Sustainable Living

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resource and his/her own resources.

How Sustainable Are Your Green Choices?

Wed, 2012-05-23 13:43

You’ve decided to do your part: buy smarter, conserve energy, and become part of the movement toward a more sustainable economy and earth. Everything from household cleaners to wines are touting their “green,” “eco-friendly,” “organic” qualities. Companies stand to profit from environmentally conscious consumers, which means we are constantly bombarded with lofty claims of earth-friendly products. But, what does it all really mean? How do you navigate those gray areas in an attempt to be more green, and make choices that matter?

Ways To Be Green On Valentine's Day

Mon, 2012-02-13 08:43

It’s that time of year again. You’re wondering what to get your significant other and how to make the day special. While you’re thinking about the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day, you might also be wondering how you can be sustainable. Below are four tips on how to make your Valentine’s Day more sustainable:

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Being Green on Black Friday

Wed, 2011-11-23 11:35

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Some of you may be spending today working, but most of you have probably taken an early vacation and are awaiting the Black Friday rush. With around $10 billion to be spent in one day, Black Friday is a tremendous occasion that will promote sales and help boost our economy. On the other hand, with more than 200 million participants in the unofficial shopping holiday, Black Friday will likely have a negative impact on our environment. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are some tips on how you can “go green” on Black Friday.

Top 5 Green Tips for Pet Owners

Fri, 2011-10-07 11:31

At Everblue, we love our pets. They are like members of the family - the Everblue family. They are our co-workers, sharing office space with us and eating alongside us. I’m not kidding. Approximately 90% of Everblue employees have dogs, and we love bringing them to the office. They bring us inspiration and remind us why we care about sustainability and green building as much as we do.

We are working toward a sustainable future, one with clean air and fresh water. This kind of environment not only benefits humans, but also our pets!

Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future

Mon, 2011-07-11 15:33

America’s energy supply is between a rock and a hard place. Or perhaps between a lump of coal and a solar panel.

High gas prices are pummeling families already struggling with a crippled economy. Rising energy costs are hurting businesses bottom lines and a continued dependence on foreign oil complicates relations with an unstable Middle East. However, to take advantage of cost-effective clean energy technologies we need more financial support. To this point, political inertia has stunted technology growth.

Until now.

Average American's Annual Energy Consumption

Thu, 2010-12-30 14:08

Have you ever wondered what your energy footprint is in a single day? What about a week, a month, or even a year? How much waste or energy does your family consume? If you knew, would you be interested in changing your patterns? If you live in New York, are the winter month’s utility bills more than just an expensive financial obligation? If you live in Arizona, is your water usage vital to your quality of life?

Energy Efficiency & Geographic Location

Tue, 2010-07-13 07:50

The last week in Germany without air conditioning has me thinking about whether it is more energy efficient to live in Germany or Charlotte. Germany has mild summers and cold winters. Charlotte has hot summers and mild winters. Where would a person use less energy? Does it take more energy to heat a home or to cool it? Which is the worse environmental impact?

Celebrate Your Personal Energy Independence

Mon, 2010-07-05 15:03

With 4th of July celebrations upon us—as well as the summer heat—no one wants their energy bills to rise with the temperature. Now is the time to think about how to manage your home energy use effectively, practically, AND economically. How can you help contribute to our Energy Independence?

Here are some items to think about:

1 – Set your thermostat to 76, 78, or even 80 degrees. Does it really need to be at 70 degrees? Each two degree setting can save you 10% of your electric bill.

Freedom, Energy, and the American Way of Life

Sun, 2010-07-04 16:30

Bike Lanes and Smart DevelopmentHappy Independence Day! July 4th is always a great time of year (Side note: I can’t believe it is already July 4th – Where did Spring go?). Anyways, I am spending this July 4th in Germany with my wife’s family. I spent five years with the US Army living in Germany. Being here for the 4th of July provides a very interesting perspective. First, it is hot and there is no air conditioning – anywhere.

Did Avatar Motivate You to Be More Sustainable?

Wed, 2010-01-20 12:05

Have you seen Avatar? Great movie, right? What did you like about it? For me, it was the sense of wonder at the world of Pandora, which seemed more real than really watching in 3D. How would it be if we could link into horses and birds to ride and fly in unison with them? Wouldn't it be neat if the world lit up at night around us?