Alan Baker's blog: Conservation
(PARODY) Taco Bell's Green Initiative // 07.13.2009
I saw this parody on The Onion about a new (fake) green initiative by Taco Bell. It makes fun of Taco Bell food for not containing any natural ingredients (no offense is meant if you're a fan of Taco Bell food). If you haven't heard of them, The Onion is a fake news site that parodies pretty much anything you might see in the world as reported by the media.
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Using Product Teardowns to Save Green and Be Green // 07.08.2009
Product teardowns are often a good idea when trying to cut costs in manufacturing, finding innovative ways to add value to an existing product without adding to the product's cost, or general ways of improving margin.
Let's take greening your product line for example. Many consumers see the benefits of being green, however, due to the severe economic downturn, few people are willing to pay... More »
Saving Energy Costs Money in Missouri // 07.06.2009
If you live in Missouri and are interested in conserving energy in order to save money, be ready to be charged to save. The new fee is effectively for advertising efforts to promote energy conservation. The argument is that the energy companies will charge you less to save than if they had to charge you for building a new power plant.
While on some levels this argument makes sense, it... More »
Why You Should Delay Your Computer Purchase // 06.26.2009
Due to the severity of today's economic downturn, more businesses and individuals have been cutting costs to survive the recession. One area where I think many are saving and many more could be saving is to delay your technology purchases. This is obviously not very good if you are a PC maker, but for consumers of technology products, this could be huge savings for you.
There are obvious savings for the planet as less pu... More »
I finally see the light: LED light bulbs // 11.14.2008
LEDs, or light emitting diodes, have been around for quite some time. I remember as a kid when LEDs were pretty much only good for science experiments and simple indicator lights telling you a switch was on.
I had a friend who worked for an LED manufacturer and their target market was city governments looking to replace their street lights and traffic signals with more efficient and longer... More »
Really green or just paying lip service? // 09.16.2008
So how do you know how green you really are? It's not like there is a good gauge or meter out there. I don't have an answer for you per se, it's more of an analogy.
First, I own a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It gets 13mpg. A friend of mine owns a 2004 Honda Civic, which gets about 30mpg. My friend considers herself to be very green because she has a reasonably fuel efficient car, has joined... More »
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