Your latest GREEN accomplishment

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Post by blyslv » Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:58 pm

Green = nature, yes?

I am going to create the biggest non-nuclear mushroom cloud I can, to celebrate the ascendancy of humanity to godhood. Harnessing the power of the atom is akin to godlike powers, yes? Atoms are part of nature, yes? I might set it off just as the temple is burning, but I'm not sure.

Since when did "green" boil down to using inefficient technologies to do stuff?



Oh yeah, for the past 16 years I've made it a point to live within walking distance of work so I don't use much gas.
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Post by MikeVDS » Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:03 pm

Last week I ate a box of Fruity PebblesTM and I made something green the next day. True story.

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Post by flightless » Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:45 pm

Wardrobe Refashion Blog: http://www.nikkishell.typepad.com/wardroberefashion/

I have all these "playawear" costume ideas for me and my friends, and I want to make them using as many thrifted or reclaimed clothing items as possible. Plus found objects and other scavenged/recycled materials. I have an overly ambitious idea involving all the broken umbrellas that get left for dead on stormy spring days in my city.

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Post by Rocket75377 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:41 pm

I went lightbulb shopping yesterday and replaced twenty-one incandescents with compact fluorescents.
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Post by diane o'thirst » Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:52 pm

Ohhh, you 'sa gonna just love 'em. I did that a month ago, power bill dropped, and the light is wonderful. Very good for drawing and reading.
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Post by Archantael » Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:57 pm

I'm an Energy Star junkie and a CFL fanatic. All of my major appliances except for a dishwasher I'm about to replace are Energy Star rated, and last week we removed the last regular light bulb. Every single bulb in the house is now a CFL. The difference is incredible. The previous homeowners had an average electric bill of $160.00. Our current average is down to $70, and last month's electric bill was $58.00.

While I love CFL's I'm partial to Sylvania and GE. Philips also makes CFL's but I've had problems with them in colder temperatures and the light quality just doesn't suit me for some reason. YMMV.

While I'm on the soapbox I bought a Kenmore Elite front loading washer that has really cut the water usage down. Between that, low flow shower heads, and other recommendations from our local utility and university extension office I cut the average water bill by over 50%.

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Post by karine » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:23 pm

Where is his little dog Grrrrrrrrrr ?! I love grrrrrrrr !

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Post by karine » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:27 pm

Whoa- that was sooo a page late for response. .... Sorry guys-

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Post by Lassen Forge » Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:23 am

Electric powered mutant vehicle. Want to build a solar charging station for her - if I had the extra $20K, it'd be a snap!

Now - if I could convert that EU-2000 to a diesel engine... )grins(

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Post by robotland » Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:40 am

Transplanted 16 little White, Spruce and Scotch pines from "threatened" locations to provide windbreak, visual barrier, bird habitat and artistic inspiration around Robotland. Did first Spring Cleaning around the organic garden, in anticipation of great quantities of organic heirloom tomatoes, strawberries and peas. (And one carrot.) Began clearing for installation of bird feeding-and-habitat-enhancement zone with feeders, nesting boxes and water. (We had bluebirds visit over the winter, but haven't seem 'em since...sweet little things, and I miss 'em.)
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Post by diane o'thirst » Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:35 pm

*Sigh* I wish I had a garden...

Market season starts this weekend and I'm going to be recycling my Market booth money back towards the good folks at the Farmer's Market. Most are certified organic farmers, keeps the money in the community, good healthy food some of heirloom quality. There's even one who works his crops with a plough drawn by two Percheron horses.

Not as crazy as it sounds. The horses can make tighter turns than a tractor, therefore more rows in the same amount of space, and they can eat for a month for the cost of a tank of biodiesel. Not to mention the savings on fertilizer...
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Post by karine » Sun May 13, 2007 7:16 pm

Huge response for the OVCE (Ohio Valley Creative Energy) at least week's architectural plan & option unveiling! The whole community were given the option to vote on which plans they liked best.

The OVCE is planning to create a Community Art center totally based on and revolving around the methane gas produced by a covered landfill. It will have forges, furnaces, kilns, et ctera all running on the methane and more... Just outside of Louisville.

(see: http://www.ohiovalleycreativenergy.org)

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Post by mdmf007 » Sun May 13, 2007 7:51 pm

I have been replacing incandescent bulbs with flourescent, in the home and at the office.
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Post by pinemom » Mon May 14, 2007 6:15 am

To buy a home so we can stop "WASTING" money away on someone elses mortgage!

To plant the garden even knowing we're moving so using buckets to keep them alive till we can put them in the ground.

greener movement: have stopped using my truck as much! well actually alot less... quit my job that wasnt paying me enough to use the fuel. so now Im not needlessly driving 18 miles a day to a job that doesnt pay.
So my gas gussling beast, has lots of days off.
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Post by Finnegan » Mon May 14, 2007 7:29 am

Walking to work 4 or 5 days a week. Roughly 5 miles a day, so Woot! One week = 1 gallon of gas saved.
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Post by Bob » Mon May 14, 2007 10:35 am

I swerved to miss a dove & hit a pigeon.
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Post by EspressoDude » Mon May 14, 2007 10:55 am

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Post by Dork » Mon May 14, 2007 11:13 am

My plum and apple trees had a bunch of seedlings nearby, so instead of mowing them down I pulled them up and replanted them where they'd have room to grow, plus a couple more in buckets. They've been in place a month and haven't died yet, so I guess it worked. Also cut down and hauled a whole bunch of dead branches and complete dead trees to the dump. They have a program where they grind it all up and sell it as mulch/compost. I'm hoping the newer trees will be able to grow properly now that they aren't crowded out by the dead stuff.

