environment

Solar Panels: Rent, Buy or Skip?

Posted on 10/21/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWhether you’re concerned about saving the environment or just interested in saving yourself a few bucks, equipping your house with a solar energy system is an interesting, albeit rather complicated, proposition to consider. The cost of installing a residential solar system has fallen dramatically over the years. Now a number of companies have started programs to lease, instead of sell, solar energy equipment to homeowners, some in partnership with home improvement centers including Lowes and Home Depot. Sign up for …

Surprise Status Symbol: Hybrid Cars

Posted on 10/16/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyThe conventional wisdom about older car buyers is that they’re primarily motivated by price, durability and the ease of getting in and out of a vehicle — factors that translate into a big, bulky domestic sedan. But a new study shows that some automobile shoppers 60 and older are going green and buying hybrids because it boosts their self-esteem and image. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter Researchers, led by Jay Yoo of Baylor University, looked at the …

Other Earth-Friendly Days

Posted on 04/19/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsDon’t get me wrong:  as a lifelong environmentalist, I think that Earth Day (April 22) serves an invaluable purpose both as a celebration of our wondrous planet and as an opportunity to draw attention to the many serious – literally “life threatening” – challenges facing our natural environment.  The only problem with Earth Day is that it’s a single day once a year, while our responsibility to the environment is 24/7, every day of the year. The good news is …

Sense of Wonder Contest – Cast your vote on the intergenerational entries!

Posted on 09/18/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThese are truly some of the most beautiful, touching (and even hilarious) photos, essays and poems I’ve ever seen and read. Considering they’re created by teams of inter-generational partners for the 2012 Rachel Carson Sense of Water Contest makes them even more worthy of your visit to the site…and your vote. (I’m partial to the dance video “Macro Hunt Anthem”, but don’t let me influence you.) Honoring the 50th anniversary of her ground-breaking, society-changing book Silent Spring, this annual contest gives us a chance to …

Why all that sanitizing is making us sicker…and chubbier, too.

Posted on 09/4/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthWho would have thought some of our best friends would be the 100 Trillion bacteria living in, and on, our bodies? Results of the Human Microbiome Project have caused us to re-examine the critical balance between these good bacteria, essential for human life, and the relatively few bad guys on which we’ve waged an all-out blitz!  Modern life has been altering that delicate balance in ways that have led to an increase in obesity, inflammatory disease and other chronic illnesses. In fact, it’s made us …

Lightbulb alert! Another one bites the dust.

Posted on 08/14/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe old joke, “How many (blonds, lawyers, etc.) does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” just got more complicated! The old  flourescent tubes that used to illuminate millions of homes, and still light up many garages, workrooms and office buildings, bid their final adieu on Saturday. If you have one of these old fixtures in your home, you’ll need to know your options when the lights go out. T12 bulbs, engineered in the 30′s and used for over 50 years, are …