Climate change, trends, Olympics

Will Climate Change Threaten the Future of Winter Sports – Olympics?

Did you notice the shirtless men in the crowds watching Olympic events held in Sochi? The warm temperatures for the 2014 games will likely be recorded as the warmest Winter Olympics ever.  The Canada Research Chair in Global Change and Tourism at the University of Waterloo, Daniel Scott, has been studying the relationship between sports, […]


The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest Winner

Tulus Simatupang of British Columbia, Canada won the Grand Prize for the 2013 Digital Photo Contest sponsored by The Nature Conservancy. The photo that won is of a heron in flight with a red-winged blackbird. It was a top choice by judges and also received the most 1st place votes from supporters. Visit The Nature […]

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Nest Thermostats Facing Challenges

Nest, the company that makes what they claim to be the “next generation thermostat” is facing a few challenges. Out-dated HVAC systems, Wifi connectivity, and vocal, unhappy customers during a national cold spell  are in the forefront in today’s news. TechCrunch discusses the situation on a recent blog post here. You can learn more about the […]

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Improve Your Gas Mileage Before Holiday Travel

Traveling for the holidays? To improve your gas mileage consider changing your oil and air filter to improve your ride. I’m always amazed at how much better my car runs after changing the oil and air filter. What else can you do to increase your fuel mileage? Make sure your air pressure in the tires […]


Understanding a Cool Roof and Insulation For Energy Efficiency

Can you benefit from a Cool Roof? Or are you better off investing in more insulation? No doubt, a cool roof can help many building owners save money while protecting the environment but not everyone should rush to get one.Your money might be better spent on attic insulation depending on where you live as well […]

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Is Geothermal Always Worth It?

Geothermal Pros & Cons Earlier this year, I wrote a post on the Pros and Cons of Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHP). As it turns out, there is more to the story. I am in the process of evaluating HVAC systems for an existing home that is getting an addition. The addition is almost the size […]


Green Remodeling For Baby Boomer Homes

Green remodeling a home is possibly one of the highest levels of “green.” It is one of the best sustainable housing initiatives around. While researching the remodeling industry I came across the website dubbed, Home for Life. The site includes a wealth of resources that explain opportunities to upgrade an existing home’s energy and resource […]