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Green is Durable

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Have you ever tripped and fallen down in public? I am not talking about the humiliating type of falling-down-in-public that fails to meet other people’s expectations. No, I am talking about the moment of humiliation that comes from failing to put one foot in front of the other in order to stay upright.

Your Personal Source of Clean, Affordable Energy

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As it turns out, the gas-guzzlers in every home are the costs of heating and cooling, which can account for up to 50 percent of your utility bill.

Taking drastic action may be tempting but before considering an investment in a green energy solution, ask your local utility if they have an energy audit program in your area.

This first step will help uncover some simple ways to reduce your household’s energy consumption and hopefully your utility bill as well.

Also, it makes good green sense to take a look at the energy efficiency of your appliances—are they over ten years old?—because these big energy consumers play a fundamental role in what it will take to offset your electricity bill.
Once you have those two items checked off the list, you will be pleased to discover that residential renewable energy solutions such as solar and wind, are growing in popularity.

According to Amy Westervelts article Rooftop Pipe-Dream the market for “small wind” turbines that are mounted to rooftops grew …

Solar Empowerment

Gary Gerber, CEO, and founder of Sun Light and Power in Berkeley, California has been working in the renewable energy field for more than 30 years. “I am a general contractor involved in sustainability, and I have been traveling down the road of green construction for over ten years, with a keen interest in the bigger picture of energy,” says Gerber.

He successfully steered his solar design and installation company through the lean years when the country all but abandoned solar energy to the more recent second solar boomtimes. Sun Light and Power (SLP) is at once a pioneer and expert in the field of solar design and installation and has amassed an impressive portfolio of over six hundred installations throughout the Bay Area and is an industry leader in solar thermal and solar electric design and installation.

Renewable Energy in the United StatesGerber remembers the precise moment when he realized how important it is to preserve the world’s vital resources. He was at UC Berkeley where…

Deck of a Deal: Wood Composite Decks Save Trees

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Summer is the time for barbecues, sprinklers and outdoor entertaining. It is also a good time to think about replacing an old worn out deck, and for those who don’t have a deck, to think about building one. After all, outdoor living spaces are ideal places to gather with family and friends.

Choosing the best green material for your deck can be a challenge though. Many building products tout eco-friendly attributes and in some cases, it takes a savvy consumer to see through the green-wash.

Get Plastered: Eco-Friendly Interiors

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The walls are the largest surface area in a room, but I bet you never thought of the role they play in your indoor air quality (IAQ). Of course, low- and zero-VOC paint choices abound and are an awesome green option to spruce up your space. However, if you are looking for something unique and maybe even gorgeous and jaw dropping

Ground Cover: Permeable Pavers

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As a kid, did you ever stand outside looking up into the sky when it was raining with your mouth wide open? As an adult, ever wonder what happens to those raindrops once they hit the pavement?

Is Blogging Green?

Okay, so today I decided to set up my "mobile device" on my blog account. I cannot imagine posting an entire blog from my phone because on my phone, I type with 2 thumbs, not 10 fingers and there is no spell check! I wonder, is there a green spin here? Am I saving energy? Water? Or, maybe even time? I think none of the above.

How about formatting. Will there be a space between the two blocks of text I just created or just one long blog paragraph? I prefer smaller chunks of text. Well, thank you for bearing with me or is it baring with me... hmmmm I'll have to get back to my computer and get back to you on that one.