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New Incentives For Electric Lawnmowers

Reducing Climate Pollution and Saving Money for Vermonters

It’s that time of year again! The grass is growing and the lawn needs to be mowed. The great news is that this gas-guzzling, climate-polluting chore can now be completed with much lower emissions and at much lower cost for Vermonters.

With expanded incentives from Green […]

Spark Joy, Not Fires: Safe Battery Use and Storage

Cassandra Hemenway

Many common items in our lives have serious safety or toxicity problems. For example, we get lulled into a fantasy of its safety simply because a cell phone sits in every pocket and seems harmless. However, cell phones are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which, when improperly handled, spark fires –sometimes massive, hot, fires […]

Green Burials: Giving Back to the Planet

Greensprings Natural Cemetery, Newfield, NY. Photos courtesy of Michelle Menter

Lee Webster

“Nature has a way of opening us up to the moment, to our own grief and to the joy of life—a joy we can feel even in the depth of sadness,” said Michelle Menter, burial coordinator at Greensprings Natural Cemetery in Newfield, […]

A Visit from a Great Friend

Painting by Vermont artist Gabriel Tempesta.

David Fried

One of the great things about winter is the quiet and the time to do things you never get to do during seasons of growing. I go into hibernation. A book by my side and a cup of tea and some dried apple slices from our […]

Relief Provided by Epsom Salts

Epsom Salt – Image: Wikipedia

Larry Plesent

Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you get muscle cramps, spasms, or twitches? Are you generally tired and run-down and find it hard to get your energy levels up no matter how much coffee you drink? Do you have inflammation issues like arthritis and chronic diarrhea or […]

FEED Kearsarge Nourishes Our Community

The FEED Kearsarge initiative’s key collaborators: Greg Berger (Spring Ledge Farm), Steve Allenby (Kearsarge Neighborhood Partners), Hanna Flanders (Kearsarge Food Hub), and Leon Malan (Colby-Sawyer College).Image from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdDb9QnTGI4&feature=youtu.be

Jennifer White

Many local organizations have worked diligently to alleviate temporary food insecurity and improve the long-term resilience of our food system by offering emergency assistance, […]

Summer Ventilation and Cooling

Using Air to Air ERV to precool the Fresh air in Summer time. Image Wikimedia Commons/MoeSalem

Michael Canavan

Now that summer is approaching, homeowners need to consider the summertime ventilation and cooling needs for their homes considering energy usage.

Natural ventilation is as simple as opening windows on your house in a way that […]

Where’s the Water Coming From?!

Simple Rules, Complex Systems

A single-fan blower door test set up to depressurize the building and help determine where the air was leaking the most. Courtesy photo.

Nate Gusakov

The physics are relatively simple. Here are the two most important rules: 1. Heated air rises. 2. Condensation occurs when warmer moist air meets […]

Zero Energy Now

Farmhouse, Underhill, VT. Energy saved: 88%; annual energy cost savings: $3,885. 71% renewable energy – solar PV, cord wood, and pellets. Photo: Building Energy

George Harvey

The June 2017 edition of Green Energy Times had an article, “Saving 79% in Existing Homes,” which provided an initial report on the results of the […]

Green Decking Materials

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine

Kebony is a sustainably-harvested pine product that is modified at the molecular level to be stronger, so it can last 3-5 times as long as other decking materials. Credit: Kebony.com.

As the weather warms up, we gravitate toward the outdoors, and what better way […]