Is The Sky Really Falling?


Every time you turn on the news, or in my generation’s case, flip through the four papers you’re subscribed to on your iPhone (only after checking the ESPN app first though), you see more and more sensationalistic media coverage and “experts” talking about how the sky is falling. In fact, I think we have become so used to moving from crisis to crisis that we don’t realize in a historical context that the world is not a bad place to be right now, at least relative to what a terrible place it has consistently been in the past. In terms…

The Dollars and Cents of Your Bathroom


Figures released by the United States government back in 1990 show that the average water usage, per person, was 105 gallons a day. It’s even higher today. The simplest way to conserve water is to use less. I don’t know about you, but three minute showers just don’t get me excited. Neither does washing up in two inches of water or sharing the bath water. Luckily for us, then, that there are other, more effective methods! According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, bathing is responsible for 33% of domestic indoor water usage and toilet flushing accounts for another huge…

Why You Don’t Want to Keep Up with the Joneses


Most of us have heard about “keeping up with the Joneses.” It’s the idea that you need to have the same stuff as your neighbors, or at least look as though you are just as prosperous. In a lot of ways, it’s about status – you don’t want to appear as though you are poorer than your neighbors. It’s better, though, if you don’t worry about keeping up with the Joneses. You, and your wallet, will both much happier if you stop worrying about what your neighbors have. The Joneses are Probably in Debt One of the best reasons not…

The Government May Pay You to Generate Power


Solar energy has been gaining a lot of popularity over the last few years, with the rising cost of electricity combined with the lower cost of installing solar panels.  Even better, many governments are now offering individuals incentives to get solar panels, which vary by location.  These are commonly known as a feed-in tariff, because you get compensated for “feeding in” electricity to the grid. What is a Feed-In Tariff There are several different versions of the feed-in tariff, depending on where you live.  Basically, the government or power provider will pay to feed energy back into the local grid. …

Summer Is Back: Organic Food Baskets!


Even though they are becoming ever more popular, organic food baskets prepared by local producers are still widely unknown and their benefits, underestimated. Here are five reasons why signing up for organic food baskets is a great way to make a positive environmental contribution while saving money, thereby killing two birds with one stone. Reason #1: Organic food baskets are affordable and even economical Contrary to the common belief, organic food is not necessarily more expensive. In fact, if it were not the case, the share of organic food’s sales on the American market would probably not have grown from a…

Staycation: Better for Your Wallet and the Environment


Even though many people are starting to feel better about the economy, and about spending money, it doesn't mean that it's time to go out and spend lavishly on a vacation. Indeed, the recent economic troubles have prompted many to fall in love with the staycation. A staycation is a sort of mini-vacation that you can take, staying in your local area. You can save money on a number of costs, and help save the environment as well. Save Money with a Staycation When you on vacation, it is often an expensive proposition. So many people save up for months…