I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Dear Eco-Ed:

For the Holidays, I wanted to set the right example for my children on how to view the holidays, appreciate what they have and also respect the planet.  Last year, they got a huge pile of gifts from friends and family, and I don’t want them to view the holidays as so materialistic.  Any suggestions?

-Remembering the Spirit of Christmas in Ridgewood

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Live Green by adopting these 12 simple tips.

Eco-Ed gave NorthJersey.com some advice on how to live a green lifestyle. These simple steps will help save you money, reduce waste, and help minimize your carbon footprint. Read the quick and easy tips.

Quick Renovation Tip

First, make a list of renovations you want done in your home. This could include a simple project like installing LED light bulbs to a more expensive project like putting in insulation.

Second, set aside about $2 per square foot in your house per year. This will make sure you don’t fall behind in renovations, and will finance your list of projects. If you do not keep your house up-to-date you could soon be slammed with an expensive project that may be a financial burden. 

If you need help making a list of renovations get an energy audit. Eco Ed’s team will sit down with you and give you a list of “simple” projects that you can do by yourself and a list of projects that will require professional installation.

Remember, Ed is always here to help answer your questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Tip: Businesses use Videoconferencing to Reduce Travel Expenses

Videoconferencing. Both Google and Microsoft love it. SAP, in the retrofit of its Palo Alto offices, says adding videoconferencing equipment has had a quicker payoff than any other green technology. Microsoft has reduced travel costs by 30 percent per capita with videoconferencing.

Microsoft using the xbox Kinect to create a virtual video conference. One of many new innovative ideas.

Benefits
Reduce travel costs $$$
Reduce carbon foot print  <3 world
Keeping the team together- it is easier for a team of people to make a video conference then to all be flown to a certain destination.