How To Control Your Data Online

by Justin Thomas •


We’ve become accustomed to online companies hosting our data, but this practice is actually highly inefficient. This page explains the situation pretty simply. My advice is to use “unhosted” online services that support personal data control, or “zero-knowledge” services that encrypt your data before it leaves your computer. I’ve created a list of suitable services at the end of this …


Efficient In 2012: Collaborative Consumption

by Justin Thomas •


The rise of collaborative consumption is perhaps the most efficient movement arising in society today. Basically, collaborative consumption is based on an economic model where products are shared or rented instead of owned. This model may become pervasive enough to replace the ownership-based model we have today. For good introduction to this movement, see the video above. It’s by Rachel …


7 Excellent Swap and Share Sites

by Tracy McGill •

Remember the 20th century when we were in a consumption frenzy? Terms like swap and share weren’t even on our radar. The economic downturn combined with our fundamental need to connect with others has started a swap and share movement that has been defined as Collaborative Consumption. Businesses are now using the efficiency of the internet and mobile technology to …


Southface Energy Institute: A Resource For Sustainable Design

by Benjamin Roman •

Energy efficient building designs and technologies are everywhere these days. In fact, the sheer number of options can seem a little overwhelming for those interested in sustainable construction techniques. But Southface Energy Institute, headquartered in Atlanta, can be a valuable resource for homeowners, commercial or residential builders, or individuals who simply want to learn more about environmentally friendly design.

No Impact Man

by Justin Thomas •

No Impact Man is really on the cutting-edge of efficient, green living. This recent post is a good introduction to what he is all about. While some might think this kind of living is extreme, I think his approach to living actually very practical. It just goes against-the grain our very ineffective societal norms.

The Perfect T-Shirt

by Justin Thomas •

What’s the perfect T-Shrit? Is it this one? Better Thinking, a product think-tank in the UK, has set a challenge to create a garment with world’s lowest eco-footprint, taking everything into consideration to create “‘The Perfect T-Shirt“. They’ve set up a forum to share ideas, knowledge and opinions. They also have a blog which tracks their progress.

FindSolar.Com Site Launched

by Justin Thomas •

FindSolar.Com is an impressive new web site that helps answer two important questions: (1) Where can I find solar for my home or business? (2) How much will it cost? By entering your state and county, you get a detailed break-down of the costs for a solar installation, based on 3,100 electric utility rates, county-level solar radiation data, and any …



by Justin Thomas •

HybridCars.Com is a web site with a lot of up-to-date information on (you guessed it) hybrid cars, trucks and vans. The editor is Bradley Berman who has written a book entitled “An Insider’s Look at Hybrid Cars: How They Work and Why They Matter”. The web site has an overview of what vehicles are available now and which ones are …

How Clean Is The Air You Are Breathing?

by Justin Thomas •

The website Scorecard: The Pollution Information Site will tell you how clean the air is in your zip code. You can enter your zip code below to test it out: Enter your zip code:    When the report appears, choose the “Air Quality Rankings: Health Risks, Exposure, and Emissions” link. The site also has suggestions about how you can help …