Saturday, February 23, 2013

My GREEN Week by the Numbers

This is my week by the numbers.  Everything below happened this week and relates to my own GREEN life... 

49.2  The number of miles per gallon our Prius got on average on our family road trip to Cape Cod...
1       The number of National Parks I visited with the kiddies...
45     The number of dollars I spent in the National Parks gift shop on "naturalist" gifts...
37     The number of minutes I drooled over David Culp's new gardening book The Layered Garden...


3       The number of offers I got on my GREEN solar-powered real estate listing as a RENTAL!  (It will eventually come back on the market as a sale listing, so if you were considering it...just let me know!)



2026   The number of dollars we're supposed to get as a tax credit from the Federal Government on our  tax return for the solar hot water system we installed in 2012...only when we filed our tax return we got an email informing us that the IRS is not ready to accept our tax return since we're filing for a "certain tax credit" & there will be a nationwide delay in processing.  What the what?  Don't they know we filed early to GET the tax credit because we want to put the $ back into our bank account?

286.01 The number of trees saved by using our solar panels as of this week...maybe...we're not sure it captured our original usage because there was a connection error to the online monitoring.  So it's at least this number.

1504.77 The number of barrels of oil offset by our solar panels to date...

Have a GREEN weekend, everyone!

Friday, February 15, 2013

I Raise My Glass to This Organic Stout

Hope all my Valentines out there had a really lovely Valentine's Day!  Since hubby wasn't going to be home, instead of opening a bottle of something sparkling by myself (and sparing the feeling that I would need to finish the entire bottle before it went flat - that can only end badly I'm afraid) I picked up Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout (product of the U.K.)


It was the perfect combination of 3 words that caught my eye... organic... chocolate... & stout.  I was not disappointed.  It was delicious.  Happiness in a bottle.  Picked it up at Whole Foods.

The idea to look for a chocolate stout came from the restaurant Fireworks (in Keene, NH & Brattleboro, VT) where my brother-in-law is the chef.  He shared this photo from the restaurant:


Harpoon Chocolate Stout Float with Vanilla Haagen Dazs.

His restaurants do lots of other brilliant things as well - if you're nearby I recommend pulling up a chair and staying for a great meal!  Ask if Gandalf (that's not his real name, he just looks a lot like Gandalf!) is in the kitchen, and tell him The GREEN CT Realtor sent you :)  

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The GREEN CT Realtor is Driving...



a Toyota Prius 4.... a 2010 previously leased car with solar panels on the roof!  We're changing our name to the Solar Minnicks :)

After all is said & done, we're pretty comfortable in our decision, and we've owned 3 other Toyota cars that were very good to us.

This is our commuter car (hubby will drive it mostly) and we're expecting it to get about twice as many miles per gallon as the car it's replacing.  Not too shabby.  It may not be the electric car, but still a step in the right direction.  Special thanks to our friend Alex who helped us with questions and had so much helpful advice.

So if you see a red Prius driving around town, give a wave!

Quick side note to all of my friends & family in the northeast - wishing everyone a safe weekend during the blizzard conditions we're expecting!  We've been notified by our power company to prepare for power outages, so I wanted to share the lessons I learned from our Hurricane Irene experience once again - best to be prepared!

Good luck, everyone!