Monday, November 29, 2010

Keep it Simple During the Holidays

What it means to be green during the Holiday season.
OK the media is not helping during this time.
They want you to Spend, Spend, Spend.
Can you do with less?
- Re-Gift a gift you have never used.
- Make your own Holiday crafts from things you already have around the house.
- Safe a tree... Buy a live pine tree and plant it after the Holidays.
- Help a family in need...Or give to a local shelter... This is a big one.
Just buy less. Isn't spending time with your family "Thanks" enough.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Upgrading to Energy Star Appliances - Get Your Rebates

You've made the investment in new energy efficient appliances and you are seeing the difference in your utility bills. Have you fully taken advantage of Energy Star?

Many States still give rebates. Also if you recycle your old appliance properly you get an extra rebate. That makes the upgrades that much sweeter.

I would hope that the store that sold your appliance helped you get started to get your rebate.

You can also check http://www.ecorebates.com to see how much your state is allocating for Energy Star rebates.

You can also get more info on the Energy Star Web Site.

As always have your receipts ready.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Home made laudry detergent

Want to save money and be green?
Here are links to the recipe for making your own laundry soap.
The main ingredients are:
Soap, Washing Soda, Borax and water
Each person uses their own measurements, but they are pretty much the same.
In the end you are saving money and that is the bottom line.

http://www.duggarfamily.com/recipes.html

http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm


http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/04/09/making-your-own-laundry-detergent-a-detailed-visual-guide/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Laundry-Detergent/

http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/Homemade-Laundry-Detergent-70088

Enjoy!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Help Clean a Park and Give Back

Want to help your community and be green?
Join the millions of communities with their cleanup programs:
These programs sponsor cleanups of parks, waterways and many other areas that have been littered over the winter. It just takes willingness to pickup litter and some light gardening.

As den leader for my son's Cub Scout Pack, we had to come up with a cleanup project that would be a safe environment for kids to help out. Adopting a highway to clean up was not an option. The city and local orienteering groups sponsored several cleanup events along park and canal paths, so we had plenty to choose from. Our local Boy Scout Council also sponsors an annual city cleanup so there were additional opportunities.

We ended up helping in one of the public parks and with a non-profit group cleaning and re-mulching a plant bed. We picked up several bags of garbage. The cub scouts got their community service achievement and we helped beautify the area we live in.

A job well done and with great satisfaction.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Green Projects with the Kids through Scouting

My wife and I are heavily involved with our kid's Cub Scouts and Girl Scout programs. As you may know, these organizations teach the kids conservation and other green practices. We do projects that teach them to be healthy, conserve our natural resources and help others that are less fortunate.

Some of the projects we have participated in are: Scouting for food, Clean a Park, and battery recycling collection.

The response we get from the kids is very positive with regard to these activities. It instills in them the fundamentals of being green and a positive role model for environmental stewardship.

I also like the fact that we are also teaching the parents. Many would not have known about some of the issues facing our environment if it weren't for their son or daughter learning about it in the Scouting program.

I thank the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of America for getting the word out at this early age.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

How many yellow/white pages do we really need?

How many trees does it take to make a telephone book? How many phone books get recycled every year? Is a phone book made from recycled material just green wash?

The reason I am asking these questions is because this month I received a total of 6 yellow and white pages. One is just a yellow pages for the county and then there is the complementary white pages. Then we also get a mini version of the same yellow and white pages. We also get a smaller yellow/white pages of smaller neighboring counties. Last but not least, we also get a yellow pages from the cell company. How many trees is that!

Now the books are made of recycled content and printed with soy ink. They also request that you recycle them via your local blue box. Does this make it OK?

So how many times do we still use the yellow/white pages? I have used the local yellow pages maybe 5 times last year. Most of my searching starts on-line, not in the yellow pages. Most, if not all, of this information is available on the web, in fact, I think there are many different ways of getting this information on the web.

Getting the books in print should be an option: I do realize there are many people out there that still use the regular phone books. I say the phone company should save printing costs and pass this savings on to the consumers.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Join the Earth Hour Movement

Friday, February 12, 2010

How Green are the Vancouver Olympics

With the opening ceremonies underway for the 2010 Winter Olympics, many questions arise whether the Olympics are getting greener. Being a global event, this venue is the perfect showcase to be environmentally friendly and promote sustainability basics.

The stage is set. All the lights are on Vancouver for the start of another Winter Olympics. But, to construct venues and prepare for all the activities of an event of this magnitude you can't help but wonder if it is truly green or just a big sustainable washout.

Carving the bobsled run in the mountain side, adding roadways to accommodate increased traffic, and trucking in snow from other areas to add to a melting base do not sound like carbon friendly activities.
Planning on a hydrogen highway for technology and infrastructure that are not quite there yet does not make much sense either.


With all that was built and changed the intent was to make Vancouver the "greenest" major city in the world. Did it achieve that? Only time will tell. Maybe not in the near term, but over the long run the foundation has been put in place to get this city well under way to becoming much more sustainable than it was before the Olympics.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Ultimate Green List has a New Look

The Ultimate Green List is a by-product of Green On A Budget. This green business directory was created to find and list local companies that are truly green. As the list expanded and started listing companies nationally, it was made available on the web.

The site is now hosted on a new platform that gives users a better search and browsing capability. There are more categories and expanded green listings.

Shopping green was never on the list before, but due to several requests this category has been added.
The Ultimate Green List still promotes sustainable businesses, organizations and wants to continue to create an awareness of these green businesses. Also, consumers have a choice to use an environmentally friendly organization or business over those companies that are not.

Visit: theUltimateGreenList.com

Thank you.