday Shopping Guide from ReallyNatural.com

Shaving

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Holiday Gift Guide from ShavingStuff.com

Coffee & Espresso

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Holiday Gift Guide from SingleServeCoffee.com

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Holiday Gift Guide from SingleServeEspresso.com

Games

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Holiday Gift Guide from CriticalGamers.com

Liquor and Spirts

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Holiday Shopping Guide from LiquorSnob.com

Kitchen Related

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Holiday Shopping Guide from KitchenContraptions.com

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Holiday Gift Guide from The Cooking News.com

Baby Related

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Holiday Gift Guide from SuperCoolBaby.com

Poker & Casino Related
Holiday Gift Guide from CasinoSnob.com

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