Perspective on Modern Life

Human history provides perspective on modern life.

Take a look at the history of our species. We’ve been around a while. The oldest evidence of our human ancestors is a fossilized skull that dates back about seven million years. Most anthropologists agree that so-called “modern” humans came on the scene about 130,000 years ago. The industrial age began a couple hundred years ago but the age of fossil fuels and our massive use of energy has only ... Read More

Spring Into Green 2014

Earth legacy.

It’s time to spring into green again. Several green events for Southern Nevadans are underway or coming soon. To be clear, green events have become so popular that they happen all the time in our community, it’s just that some major ones tend to occur at this time of year. Creating a sustainable community requires the participation of everyone at every level. When businesses and government get ... Read More

Windows, Efficiency and Techniques

Windows in the sand.

Windows have been around a long time. The origin of the word is centuries old and the original “wind eye” was nothing more than an unglazed hole in the roof that provided ventilation and day lighting. Today’s windows have come a long way since then. Good windows add much to the enjoyment, comfort and value of a home, but bad windows... Well, let’s just say they can be more like a “wind eye.” In ... Read More

Water and Technology

Water and Technology

Not long ago I heard about an interesting new product designed to make showering more efficient, reducing water use by 90% and energy use by 80%. The Orb-Sys or Orbital Shower is being developed by Orbital Systems in Sweden. The shower starts off with fresh water like normal, but instead of disappearing down the drain, the reclaimed water is collected in the base, cleaned and filtered to tap water ... Read More

Just Because We Can

Just because we *can* change someting does not mean we should.

We live in a culture with abundant choices and if anything, Green Living is all about choices. But having the freedom to choose is not enough. Choices can be good or bad. Context is a necessary ingredient when making decisions. Think about these two statements: Just because things are a certain way now does not mean they always have been or will continue to be that way. And, just because we can ... Read More

How to Find a Solar-Friendly Home

Solar-friendly homes.

Nothing beats a solar-friendly home. The explosion of interest in solar energy continues and for good reason. Harvesting clean, fresh energy from the sun provides so many benefits that it is impossible to ignore. Systems are more affordable than ever, plus they are dependable, long-lasting, help the environment and make excellent home improvement investments. While the number is increasing ... Read More

Home Improvements for Planet Earth

Earth, our only home.

Home improvements for Planet Earth are in order. But before taking on such a big topic let's look at more traditional forms of home improvements. There are so many options. Common improvements include makeovers in the kitchen or bathrooms, new flooring or wall coverings, or even entire additions. In every case I can imagine, there are worthwhile green options that make sense. Improvements that ... Read More

Green Living Reader’s Poll

Global Warming Mindmap by Jane Genovese, http://learningfundamentals.com.au

Lately I’ve been thinking about this column and just what it’s all about. Green Living, Home, Living Lighter on the Planet: topics that are probably helpful to some while others couldn’t care less. How does a writer connect with more people, especially those with different values? For me, this is a place to share ideas that address, and hopefully help solve, much larger issues. There are plenty ... Read More

Looking Back at a Green 2013

Green 2013

Green Living covers a lot of territory. Let’s take a look back with a recap of the topics we covered in this Green 2013. Winter We kicked off the year with “Liking Las Vegas,” highlighting some great green things that have been happening in the valley. The topic of “Solar-Ready Homes” revealed the logic of building with the sun in mind. “Shake and Fold: Drying Your Hands Without Using a Whole ... Read More

Learning from the Solstice

Winter Solstice

It is common to think of a solar-powered home as something new and unusual but people have been learning from the solstice for a long time. We’ve come to accept the idea that you cannot have comfort and convenience without paying a significantly large power bill. That is due to a lot of things, not the least of which are effective marketing strategies by power companies and nearly unrestrained ... Read More