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Go Green Poll :: What Are You Reducing?


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A big part of charting our family’s progress is keeping track of the “since we’ve used” items (3 years since we’ve used paper napkins, 2.5 years since we’ve used plastic bags, 2 years since we’ve used bottled water, etc). There seem to be many things that end of up in the landfill after once use, […]


Streets Are For Peeps, Not Just Cars


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Jen and I like to use bikes as auto alternatives when we can, which is difficult out in the ‘burbs. With connector roads and 5-lane speedways, a simple trek to the grocery can be scary. Things aren’t getting easier. When Whipple Road was given a make-over, we thought this important vein in Mount Pleasant would […]


Join the Carrotmob and Help a Local Business Become More Energy Efficient


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If you’ve ever wanted to directly support the green initiatives of a local business, now’s your chance! This Saturday, April 11th, Carrotmob Charleston will be in action at Queen Street Grocery (map | street view). We often talk about “voting with our dollars” when it comes to green purchasing, but it’s often difficult to see […]


Zapped :: Our Out of Control Electric Bill


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Yikes! After we got our last SCE&G bill, our biggest ever, we realized action was needed. If they were going to keep raising the rates, we needed to crank-up the conservation. In the past we’ve measured our usage with a Kill-a-Watt meter, looked into solar hot water, bought LED lights, installed CFLs, but now it was […]


Green Drinks Speakers to Discuss myEnergyLoan


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At this month’s Green Drinks Charleston gathering, the topic at hand will be energy efficient mortgages. Daniel Island Realty has become Charleston’s first myEnergyLoan provider, and Jeff Cole and Gary Harwyn will be on hand to speak to their benefits.  Energy efficient mortgages sound interesting, as they help bundle in sustainable add-ons to the home during […]


Help SC Say NO to a New Coal Plant, and YES to Clean Energy Alternatives


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Santee Cooper wants to build a new coal plant on the Great Pee Dee River, and because they are a state-run utility, you and I have some influence. Coal plants are one of the dirtiest ways to generate electricity, and now is the time to tell our government that we want clean alternatives. The SC […]


The ROI of LED: Results from our Christmas Light Energy Savings Experiment


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After years of guilt and frustration from using old school incandescent Christmas lights, I finally broke down and bought a set of LED lights for our tree. LED lights use 90% less energy than traditional bulbs, burn safer by producing less heat, and last for years instead of months. Having voluntarily made the switch, I […]


Charleston Alternative Energy Goes Social


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Have you been keeping up with the Charleston Alternative Energy movement? What started as a monthly meetup has since turned into a full blown community. Ian Sanchez and partners have setup an online community for local alternative energy enthusiasts, and it’s open to all comers.  There’s a lot to do there, including blogs, forums, custom […]


Go Green Poll Changes with the Seasons


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Thanks to everyone who took our Summer energy savings poll. The results showed that most of us are doing little things like adjusting thermostats and opening windows to reduce the burden on our A/C units. A few folks were using solar and attic fans, two things we want implement here at our home. Since Fall […]


Great Local Blog: The Road Less Traveled


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Every day, I look for new ways to reduce my impact on this planet.  I loved Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuff the first time I watched it, and I believe this is going to be one of our culture’s toughest challenges as we move towards a sustainable future. One of the biggest uses of […]










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