Links from Readers


Sometimes readers send me links. I think it’s great because I get to know what interests people. Here are some recent ones:

Our twitter follower bythebayou @replied me a link to Co-op America. They look interesting — I like that they encourage people to take action.

Another twitter follower monkchips, sent this link on saving energy by turning computers off at night! He recently learned that in Japan, insurance companies offer lower rates to companies that turn their servers off in the evening, since the believe it lowers the risk of fires. He describes it as “a commitment to not 24/7, not follow the Sun, not have uptime for its own sake.”

Finally, regular reader jhimm e-mailed me a link to a rant of his on some current Chicago news — the recent proposals to add a 10 – 25 cent tax to all bottled water sales. Let’s just say jhimm is a bit upset by the news. We’ve been discussing the role of government (see here and here) in changing people’s behaviors, so thanks jhimm for adding to the conversation.

If you run across something that’s big news where you are or that you think we should be covering, let us know through a comment on the site or send us an e-mail at ’21c AT’.

3 thoughts on “Links from Readers

  1. Hey all…Since this site shares information for the environmentally aware,I just found this brand new green and sustainable living concept on the market that was invented in Oregon. It’s called the NW Modern from ideabox and the man who created this home was also the brains behind the e-rated appliances, the predecessor to the Department of Energy’s Engery Star Program.

    Ideabox is sustainable and green in both building materials and construction. It’s the hippest and most resourceful thing I’ve seen since Bluetooth technology! This energy efficient pre-fab home is wrapped up in a cool, modern design that is actually affordable!

    For the environmentally responsible consumer this cabin is cool and sleek. I mean we’re talking living large here in 400 sq. feet of luxury in a clever high end pre-fab home with a very intelligent design.

    The research I’ve done shows that ideabox uses environmentally friendly products and construction with wireless technologies. Designed with the idea that you can live large in a small space, ideabox is attracting very posh customers. And hey…less can be more! My family is considering it for a vacation home on some land at the lake or the beach. Another thought I have is putting it on my property for when the kids come home. Once you’re in college, staying right with mom is tough. This way, they can have space but still be “home”.

    Here is some more information I found on how environmentally friendly ideabox is…

    · Wireless technology because power lines are SO last year.
    · Standing seam metal roofing – sustainable and fire retardant
    · Fiber-cement siding for low maintenance
    · Galvalume corrugated metal siding for an industrial look and efficient construction.
    · Bamboo flooring because it’s sleek and renewable
    · Energy Star appliances and lighting for the best in energy efficiency
    · Marmoleum countertops, made from renewable resources
    · Fully insulated walls for maximum energy efficiency
    · Energy-efficient ENERGY STAR labeled windows to regulate temperature
    · Less than 2% construction waste because materials are ordered to size
    · Low volatile organic compound paints for better, healthier indoor air
    · Duo-flush toilets for water efficiency
    · Day lighting; windows in all exterior walls and interior re-lite strategies
    · Tankless water heaters to reduce electricity use

    I haven’t seen anything like this before! Have any of you? If you want more information about these homes you can visit

  2. Hi,
    Since you’re open to links, I just realized, I don’t see any references on your blog to Blog Action Day at The idea is, on the 15th of October, all blogs make a post on an environmental issue. I registered and committed my blog (The Marketer Review- come on down ;) and I encourage everyone else to do the same.
    Once again:
    Blog Action Day

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