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Monday, December 26, 2011

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LED Lights: A Great Way to Go Green

By Robert Lobitz

The green living movement is upon us all and we can all do our part to help the cause. In addition to preserving the environment green living can have a considerably positive effect on your wallet, too. You may not be tilling the soil in your backyard to grow your own veggies or leaving the grid to outfit your roof with a full solar panel but there are always steps you can take to transition to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. One of the simplest ways to do this is to use LED light bulbs. If don’t use them already you’ll want to seriously consider outfitting your house with them.

As is the case with many green options, the price can be considerable upfront but the cost benefits down the line pay for the initial dollar shedding LED light bulbs cost a bit more than incandescent light bulbs but not only do they use far less energy they last exponentially longer.

LED light bulbs can last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 hours. This is in stark contrast to Incandescent light bulbs, which only last from 1,000 to 2,000 hours. Also, because they use far less energy to run than other light bulbs, they produce far less heat. They are actually cool to the touch and provide a much safer alternative to other light bulbs for you and especially if you have children.

Don’t be afraid to start small. Install LED’s in porch lights, lamps, and small areas like those found under cabinets and shelves. When furniture shopping consider pieces that have LED lights installed already. 

Addressing energy conservation through lighting is a simple step for anyone going green. If this is you, investing in LED lighting should be one of your top priorities. It’s one of the simplest and least costly ways we can all do our part to save energy. And when the electric bill is smaller than usual, you’ll be happy that you’re saving dollars, too. 

Friday, June 4, 2010

Awesome Product Makes Composting Simple and Clean

In all my years of posting on this blog, I have never dedicated an entire post on a single product, however, this is the first time I have ever gotten a green product that I am so thoroughly enthused about. (Full disclosure--they may give me a small refund for doing this posting, if they like it.)

The product I am reviewing is the organic compost tumbler that I got here. As you well know, I have been composting for years using traditional techniques and compost bins. No matter how you do it, composting is one of the absolute best things you can do for your family and for our environment. My only complaint has been the amount of time and effort required. The organic compost tumbler solves both of these problems.

How does it do that, you ask? Well, its rotating design allows the compost inside to constantly rotate and aerate. What this means is that I am no longer required to dig in and rotate my compost with a pitchfork or shovel. This was always my least favorite part of composting so that alone would have been enough to sell me on this design. Second, and most important to those of you who rely on compost for gardening and landscaping, the compost is done in a fraction of the time of a traditional compost bin set up.

It is also a really thoughtful and earth-friendly product. It's made from 100% recycled food grade plastic (BPA Free)--this means that it's earth friendly, even in it's construction. Second, it is easy to assemble--and by easy, I mean I assembled it in about 30 minutes with my 11 year old son and I am NOT a tool guy (ask my wife--that's an understatement!)

Overall, I can't say enough good things about the organic compost tumbler. While it's not the cheapest solution out there, it is certainly worth every penny!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

This Year's Earth Day Thoughts

Every year at this time, I feel compelled to post, yet, given the season, I am often torn between posting some great green tips and getting out in the great green world and doing things. For the past two years, the dilemma has been made more difficult by the need to keep up with our three acres of paradise; The weeds need to be cut, the earth tilled, the compost spread, the seeds planted. And now, with the days getting longer, the evening writing hours are fewer.

Even with all that, however, I wanted to share some simple realizations I've had as to how to run a greener home since this is the area in which most of my conversations with my green-aspiring friends end up focusing. Specifically, I get questions like, "What's the more green way to wash dishes--machine or hand?" or, "Where do you store your compost before you take it out to the compost bin?" So for this post, I'm going to do my best to answer a few of these questions.

Question 1: Where do you store your compost before taking it out to the bin? This is one of the easier questions I get. The key to good inside compost storage is keeping container size small. The reason is that the larger the container, the heavier it will be when you have to take it out to the bin and the more likely it will stink up your kitchen. I recommend a small indoor trash can with a tight lid.

