Why Solar Power Rocks


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] Solar energy has become one of the most popular alternative methods for providing power to a home. There is no denying its green credentials but is it a way of also saving money? If you’re like me, you probably think that getting into solar energy is really expensive. In fact, I put off even investigating it for my home because I thought I wouldn’t be able to afford it. Over the years, government subsidies and rebates have come and gone, been increased and decreased, making it a bit hard to keep up with…

What are Penny Auctions? Should You Participate in Them?


Chances are that you have seen ads around the Internet: "Big Screen HD TV for $15!" These ads usually point to penny auctions. These are auctions where items start out at a penny, and run for a set period of time, usually not more than a few hours. Penny auctions look like a good deal because there is a great deal of hype around the fact that you can get something like a $25 Restaurant.com certificate for a penny, or an iPad for less than $20. However, it's not quite the amazing deal that it seems -- and winning a…

How to Shop for Eco-friendly Appliances


New eco-friendly appliances, especially the big ones such as refrigerators and washing machines, are a serious commitment for homeowners. It's exciting to think about getting something shiny and clean in your house, but it can also cause some worry. Buying new eco-friendly appliances usually means spending a large chunk of money. It also usually means dumping a heap of metal and other non-biodegradable substances into a landfill. Before you buy, be sure to do some research to determine what features you need, what models are most energy efficient and which brands are most likely to last. Determine what size appliance…

3 Tips for Reducing Consumerism the Holiday Season


I do enjoy the holiday season. I like the putting up the tree, and I enjoy spending time with family, and I like that winter is falling, and that I want to be safe and comfortable in my home. However, one of the things that really bothers me about the holiday season is the consumerism. There's so much shopping and buying, and there seems to be a lot of waste. There seems to be a great deal of focus on things, rather than on people, and on strengthening the relationships that matter in life. It's easy to get swept up in…

Cloth Bags vs. Plastic Bags: Which One To Use?


We have been told for several years now to recycle our plastic bags or avoid using them altogether. Many people take reusable bags when they go shopping, while many stores no longer automatically supply plastic shopping bags. Are we being more environmentally friendly by avoiding plastic bags and are we saving money by doing so? Remember when we used strong paper bags to take the grocery shopping home? Then the early environmentalists said we shouldn’t cut down trees to make paper products and scientists responded by developing the cheap and convenient plastic bag. They actually used less energy to produce…