Solar water heating – what’s in it for you?

Solar energy panels

Solar heated water has been around for a long time – remember the sun-warmed swimming pool in your back yard; waiting for the sea to warm up in spring before taking that first dip; or the good old camp shower – a plastic bag full of water hung in the sun to heat up for your daily wash? The earliest record of an Australian solar water heating system was at Meringa Station (near Cairns) in 1941. … [Read more...]

You signed up for WHAT?

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It seems as though I have some explaining to do. Over the past few weeks, my race schedule for 2014 took shape in a pretty big way.  And it seems that before the year is through, I will be making the leap from marathons and triathlons to an Ironman! But I'm getting ahead of myself.  Let me start with the race that's on my mind right now: the Potomac River Run marathon in Washington D.C. on … [Read more...]

How not to get hit by a truck while riding your bike

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If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram, you might have seen this gnarly picture already.  Apologies in advance for tossing it out there again but it seemed as good a time as any to talk about bike safety, or "How Not To Get Hit By A Truck While Riding Your Bike." So here's the deal, last week, I was riding my bike down a fairly busy street when I was runoff the road by a truck … [Read more...]

Running like a dog

Running with my dogs

As many of you already know from my work with Shaklee last summer, I am a runner.  Well, most of the time I am a runner.  Lately, though, I really haven''t felt like much of one.  What used to be fun and freeing has become a real drag. This past spring, I ran the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach with the goal of making this the first in my "Four for Forty" attempt to run four … [Read more...]

Wednesday Weigh-In: #Cinchspiration and #GoGreenGetFit

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If you checked out last week's post, you know that I crashed and burned big-time and had to crawl my way back on plan before the week was through.  I'm happy to report that other than a few minor slip-ups (like the two bagels that I ate immediately after I dropped my eldest off for her very first week of sleepaway camp) I did pretty darned good this week.  Especially considering the week included … [Read more...]

Wednesday #Cinchspiration, #GoGreenGetFit Weigh In: Week Four

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Yeah, um.  Ok.  Let me just go ahead and come clean.  I cheated big time this week.  My excuse: extreme sleep-deprivation. Last week started off so well.  I led 3 days of our local girl scout camp and each day I got up at 5:00am, worked until 6:30, then worked out until 7:30 so that I could spend the rest of the day leading little girls on hikes, playing silly games, and splashing in our local … [Read more...]

Tri Bike Ride: #Cinchspiration and the Go Green Get Fit Challenge

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Goal: Go Green and Get Fit. Will it be a Cinch?

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I'm about to take a journey this summer, and I'm taking you along for the ride. If you've been following this blog for a while, you know that I am very interested in health and fitness, and I try to make these two issues a priority in the decisions I make.  Unless, of course, the health and fitness at stake are my own and then I seem to make consistently inconsistent decisions that thwart my … [Read more...]

Are you ready to take the ENERGY STAR Pledge?

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Team ENERGY STAR launched this week.  Have you joined the team?   Team ENERGY STAR is a very cool initiative conceived by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  It was brought to my attention by Diane MacEachern of Big Green Purse, so I knew it was worth it's weight in green.  I joined up immediately and here's why you should too... You've probably heard of the ENERGY STAR program, which … [Read more...]

8 Shopping Tips for Dining At Home in a Dine-out World

by Andrea Woroch Remember all those tips saying you should cook rather than eat out? Well the USDA says we might just be wrong about that in the near future. A recent study by the government agency estimated the price gap between eating at home and dining out will narrow even further in 2012. Grocery prices are expected to rise 3 percent to 4 percent, while menu prices will likely go up 2 percent … [Read more...]

Energy saving tips for the laundry room

  Today's Meter Reading: 89691 OK, almost half of the month is over, so I wanted to take a minute to reevaluate how the month of energy savings is going.  Thus far, I am pleased.  I have consistently used less energy each day than I have at this same time of year in 2010 and 2009.  But I want to just do more than use "a little less" I want to see what it takes to really crank down … [Read more...]

Meter Reading: 89204

This morning's meter reading (89204 KWH) shows that we used 43 KWH of energy yesterday, which is not too shabby but not too great . If we keep up that rate, we'll use 1333 KWH for the month of March, which is more than we used in March, 2009; but less than we used in March 2010. Today, I'm making an effort to crank down the energy use by turning off the heat pump (it's 30 degrees right now but … [Read more...]

March Eco-Challenge: Energy

My meter reading this morning: 89161 Can you guess what this month's eco-challenge is?  That's right, I'm cranking down the energy use in my home.  I've done this before.  But this month, I'm going to do it smarter.   Like most green bloggers, I've written tons of articles of the years on saving energy.  Heck, I have a whole site category devoted to it.  And when I was writing The Green … [Read more...]

Ditching Plastic at the Grocery Store

OK, I'm over halfway through the month and if there's one thing I've learned so far about plastics it is that they are really hard to avoid.  It's not impossible by any means, by it does take quite a bit more work to find things that are plastic free.  Even things that I never would have associated with plastic before - like say nuts- are generally wrapped in plastic. I already know that I need … [Read more...]

Strategies to Shift Away from Plastic

I'm continuing my search this week for plastic-free alternatives for all of the things my family needs, and seeking out the advice of experts who can help me along the way.  Today, I'd like to share this guest post from Tracy Lydiatt (aka The Green Families Guru and author of Your Green Family Blueprint) on how to kick plastic to the curb.  Thanks for the tips Tracy! Strategies to Shift Away … [Read more...]