Things Are Good: Living Off the Grid in a Major City

Most people think living off the grid means living the countryside with your own well, reenable energy, and food source. The truth is that style of off the grid requires massive space to work (for example, a well needs a large area to collect water from), so that rural off the grid doesn’t work for ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: HOME: The Making of a Sanctuary

Guest Post by Vickie Cammack (Originally published in Safe and Secure: Six Steps to Creating a Good Life for People with Disabilities by Al Etmanski) For one glorious summer in the ’70’s, an old tamarisk tree with wide sweeping branches down to the sand of a Greek beach was my home.  Its branches opened like ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Home.

Next Tuesday at noon, our daughter Natalie arrives home for Christmas.  Jim and I will meet her at the airport and then together, we’ll drive around the corner to where Nicholas lives.  I know there will be hugs and tears. Christmas Eve is my mother’s birthday so that day, my sister and I will bring ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Going Off-Grid

Off-grid, self-reliant living is a rapidly growing phenomenon and popular movement – so popular that there is now a cable TV show devoted to it, called something like, Off-Grid House Hunters, on HGTV. It only makes sense. Cut your expenses and improve your quality of life, while lowering stress and saving the planet? Of course! ...

Things Are Good: How to use Geothermal Energy in your Home

What is Geothermal? from Austin Wendenburg on Vimeo. Geothermal energy is one of the most sustainable energy sources because it works off of heat transferring from the ground to your home. In Iceland, the majority of the electricity comes from geothermal energy because the country sits in a prime location. You can make use of ...

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Things Are Good: Scotiabank Looks to Reward Eco Companies

Banks have a horrible reputation because of their inability to predict economic behaviour, this was highlighted by the ongoing economic claptrap that started roughly seven years ago. Canadian banks have also received a tarnished reputation because of their ongoing unethical investments in the Alberta tar sands. Perhaps as a reaction to this, Scotiabank launched an ...

Walking Turcot Yards: Earth Day

Things Are Good: Homeowners Can Earn Cash From Solar Roofs

Energy is still delivered via large power stations which can fail and leave entire regions without electricity. The future requires a more distributed energy grid that is a combination of large and small electricity generators, doing so will ensure electricity is not so heavily impacted by a rise in the cost of single fuel source. ...