Now For Something Completely Different

by Amy on September 9, 2014

We did it! We moved from the bucolic countryside of Kennett Square into the heart of Bella Vista in PhiladFinal Readingelphia.  From a two story, net zero, development house to a 4-5 story townhouse. From an overflowing, garden filled property to a patch of concrete.  Now that is completely different.  Something different filled with opportunity to explore new places, meet new people and work with a property that offers many sustainability challenges.

We took our last solar reading on August 1st.  Total production since January 2010 was a whopping 34,103 kWh! We have no solar plant here in Philly but hopefully will someday in the future.

In the meantime we will focus on getting to know this house, measuring it’s usage, and developing a plan to save on utilities while maximizing comfort. Right off the bat we have reduced our carbon footprint by leaving the car behind and walking everywhere – the grocery, the doctor’s office, work, shopping and dinners out on the town.  We have found a place to hang the wash out to dry and it is smelling as great as it did in the country. And we have filled pots with plants and just picked our first strawberry.

Stay tuned as we get settled in as sustainability minded city folk.


Sustainability Books Worth Reading – Save the Bumblebees!

June 30, 2014

Looking for more information about sustainable design, construction and living?  Here are some great resources: A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees by Dave Goulson.  Would you like to read an entertaining book that contains tons of information about bumblebees – their importance to the natural world and our food chain? Then read […]

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Clearwater Beach Sustainability Travelogue

May 29, 2014

Sustainability is becoming a way of life in Clearwater. Although it never screams about sustainability the city is pretty progressive in its efforts. The first inkling is the signage along the bridge and roads that head over to Clearwater Beach that declare the gardens are irrigated with reclaimed water. Like other progressive cities, Clearwater has […]

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9 minutes a year

May 15, 2014

‘According to a new report from The Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), “Extensive research has found that the average utility customer spends nine minutes per year thinking about their energy use.”’  When Will Behavioral Energy Efficiency Hit the Commercial Market in a Big Way? by Linda Hardesty Accessed 5/15/2104 (Bold is from me) Nine minutes a […]

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Live Net Zero in Solar Powered Home

May 8, 2014

      Did you always want to live in a great neighborhood? Walk into the coolest town in America for world class restaurants and shopping? Enjoy lush gardens? Operate your house with solar power? Then look no further than Kennett Square.

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Lawyer Water

April 16, 2014

As I was waiting to meet with a lawyer the other day the receptionist asked if I would care for coffee or something else to drink.  “Water would be great.” was my answer. I was presented with a styrofoam cup and a bottle of water.  I know that this particular office has a kitchen with […]

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One Easy Way to Create a Water Budget For Your Home

March 4, 2014

Pull out your water bills for the past year and calculate total usage Divide through by 365 to obtain a daily usage number The EPA calculates standard US daily household water usage on three levels.  Take a look at the following chart.  Where does your consumption fit?     My 1990 tract house with 4 […]

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1000 Ways to Act Up On World Water Day – 3/22/2014

February 22, 2014

Well maybe not 1,000 but lots of ways… Learn more about the issues by reading some great books:         And checking out some great resources like: for lots of links to information about the world wide crisis  EPA for information about your drinking water  National Water Resources Association for conservation […]

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Host a Sustainable Movie Festival – 8 Great Films

February 18, 2014

What are you and your organization doing for World Water Day or Earth Day? Why not hold an environmental movie festival?  Here are some great films for you to choose from: Trashed. Jeremy Irons hosts this eye opening expose about the amount of garbage we generate and how it is or is not disposed of.  […]

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Congrats to Amy

January 16, 2014

Congrats to Amy for upgrading her LEED AP to a LEED AP BD&C designation!

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