Commuter Rail comes to Santa Fe

NM Rail Runner logo

What: Santa Fe Open House Meeting for the New Mexico Rail Runner
When: Wednesday, January 30, 2008: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Building a Better Light Bulb

Energy Star Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb

I hate to say it but, Compact Fluorescent Lights are not the end-all and be-all of home lighting choices. However, CFL's are much more efficient and long-lived than regular incandescent bulbs and have become reasonably priced. Yet not everyone loves the light quality of compact fluorescents. So, how do you find a CFL with good color and light output?

The Tony Forrest Telemark Workshop is back!

David telemarking at Silverton Mountain

What: Tony Forrest Telemark Ski Workshop
When: February 2 & 3, 2008, 10 am - 3 pm each day
Where: Santa Fe Ski Area
Cost: $120 for 2 days of lessons
Call: 505-982-4429

Winter Heat from a Clothes Dryer

Clothes Dryer Heat Diverter

I'll admit it, I love my clothes line ... when it's warm out. But, in the middle of winter when the high temperature for the day stays below freezing heading outside to hang wet jeans on the line is a bit tough. Yes, I could set up an inside clothes line or rack. But I've found another option, I can use my clothes dryer to heat and humidify the house.

Are Carbon Offsets for Real?

Oak Tree in winter

F.T.C. Asks if Carbon-Offset Money Is Well Spent

Carbon Offsets are one of the newest inventions in the search for ways to reduce ones carbon footprint. The idea is that you purchase a number of offsets to compensate for the amount of carbon you are responsible for generating by traveling, building a new house or just day to day consumer purchases. The question is - are they for real?

Santa Fe - Now with Twice the Recycling!

Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency

Starting January 14th, 2008 the city of Santa Fe, NM will begin weekly pickup for residential recycling. The hope is that a weekly schedule will increase recycling participation compared to the somewhat confusing bi-weekly pickup schedule. I know that I occasionally forget which week is the recycling pickup week. So, I think this could help encourage some forgetful folks to recycle.

The Sexier Side of Weather Stripping

New Weatherstripping sealing an exterior door

Leading a more ecologically sustainable life isn't always chock full of new and exciting changes. Sometimes a simple, even mundane, tweak makes a real difference. Weather stripping and weather proofing your home and office is one of those meaningful changes that makes a difference, even if it doesn't seem very 'sexy'. Weather stripping is all about increasing home efficiency and energy conservation which is the easiest way to reduce your heating and cooling bills.

Why I Love Winter #1

Hugh telemarking untracked powder on Roadrunner

Skinning up and telemark skiing down with a good friend on a powder day.

Friday, Dec. 14th is Opening Day at Ski Santa Fe, Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire Resort. Sipapu, Red River and Enchanted Forest Cross Country ski areas are already open!

Think Snow!

SnowCode.org

Reduce, Reboot, Recycle your Computer

Very old computer

If you've been using computers for more than a couple of years you are probably familiar with the 'Upgrade Cycle'. Thanks to Moore's Law and the tendency of software companies to write programs that need ever more computing power to run, it becomes necessary to buy a new computer every few years. We are all familiar with one end of the Upgrade Cycle, buying a new computer. I decided that it was finally time to get rid of a Pentium 90 laptop and a 486 PC.

Composting in the High Desert

Wood Pallet Compost Bin

Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is one part of living a healthy lifestyle. Eating all of those fruits and veggies produces a lot of seeds, cores, peels and husks. Some people think that leftover fruit and veggie bits are trash and don't realize what they could be - fertile, organic soil. Composting may be the perfect use for fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea leaves, spoiled foods, yard waste and other organic materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

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