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December Green Energy Times is Here

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Snuggling In For Winter


By Jessica Barber Goldblatt

I have been thinking a lot this fall about how to get through our long northern winters. How do we bare the weather, seal drafts, ski some and just get through until the spring comes? Then the Norwegian word koselig came to mind:

Koselig: More than […]

Greening Our Holiday Celebrations

LED lights use 1/50th the electricity of conventional holiday lights and can last for three decades. Credit: Paul Barrows, FlickrCC.

By Doug Moss and Roddy Scheer

Sipping eggnog, listening to carols by the fire and enjoying the beauty of colorfully decorated homes are all warm memories the holiday season conjures. Yet with the […]

West Hill House B&B: A Great Green Destination

West Hill House B&B owns 26% of the array totaling just under 30kW peak power, meeting 100% of their electric power needs

By Michelle Harrison

Vermont is a beautiful state with many areas to explore. As a reader of Green Energy Times, finding locations with a sustainable focus for lodging, a retreat, or […]

Netflix for Toys

The sharing economy is reaching those who are still learning how to share.

Toy-sharing recycles what your kids no longer want. Photo courtesy of Tyler Gross, Gross Illustration.


Two years ago, Ranan Lachman, whose kids were then three and five, was spending thousands on Legos. His children […]

Recycling and It’s Expense and Emissions

Recycling companies are struggling with higher processing costs, due in part to newer, larger recycling bins that don’t require user sorting and thus become increasingly contaminated with garbage. Credit: Dan McKay, FlickrCC

By Doug Moss and Roddy Scheer

Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash and recycle and compost about […]

Holiday Cooking – with the Sun!

A day of blue sky and sunshine in the middle of December is to be celebrated. And you’ve never celebrated the sun like you do when you cook with a solar oven. Even as we approach the shortest day in the year, there’s still enough sun for this month’s quick-prep, no-fail recipe. […]

Microbeads are in the News!

Cartoon courtesy of Steve Greenberg from

By Larry Plesent

Imagine over one trillion non-biodegradable tiny plastic beads going down drains across America each and every day. That’s 3,650,000,000,000,000 beads washed down the drains of America just in the past decade. These microbeads are not biodegradable in water and will remain underground and […]

Micro-beads in Your Toothpaste

Micro-beads May be Lurking in Your Toothpaste or Other Cosmetic Products

Crest MultiCare Whitening toothpaste. Photo by Scott Ehardt. Released into the public domain.

By GET Staff

Plastic micro-beads can be used as very gentle abrasives, and are soft enough that they wind up being used as abrasives in toothpaste.

Many of us […]

Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture, Local Food, and Vulnerable Communities

Credit: Cooper Phyllis, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

By Jennifer Wilhelm

NASA scientists report that 2015 is expected to be the hottest year on record. The summer and the months of September and October were the hottest recorded, but what does a global temperature increase of half a degree mean for the food […]