Tips for Saving Money on Utility Bills

From the Costco Connection – Consumer Connection June 2012 (summarized) Tips for Saving Money on Utility Bills Summary: Saving money on your utility bills is easier than you may think. The simple solution lies in thinking wisely about how you use energy everyday. By identifying the items you use most, you can also consider how to use them most effectively. First off, reevaluate your monthly bills. Understand how much electricity you use and when you mostly use it. Call the electric company and find out if there is an approximate “off peak” time of day when a ...

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Al Gore Asks How Many Climate Disasters Will It Take For Us To Act

By Brad Johnson @ Climate Progress Jun 22, 2011 at 11:54 am Vice President Al Gore has rejoined the public fight on global warming, issuing a clarion call to take action to address the climate crisis. Twenty years ago, he participated in the international mobilization against the future threat of fossil fuel pollution heating up our atmosphere. For decades, he and other leaders have battled the fossil fuel industry and their corporate and political allies to mobilize for a sustainable civilization. Now, the crisis of dangerous climate change is upon us. ...

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One day, we’ll water plants with our pee in public restrooms

By Sarah Laskow @ Grist 22 Jun 2011 11:56 AM Everyone remembers that deathless scene from Waterworld where Kevin Costner pees in a jug, filters it, drinks some, then spits the rest into a plant. (EVERYONE REMEMBERS IT, I SAID. But if you’ve been living under a rock, you can watch here -- start around 1:30.) Well, that may soon become a reality. For now, at least, we’re still not drinking processed urine -- on a societal level, anyway; what you do on your time is your own business. But one ingenious conservation junkie has come up with a urinal design that ...

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The great unwashed: Ask Umbra on twice-weekly showers

by Ask Umbra @ Grist 13 Jun 2011 4:59 AM Dear Umbra, My two sons, age 12, shower twice a week, with prompting. I told them most Americans shower daily, and one of them stated flatly, "That's crazy. It's wasteful." Now, I am all for saving water, but I told them it depends on the situation. What is your opinion -- should I respect their earth-loving impulses or, as they begin their teenage years, teach them to pay more attention to personal hygiene? Kathy no city provided ------------------------ A. Dearest Kathy, Well, I'll be. I've heard of ...

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A Father’s Day essay on the world we’re leaving our children

By Joe Romm @ Climate Progress Jun 19, 2011 at 9:49 am On the one hand, should I be blogging on Father’s Day?  On the other hand, what more important day is there to blog on climate change than Father’s Day?  So as a compromise, I’m doing some cross-posts and reposts. Last year, Salon published my Father’s Day essay. It was a sequel of sorts to “Is the global economy a Ponzi scheme?“  Sadly, it needs to be updated since, of course, we didn’t pass a climate bill and thus took a quantum leap closer to leaving our children a ruined climate...

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GE Sees Solar Cheaper Than Fossil Power in 5 Years

By Brian Wingfield @ Bloomberg Solar power may be cheaper than electricity generated by fossil fuels and nuclear reactors within three to five years because of innovations, said Mark M. Little, the global research director for General Electric Co. (GE) “If we can get solar at 15 cents a kilowatt-hour or lower, which I’m hopeful that we will do, you’re going to have a lot of people that are going to want to have solar at home,” Little said yesterday in an interview in Bloomberg’s Washington office. The 2009 average U.S. retail rate ...

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Electronics recycling: Dealing with skeletons in the closet

by Martin LaMonica With America Recycles Day coming around on Monday, it's a good time to consider the impact of digital technology on waste. It doesn't require too much imagination. Just visualize the obsolete cell phones, computers, TVs, modems, and tangle of wires sitting somewhere in your home--I suspect many of us have electronic stuff that's basically just baggage. The EPA estimates that nationwide there were 2.25 million U.S. tons of PCs, peripherals, TVs, and phones discarded in 2007, and e-waste is the fastest growing category of waste. Now, ...

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Techo-Leapfrogging At Its Best: 2,000 Indian Villages Skip Fossil Fuels, Get First Electricity From Solar

photo: Nomad Tales via flickr If you ever need a great example of technological leapfrogging in practice, here it is: In the Indian state of Orissa, the state government has decided to electrify approximately an additional 2,000 villages by March 2012. But rather than hook them up to coal-fired power plants, it will be using decentralized solar power. Biomass, wind power and a variety of small-scale hydropower projects are also in the mix. Express Buzz reports that currently there are 395 villages powered through solar, with an additional 205 to be ...

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Wake Up, Freak Out

Wake Up, Freak Out HD cut from Leo Murray on Vimeo.

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Ecuador looks to its own people in the battle against climate change

Ecuador's indigenous peoples are proactive in adapting society to deal with global warming, effectively guiding the government by: John Vidal Ecuador's Yasuni park where, as part of the climate change battle, oil will be left in the ground if donors pay half its value. Photograph: Dolores Ochoa/AP We left thirsty Peru and have reached Quito in Ecuador on the great Oxfam/Guardian Andean climate journey. First stop is to meet the government and community leaders of a state that stretches from the Pacific coast, over the mountains, and deep into the ...

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