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Clothing & Seed Swap with Do It Green! Minnesota
Saturday Aug 8, 2-4pm
Mt. Olive Church, Minneapolis
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Recent Blog Posts
June 29, 2015
As I was walking home recently, I had an interesting conversation with an employee from a nearby mechanics shop. I was waiting at the corner for the light to change, and there happened to be a chain mechanics shop on that same corner. One of their employees was standing on the corner waving an oil change sign in order to drum up business. As we were standing next to each other, we watched several bicyclists and pedestrians cross the street in the opposite direction. He turned to me and noted with surprise and a little confusion how many people were biking and walking lately. The large number of bikers and walkers wasn’t a surprise to me, but I can see how it might be for someone who spends their days dealing with car drivers.
June 15, 2015
I recently traveled to California for work, and I was struck by what people in the state are and are not doing to conserve water. California is facing one of the worst droughts in recorded history; the situation is so bad that the governor of California declared a state of emergency earlier this year. Individuals, government agencies, and industry alike have been called on to lower water usage and prevent water waste. While it’s clear that some action is being taken, it’s not at all apparent if the steps towards water conservation will be enough.
Throughout the trip, I saw numerous signs reminding people of the drought and telling them not to water their lawns or outside plants. I also saw people forgoing car washes and saving shower water (gray water) to flush their toilets. The hotel that I stayed at had little signs encouraging people to use their sheets and towels for multiple nights to avoid excess washing and water usage.
June 1, 2015
My wife and I bought our first home 5 years ago, an old brick structure built in 1904. When we bought it, the previous owner assured us that it was well-insulated and cozy when it gets cold. Then came our first winter energy bill, and we realized that she meant that the house technically had insulation and that if you were willing to spend gobs of money the boiler could just about stay ahead of the heat loss to the outside. We spent the whole season alternating between shivering and waving goodbye to the dollars flowing out through our walls and windows. On especially cold days, frost formed on the inside of our kitchen walls. Making our home heating more energy-efficient quickly became a priority.
Our first step was to see how big a problem we had. We contacted our utility, Xcel Energy, to arrange to have an energy audit done. The audit revealed that our walls were completely uninsulated, leaving just four inches of empty air between our walls and the brick façade. It also showed that our attic was also under-insulated, and that the whole house leaked like a sieve.