Question 2: Paper or Plastic? Well, really, neither. Both paper and plastic have their environmental drawbacks. The best choice? A reusable canvas or recycled plastic bag.

Question 3: Aluminum or Glass? This one's a little simpler than the question above. Glass is a clear winner (I couldn't help myself there--sorry!) due to the serious environmental costs associated with mining bauxite, the key ingredient in aluminum.

Question 4: The biggie--Dishwasher or Hand Wash? This is a more complex question with a complex and somewhat surprising answer. Surprisingly, a good, modern, energy-star rated dishwasher is actually more green than good old elbow grease. A typical good, new automatic dishwasher uses less water, less energy, and less detergent than hand washing--especially if you don't use features like "heated dry" (dishes will dry on their own just fine.) There are, however, a couple of key caveats here. First, the use of a mild, eco-friendly dish washing detergent is key--many of the standard automatic dish washing detergents are harsher and more earth damaging than their hand-wash counterparts. Second, run it completely full, not half empty.

So that's it for this Earth Day. I hope these tips will help you live a happier, greener life!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Green for the Holidays

Well, the time has come again when the leaves are off the trees, there's a nip in the air, and the pressure to consume has reached a level where, if we were all charcoal, we'd turn into diamonds where we sit. But I'm here to tell you there's a better, and more green way to enjoy your holidays, so take a deep breath, sit back in your chair and relax. Everything is gonna be alright, mon!

First off, the most green thing you can do is to NOT consume. Each new gadget, toy, and As Seen on TV gift you buy adds to your carbon footprint (and you know what mom said about leaving footprints...) While this might not sound easy, it IS possible. Back in January of 2006, a group calling themselves The Compact set out to see if they could stop all consumption. Nearly 4 years later, they're still at it. Even if you don't want to go that extreme, every item you make or re-gift is a gift you didn't drive to get or have shipped to your door--besides, you saved everyone's favorite green, money.

If you can't avoid the pressure to give a purchased gift to your friends and family here are some ideas to lessen the environmental impact of your giving ways:

1) Do a gift exchange where each person gets one special gift for one other person. We do this with both my family and Stace's family and we keep it fresh by drawing names out of a hat each year so we don't have to get gifts for or from the same person every year. This cuts down on the total number of gifts and their impact.

2) Bake or cook something. Nothing says happy holidays like something made from scratch. We make salsa every year and give each person a red salsa and a green salsa to keep in the holiday spirit. This year, we planted a garden to harvest many of our ingredients. Muy Verde!

3) Buy locally, save globally?! OK, I realize that's not quite right, but you get the idea. The suggestion here is not to go to your local Wally World, but to buy from local artisans and stores. Whether you go to the farmer's markets and buy from crafts vendors or go downtown and frequent a local gallery or artisan, you'll be doing your community and your planet a favor by not buying items shipped across the globe.

4) Give the gift of your time and presence. In this fast-paced world we live in, one of the most awesome gifts you can give your friends and family is yourself. Give freely of yourself during the holidays and it will be a Green Holiday season to remember!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Update from our Small Corner of the Marble

I can't believe Earth Day was our last update--it seems like only yesterday, but, alas it has been over 6 months. Much has happened in that time in our corner of the Marble, so I figured it was time to share some of the great things we've learned and done with you, our faithful GreenMarble reader.

First off, we committed ourselves to taking on as many green projects as we could this year. We purchased some rural land, tilled and planted it, got some chickens, built a coop, and have made a big effort to get as much food as possible off of our own land. While we realize that buying rural land is not practical for everyone, we have also learned that there are literally a ton of resources to help you take even the smallest piece of land and turn it into a place to raise some of your own food, and yes, even chickens.










Here are some of the best sites we've found for chicken raising, organic gardening, and composting:

The Country Chicken

Backyard Chickens

Organic Gardening

The Organic Gardening Guru

Here are some photos of our coop and some of the organic bounty we've gotten this year. We'd love to see photos of your gardens, chicken coops, and even your nasty/lovely compost bins, so share links to your photos in comments!