What is this site all about?

It is a comprehensive guide to save you money and make your home more energy-efficient and carbon neutral by measuring your footprint, reducing it and/or offsetting it. The Live Green site offers practical ways to make your home more resource efficient through products and services, information, ideas and strategies so that you can Live Green. We don’t believe that we are in  a disaster zone, but thank Rachel Carson and Bill McDonough for making us aware that there is a way to live more efficiently and a new theme to drive innovation in the world – sustainability! We fully embrace that challenge. How can you start living in a greener way?

Measure your carbon footprint. We use the EPA Carbon Calculator because as you go through the process they give averages for energy use for people living in the USA. It’s a great feature to understand how you are doing. The EPA numbers are the government reported numbers (the source) that can be relied upon. If your main concern is to cut your carbon footprint to zero quickly, consider buying Carbon Offsets.

 

 

Reduce your carbon footprint. If your main goal is to become more energy and or water efficient, then read these articles to find out what actions you can take over time to cut your energy, water and sewage loads on the environment without compromising your lifestyle.
Efficiency – The Basics
The Carbon Diet.
Table of CO2 Impacts
Green Road Map

 

Offset what you can’t cut. Buy Carbon Offsets until such time as you can afford to cut your footprint further. Buying Live Green Offsets will help reduce the CO2 levels through certified carbon offset or carbon prevention projects somewhere else in the world.

 

 

If you are looking for more in-depth information.

The Live Green Blog is full of in-depth articles on how to live sustainably and facts to help you work out the business case for doing so.
How to Live Green explains the underlying thinking of a green lifestyle.
Basic Concept provides an overview and the basic facts about your carbon footprint.

Black carbon footprint on white floorFor most of us an efficient, carbon free, green lifestyle is not a single action, but rather a journey. This site is your tour guide on that journey.Why should you make the commitment to living green? At the 1997 Kyoto conference on climate change most nations (excluding the USA) committed to reducing greenhouse gasses to reverse the effects of climate change. The guide called for a reduction of 1,500 pounds of CO2 equivalents per person per year.

If you have already implemented the 5 steps above and made your 1,500 pounds of CO2 savings this year, then you are probably ready to move up to a bigger commitment.

Road map for Living Green provides a comprehensive overview of what it will take to become a net energy contributor over a lifetime.

Table of CO2 Impacts is a quick guide full of actions you can to take and what their impacts will be. Use it to make cost/benefit trade-off decisions and to plan what actions you will take to cut your emissions by another 1,500 pounds next year.

Detail view showing a person applying weather sealing strips to a window frameLive Green Projects outlines the five most important project areas to undertake as you work your way towards a Live Green lifestyle. How to cut energy waste is covered in the Energy Efficiency project. This is a good place to start before you decide to invest in any of the other projects as the actions you take by reducing your energy will cut your costs in the other projects. The Rainwater Harvesting project describes how you can save 50-80% of your water usage*. The Green Energy project describes how to cut energy purchases from your electricity provider. Depending on how much you invest, you can even get your lifestyle to a net positive place where your provider pays you and your home becomes a net contributor of electricity production on the grid! The Waste Management project deals with our homes outputs – a major source of pollution. The Nutrients project deals with our contribution to soil fertility, a key element in the planets ability to sustain life. The Resources section has external links to helpful tools, sources of Green Living and sustainability information and research.

Bookmark this website and use it as your information portal for all things related to understanding and moving towards a green lifestyle. Join our community ask questions and learn at our LinkedIn Group and Blog for news. Contact us if you think there is something missing that you would like to see here.

*These numbers are based on a yard which has underground sprinklers installed.

Impossible to Live Green in a city?
Book cover for Michael Mobbs Sustainable HouseMichael Mobbs, an environmental attorney converted his small Sydney, Australia townhouse about fifteen years ago to a fully sustainable off grid property in the heart of the city and has been living mainly off the grid (electricity, water, sewage) ever since. Take a video tour around the property with Michael, you probably won’t see your home the same way again after this. It is incredible, already possible and his story is inspiring.

 

 

 

 

 

Let us help you find how you can Live Green, save energy and money in 21 easy to answer questions.

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