At Practical Environmentalist, we're all about most efficient. I know that when I buy anything for my own home, I'm always looking for the most efficient model for the money. Whether it's a water heater, an air conditioning unit, or even the insulation and radiant barrier in … [Read more...] about Most Efficient – Our New Post Series
Conservation / Efficiency
Saving water and conserving energy are in vogue, but our culture has forgotten an amazing amount about how to get results while using fewer resources. There are hundreds of archaic methods that are worth revisiting to cut your utility bills. In the centuries before electric … [Read more...] about Water Wise Gardening – tips for low impact gardening
I have a battery operated gate in my driveway. It runs off a deep cycle marine battery that is charged with a solar panel. A couple of years ago, the battery stopped working, the gate wouldn't open, and I had to buy a replacement for it. Let me tell you that marine batteries are … [Read more...] about Battery reconditioning instead of replacement: an eco friendly solution?
Photo courtesy of natashalcd at Flickr.com The jury is still out on the Cash for Clunkers program. The last paperwork was filed on Monday, August 24, 2009, but crushed cars still waiting to be recycled. The final numbers are in - so how did the program score? All told, C4C … [Read more...] about Was Cash for Clunkers a success?
Photo courtesy of oxfam international at Flickr.com Poverty has drastic effects on the natural world. People living without access to treated water, sustainable fuel supplies, or adequate food can have a huge impact on their surroundings. Slums and destructive farming … [Read more...] about World Habitat Day – 10/5/2009