Green Job Opportunities: In a Tough Job Market Consider Jobs Focused On Sustainability & Green Living

The job market is scary. The unemployment rate is currently more than 9%, and new job creation is sluggish at best. Good-paying jobs are not readily available. If you are out of work, it is common to look for many months before landing a job, even one that is not particularly to your liking.

One sector of the economy is offering job opportunities right now – the green sector. Businesses in alternative energy and companies focused on improving efficiency in energy use and promoting more environmentally- friendly practices are all growing employment.

Why? Consumers and businesses alike see the economic and environmental benefits of greener practices.

If you are interested in finding a job in the green sector, here are 10 areas where positions are likely to be most plentiful. Continue reading “Green Job Opportunities: In a Tough Job Market Consider Jobs Focused On Sustainability & Green Living”

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Green Travel: The Ultimate Green Vacation

Green living is becoming a way of life for many of us. Cutting energy consumption, conserving water, and recycling are all well established in the consciousness of a growing number of people.

This means that people are increasingly living a greener lifestyle at home. But what about when they leave home? How well established is green travel?

Having a green vacation can take various forms, from roughing it in a remote camp site to relaxing in luxury at a five-star resort that recycles everything and generates its own solar power. But what about getting both the feeling of being in the middle of a natural wilderness and the full luxury treatment? These two experiences don’t often come together in the same place. Now there are a few vacation spots that are attempting to bring vacationers the best of both of these seemingly dichotomous worlds.

Continue reading “Green Travel: The Ultimate Green Vacation”

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Traveling Green: Limit Phantom Energy Loss At Home

Summer vacation time is approaching, and as you plan your travels it is also worthwhile to think about how you can minimize your negative environmental impact as well.

One simple step to take: buy power strips, plug your electronics into them, and switch the devices off while you are away from home.

Amazingly, your television will use more energy while turned off then while turned on. You read that right.

This is due to the wonderful invention of “instant-on” technology, which keeps your TV in a constantly warmed -up mode (by drawing a little power constantly) so that that when you switch it on you get instant gratification. The same phenomenon applies to most electronic devices, such as computers and printers in sleep mode, radios, CD and DVD players, VCRs, and the like. Chargers of all kinds also draw a little power constantly (you can feel the warmth in a cell phone charger, for example). This low, constant energy use is known as “phantom energy.”

When away from home for an extended period of time, you can save a lot of energy – and money – by limiting the phantom energy. Just make sure that your TV and other electronic devices and chargers are either unplugged – not just switched off – or connected to a power strip that can be switched off to cut power.

Stopping phantom power loss is part of taking a greener vacation, and you may be surprised by how much money you save.

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