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Solar Rebates, Tax Credits, and Incentive Programs by State


Across the nation, legislation is being passed to make investing in renewable energy more affordable to homeowners and small business owners. In addition to the 30% federal tax credit, many states offer a variety of programs via tax credits, rebates, and incentives. Click on your state for more detailed information.... read more

What is Solar Net Metering?


Net Metering

There are many environmental and financial benefits of installing PV solar panels or other small renewable energy systems. Many states offer “Net-Metering” to offset your utility use.... read more

Guest Blog Post: Earth Day 2011

kids konserve

Today I am excited to share a guest blog post by Christy Aune from Kids Konserve, a company that makes waste-free lunch products.  Thanks, Christy, for a great piece about the importance of saving the planet by reducing waste.


Kids Konserve Eco-Resolutions for 2011 was about adopting the 5th 'R' – REMEMBER - into our daily life.  I would like to ask if you are writing a piece for Earth Day to REMEMBER Kids Konserve.  Earth Day is April 22, 2011.  Each year on this day thousands of people celebrate the Earth and what it means not only to them, but to the human race as a whole. Others use this day to bring the public’s attention to Earth and the effects our lifestyle is having on the planet. This day is a great day to spend time with your children and teach them more about the environment around them.  Our children are the leaders of the future. It is important that they learn the importance of the environment now, instead of waiting until they have grown.  ( read more

A Waste-Free Lunch

thermosSay good-bye to single-use sandwich baggies, brown paper lunch bags, and Ziplocs. Let's look at some safe and eco-friendly alternatives to the traditional ways to pack a lunch.

Pyrex Containers:
While not great for little kids, these are perfect for a work lunch because if you need to heat something up in the microwave, you can heat it up and eat from it as well.

Stainless Steel:
Life Without Plastic has many wonderful options. They're air tight, and you can use them for your lunch or storing food at home as well.

Reusable Baggies:
Forget about Ziplocs and buy reusable snack and sandwich bags.  I love The Lucky Butterfly because they're cute, reusable, and easy to clean. They're great for your own lunch, kids lunches, or packing a picnic lunch.... read more

Home Farming Day is April 12

home farming dayTriscuit (yes, those yummy little crackers!) has proclaimed Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Home Farming Day, with events in NYC, LA, and Tampa.  

Triscuit launched a new social network, Home Farming, helping people start their own home farm.  Members can share photos, receive badges a la FourSquare, and ask and answer questions about growing your own food.  The site also has lots of tips for growing veggies in your backyard and even recipes, too!

There's also a sweepstakes to win $1000 towards your farm.  ... read more

Don't pour it down the drain!

Lots of times you may just pour items down your sink drain without even thinking about it.   Unfortunately, this can cause health hazards and it's bad for the environment.  

Says Melissa Breyer from Care2:  "An increasingly common cause of overflows is sewer pipes blocked by grease -- this results in raw sewage overflowing in your home or your neighbor’s home; an expensive and unpleasant cleanup that often must be paid for by you, the homeowner; raw sewage overflowing into parks, yards, and streets; potential contact with disease-causing organisms; and an increase in operation and maintenance costs for local sewer departments, which causes higher sewer bills for customers."

So, what shouldn't you pour down your drain?  Here's a list of common items that you should dispose of in other ways:... read more

Interview with Sarapage Bauguss of NewLeaf Clean

newleaf clean logoYesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Sarapage Bauguss, Cofounder, Creator, and President of NewLeaf Clean, LLC.  NewLeaf Clean makes a variety of lab-tested, eco-friendly, effective cleaners -- and they're affordable, too!   Check out what Sarapage has to say...

What made you start NewLeaf Clean?
After becoming a mother, I wanted to use only nontoxic products in my home and around my children. I found safer foods, soaps, cosmetics, plastics, but was unable to find any household cleaners that were 100% safe. So I began making my own.

Were you interested in green products and lifestyle before becoming a parent?
I was always interested in eating healthy and recycling, but I figured that products sold in stores were safe.

Why were you so unsatisfied with the green products on the market today?
I was never able to find any that were as effective as the toxic products on the market. When I began to research the "green" cleaners, I discovered that they weren't much safer either.... read more

Go Solar! -- Oakland, California Photovoltaics

Mary S. of Oakland, California describes her experience with Save-A-Lot Solar as part of our Go Solar! series.... read more

Go Solar! -- Alameda, California Solar Installations

Kevin S. of Alameda, California describes his experience with Save-A-Lot Solar as part of our Go Solar! series.... read more

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