There is a mantra for encouraging more sustainable habits of consumption and disposal: reduce, reuse, recycle. It has a nice ring, but it’s missing a fourth imperative: rethink. Like most children, I learned how to rethink and repurpose – to upcycle – before I lost all my baby teeth. Among some of my most ingenious [...]
In the chilly, post-holiday calm of January, I moved with my boyfriend to Portland’s charming East End. I fell quickly and hard for our new neighborhood, which has been likened to the San Francisco of the Northeast. The comparison, I suppose, refers to the hillside bay windows and spectacular views. And lest we forget, the [...]
On July 26th, ReVision Energy officially unveiled Maine’s first public solar powered electric vehicle charging station, attracting what must have been the largest gathering of electric cars in Maine outside a dealership! A trio of Chevy Volts was there – ReVision’s own, that of our sister company ReVision Heat, and a fleet vehicle from Central [...]
Kitchen renovations can be as daunting as they are exciting. With so many choices to make on what to update, sometimes the choice on how to renovate is overlooked. If you’re ready to give your kitchen a redo, and you’re looking to go green, here are five essentials for your fresh new kitchen: Induction Cooktop Aside from [...]
In our last Article, Why Clean Green, we covered just a few of the frightening realities surrounding chemical cleaning products. After reading the article, some people commented that they knew that chemical cleaning was dangerous, but they just didn’t know how to kick the habit. Fear not! In this article we’ll present some of the [...]
So while the environmental challenges facing the world at large are daunting but often distant, the bleach in your shower is easily eliminated and about as close to home as an environmental problem can be. “But how do I get that stain out!” A valid question, and one we’ll be delving deeply into in the next article, Green Cleaning 101, but for now I’d suggest it’s important to more fully understand the chemicals you may be using and just how risky it is to bring them into your home.
Recycling is one of the simplest ways to green your lifestyle and save some money to boot. For Maine, most towns have recycling centers and/or transfer stations that accept recyclables, the majority are free to use. For instance, the town of Freeport has three recycling centers and one recycling facility that all take recyclable materials [...]
A fascinating talk by Catherine Mohr about building her green home. She walks through all the geeky decisions she made when building a green new house — looking at real energy numbers, not hype. What choices matter most? Not the ones you think. Check it out.
The energy grid here in Maine is old and much like the rest of the country it is in need of upgrading to keep up with demand. But it also needs to be able to handle newer energy sources more efficiently, such as onshore and future offshore wind power. In my thinking about the enormous [...]