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Is There Such A Thing As An Eco-Friendly Air Conditioner?

July 22, 2012 1 Comment
Is There Such A Thing As An Eco-Friendly Air Conditioner?

Q: Has an eco-friendly air conditioner been invented that is significantly cheaper and/or that uses significantly less energy than traditional air conditioning? Unfortunately the modern day air conditioner, with its constantly cycling, energy-hogging compressor and environmentally unfriendly chemical coolant, still reigns supreme throughout the world—and increasingly so in rapidly developing countries like India and China […]

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No More Burning Down The House, or How To Live Without AC

July 11, 2012 1 Comment
No More Burning Down The House, or How To Live Without AC

A little over a week ago, my wife and I had occasion to take a road trip across our home state of Wisconsin. We were struck by the barren main streets. It seemed entire towns were deserted. No people walked the sidewalks. No cars were staging for parking spaces or driving the roadways. As we […]

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How To Seal Air Leaks In Your Home And Save Energy

May 16, 2012 0 Comments
How To Seal Air Leaks In Your Home And Save Energy

Air leaks in your home can drastically increase energy consumption. Sealing air leaks is therefore one of the first things you should think of if you want to lower the carbon footprint of your home. A professional energy audit is the gold standard when it comes to dealing with air leaks, but by following this […]

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LEED: The Infographic

May 15, 2012 3 Comments
LEED: The Infographic

LEED: The Infographic takes a look at LEED Certification which provides third-party certification of the environmental health of homes and buildings. LEED was created by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998 and it provides a verification for both builders and building owners that their projects meet certain levels of sustainability standards decided on by […]

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Are There Health Concerns with LED Lighting?

April 22, 2012 0 Comments
Are There Health Concerns with LED Lighting?

Q: Are there health concerns with LED lighting, which may soon replace compact fluorescents as the green-friendly light bulb of choice? Indeed, LED (light emitting diode) lighting does seem to be the wave of the future right now, given the mercury content and light quality issues with the current king-of-the-hill of green bulbs, the compact […]

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No new Mining in the Grand Canyon

April 8, 2012 0 Comments
No new Mining in the Grand Canyon

Q: I understand that mining in the Grand Canyon and environs was banned. Why is that an important victory for the environment? Yes, in January 2012 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the federal government was prohibiting new mining claims for the next two decades across more than a million acres of public […]

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