Archive for the ‘Green’ Category

Energy Vampire Chart

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Even when household appliances are turned off, most are still using some electricity. Appliances are either in passive standby mode (the clock on the microwave is still ticking) or active standby mode (the VCR is off, but programmed to record something.

The chart numbers are for average stanby modes, showing how much electricity is sucked out annually, in kilowatt hours, and what it costs you.

Link: Good Magazine

Paper Or Plastic Bags? Everything You Need To Know

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Paper or plastic bags: which is better?

It’s an age old question, when it comes time to check out when grocery shopping: paper bag or plastic bag? It seems like it should be an easy choice, but there’s an incredible number of details and inputs hidden in each bag. From durability and reusability to life cycle costs, there’s a lot more to each bag than meet the eye. Let’s take a look behind the bags

Link: TreeHugger

Seven Ways To Save Energy By Saving Water

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Though many states and localities are waking up to their water shortages and taking steps to plan for “peak water”, people generally continue to waste water and to ignore the energy-water link. In 2004 the Natural Resources Defense Council did a study in conjunction with the Pacific Institute called “Energy Down the Drain” on how saving water saves energy. We need to do more to spread the word. Here are seven ways to save energy by saving water:

Link: CleanTechnica

Easy Ways To Go Green With Your Computer

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Not everyone can afford to install solar panels or get a new Prius this Earth Day, but there is one place you can go green without spending an arm and a leg or radically changing your lifestyle: your computer. Chances are you spend the majority of your day sitting in front of the keyboard, and a few small changes can go a long way toward reducing its negative impact on the environment. As an added bonus, doing your part for the environment will save you money, too. This Earth Day, we’ve rounded up a few simple ways you can go green with your computer.

Link: Lifehacker