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Enter to Win a Water Pik EcoFlow Showerhead!

August 8th, 2013 | Posted by EnergyEarth in Green Contests - (0 Comments)

Enter to Win a Water Pik EcoFlow Showerhead! {The Dirt on Green}

Do you “like” us on Facebook yet? If not, now is the time!

At the end of August, we will be giving away a Water Pik EcoFlow Showerhead to one lucky fan – so “like” us and share our page with your friends today!

—The EnergyEarth Team

© 2013 Energy Earth LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Knock on Wood – Driftwood Art by Jeffro Uitto

August 6th, 2013 | Posted by EnergyEarth in Green Art - (0 Comments)

Knock on Wood – Driftwood Art by Jeffro Uitto {The Dirt on Green}

Knock on Wood – Driftwood Art by Jeffro Uitto {The Dirt on Green}

Knock on Wood – Driftwood Art by Jeffro Uitto {The Dirt on Green}

Knock on Wood – Driftwood Art by Jeffro Uitto {The Dirt on Green}

Knock on Wood – Driftwood Art by Jeffro Uitto {The Dirt on Green}

Knock on Wood – Driftwood Art by Jeffro Uitto {The Dirt on Green}

We think upcycled and recycled art is always awesome, but sometimes it’s truly amazing what can be done with one man’s trash. This is one of those times.

Located on the Washington coast, Jeffro Uitto’s Tokeland, Washington, studio, Knock on Wood is a place where nature’s leftovers are given a grand new life.

Uitto has been creating with wood, his favorite medium, since high school. Most of Uitto’s tools are hand made by the artist himself and are works of art in their own rite. Uitto doesn’t work with the perfectly cut, smooth wood from a lumber mill or a hardware store, though – each piece is found and rescued from the shores of Tokeland, WA, the banks of Smith Creek or the valleys between the Willapa Hills. The varied and unique sticks, slabs and roots are cured and crafted into beautiful works of art.

Every project is given the same meticulous construction, be it a tiny rose bud made from cedar shavings or a imposing, commissioned sculpture. Not everything is built right in the shop – Uitto has often worked on location to build creations in places like Alaska, Hawaii and more.

Undoubtedly, Uitto has a creative fire that burns hot, fueling his brilliant sculptures and figures that is clearly translated to the viewer through his work. For more information about purchasing or commissioning a project, contact the artist directly.

—The EnergyEarth Team

© 2013 Energy Earth LLC. All Rights Reserved.

6 Green Back-to-School Tips

August 1st, 2013 | Posted by EnergyEarth in Green Tips - (0 Comments)

1. Take Inventory of Your Supplies. Before heading out to the store, check last year’s supplies for nearly-empty notebooks or extra pencils and erasers. Rip out used notebook pages and reuse it for a different class, redecorate old pencil boxes and refill old mechanical pencils with new lead rather than buying new ones!

2. Green Your Electronics. Computers, graphing calculators, printers, e-readers and many other school supplies these days plug in or run on batteries. Purchase rechargeable batteries and invest in a couple of smart power strips. They might be a bit pricier up front, but they are completely worth it. Rechargeable batteries can be used hundreds of times, while green power strips stop drawing electricity from electronics and appliances when not in use without any effort on your part – you’ll save money and have one less thing to think about!

3. Opt for Used Books. Save money and greatly reduce your impact by buying used, opting for ebooks or renting this year’s textbooks – some schools are even experimenting with online textbooks, reducing both your costs and strain on your backpack! Check with your school or university for easy used and rental options.

6 Green Back-to-School Tips {The Dirt on Green}

Photo courtesy of Flickr user bsabarnowl.

4. Green Your Commute. According to the EPA, school buses drive 25 million students about 4 billion miles every year in America – that’s a lot of fuel! To help make your daily trip to and from school more sustainable, join the EPA’s Clean School Bus Campaign and check to see if your child’s bus is a newer model that already meets higher emissions standards or an older bus that needs to follow stricter green standards.

5. Get a Reusable Lunch Box. Bringing a brown paper bag filled with baggies or pre-packaged snacks to school every day can add up to a lot of trash quickly. Invest in a lunchbox, reusable plastic containers, cloth napkins and a thermos to save money and eliminate nearly 70 pounds of trash each year (US EPA) – and don’t forget to lead by example and start bringing your own lunchbox to work, too!

6 Green Back-to-School Tips {The Dirt on Green}

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Mr Moss.

6. Sell and Swap Last Year’s Uniforms and Outfits. Every school year requires new clothes, but that doesn’t have to mean a shopping spree at the mall. Organize a clothing swap among your friends or pay a visit to local consignment shops and thrift stores you can pass on those too small tops and shorts to another grateful parent and your child could end up with a new favorite tee or hoodie. Even if your school requires uniforms, everyone will be just as happy to trade in their too small shirts, pants and skirts for “new” ones that fit!

—The EnergyEarth Team

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We love solar lights, so naturally, we love this solar powered art museum in Austria!

Located on the west bank of the River Mur in the historic center, the Graz Art Museum opened its doors back in 2003. Created as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations, the one-of-a-kind building rapidly became a city landmark. Measuring 27,000 square feet, this massive building was designed for showcasing contemporary art exhibitions, new media displays and hosting events.

