While the products you read about below will save energy and money, some contain highly toxic materials. Be sure to look for the most environmentally friendly brands you can find. — Julia Wasson, Publisher Want to make some room in your budget for next year’s holiday shopping? Here are three steps to earning up [...]Read Full Article
Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked Duane Hallowell, President/CEO and co-founder of Hallowell International, the makers of Acadia, two questions we ask all our interviewees:
BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?
HALLOWELL: I focus on northern climates, so my responses are climate specific.
Mandate Weatherization. It’s a huge problem, and we need better programs in place to help guide people to making the right decisions — even going so far as to make laws to mandate how people are doing it. That is absolutely number one….Read Full Article
December 23, 2008 by Julia Wasson
Filed under Activists, Architects, Architecture, Blog, Brownfields, Ecopreneurs, Engineers, Front Page, Illinois, Retrofitting, Solar, Sustainability, Texas, Weatherizing
Did you watch the Bears play the Packers yesterday from the warmth of your home? Or maybe you were among the frozen fans braving 7-degree weather to root for your favorite team on the shores of Lake Michigan. Blue Planet Green Living was there, too, tailgating in the parking lot of the Adler Planetarium near Soldier Field.
So, go ahead, ask. What does the Bears/Packers game — and tailgating, for that matter — have to do with green living? It’s a fair question.Read Full Article
A dozen volunteers swarm the yard of the Villareal house on the east side of Austin, Texas. The atmosphere is jubilant, almost celebratory — a real coming together of people with a purpose. By the time the volunteers leave today, the home will have been retrofitted with energy-saving improvements that the family could not have afforded to make themselves.Read Full Article
What would bring 41 young adults outside for three hours on a bitingly cold weekend, when they had midterm exams to take and papers to write? For that matter, they had TV sports to watch, video games to play, or any number of other activities that wouldn’t require them to shiver in the wind. Yet, three students were attaching weather stripping, putting plastic on the windows, and adding a door sweep in the front entrance of Ben Ploof’s home in Coralville, Iowa.Read Full Article
You’d have to be a crotchety grump not to appreciate the amazing display of foliage at this time of year. Still, all this loveliness also brings the promise of bone-chilling cold not too far in the future. So, for your consideration, here are 10 tips for keeping warm while saving energy and lowering your heating bills.Read Full Article