Category Archives: Think Green

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 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…

Green Business Conference

Green Business Conference

The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce is presenting the Greening Your Business Conference that is coming up in April. This years conference will include two free energy workshops, breakout sessions, and a Leadership in Sustainability Awards ceremony. It also includes an exhibit hall for businesses to share their green products and services. This year, MayorRead More…

Solar Monitoring site

Solar Monitoring site

Our solar system has been running about a month now. It is comprised of 11 PV panels, each with its own inverter. These inverters are made by Enphase Energy and have monitoring capability built-in. To monitor production, Enphase has a data gathering box called the Envoy. The Envoy goes out on the powerline network andRead More…

Solar Report

We’ve been up and running for about a week now. Our solar system has a monitoring system so that we can see how much each panel is producing. It will be tracked on the web, but for now, I have manual access. Looking at the data, there is one panel / inverter missing. Either theRead More…