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What could you live without? July 1, 2009

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512141_ipod_nano_1This post on CleanTechnica.com brought up a lot of very interesting issues. The results of a recent survey have been released in which more than 1,000 people answered questions about green choices, and what they would be willing to give up for the sake of the environment. When faced with a choice between comfort, convenience or the environment, 38% choice convenience, 36% chose comfort and the minority, 26%, chose the environment. The survey’s subjects were also given a list of items and asked which they would be willing to give up if they were harming the environment. The list included an iPod, dishwasher, TV, car and other items that many people use on a daily basis. Only 6% of those surveyed said they would give up all of the items, and 21% said they would not give up any of them.

The results don’t completely surprise me, because the survey asked if people were willing to give up items “if [they] thought these things were harming the environment.” Well, many people continue to excessively use many things even though they know they are harming the environment, such as automobiles. However, I do think that the survey brings to attention current society’s collective mentality when it comes to environmental issues and taking action. While many people are buying green products and claim to be concerned about the declining state of the environment and the rise of global warming, most consumers are more concerned with their own personal comfort and will be “green” as long as it isn’t an inconvenience, which isn’t very green at all, in my opinion. So what do we do with this information? Does it mean that companies need to create greener products with less of a carbon footprint? Do we need to work to change the collective mindset to pick the environment over comfort and convenience? Or is a combination of many things?

What do you think? And what would you give up for the environment?

Assembly Magazine June 9, 2009

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asmb_logo_1Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but we at Equity Thru Energy have been working hard on some exciting things that I will keep you all updated on. Although we’ve been busy, I did get the chance to contribute some insight on energy efficiency in the new June issue of Assembly Magazine. Senior Editor Austin Weber wrote a great article on the issue of energy efficiency in foodservice equipment, which is a huge issue not only because of concerns about emissions but because of the rising cost of energy in today’s economic recession as well. Read about the new opportunities and challenges that energy efficiency is creating for foodservice equipment manufacturers, the current and future federal guidelines for equipment, and how manufacturers can green their equipment in Weber’s article, “Appliance Assembly: Less is More.”

Giving the Gift of Light to Developing Nations: SolarAid December 11, 2008

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A family member introduced me to this relatively new organization (it offically started in 2006) and I thought it would be great to share the information with all of you, considering the holiday season and the fact that many of you may be looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones.

SolarAid is an organization that is dedicated to giving the gift of clean, renewable power to those who cannot afford or do not have acess to it. Right now, their focus is on sub-Saharan Africa, where many do not have electric lighting and rely on burning kerosene for light and cooking, which is both expensive and dangerous since many are forced to cook inside their homes. SolarAid carries out projects such as training communities how to build small  scale solar devices such as solar powered radios and lanterns and installs small solar systems for various communal infrastructure.

I think this is a great program because it is not only helping to provide efficient means of energy to impoverished parts of the world, but it is environmentally friendly. It’s so important to educate the people of developing nations about the uses and benefits of renewable, clean energy like solar power and make it accessible to them.

So what does this have to do with the holidays? If you are looking for a great, green gift for family or friends, you can purchase life-changing gifts for people living in countries like Tanzania, Malawi, Zambi and Kenya.  Gifts range from a solar lantern, to a day’s training for 10 villagers to learn about building their own solar devices, all the way to providing electricity for 60 people using a local health centre. SolarAid will send you a card to give to family and friends to let them know that they helped people less fortunate as well as helped in the crusade to save the planet!  Please visit the SolarAid website to learn about this fascinating organization and how to “give the gift of light this Christmas.”

Saving Energy During the Holidays December 8, 2008

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The holidays are in full swing and although they are supposed to be a time for joy, higher energy bills can cause a lot of grief. Check out this article that I wrote on saving energy during the holidays for some inexpensive, practical tips on Lyved.com. And while you’re there, be sure to read all of the great content on the site, from business and news to the environment and personal growth.

Are Your Priorities Green? October 10, 2008

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Going Green. . . Energy Savings. . . Global Climate Change. . . Recycling. . . For some people, these words evoke strong emotions. Environmental issues are at the top, or near the top, of their life’s priority list. For others, green issues (except for greenbacks) barely register on their emotional meters and they don’t find their way into their daily lives.

Worth the energy. Certainly, there is no shortage of information, or commentary on the information out there. So why am I adding my two-cents and creating this blog?

Very simply, I have been interested in, and involved with, environmental issues throughout my life. My business life has been focused on combining business and environment – reducing traditional energy usage through solar power, temperature controls, you name it. I am one of the people who holds the environment as a top priority. And I’m looking forward to using this blog to share some of my thoughts – and encourage comments and start a dialogue with some of you.

How badly we are damaging the environment, and how quickly is this damage accelerating? Will our great-grandchildren or even our children truly bear the brunt of our environmental mistakes? Going green – it’s a snappy phrase, but how do we best do this? Can we right the ship by all of us going green in our own way, in our own lives? Energy savings – can we really find ways to save money and spare the environment at the same time? What about global warming? Is that political rhetoric or are we in for really big trouble in the decades ahead?

I ponder all of these issues. And I hope many of you do the same. I look forward to our chats and hope to share some insights gained through many years of firmly believing that it is Worth the Energy to make worthwhile changes.