The Top Five Best Green Lifestyle and Alternative Energy Podcasts

January 19th, 2020

If switching to a totally environmentally friendly lifestyle were easy, everyone would be doing it and it wouldn’t be such a big social issue. Alas, reality. The following podcasts are great for learning more about living green and alternative energy solutions, whether you’re commuting to work or relaxing at home.

Green Lifestyle

#5 TIME’s GreenCast

Why It’s Great: The GreenCast is a very professionally done podcast from TIME magazine, so the information and sourcing is very solidly mainstream media. The focus is generally on alternative energy news and the politics thereof, so it can be a great way to stay up to date on energy laws on the state and federal level. If you’re a fan of TIME, this is your jam!

Episode to Try First: Most Recent.

#4 Make-It-Green Girl

Why It’s Great: Make-It-Green Girl, or MIGG for short, was the best podcast I could find for an introduction to green topics for the total newbie. It is a member of the always enjoyable “Quick and Dirty Tips” family of podcasts, all of which I’ve found enjoyable and well done. This is definitely no exception. MIGG is very down to Earth, literally and figuratively, with each episode providing an overview of a particular popular subject.

Episode to Try First: MIGG Organic: Food or Fad?

#3 NPR: Climate Connections

Why It’s Great: These podcasts are short and cover a lot of great environmental and alternative energy news around the world. Featuring interviews with up-and-coming green entrepreneurs and key climate experts, this is definitely one of the best source of green news available on iTunes. If you only have time or attention for a short interview of news item, this is one podcast you won’t want to pass up.

Episode to Try First: Most Recent

#2 Inside Renewable Energy

Why It’s Great: This episode almost made the top spot. Instead of focusing on tips and tricks the average person can do, it takes a very broad overview of the history, technology and business aspects of the alternative energy market. Featuring interviews with great experts and providing an accessible but very technical look into new green technologies, this is a podcast that I will definitely be turning to for the latest news.

Episode to Try First: Wind Technologies: Size Does Matter

#1 The Little Green People Show

Why It’s Great: This podcast is short, sweet, to the point, and as such never gets dull and has an excellent pace. The topics range widely, which also helps maintain full interest, and all of the tips given are very easy and practical to implement in your life. If you try nothing else, try this podcast.

Episode to Try First: 033: Wrap It Up

Little Things to Upgrade Your Lifestyle

December 11th, 2019

Everyone from 7others can inject some style into their life with just a few simple lifestyle changes that turn even the drabbest days into better ones. It doesn’t take a lot to add some glamour to your life. Glamour doesn’t have to be expensive. Glamour can be sensual. Glamour can be in the mind. I’m going to describe to you simple, cheap, easy, and small changes that anyone can do to live a jet-set, mogul, Hollywood rich girl sipping champagne lifestyle.

Little Things

One thing everybody can do to upgrade their lifestyle is create their own little haven for themselves. Everybody needs a place to relax and unwind and you don’t need sheets from Bergdorf Goodman to make your bed look nice. Simply making your bed, even if you use sheets from the dollar store, using coordinating colors will make your bed welcoming and you deserve it! The prints or patterns don’t have to be matchy-matchy, just as long as the same colors are in each pillowcase and sheet. Coming home at the end of a long day to a beautifully made bed will make you feel like a pampered princess!

White linen, ladies. I don’t mean the old lady perfume. I mean plain, solid, plush, cushy, white towels. You can get these at any dollar store or resale outlet like TJ Maxx or Marshalls cheap. Roll them up spa style and display them in your bathroom for a rich, clean look. Add a few tea lights and voila! You’ve created your own mini-getaway for less than thirty dollars. Now that you have all these new clean white towels, take all your old ones to your local animal shelter. They can use them and you’ll leave feeling good about yourself!

Nobody has tons of money these days to drop on expensive flower arrangements so try this quick, inexpensive solution. For mere dollars, you can pop some lemons or grapefruits in a large bowl and add a long-lasting, rich simplicity to your decor. It’s a simple and natural solution that adds color, life, and zest to your decor. Not only will it smell phenomenal, but you can double your pleasure by placing them in front of a mirror.

Is anyone else as fed up as I am about the high cost of eating out? Save your money and eat better by carrying healthy snacks with you wherever you go. All you need are some brown rice crackers and a few packets of dry miso soup, some almonds, protein bars, and string cheese. You’ll need a cup of hot water to make the miso soup but that’s all. These are all delicious and provide a great energy boost!

Here’s a thought. Just completely getting rid of your curtains and leaving your windows uncovered will trick your eyes into thinking your pads got depth and allow you to marvel in the beauty of the natural landscape outdoors. It could also let a psycho murderer killer observe you as you go about your daily activities, but at least only the stars in the Hollywood hills have to worry about that!

