Our Blog | September 2009

Human-Powered Radio

by: Heather on 09/14/2009
Posted in: Author Events

Tamara Dean, author of The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors was recently interviewed by Jennifer Sharpe for NPR's popular All Things Considered radio program. Sharpe's story features a variety of human-powered device inventors such as pedal-powered bike rapper Fossil Fool, creator of the Fender Blender.

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Travelling Green

by: EJ on 09/11/2009
Posted in: Guest Posts

"Looking to live light with smaller transportation? Oh, I could write a whole book about this one. No, wait, I did (The Practical Cyclist). For now, we need to talk about living small when you're not at home. Maybe we should call this "traveling green". No one should live their life in just one spot, unmoving. Don't sit at home. You need to get …

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Water - the Forgotten Commodity

by: EJ on 09/10/2009
Posted in: Guest Posts

"Some years ago I wrote a short essay entitled, "The Forgotten Commodity". It was all about fresh water as the limit to human development in any one place. The limit to growth is not about roads and schools or power plants and shopping malls, It's all about water. No water? No deal. No growth. You have to have water. Without it, nothing happens.

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Location, location, location

by: EJ on 09/09/2009
Posted in: Guest Posts

"Now it's time to step back and take in the big picture: the house, the whole house and nothing but the house. We're talking about my house, your house, and the houses we are both mostly stuck with. There are a lot of things we can both change around our houses and in our houses to use less energy and live small, but the house itself? We're both …

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Saving Electricity Like Bits of String

by: EJ on 09/07/2009
Posted in: Guest Posts

"When it comes to conservation, using less electricity is often the first thing many people think of when they think of being green and living small. This can be the largest part of it all. This is also the part where the changes are the easiest to implement, your progress the easiest to track the savings are the easiest to see. You get that …

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