Far from your average art gallery, the Kunsthaus Graz is covered by thousands of semitransparent acrylic glass panels that form a “BIX Façade” (a combination of the words “big” and “pixels”). Designed by Berlin design firm realities:united, this oversize urban screen features light sources under its skin which are computer controlled and are used for massive displays communicating with its environment. While the glazed outer skin takes an important mediating role, it also generates power through integrated photovoltaic units.

—The EnergyEarth Team

© 2013 Energy Earth LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Via Inhabitat, photos by Eduardo Martinez, Nicolas Lackner, Christian Plach.

Our Top 3 Low Flow Shower Head Picks

July 25th, 2013 | Posted by EnergyEarth in Green Tips - (0 Comments)

Everyone loves a good shower. To help you save money, water and energy without compromising comfort, we picked three of our favorite water saving shower heads! (But really, who could choose? They’re all so great!)

Our Top 3 Low Flow Shower Head Picks {The Dirt on Green}

AM Conservation White Spoiler Shower Head

This eye-catching white and chrome water saving 2.0 gallons per minute (GPM) shower head features an adjustable spray selection between a conventional spray and a more focused massage stream, a pressure compensator to deliver a consistent spray velocity over a wide range of water pressures, a non-aerating spray to reduce heat loss and increase comfort and an anti-sediment screen to prevent line debris from clogging.

Our Top 3 Low Flow Shower Head Picks {The Dirt on Green}

Niagara Earth Massage Handheld

This beautiful chrome water saving hand held shower head uses a non-removable flow-compensator to guarantee a feeling of great force while using a maximum of 1.5 GPM. The non-aerated 9-jet turbo massage is adjustable, ranging from a gentle needle spray to a forceful jet. It delivers a consistent flow rate regardless of the water pressure and features a handy 72″ hose!

Our Top 3 Low Flow Shower Head Picks {The Dirt on Green}

AM Conservation Chrome Handheld Shower Head

This striking chrome water saving 2.0 GPM hand held shower head features an adjustable spray selection between a conventional spray and a more focused massage stream. A pressure compensator delivers a consistent spray velocity over a wide range of water pressures, a non-aerating spray to reduce heat loss and increase comfort and an anti-sediment screen to prevent line debris from clogging. The 4’ foot hose makes it easy to use and versatile for washing kids and pets!

Didn’t find the low flow shower head that was right for you? Check out the rest of our wide selection of water efficient shower heads and start saving every drop today!

—The EnergyEarth Team

© 2013 Energy Earth LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Programmable Thermostats: How to Set and Save

July 23rd, 2013 | Posted by EnergyEarth in Ask the Expert - (0 Comments)

Programmable Thermostats: How to Set and Save {The Dirt on Green}

Changing the temperature in your home, even by a few degrees, can use a lot of energy. Stay comfortable and save a bundle by simply investing in and knowing how to set your programmable thermostat to fit your lifestyle and save the most.

Check out this extremely helpful and informative video by the EPA for some easy tips to help you save money and energy:

One common myth is that when you reduce the thermostat for only a few hours it actually takes more energy overall to bring your home back to the desired temperature – but this isn’t true! By changing your green thermostat to run less while you aren’t home or asleep, you’ll save money and natural resources and possibly lengthen the life of your unit by allowing it to rest.

Programmable Thermostats: How to Set and Save {The Dirt on Green}

Aube 7 Day Thermostat

Programmable Thermostats: How to Set and Save {The Dirt on Green}

Honeywell 5-1-1 Day Thermostat

Programmable Thermostats: How to Set and Save {The Dirt on Green}

LuxPro 5-2 Day Thermostat

So, don’t forget to…

–          Choose the smart thermostats that are right for you and your family

–          While you are away or asleep:

  • Set your heat 8°F lower
  • Set your air conditioning 7° higher

–          Relax in your savings!

—The EnergyEarth Team

© 2013 Energy Earth LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Whimsical Found Object Artwork by Terry Cannon

July 18th, 2013 | Posted by EnergyEarth in Green Art - (0 Comments)

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We love local artists! Chattanooga artist and native Terry Cannon is a self-taught artist who began creating his whimsical images as a child. According to Cannon, his beautifully unique work reflects “gratitude in being a participant in the journey of life.”  He primarily utilizes acrylic and epoxy over thick layers of gesso, wood and found objects in his art. This original technique helps bring Cannon’s vibrant visionary images alive with color, texture and imagination.

Cannon’s life has come full circle, just as much of the material in his art. As a child he was constantly creating. As a teenager, he doubted the worth of his creative visions. “I began to tell myself I was wasting time painting and drawing, so I just quit.” Cannon then turned to alcohol and drugs, leading him through prison and living on the street until 1989, when Cannon almost died. From these experiences he has gained new perspectives in his art.

Cannon’s artwork can be found at his personal gallery, Loose Cannon Art Gallery, located just 2.5 miles from the EnergyEarth headquarters, as well as throughout Tennessee, Florida and across the country in public and private collections. For purchasing information, please contact the artist directly at cannonart@aol.com.