Splurge on a set of soft sheets that will make you want to fall into your bed at night. Don’t bother paying for anything over a five hundred threat count – it doesn’t get much softer than that. Next, cover your bed with a fluffy down duvet, a heavy wool blanket, or a soft cotton quilt. Then casually toss a gorgeous throw onto the foot of the bed. Now, stand in front of a full length mirror, narrow your eyes, and murmur, “I’m the best you’ll ever have.”

Practice rearranging your things. Feng shui is the art of placement. When your things are in order, you can relax because you will know that you are prepared for anything and organized. Your outer environment reflects your inner environment so if you want to feel serene, create a calm, soothing environment. The stress relief you will get from being organized is totally worth it!

I hope I’ve given you some ideas to help you inject a little champagne and caviar into your beer budget lifestyle, and remember cheap is sexy!

White Linen
No, not the old lady perfume, the real goods. All-white towels, in particular, add a rich, clean look to your bathroom. Roll them up spa-style surrounded by a few tea lights and voila, you’ve got your own mini-getaway for about $30. Hit the local Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Filene’s or any other resale super store for name-brand towels at a major discount. After you bring the new towels home, donate all your old grubby ones to a local animal shelter.White Linen
No, not the old lady perfume, the real goods. All-white towels, in particular, add a rich, clean look to your bathroom. Roll them up spa-style surrounded by a few tea lights and voila, you’ve got your own mini-getaway for about $30. Hit the local Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Filene’s or any other resale super store for name-brand towels at a major discount. After you bring the new towels home, donate all your old grubby ones to a local animal shelter.White Linen
No, not the old lady perfume, the real goods. All-white towels, in particular, add a rich, clean look to your bathroom. Roll them up spa-style surrounded by a few tea lights and voila, you’ve got your own mini-getaway for about $30. Hit the local Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Filene’s or any other resale super store for name-brand towels at a major diWhite Linen
No, not the old lady perfume, the real goods. All-white towels, in particular, add a rich, clean look to your bathroom. Roll them up spa-style surrounded by a few tea lights and voila, you’ve got your own mini-getaway for about $30. Hit the local Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Filene’s or any other resale super store for name-brandWhite Linen
No, not the old lady perfume, the real goods. All-white towels, in particular, add a rich, clean look to your bathroom. Roll them up spa-style surrounded by a few tea lights and voila, you’ve got your own mini-getaway for about $30. Hit the local Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Filene’s or any other resale super store for name-brand towels at a major discount. After you bring the new towels home, donate all your old grubby ones to a local animal shelter. towels at a major discount. After you bring the new towels home, donate all your old grubby ones to a local animal shelter.scount. After you bring the new towels home, donate all your old grubby ones to a local animal shelter.

Considering an Off-The-Grid Lifestyle

September 1st, 2019

My wife and I have been living a self-sufficient 1bandar.id, off-the-grid lifestyle for the last six years. We switched from a modern suburban lifestyle outside of Chicago to a remote, rural mountain one. Our decision didn’t happen quickly, most of it was over a fifty year period. I made my living as an artist and professional musician and my wife was in the corporate arena; not exactly pre-requisite experience for living off the grid.

Off-The-Grid Lifestyle

Successfully changing from an urban/suburban way of living to a rural self-sufficient life is first and foremost a conscious and committed change of lifestyle.

The two books that most influenced our decision were “The Good Life” by Scott and Helen Nearing, they made a similar decision and lifestyle change at the same age as we were and “Voluntary Simplicity” by Duane Elgin which helped in evaluating what we wanted out of our lives for the next fifty years. These two books help the reader to evaluate where they are now in comparison to an off the grid lifestyle and what is really important to them in their lives in order to make such a change. Before finally making the move, I researched for three years, read over a hundred books and interviewed many people in the area we eventually decided to live in. Choosing to change your current, long established way of life should not be entered into blindly.

There is more to living off the grid than the general public understands and the mainstream media portrays.

After a steep learning curve, we found that even after a considerable effort at conservation, we do not live with any less personal convenience than when we lived in a Chicago suburb. We make our own energy from solar panels and a back-up generator, draw water from our own well and grow our own produce in a quarter acre garden. With a little conservation, we have cut our energy usage by 50% and reduced our food expenses by 40%. By reducing our daily commuting distance from 140 miles to 28 miles we have not only saved fuel and maintenance costs but have gained lost commuting time back into our lives. These are but a few practical rewards when living self sufficiently and taking back the responsibility for your life.

To be clear, this way of living is different, not less convenient. It is not for everyone. If you make the change completely, not straddling the fence by trying to live in both worlds, then you will discover that you have more time, more health, more self confidence and a brighter outlook on life than you have had before.

Learning to live off the grid in a self sufficient manner involves a practical application of all aspects of conservation. If it is approached in a manner of simplifying your daily life, there is minimal loss of convenience. Down-sizing, conservation of energy and resources and pursuing a self-sufficient lifestyle provide for a mentally and physically healthy life.