We live in a world dependent on electricity and we forget that being dependent on something — however wonderful that thing is — makes you vulnerable. Even getting a back-up generator isn't a painless solution for household resilience. A medium-size generator can cost $50 or more per day in fuel to run. And just hope that your local gas stations don't lose power or sell out to panic buyers … [Read more...] about Ten low-tech responses to storms and emergencies
The title might be an exaggeration, but using a SodaStream to make “fizzy” water, sparkling tea, and cola has reduced the plastic bottles and metal cans I use and recycle. It’s also kept money from leaving my purse. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post on Lindsay's List. If you're a friend of Lindsay's, a friend of energy conservation, or just have an idea to help women live locally with a smaller … [Read more...] about SodaStream and save the planet?
Recently a local monthly newspaper, Echo, ran a story about the unsafe levels of Benzene, a carcinogen, found in sealed, parked cars baking in the sunlight. According to the article (sorry, not available online), off-gassing from all the plastic and petroleum-based components in the car builds up under sunlight. The author advised that drivers and riders ventilate the car before getting in, … [Read more...] about Urban legend or cause for worry?
The other night when I was cooking dinner I fell into a sort of Zen mind space, observing myself doing what I did thousands of other times, but this time with a heightened consciousness. We were "cooking out" the grass-fed ground beef I had picked up the Saturday before at our farmers market. My hubby was out back, doing the American dad grilling thing while I was inside making corn on the cob, … [Read more...] about The mind-boggling energy reality
The United States Postal Service is among the many outlets in the world touting their efforts to go green. In post office posters and on palm cards the trusty rain, sleet and snow guys are running a campaign to make citizens more aware of what the federal shippers are doing to be kind to the environment and reduce fuel use. Their Go Green campaign is the federal agency's 2011 Social Awareness … [Read more...] about The green eagle
Today is the celebration of National Hanging Out Day. It's a day of action to encourage people to line dry instead of using a power dryer for clothes. So it's time to do some laundry. And to do some laundry line art. On this day of activism you can hang just about anything from a laundry line, either outdoors or in, to encourage awareness of the personal and social benefits of line-drying … [Read more...] about Hanging it up