Monthly Archives: May 2011

Zero Waste Reverse Osmosis update

Zero Waste Reverse Osmosis update

We purchased our Watts Zero Waste Reverse Osmosis system in 2008. It has been running fine until recently when the pump started leaking. I did a search on the internet and found that most people just replace the pump. I felt it was a waste to replace a perfectly functioning pump when it is aRead More…

Going Green part 4: Saving Water

Going Green part 4: Saving Water

I wrote about saving water a while ago and it’s now up for a review. Now the City of Minneapolis has online billing and historical usage data available. Anyone can go to their website and plug in an address and look up the water usage. They measure water usage in Units of water, where 1Read More…

Going Green Part 3: Saving Electricity

Going Green Part 3: Saving Electricity

There are some easy ways to save electricity and some not so easy ways. Let’s start with the easy ways first. The easiest (and cheapest) way  to save electricity is to unplug everything that you are not using at that moment. Many devices stay in “stand by” mode ready to be turned on (kind of likeRead More…

Going Green Part 2: Saving natural gas

Going Green Part 2: Saving natural gas

Here is part 2 of the basics of saving energy: Saving Natural Gas. Here in Minnesota, we use natural gas for heating our homes, as well as hot water. What are some tips to reduce our natural gas usage? The obvious is to turn down the heat. Everyone always says to turn down the heatRead More…

Going Green Part 1: Energy Audit

Going Green Part 1: Energy Audit

What is a home energy audit? An energy audit is a way of evaluating a home’s energy performance. It pinpoints where energy is being used, and where it is being wasted. This report can help you increase your energy efficiencies by showing where you can improve your home, and how you can lower your utilityRead More…

MPG round 2

MPG round 2

I posted about MPG a while ago and thought I would do an update now. This is now more relavent than ever since gas is over $3.50 per gallon. I know people talk about hybrids a lot nowadays. But is it really worth the extra dollars to buy a hybrid over a non-hybrid? I’m goingRead More…

Green Designation

Green Designation

I have officially gone green! NAR’s Green Designation, to be exact. What is NAR’s Green Designation you ask? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) created this real-estate specific designation for REALTORS to learn about issues of sustainability and energy efficiency and how they pertain to the housing and real estate industries. The training is aRead More…

46% Underwater

46% Underwater

It is being reported that roughly 46% of Twin Cities single-family homeowners are underwater, which is an increase from 42% last year. This is being reported from Zillow. But what do they know anyway? Take a look at these two listings from Z. The data, according to the big-Z was updated in Feb of 2011.Read More…