—The EnergyEarth Team

Images © Terry Cannon; everything else © 2013 Energy Earth LLC. All Rights Reserved.

7 Tips to Make Recycling Easy!

July 16th, 2013 | Posted by EnergyEarth in Green Tips - (0 Comments)

We know this is what recycling feels like sometimes…

7 Tips to Make Recycling Easy! {The Dirt on Green}

via Doghouse Diaries

…but it doesn’t have to be that way! Trust us, we used to be overwhelmed by the daunting world of #647 plastic, recyclable paper products (what exactly is this mixed paper?) and steel vs. aluminum cans. Here are a few of our favorite tips to help you help the planet and your wallet.

  1. Curbside pickup or drop-off location? This handy recycling center locator helps you find where to drop off your recyclables and what kinds of materials each location accepts – just put in your zip code all the locations in your area. They even have an app for iPhone and Android!
  2. Plastic bottle caps are usually recyclable along with the bottle, and don’t worry about rinsing plastic or glass bottles before recycling.
  3. Although you can’t recycle the whole pizza box, tear off and recycle the top half, as long as it’s grease-free.
  4. Many recycling programs don’t accept paper cups because of the waxy lining, but don’t forget to recycle the cardboard sleeve.
  5. In addition to grocery bags, recycle dry cleaning, newspaper bags, plastic film on products like paper towels and bread bags.
  6. Keep bags for both trash and recycling in your car. Pre-sorting makes it easier to recycle on the go!
  7. Buy products made from recycled material. Recycling is the first step, the material is processed and the final step is up to you – keep recycled content products in demand!

—The EnergyEarth Team

© 2013 Energy Earth LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Need a Creative Boost? Hit the Dimmer Switch.

July 11th, 2013 | Posted by EnergyEarth in Green News - (0 Comments)

Need a Creative Boost? Hit the Dimmer Switch and Purchase CFL Lights.

 

One more reason to add a light dimmer switch to your home or office – a recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology finds dark rooms may improve creativity.

When someone enters a room, he or she receives visual cues as to how to behave and appear. In turn, they must decide whether to behave as if in an open and welcoming environment or a confining one.

According to findings, dark rooms promote a more global perspective, which can enhance creativity.

That’s not surprising since previous research has shown soft light is often relaxing (that’s why you love to work from the coffee shop down the street) and makes people feel safe. Such environments can also make them more apt to take risks – from writing harsh reviews online to hugging a stranger – because they don’t feel they are being watched or under pressure to act a certain way.

Two researchers based in Germany, Anna Steidle and Lioba Werth, used six experiments to observe different aspects of creativity. The first three studies primed participants by having them describe a dark or bright environment or do a word search where the words were related to one of two illuminations. From there, creativity was measured by an imagination task, an alternative-use game or a speed-accuracy test.

LED Lights - Need a Creative Boost? Hit the Dimmer Switch.

Priming dark conditions induces a risky, more explorative behavior, leading to creativity, Steidle concluded. But to generalize it, she and her partner had to use actual lighting variations.

In the fourth study, subjects were placed in one of three types of rooms: dim, bright, or a control room, where the light was at the level recommended level for offices. Participants sat in the room for fifteen minutes before beginning a creative logic task, which was then followed by a self-evaluation of how comfortable they had felt.

Turns out the dimmer rooms promoted more insight problem-solving, as well as higher levels of comfort among the participants.

There was one caveat: The researchers noted dim light didn’t promote creativity if the participants felt inhibited. And dimmer light might hinder analytical, logical tasks.

If you want to design a creative workspace, consider grabbing a dimmer light switch or two, CFL lights and dimmable bulbs, and adding plants and windows. Also, don’t forget to check in with everyone in the office to make sure they feel comfortable as well.

—The EnergyEarth Team

© 2013 Energy Earth LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Via Inc.com

The Belkin Conserve Valet Smart USB Charging Station is an extremely handy, all-in-one charger with four different USB ports so you can easily charge pretty much any device whenever you need. It senses when new devices are added so you always get a full charge, no matter what and once every plugged in device is fully charged, it automatically cuts all power to save money and energy.

Energy Saving Products Review – Belkin Conserve Valet Charging Station {The Dirt on Green}

Simply plug in devices that charge using a USB cable, push the start button and power will flow until devices are fully charged, then automatically shut off. The valet is only compatible with power cables with a standard USB plug on one end (but that shouldn’t really be an issue in this technology age). It includes short charge-only cables for a variety of devices.

Energy Saving Products Review – Belkin Conserve Valet Charging Station {The Dirt on Green}

The handy cord keeper just below the no-slip shelf on top keeps cords neat, concealed and safe from kinks, making charging easy.

Energy Saving Products Review – Belkin Conserve Valet Charging Station {The Dirt on Green}

Personally, we love the Belkin Conserve Valet. It keeps all of our charging cables from ending up in a tangled mess on the table, frees up outlet space and saves energy all at the same time. Not your style? Check out the rest of our energy saving products!

—The EnergyEarth Team

© 2013 Energy Earth LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 

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