Five Tips to Make Your Home More Eco Friendly

Being eco friendly in your home means a lot more than just being good to the environment, it also means saving money. Have some smart plans in place in your home to be more energy efficient can end up saving you hundreds of dollars each year. To get started, it’s pretty easy, let’s take a look at some easy ways to make your home more eco friendly. Fireplace Everyone loves a good fireplace in the home. And if you have a wood burning stove, it’s a fantastic way to heat your home without having to pay to turn up that expensive oil, gas or electric heat. An even … [More]

3 Quick Tips to Save Money on Your Heating Bill


    The fall is always a great time of year, but for many, that means winter is just around the corner. Which means an increase in your heating bills. If you are someone who has oil heat, your bill can be even more expensive, with a tank refill costing hundreds of dollars in one shot. But, there is good news, there are some easy things you can do at home to help save your bill. Let’s try a few.   Annual Check Ups One of the very best ways to keep your heat down is to make sure your heating system is not leaking or broken. Many … [More]

Ideas worth stealing: Moving with Green Boxes


Moving as it is usually done is one of the more eco-unfriendly things we do. As I noted in my previous post on the topic, moving house can add as many as 90 cardboard boxes and thousands of square feet of bubble wrap to the landfill, not to mention emissions from driving trucks around the landscape. That’s why the green moving industry is taking off, with one aspect of it in particular growing so fast it’s shooting for the stars. Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for a good opportunity or a homeowner getting ready for your next move, check out the emerging field of green box rental. A … [More]

3 Ways to Save on Back to School Supplies

It’s a fact: school supplies costs more and more every year. However, you don’t have to tap in to your 401K just to stock up on all the essentials this year. Just take a few simple steps that will save you some cash. Shop at Home Before you head out to the store, make sure to see what you can find at home. You’d be surprised at what you can find with just a little digging. Chances are you have a few pencils, glue sticks and crayons that have piled up over the years. Check your child’s back to school list and try to find as many items … [More]

Aerial Parks: A New History of Old Rail Lines

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  There are many names for green spaces built on old rail lines: rail-trail, linear park, elevated park and aerial park, or linear greenway, aerial garden …. You get the idea! I can’t decide which one sounds best, so I’ll mix things up a bit.   While people use many names to describe these unique elevated parks, they’re a relatively new creation borne of the need to do something useful with abandoned rail lines in big cities. Aerial gardens and trails are a great solution. After all, big cities need every bit of green space they can get, especially when it comes to fighting the heat island effect. So, … [More]

How to “Go Green” With Your Move


Moving, the way it’s typically done, is a very wasteful activity. Moving a house can take as many as 90 disposable boxes and thousands of square feet of bubble wrap. That’s not to mention the emissions from the trucks that haul your stuff around the landscape. It doesn’t have to be that way. Green moving is on the way up. Mother Nature Network tells us the story of Mark Ehrhardt, president of Movers Not Shakers, a green moving company with trucks that run on biodiesel. Stuck in traffic behind a delivery truck that was using plastic crates to transport goods, Ehrhardt realized that getting even greener was always … [More]

5 Tips for a Sustainable Summer

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  If you’re looking for ways to leave a lighter footprint, you’ve probably heard the old refrains about changing out your light bulbs and putting on an extra sweater instead of cranking up the heat. While those are important ideas, there are plenty of other tips on this subject, some of them you might have never heard before. Here are five to take notice of, some old stand-bys and others a little less commonly touted. 1. Equip your home with Energy Star. An average homeowner dedicates 20 percent of his or her utility expenses to cooling, which makes staying comfortable in summer a pricey proposition. Upgrade your AC … [More]

Electric Vehicles To Charge Up at Kroger


  Although Extra Space Storage uses hybrid vehicles that that don’t require charging, I like to keep up with the latest on other options for powering cars. And all-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) just got a big promotion from Kroger. You’ve always needed groceries, but now Kroger is thinking you’re going to want to plug in too! They aren’t alone in this thinking. There are now about 5,800 electric stations in the U.S.   Making it Easier to Charge Kroger Co., which includes chains Ralphs and Food 4 Less, chose ECOtality to install more than 200 Blink level 2 charging stations, and 25 Blink DC … [More]

Five Favorite Sustainable Business Blogs

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  Thanks to blogs that focus on sustainability in the green business world, it’s easy to stay informed during coffee breaks or between meetings. It doesn’t matter if your office is in a tall building in New York City, or if you work from home in the suburbs, the best green business blogs will keep you in the know, and maybe even entertained too.   There are many insightful blogs focusing on green business, but I don’t always have time to read them all. I’m sharing with you the blogs I typically read each week, and I hope you’ll also share your favorite green business blogs with me … [More]

Go Green: Plan an Eco-friendly Picnic


  Picnic weather is finally here! I love picnics because they allow me to get the whole family together to enjoy a delicious meal outdoors. Picnics are beautiful and memorable, but I like to take care of nature too by planning eco-friendly picnics. Yes, picnics have carbon footprints just like everything else, but you can take steps to reduce the impact of your picnic. An earth-friendly picnic can be easy, affordable and fun! When you’re planning your picnic, a big goal to keep in mind is to avoid disposables. That means no packaged food items like pudding cups, bags of chips or bottled water. Instead of including prepackaged … [More]