Tag Archives: Going Green

Bringing Conservation Home

We’ve lived in our home for over 20 years, and have a relatively mature landscape that we’ve cultivated over that time.  Our now 50+ year-old home is blessed with two handsome pin oaks and a number of other mature trees, … Continue reading

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Getting the Green Light

If you love incandescent lights, you may feel the demise of Edison’s claim to fame is a shame.  The 100 watt bulb was the first to go in 2012, followed by the 75 watt bulb in 2013, and finally the … Continue reading

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Early Sunset on Missouri Solar Utility Rebate

The writing was on the wall; we knew it was coming.  In Missouri, the $2 per watt rebate being paid by investor-owned utilities (IOUs) was scheduled to be reduced to $1.50 per watt starting in 2014.  This reduction was designed … Continue reading

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Film Review: Chasing Ice

The 22nd annual St. Louis International Film Festival, which ran from November 14-24, offered the typical variety of independent films.  I appreciated the chance to review a few of the movies featuring environmental issues. Chasing Ice was a riveting documentary … Continue reading

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Film Review: Uranium Drive-In

The 22nd annual St. Louis International Film Festival, which ran from November 14-24, offered the typical variety of independent films.  I appreciated the chance to review a few of the movies featuring environmental issues. Uranium Drive-In highlighted a bleak situation … Continue reading

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Update on Missouri Solar Coaster

Since writing my November Going Green column, a lot has happened.  Ameren Missouri, the largest utility in Missouri, filed a petition with the Missouri Public Service Commission stating that they had reached their 1% cost cap over which they could … Continue reading

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Green Gift Envelopes

Once again, ‘tis the season to give gifts.  We are conditioned to think that these gifts must come in boxes or bags, but an attractive alternative may be shared in a simple envelope.  I’m not suggesting cash (even if that’s … Continue reading

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Forecast for Missouri Solar Industry: Partly Cloudy

In 2008, two-thirds of Missouri voters approved the Missouri Clean Energy Initiative, which required that investor-owned utilities in the state get at least 15% of their electric power from renewable resources like wind and solar by 2021.  Voters were promised … Continue reading

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Celebrate Energy Awareness Month

In 2011, President Obama and the Department of Energy established October as National Energy Awareness Month.  Given the importance of energy to both our economy and environment, this month is a time to focus on how we’re using energy in … Continue reading

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Healthy Ways to Clean Your Home

Our obsession with cleanliness has created a multi-billion dollar industry of a plethora of cleaning products for every surface.  Rather than using good old-fashioned “elbow grease,” we have a vast array of chemical solvents to ease our cleaning burden, but … Continue reading

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