Articles By: Stephanie

Eco-Friendly Luggage from Recycled Airline Seats and Fabrics

Love this eco-friendly luggage!

We were so excited to find eco-friendly luggage and other items, including business card holders, wallets and handbags made from recycled airline seats and fabrics. Tierra Ideas, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, creates the products below using leather aircraft seat covers, aircraft fabrics, aircraft curtains, tire inner tubes and more: BUSINESS CARD HOLDER /// Made [...]

Property Assessed Clean Energy Loans

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If you are not aware of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans, you are not alone.  The program was established three years ago to allow financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs via long-term property tax assessments. With no money down, property owners can install solar panels, wind energy and more, paying off their [...]

Consider Electronic Recycling When Shopping for Holiday Gifts

Do you engage in e-waste recycling?

Its great to live in a world with all the conveniences offered by our electronic gadgets.  But with new models of cell phones, tablets, televisions and more coming out every 6-12 months, consumers are tempted to trash perfectly functional electronics in favor of the newest item. To minimize impact on the environment, consider electronic recycling [...]

Biodegradable Dog Waste Bags

A green clean-up for your dog waste?

Dog owners – rejoice!  There is now a way for you to take your pet for a walk and still be eco-friendly.  We all know that cleaning up after your dog is the proper thing to do.  The problem is that most dog poop bags are made from plastic, which is not environmentally friendly. With [...]

Solar Panels on Fenway Park

Fenway Park has gone solar

While Major League baseball has just come to an end for the 2011 season, fans of the sport know that, in a few short months, spring training will begin again.  Eco-minded fans may worry about the giant carbon footprint of baseball stadiums that require massive amounts of energy to operate 6-7 months each year.  Consider [...]

Nissan Celebrates Revenge of the Electric Car with Green Program 2016

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The 2006 documentary, “Who Killed the Electric Car,” appeared to show the auto manufacturing industry in bed with Big Oil, such that battery-powered vehicles never even had a chance.  Its hard to believe that just five years later, electric vehicles (“EVs”) have enjoyed a mainstream resurgence that has resulted in people literally lining up to [...]

New Programmable Thermostat for the iPhone Generation

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You probably already know that one of the easiest ways to lower your energy costs and save money is to install and use a programmable thermostat. Yet, many homeowners have not made the switch, in part because of the hassle and… well… because they don’t want to learn how to use a new gadget that [...]

Top 10 Ways to Save Energy at Home

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Looking to trim your utility bills?  Its easy with a few simple steps! Once you cut your energy and water consumption, your bills will be reduced.  Its a simple equation: save energy and save money. Here are the top 10 ways to save energy at home: 1.    Install a programmable thermostat.  Instead of trying to [...]

Charging Forward with Electric Cars and Recharging Stations

Charging ahead with electric cars

Electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are quickly becoming mainstream options for people looking to save money at the gas pump and reduce CO2 emissions.  But viable options to recharge electric cars are one of the biggest stumbling blocks to charging forward with the new technology. Short-range trips, like commuting and running errands, can [...]

Green Your Office Routine

Green your office routine

At home, you may recycle your newspaper, cardboard and aluminum cans.  You can turn down your thermostat and take shorter showers.  But how can you green your office routine? For employees, it may be difficult to feel like an effective part of the solution to environmental waste in the workplace.  Yet, going green at work [...]

Smart Grid Improves Power in Rural Areas

The smart grid will improve electricity service to rural areas

The smart grid promises to help minimize blackouts/brownouts and better distribute electricity during peak demand hours.  While populations across the board will benefit from a modern power grid, perhaps one of the areas that will best capitalize on the technology are outlying, rural areas. For many rural areas in the United States, when the power [...]

Solar Panels to be Installed on Military Bases in Hawaii

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Solar panels will be installed on a number of military bases in Hawaii, according to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific.  Following a request for proposals (RFP) process, NAVFAC awarded a contract worth up to $500 million to three companies for the solar installations.  They include Island Pacific Energy LLC, Pacific Energy Solutions LLC, [...]

Green Lunchboxes: Back to School and Year-Round Savings

Green lunchboxes reduce plastic baggie waste

Its back to school time!  Many parents are shelling out big bucks at the store to get their kids ready for the new year – buying pencils, papers and lunchboxes. If you are like me, you probably worry about the cost and environmental impact of multiple plastic sandwich baggies that usually get tossed after a [...]

Electric Vehicles to Total 14 Million by 2014

Electric cars on the rise in coming years

We have been predicting for months (if not years) that interest in electric vehicles (EVs) would take off and demand would increase at a great rate.  Early in 2011, automakers at the International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan were showcasing electric cars as one of their hot new commodities.  As gasoline prices have continued to [...]

Save Water and Save Money

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Most utility bills are pretty consistent from month to month, but water charges can vary widely.  In these tough economic times, many people believe the same thing: Save water and save money – that is the key.  In other words, find ways to reduce overall water usage and you can see some serious savings from [...]