Going Green in the New Year

It’s that time of year again. The holidays have come and gone, and a new year lies ahead. It’s a time for reminiscing, for embracing old traditions and establishing new ones. Hence the tradition of New Year’s resolutions. Whatever promises we make each year, more often than not, these resolutions relate to how we plan to make life better for ourselves. This year, we should also resolve to make life better for each other, to make the world a better place to live in and be a part of. There’s no better time than now to make ‘compassion’ and ‘positive change’ a regular and consistent part of our vocabulary. While making resolutions is a personal choice and the actual resolutions we make is a personal decision, consider some of the following 30 suggestions for greener...

Have Yourself A Merry Green Christmas

During the season of celebration we need to show extra care for the environment. Christmas does not have to be a burden on the environment. With a little effort and imagination, we can reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season. Here are some ideas to help celebrate the season while caring for the earth. Buy Less Some holiday gifts fill a practical need and need to be bought new. But many gifts are really gestures of thoughtfulness. You can give more while spending less. • Not all gifts have to be store-bought. You can give more while spending less. you can give gifts that are personal and unique. • Simplify the ‘gift-go-round’. Feeling overwhelmed by a gift list that’s just too long? Here’s an idea to help shorten your list and...

The Carbon Footprint & Global Warming Explained (Part 1)

The Carbon Footprint First came organic. Then came fair trade. Now makers of everything from milk to jackets to cars are starting to tally up the carbon footprints of their products. That’s the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that get coughed into the air when the goods are made, shipped and stored, and then used by consumers. In the Gelsi household, reducing their carbon footprint is a family affair — they even wrote a musical about it. MarketWatch reporter Steve Gelsi offers tips for saving the environment and saving money while doing so. So far, these efforts raise as many questions as they answer. Different companies are counting their products’ carbon footprints differently, making it all but impossible for shoppers to...

DC Tax Incentive/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

As we approach the end of the year, and thus draw to a close our tax deductions for 2010- here is something to keep in mind if you are in the District of Columbia; Program Overview Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Lighting, Central Air conditioners Applicable Sectors: Residential Amount: CFL Bulbs: $1.50 (single); $3 (multi-pack) Refrigerator: $50 Room A/C: $25 Water Heater: $20 Maximum Incentive: CFL Bulbs: 25 bulbs per customer Refrigerator: $50 Room A/C: $125 (5 rebates) Water Heater: $20 Equipment Requirements: Refrigerator and Room A/C: Must be Energy Star Water Heater: Must have Efficiency Factor of at least 0.93 Web Site: http://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/dc/appliance-rebate Summary Due...