My Green Home – Searching for the perfect property

What does your perfect home look like?In January of last year, we began the search for our perfect place. Before actually going out and looking, however, we sat down and talked about what we wanted in a home. PlanningMoneyFirst and foremost, we decided on a budget. We thought about what we’d be willing to spend on a piece of property and the monthly expenses once we moved in. We considered mortgage payments, taxes, utilities, etc. Our goal was to find a home with minimal living expenses.

The 12 Worst Food Additives (and Where You’ll Find Them)

Grocery shopping can be tricky business. Especially when you have family members to shop for, all with different taste preferences, allergies and dietary needs. We’ve been well-trained to look at the basic nutrition information on a product – calories, fat, sugar, protein etc… – but one thing that we often overlook is…Read the whole entry… » ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

Safe, Natural, Nourishing DIY Hand Sanitizer

I am not a fan of conventional, waterless hand sanitizers. They are loaded with nasty ingredients that I would rather not rub all over my hands, or on my children’s hands. And yet this is the time of year when products such as this are sorely needed…when germs and illness

24 hour Instagram Giveaway: Win the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette!

We’ve joined forces with some of the most fab bloggers on the interwebs for a 24-HOUR INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY of an Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette (retail value: $60)! Entering is simple. Follow us, BeautyJunkies and NouveauCheap on Instagram and leave a comment on all three of our giveaway announcement posts that look just like the image above. That’s it! (This giveaway is for US residents only, and is in no way affiliated with Urban Decay or Instagram.) This giveaway ends on 1/28/15 at 7PM PST, so act quick. You could be the proud new owner of this gorgeous piece of art in palette form

DIY: Valentine’s Wooden Heart Wreath

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and handmade holiday decorations make my heart go pitter-patter. For less than 10 bucks and 10 minutes of your time, this holiday DIY helps you craft your very own handmade rustic heart wreath. What’s even sweeter is that you can make a few ‘lover’s ornaments’ with any leftover supplies. So let’s get started on this Valentine’s DIY! Supplies: • Heart-shaped Grapevine wreath form • Hot glue gun and glue sticks • Wood branch slices • Newspaper or craft paper to protect work-surface • Wide red burlap

We Love our Grapefruit Sweepstakes

Looking for super sweet grapefruit that don’t need sugar? See why we love Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit & enter to win a gift basket filled with over $75 in items!

New Year Healthy Pet Flash Giveaway

Want some awesome food for your dog or cat? Enter to win a free bag of Petbrosia food for cats or dogs in this awesome flash giveaway!

So Your Company Is Doing the Right Thing. How Can You Make People Care?

When it comes to corporate transparency, times are changing. Gone are the days when a company could be considered a leader simply by publishing an annual report. Today’s stakeholders want to truly engage with your company’s story, especially when it comes to sustainability — and they want to do it on their own terms, with clickable, personalized information.At Domtar, North America’s largest uncoated free sheet paper manufacturer, we believe that social and

Two Birds Apparel Bring Sustainable Fashion Home to Canada

If you ask Daniel and Tiffany Andrew — the husband-and-wife team behind Canadian men’s fashion brand Two Birds Apparel — what sustainability means to them, they’d say local, ethical supply chains and environmentally friendly materials, which is exactly what their brand encapsulates.Launched in 2013 in Toronto, British Columbia, and now headquartered in Vancouver, Two Birds is fairly new to the stage, but is

10 members of Congress who actually get sustainable business

One key to connecting the dots between economic prosperity and sustainability: Recognition from Washington’s top brass.

Ford, Nest, the Internet of Things: Can mobility merge with smart energy?

Ford’s new Silicon Valley R&D lab combines self-driving cars, software and smart energy — but what happens to sustainable mobility if you meld them?

The Galápagos Islands’ Least Famous Residents: Its People

Human inhabitants of the Galápagos are important characters in its history, for better and worse.

IDF’s City of Training Bases Showcases Green Living in the Negev – Jspace News

Jspace NewsIDF's City of Training Bases Showcases Green Living in the NegevJspace NewsThe city, intended for use by the IDF, was built to be an example of green living in the Negev and has a number of innovative features to reduce water usage and harness the power of the sun. Shalom Alfasi, the administrative director of the city …

This Cold House

My experiment with daily life at 45 degrees — indoors.

Parents, Teachers and Students Ask School Districts to Go 100% Renewable Energy

Now that solar is cheaper than electricity from the grid in 42 of 50 largest U.S. cities, it’s no wonder that…

How Trade Agreements Facilitate Short-Term Profits for Multinational Corporations

These priorities are screwed up. We end up with a boom-and-bust economy and the erosion of…

8 art supplies you can make at home

Next time you need more paint, clay or other art supplies, just whip some up with ingredients already at home.

London is too rich, too transient to care about solar

The UK’s capital city lags way behind the rest of the country when it comes to solar adoption. Are there lessons for the rest of the world?

Bidgely’s New Real-Time Energy Disaggregation Tools

Energy disaggregation is one of those groundbreaking new technologies that utilities are still figuring out how to use. Analyzing a simple, whole-home energy data stream to discern just how much power is being used specifically for heating, cooling, lighting and appliances is certainly something they’re excited about. But they’re also looking for tools that turn that

The Case for Long-Duration Storage: Net Electricity Load in Calif. Is 5 Years Ahead of Schedule

On January 11, 2015, a rather unremarkable Sunday earlier this month, the California Independent System Operator’s daily duck curve was approximately 1,500 megawatts below where it is projected to be in 2020. That’s the midday statistic. Overnight, the daily duck curve was about 3,000 megawatts below the 2020 forecast. That means that CAISO is operating the grid, this month, at net load (that is the system demand less solar and wind generation) more than five years ahead of forecast. California needs more energy storage to match the duck curve Experiencing this net load years

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) – What do you see?

Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You’ve come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task … or “amp up” something we’re already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power … the power to Change The World!If

French Press 101 – How to brew a perfect cup of coffee at home!

How do you like your coffee? Hot! Intravenously? A few weeks ago a friend introduced me to her French Press.  I’ve heard of them before but never researched them or really paid much attention to them.  I’ve been either a) Going to Starbucks every morning, or b) refilling my

Etsy Finds: 8 Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids

Valentine’s Day is all about love – but does that mean it has to all about candy? No doubt your child will say it should be but since you know they will get candy one way or another (school, friends, grandparents), I think it’s perfectly reasonable to show your love with a sweet gift that won’t rot their teeth or have…Read the whole entry… » ; ; ; ; ; ; ;