Is it too late to put in a garden? I've been so busy cleaning up years of neglected trees I haven't had the chance.

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Post by Toolmaker » Mon May 14, 2007 8:28 pm

I'm masturbating with spit instead of lube now. Switched out my shower head for one that uses less water but seems to have more water pressure than the old one. Its also removable so me and the wife can play while we're in the shower together.
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Post by karine » Mon May 14, 2007 9:59 pm

Highly commendable...
I think we are going to have to offer rewards, or patches or something for first place.

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Post by diane o'thirst » Tue May 22, 2007 9:33 pm

Thought I'd pass word of a site along.

I got the link from one of my Myspace friends who went to the Ecosa Institute and is currently involved in Arcosanti. It's a site about living machines that purify water and aid in hydroponics. Right now I'm mildly interested with a view towards implementing it further on down the line when I'm not renting my living situation anymore.

http://www.neo-town.150m.com/hydroecologies.html
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Post by karine » Thu May 24, 2007 10:11 pm

That's worthy for the Green "Tip of the Day" page, is it not?!

http://wikinote.com/greenmantip/Main+Page

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Post by Thecatman » Fri May 25, 2007 9:45 pm

Last week I started running 50/50 biodiesel in my 03 Jetta, so I'm on my second tank w/o problems. I'll use it until the temperatures drop to around 40 which will probably be in October, resort back to straight diesel for the winter and replace the fuel filter.

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Post by Thecatman » Fri May 25, 2007 11:08 pm

Regarding GREEN accomplihments, has anybody heard anything about the propsed coal fired power plant some california company wants to build on the playa? I live about 2 1/2 hours south of the playa and there has not been a word said in the local media about this for over a year!

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Post by haolegolucky » Sat May 26, 2007 11:55 am

my accomplishments...
-got a vasectomy
-drive car maybe once a week, relying on my bike and bus
-shop the LOCAL farmers markets
-planted over 350 trees since january
-worked at native plant nursery selling natives to replace invasive and non native species
-gone into the 14th year of being vegetarian
-replaced every single lightbulb in the house with CFBs.
-turned water heater down to 115 degrees

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Post by Finnegan » Sat May 26, 2007 12:19 pm

Joined the Pacific Green Party of Oregon.

Fucking spineless Democrats..
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Post by haolegolucky » Sat May 26, 2007 1:20 pm

^^^^

you're so fucking right.

spineless dems.

worthless wankers.

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Post by Thecatman » Sat May 26, 2007 4:53 pm

I forgot to mention a few other things. Prior to filling up with biodiesel, we started saving our waste cooking oil (WVO) from home and donated it to the place I fill up at since they make the stuff there, primarly for their own agriculture use but they sell the surplus. It was only about 40oz, but they took it and I told them I'll donate all our WVO to them. They are considering asking their employees to do the same. We don't have a recycling program here so for the last 8 years we've voluntarly taken our newpapers, cans, plastic and glass conainers for recycling, mulch our grass cuttings, (we're the only ones in the neighborhood that do the last two things), ALMOST bought a push mower this year, take shorter showers and sometimes I might even skip a day. I can't get into the CFB's though. We've tried them and they don't seem to last like as long as the manufacture claims. Besides, the excess heat given off by incadesents during the winter is nice.

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Post by gyre » Sat May 26, 2007 6:26 pm

It is much better to use replaceable bulb fluorescents.
I am using daylight ge s from walmart that are $3 each.
Higher quality bulbs are about $10 each or more.
They can run 10000 hours or so.
A pls bulb can last 20000 hours and your choice is much better.
You are right about there being no savings in the winter unless the bulb is in an area that does not need heat.
But in the summer the savings are combined with the savings of the cost of removing the heat produced.
A 26 watt ge cfl uses about 30 watts saving 70 watts of heat.
It may cost 140 additional watts to remove that heat and since it is radiant heat, if it is close to you, the savings are much, much higher.
I use daylight (high K) bulbs because the color is so much better than incandescents.
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Post by Thecatman » Mon May 28, 2007 8:34 pm

You're right about having to remove heat that is produced. From lights, cooking, TV, computer, dishwasher etc. We have a gas fireplace (which sucks) that has a pilot light . Two summers ago I shut the valve off for it. Today I went to Lowes and got two 4ftx25ft rolls of a product called Reflectix Insulation. It's the same stuff that car windshield screens? are made of. I cut to fit all the windows on the south and west side of our house. It worked. It made it darker in the livingroom, which won't do our house plants good and the cats are pissed, but it kept it 8-10 degrees cooler. Pets a source of heat too!

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