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Reducing Energy Use in the Hospitality Industry

This article was original published for the Talkin’ Green column in the Lake Geneva Regional News Real Estate Guide. Download a copy of the column from the Lake Geneva Regional News Real Estate Guide. There are 98,000 hotels in the United States and they are huge energy consumers. Lighting, space heating and cooling and water

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Conserving Water Makes $ense

This article was original published for the Talkin’ Green column in the Lake Geneva Regional News Real Estate Guide. Download a copy of the column from the Lake Geneva Regional News Real Estate Guide. Oceans cover almost 70% of the Earth’s surface and account for 97% of its water. But only 3% of all the

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The Unstoppable Rise of Solar Power

The already-observable effects of climate change emphasize the urgency of both developing and scaling up clean energy solutions for future generations. If we hope to continue enjoying the Earth’s bountiful gifts and resources, we must do so in such a way that ensures their long-term sustainability. By looking to the sun’s rays – which provide

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It’s that Audit Time of Year Again & It’s a Good Thing

Would you ask for an audit if you could ultimately save money in the long run? No, it’s not an IRS audit. I don’t think anyone would want that - especially if you have already had the pleasure. However, with springtime and air conditioning coming as well as next fall’s heating season, getting a home energy audit is a really smart thing to do. It should be the first step in the process of researching and ultimately purchasing any air conditioning or furnace system – new or upgrade.

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Becoming a Star Thrower

Loren Eiseley (1907-1977) was a visionary anthropologist and naturalist. A modern Henry David Thoreau and Charles Darwin rolled into one. In his time, he was lauded for his contributions to the common understanding of science. In 1969, Eisely published an anthology of essays he had written called the Unexpected Universe (Harcourt Brace & Co.). Amongst

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Save Food, Save Energy, Save the Planet

Waste not, want not goes the old adage, but here in the United States, many do not heed this maxim at all. According to the United Nations Environment Program, between 30 and 40 percent of the food in the country winds up being discarded and ends up in landfills. This wastage isn’t caused by poor

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  • Cali Bamboo Cork Alternative

From the Archives: All About Cork

For some people they might have gotten over cork, but I’m still obsessed with this eco-friendly design trend. Whether it’s on the floor, wrapped around by coffee cup, or popping out of a wine bottle, I can’t get enough of it. A couple of years ago we did this interview with Cali Bamboo about The

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  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn
  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn
  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn
  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn
  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn
  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn
  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn

From the Archives: Luxury Composting Toilets

Composting toilets typically don’t sound like an upscale amenity at a hotel, but we learned differently a few years ago. With the holidays coming up, and people looking for a break we thought we would dig up our review on Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn. While a composting toilet won’t be right for every hotel, for those in more distant regions, or even your local B&B who might be interested in going that route, composting toilets are more manageable than one might think. Recently, we sat down and had an e-chat with Andres from Black Sheep Inn about his internationally acclaimed, award-winning eco-lodge and famous composting toilets. From The Beginning… Andres and his wife Michelle moved to rural Ecuador in 1994 with the intention of building the Black Sheep Inn.  The pair discovered the location of Chugchilan two years earlier while backpacking around South America.  During their previous travels, Andres and Michelle visited what they considered to be one of the pioneers of ecotourism in Ecuador at that time – Hosteria Alandaluz on the Pacific Ocean

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Recycling Paint

I’m a painter, whether it’s on walls, furniture, or canvas, just give me a brush and a can of paint. This job title has turned me into the left over paint can dumping ground for all of my family and friends. I find ways to use up a little bit here and there, and a

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