The New ecobee Smart Thermostat

ecobee: A Smart (Canadian!) Thermostat

We’ve all done it.

Left the heat on, I mean.

You head out for the weekend, and then you realize: craaaaaap. I’ve left the heat cranked. (Hey, it was a cold winter!) Heating a completely empty house. $$$ pretty much flying out the air exchanger, not to mention using unnecessary fossil fuels. And the same applies to the air conditioning in the summer. Mmm, delicious power grid failure. Wait, what?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to adjust heating or cooling when you weren’t home? (more…)

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Green Living Show 2014: Sneak Peek

I spent the day at the Green Living Show in Toronto yesterday – also known as Nirvana for green geeks, homebuilders, fashionistas and more – and had loads of great chats with fellow eco-minded individuals and vendors. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come (just a quick post because I’m heading back today – and so should you! Get your tickets online!) (more…)

Plastic Purge: A Whole New Way Of Looking At Plastic

plasticpurgeI remember the first time I had a conversation with someone about bottled water. I was probably pretty obnoxious, heh. But I knew that bottled water was just such a terrible waste. My friend believed that if you drink the water and recycle the bottle, what’s the harm? I pointed out the processing behind creating the plastic, the fossil fuels used in the bottling process as well as transportation, and the energy required to recycle the bottle itself (which, frankly, the majority of people don’t bother doing.) She protested, saying that the bottled water just tasted better and besides, tap water is the same water that you use to flush the toilet! ew! (more…)

Toronto Green Living Show – April 25 – 27

GLS14-lockup-400x115Spring means it’s time for the Green Living Show in Toronto! This is the premier eco-show in Canada, with over 400 exhibitors, 5 main stages and loads of fun. Hosted at the cavernous Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, this show will not only feature tons of new products and innovations in the eco-space, you will also find something for absolutely everyone in your family from the youngest to the youngest at heart. (more…)

Ottawa: Terra20 Earth Day Celebration

t20-logoHey, Ottawa! Looking for something to do this weekend? Join Terra20 this Saturday, April 19 for their Earth Day Celebration. It’s at their Pinecrest location from 12-4 pm. They’ll have great kid-friendly activities like coloring on plantable seed paper, meeting wiggly hungry composting worms, eco-friendly manicures and more. And Mom and Dad can learn about the benefits of Solar from the good folks at Ottawa Solar Power from 1-1:30 in-store. (more…)

Earth Week Giveaway Roundup

Well, that was quite a week, wasn’t it? The aim for doing a blast of giveaways during the week surrounding Earth Day was twofold: One, to raise awareness of environmentally friendly products, services and initiatives, and Two, to get some very cool stuff in to the hands of my readers. In case you missed anything last week, here’s the list of giveaways:

Gorgeous T-Bag and Company Reusable Bags – comment by Tuesday, April 27.

Green Works Cleaning Products – Comment by Tuesday, April 27.

Brita Limited Edition Green Water Filter Pitchers – Comment by Wednesday, April 28.

OtterBottle reusable water bottle – comment by Wednesday, April 28.

SIGG reusable water bottle – comment by Friday, April 30.

Abby Sprouts Organic Onesie and discount code – comment by Thursday, April 29.

Verve Cards one year membership – comment by Thursday, April 29.

The Green Blue Book – comment by Friday, April 30.

Organic Manifesto book – comment by Friday, April 30.

Comment on one, or comment on all – sky’s the limit and good luck!

Organic Manifesto: Why should you go organic? And – Book giveaway!

Congratulations to SimplySolar who said…
As a fitness buff, I can definitely attest to the fact that organic eating will definitely increase performance.

I`ve been sold for awhile!

You’re getting a copy of the Organic Manifesto from Rodale Publishing!

I’ve been thinking: Organic food’s been getting a bad rap lately.  Since a 2009 study pronounced that organic food was no more “healthy” than non-organic food, many people have wondered why they’d spend the extra money.  I had a big problem with that study, because it totally missed the point of why people buy organic in the first place. If you’re wondering why we do, then there’s a great new book for you to read:  Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe

Written by Maria Rodale, founder of Rodale Publishing, the book is described as eye-opening, spectacular, and passionate.  Organic Manifesto explains in detail exactly what organic food means for us and for the planet. From the website:

Rodale was founded on the belief that organic gardening is the key to better health both for us and for the planet, and never has this message been more urgent. Now Maria Rodale, CEO and Chairman of Rodale Inc., sheds new light on the state of 21st-century farming. She examines the unholy alliances that have formed between the chemical companies that produce fertilizer and genetically altered seeds, the agricultural educational system that is virtually subsidized by those same companies, and the government agencies in thrall to powerful lobbyists, all of which perpetuate dangerous farming practices and deliberate misconceptions about organic farming and foods. Interviews with government officials, doctors, scientists, and farmers from coast to coast bolster her position that chemical-free farming may be the single most effective tool we have to protect our environment and, even more important, our health.

If you’re considering going organic – or perhaps more importantly, if you’re not – this book is a must-read.  Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe is available at Amazon, Chapters and other retailers.

And – I have a copy to give away compliments of Rodale! Simply comment on this post detailing what your reasons are for learning more about going Organic by Friday, April 30th. Make sure you leave me a way to contact you. I’ll draw a name at random and contact you directly. Good luck!

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