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How to Calculate Your Energy Cost of Living

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Home energy consumption is just one of those things that folks don’t think about that much on a daily basis. In fact, according to Accenture, the average person spends 6 minutes a year thinking about their home energy use! That comes to about 30 seconds a month (probably when you’re paying your electricity bill). In […]

The Love of Money is the Root of All…Green?

We live in a day in age where there is a lot of talk about the importance of being “green”. Rightly so, much of the focus has been on the harm that the burning of fossil fuels has done to our environment, and a need to reduce our (the human) impact on this fragile ecosystem […]

Is ‘OIL’ the U.S. Government’s Sugar Daddy?

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How much does the U.S. government make from oil that is produced domestically? This is one of several questions I pondered while recently pumping regular unleaded into the family minivan. Sometimes I get a sneaking suspicion that the $$$ counter on the pump will never stop, and as it continued it’s climb…. $55.47…. $60.13…$65.53…I wondered, […]

The United States is TOO Big

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Sometimes I think it’s kinda too bad that the U.S. is as big as it is. I’m not talking about the population, but the sheer size of the land mass that is the United States of America. As it stands today (and I don’t think this will change any time soon), the United States is […]

What you eat can kill… the environment

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I have a confession to make. I’m a very picky eater. That’s actually an understatement, because since I can remember I have had an innate unwillingness to try new foods, especially those that don’t look, smell, or “feel” like any of the five or so foods I was accustomed to eating as a child. To […]

Who’s more trustworthy: Democrats or Republicans?


Neither. The other night, President Obama and Governor Romney, had their third and final debate leading up to the November 6th election (which at the time of writing this article is only 13 days away). The intended focus of this debate was Foreign Policy, though it’s not as top-of-mind these days as the shaky state […]

Take One Giant Leap for Mankind

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I think Neil Armstrong’s quote went something like this: “This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Of course, in this case, Neil was talking about his first step on the MOON (or a Hollywood movie set), a step that was the ultimate result of $170 Billion, in today’s dollars, in […]

Are you sure you can afford that home?

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When searching for a new home, the majority of us, well…at least 47% of us1, care very much about price. The price of a new home includes other factors that we care about that add to the listing price. You’ve probably played with at least more than one mortgage calculator to understand your monthly payments […]

Maybe Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees?


Purchasing a new home is an exercise in living with trade offs. Yes, there are many trade offs in life, but it is unlikely that you will encounter as many associated with a single, life altering decision as you will when you are looking for that perfect place to hang your hat. “I love the […]

Going Green One Square Foot at a Time

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There are many things that one considers when purchasing a new home: proximity to work or schools, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, or perhaps the finishes in the kitchen and bathroom. But how often do folks use a new home purchase as an opportunity to transition into a green lifestyle. If looking through green-colored […]