July 22, 2009

Real estate series focuses on energy

I continue my Associated Content series on real estate with several more stories about energy savings for homeowners. Here are some tips on buying a house if you plan to install a home wind turbine. Along the same lines, here are some things to look for in a new house where you might put up solar panels. I also posted an interview with a green real estate agent here in Fort Collins.


July 8, 2009

It’s not easy flooring green

Filed under: Green living,Publications — grahamophone @ 9:48 am
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It would be nice if there was a little green sticker on products that would tell us it is organic, recyclable, locally and sustainably created, chemical-free, minimally energy-intensive and fair-trade-friendly.

800px-Bamboo_ForestBut there’s not. Nothing is that simple. Sustainability questions for every purchase can be overwhelming and depressing. For example, bamboo flooring is the new canvas bag. It’s the in-home badge of eco-honor. But the environmental benefits of bamboo flooring aren’t as cut-and-dried as the bamboo planks. Chemical inputs, embodied energy and other factors affect the eco-footprint under your feet. For more, read my Bright Hub story.  Also visit ReNew magazine for more sustainable remodeling stories.

June 12, 2009

Vegetarians can get protein

Hey carnivores, you can quit asking vegetarians how they get their protein. Read this story for a list of high-protein beans, and this story for a list of high-protein nuts and seeds. Some of them have a basically equivalent amount of protein to many meaty foods. And most of them are cheaper than meat — unless you’re buying that sketchy expired meat. If so, good luck to you.

Speaking of food, I’m really looking forward to this movie, which exposes industrial food. I’m hoping it does even more than “The Ominvore’s Dilemma” to raise interest in the vital issue.

May 26, 2009

Mac or PC rage

Filed under: Green living,Publications — grahamophone @ 4:03 pm
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I am frighteningly close to getting kicked out of the cool Mac owners club. First, I trashed Apple on my other blog for their lack of sustainability. Then I wrote a story about choosing a Mac or PC for a digital photography geek. In writing the story, I learned more about Mac rage and PC rage than anything else.

First, to end the suspense, the shocking conclusion of my article: Use whichever one you like best. With popular software available for both Mac and PC, there are really few substantial differences. Apple is closing the gap on cost, and Microsoft is closing the gap on ease of use. This Mac or PC ad is funny, but it’s mostly hyperbole. (more…)

April 10, 2009

Getting smarter about the smart grid

Filed under: Green living,Publications — grahamophone @ 9:02 am

There’s great news this week about the electric smart grid. Major venture capital for router technology and serious federal money for blueprints, so to speak. For more, read this Associated Content story.

April 5, 2009

Sheep go to heaven, cars go to … ?

Filed under: Green living,Publications — grahamophone @ 10:27 am

I always hear the funny “Car Guys” plugs for giving my car to my local public radio station. But I wanted to know what actually happens to all these cars — and the cars that go straight to the scrap yard. I managed to answer my own question with this Bright Hub story. It’s more complicated and less wasteful than I thought.

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