January 7, 2008

Monitor Your Power Usage with Kill-a-Watt Electricity Monitor

We're always wondering how much juice all those gadgets we have in the house are eathing up. With the Kill-A-Watt electricity usage monitor we can finally find out. Connect your appliances into the Kill A Watt, and assess how efficient they are. A large LCD display counts consumption by the Kilowatt-hour just like utility companies. You can figure out your electrical expenses by the hour, day, week, month, even an entire year.

At Monitor Your Power Usage with Kill-a-Watt Electricity Monitor

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January 4, 2008

Revolutionary Air Car Runs On Compressed Air

BBC News is reporting that a French company has developed a pollution-free car which runs on compressed air. That's right - you could fill your car up at the same place you fill the air in your tires! Well - maybe not entirely on the same thing. The air car, also known as the Mini-CAT or City Cat, can be refueled in minutes from an air compressor at specially equipped gas stations and can go 200 km on a 1.5 euro fill-up -- roughly 125 miles for $3. The top speed will be almost 70 mph and the cost of the vehicle as low as $7000.

Sign me up!

Via The Raw Story

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November 30, 2007

Solar Powered LED Holiday Lights Update

A quick update to our earlier entry on solar-powered LED holiday lights. Looks like Sportsman's Guide is sold out of their stock. But Get Organized has 26' strings of 60 lights available for $20 a string on Amazon.

The lights don't need to be plugged in. They charge up by day, turn on automatically at dusk, and last for approximately eight hours.

Buy them at Get Organized.

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November 27, 2007

Let There Be Light: Emergency LED Flashlight

11P67QG4RKL._AA207_.jpgHere's something everyone needs: an emergency shake-and-go LED Flashlight. Shake it for 60 seconds and you get 30 minutes of bright white light from three LED bulbs.

The Princess LED Flashlight is great for camping, power outages, or to keep in your glove compartment. And, with no batteries and LED lightbulbs that last over 100,000 hours, it's good for the environment as well. Plus, it's waterproof (just in case).

Buy two or more and get 5% off each of them on Amazon.

Available at Princess LED Flashlight.

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November 7, 2007

7 Tips to Reduce Carbon Footprint: Grist Founder on Today

And speaking of Grist, founder Chip Giller (a former classmate of mine!) was interviewed on Today earlier this week and offered viewers seven tips to reduce their carbon emissions by 10% in one week. Among the tips:

- Wash your clothes in cold water
- Eat no meat one day a week
- Lower the heat in your house by two degrees
- Unplug appliances when they're not in use.

The tips come from Grist's new book Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day.

Chip took some flack on the Grist message boards for focusing on baby steps instead of recommending radical changes to our culture of consumption. Personally, though, I think he'll catch more flies with honey, and that the impact created by these small changes would be pretty significant if they were implemented by a big enough audience.

Check out the full Chip Giller interview on Today. Buy Wake Up and Smell the Planet.

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October 16, 2007

Congratulations, Al Gore!

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A belated shout out to former Vice President Al Gore for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Gore has brought much needed attention to the issue of global warming. We're glad he and, more importantly, the environment are finally getting the attention they deserve.
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June 18, 2007

Mimi the Sardine Reusable Lunch Bags

Disposable bags are out; reusable bags are in. But you don't want to use your EZ Bag for everything. Which is why we were excited to learn about Mimi the Sardine's Lunchbugs line of cloth lunch bags.

They're made of safety tested acrylic coated fabrics that are eco-friendly, are machine washable and 100% lead-free. They're also insulated, easy to clean, and resist odors from that healthy lunch you packed (that your kid left under his desk all day).

Mimi the Sardine Lunchbugs lunch bags come in three patterns - chicks, monkeys and kitties. Having trouble deciding which you like best? Pick up one of each and let your kid pick a different one each morning.

Mimi the Sardine Lunchbugs available at ReusableBags.com.

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June 13, 2007

Eating Local with a CSA Share from The Food Project

4-About-Us-03.jpgHooray for June! Time for longer days, warm nights, and -- perhaps best of all -- the start of our CSA share from The Food Project.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You buy a "share" of a local farmer's crop at the beginning of the growing season, and all summer you receive "dividends" -- baskets and boxes of fresh summer produce.

Russ and I bought our CSA share from The Food Project, a local nonprofit that employs city and suburban youth working organic farms inside and outside of the city.

In addition to growing veggies for CSA members, The Food Project distributes their organic produce to local soup kitchens and sells it at inner-city farmers markets. Youth who participate in the program learn about the food system, organic and sustainable agriculture, and about access-to-food issues facing inner-city residents.

Crew,-bulldogs,-04.jpgLast week, our share included enough greens to feed an army -- arugula, mizuma, spinach, lettuce, bok choy, baby field greens, and a handful of radishes and turnips. It provides a great lesson in eating locally (see Omnivore's Dilemma and Animal, Vegetable, Mineral), and a great reminder of how good food tastes when it's fresh from the farm.

Learn more about Community Supported Agriculture and find a CSA near you.

Support The Food Project.

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June 7, 2007

Eco-Tourism: Best Eco-Tours Sites from Ideal Bite


Ideal Bite published a newsletter last week dedicated to eco-tourism sites. Among the sites recommended:

* EcoTour Directory - lists over 65 eco-holiday providers.
* G.A.P. Adventures - offers tours for groups of 12 or fewer and encourages carbon offsetting.
* Sierra Club Outings - tour the world with other eco-conscious travelers.
* Sustainable Travel International - a non-profit that helps you book all sorts of eco-adventures, from archaeological digs to yoga tours.
* Relief Riders International - guided horseback rides that let you help the Red Cross and distribute books to kids along the way.
* Responsible Travel - awesome trip packages geared toward folks in the UK.

(Via Ideal Bite)

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May 24, 2007

Comparing Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

676ced98-41ac-4df1-a570-e279526e913f_300.jpgNYTimes writer William Hamilton may think compact fluorescent lightbulbs have a long way to go before they're widely accepted, but we're ready to say the bulbs are here to stay. The question is, which compact fluorescent bulbs work best and where will you want to use them? Well, readers, here are our two cents.

On Earth Day, Russ and I dropped by Home Depot to pick up our free compact fluorescent bulb, plus a couple of extras for good luck. And, because my husband is a scientist, we did a few tests, trying out different bulbs in different locations around the house.

We picked up three lightbulbs by n:vision -- in Soft White (green packaging), Bright White (blue packaging), and Daylight (red packaging). The Soft White is a 14 watt bulb -- the equivalent of a 60 watt regular lightbulb. The Daylight and Bright White bulbs are both 19 watts -- equivalent to 75 watt regular bulbs. According to the packaging, these bulbs can save $56/year in energy costs if the lightbulbs are used for 3 hours a day. All three bulbs have a 9 year warranty.

So, now the question of the hour, which bulbs - if any - would we use around the house and where would we use 'em?

ArrowContinue reading: "Comparing Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs"

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