I’ve been following Tesla Car company for about two years now and I really like where this company is bringing potential to the market. I have dreamed of having a supper efficient and environmentally contentious.

Gigaom

Tesla released its fourth quarter and full year earnings for 2012 on Wednesday, and revealed that the company is expecting to generate its first quarterly profit — excluding non-cash options and warrant-related expenses — in the first quarter of 2013. So, yes, that’s on a non-GAAP basis, but it’s a pretty sizable achievement for the decade-old company.

Tesla also confirmed that it has hit its previously reported goal of producing its second electric car the Model S at a rate of 400 cars per week and 20,000 cars per year. This production rate is crucial because it will mean Tesla can get its Model S cars out to its line of thousands of customers in a timely manner and can book those revenues.

Tesla said for the fourth quarter of 2012, it made 2,750 Model S cars, and a total of 3,100 vehicles during the full year 2012. The company…

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It’s Fat Tuesday – What are you doing for Lent?

So,  it’s Fat Tuesday.  Lent is right around the corner and many people are on social media talking about what they are going to give up for Lent.  Some of you may not understand the purpose of giving up something, ‘For Lent’.  While there are many different  ‘beliefs’ behind the Religious and Dogmatic essence of what Lent, and it’s physical precursor Mardi Gras, is all about, one thing is generally considered true, most people miss the point.   In my own words, I’d suggest that the Christian faith allows us to take a time to consider the trials and temptation of Jesus, and the sacrifice he made as the atonement of mankind’s sin.   Deviations from the spiritual concepts of Lent are clearly represented in the festivities of Mardi Gras, closing with Fat Tuesday – a specific example of the gluttony of human wastefulness.  For those that are come from a different culture, Lent started as a Christian memorial that generally covers 40 days (to represent the temptation of Jesus by Satin fora period of  40 days in the desert) and concludes with the celebration of Easter Sunday ( the resurrection of Jesus from the dead).  Many of the days themselves have been given semblances of historical value and others contain aspects of their historical value that has now been lost on the modern world.  For example, Fat Tuesday was a final day of gluttony and ‘fattening up’ because in the tradition of Lent, people would fast for 40 days and would need the extra fat in their systems to help them survive.

Regardless of your personal spiritual beliefs, you are probably aware of the concept of giving something up as a way to become more aware of your personal habits.  Every New Years we often make a commitment that we are going to do things differently.  Those who have a personal drive or spiritual commitment to making this kind of change are generally those who have the successes we all can admire.  They also have an accountability base to promote their own success.  This is why these things work, accountability. I think for those that practice the giving up something , or fasting,  for Lent the accountability is often more on a personal spiritual basis; with the support of family and friends as encouragement when times get tough.   Today I want to be your encourager.  Do you remember the first challenge I asked you to consider?  Yes, the one with two separate garbage cans one for recyclable materials and the other for trash… how’s that going?

What about Lent?  What will you be giving up?  Besides turning away from processed foods, I myself am going to attempt to give up 50% of the single use plastic I currently use.   By cutting out any plastic bottled beverage of any kind, and focusing my diet on whole, fresh fruits and vegetables (known as a Daniel fast).  I hope to allow two paths of my spiritual walk to combine.

Will you join me to ‘Cut The Plastic’ over Lent?’  I look forward to the conversation in the comments section!

http://www.theplasticfreetimes.com/news/13/02/11/plastic-free-lent-interview-gabriel-lamug-na%C3%B1awa

http://5gyres.org/posts/2013/02/12/fat_tuesday_equals_fat_plastic_in_new_orleans

Homemade Gifts – Valentines day is a week away

About a week ago, I asked a couple of friends (and hopefully continued readers)to give me some ideas regarding concepts of posts they would like to see.  As I was contemplating their ideas, I realized that Valentines day is a week away!  Now, I don’t know about you, but I am a do it yourself kind of guy.  I love to make cookies from scratch for Christmas and give them to friends and family as my expression of love and community.   I buy sugar eggs and flour in bulk sizes in paper packaging to be as contentious as possible and I try to plan ‘baking parties’ so that the sense of community and the holiday spirit are flowing.

Crafting projects can be like that to!  Gathering friends, or kids, together to make items that will be given to others combines the fellowship of community in so many ways.  Teaching children the value of reusing items, creativity and conservation at the same time, just adds value to the family ties!

If you haven’t already planned your children’s valentines gifts yet, will you consider some of the ideas here? I look forward to the stories of what comes forth!  Please post your experiences in the comments section!

http://www.planetpals.com/recycle_holiday_crafts.html#valentinesday

http://spoonful.com/crafts/recyclable-projects

http://www.funinthemaking.net/category/valentines-day/

Happy Crafting!!!

Beer makers changing production

Beer makers changing production

Energy efficiency and conservation are not just idealistic concepts that we as citizens should ‘aspire to’.  This is story about The Alaska Brewing Company shows that innovation is a sound business practice.  According to the Physics.org story, Alaska Brewing will cut energy usage by 70%!  If projected numbers are correct, the upgrades will have paid for themselves within 5 years.  
Have you ever offered an efficiency or conservation idea to your employer?  If you had a suggestion to make, do you know whom within your orginization is most likely to be in a position to effectively promote your ideas onto the drawing board?

 

 

Conservation -It’s your money after all

Let’s face it.  If someone were to sit down and show you five ways that you could change the environment and all it took was one hour of your time, you probably wouldn’t take the time to find an hour out of your busy life to find out more.  In contrast, if I told you that in just 5 minutes I was going to show you one trick that would save you up to $500 year if you made just one change to the way you did one thing in your life that you do everyday, you might stop and listen.  

As I’ve been thinking about what I want this blog to be, I feel like this is what will be required of me, to hone a pitch about why, with just five minutes of your day, you will feel a gain in your life, by changing the way we do little things in our lives that make sense, but might require a little effort, those five minutes out of your day.

Today’s tip: reduce the flow of water in the kitchen.  Today’s manufactures like American Standard and Kohler manufacture kitchen faucets with aeration and flow control to help families save thousands of gallons of water a year.  Many new facets have a setting for flow or aeration on them.  Recently the EPA’s WaterSense program awarded these two company’s as well as Lowes, Colorado Springs Utilities, and builder KB Home as the 2012 WaterSense Partners of the year.

http://www.epa.gov/watersense/partners/winners_2012.html#one

 While the EPA provides a rebate finder that allows you to find some rebate programs in your area, the reality is that most areas don’t have them – or it’s not always listed.  American Standard has a fun little quiz,  http://responsiblebathroom.com/ where I learned a lot (I only got about 65% of the questions right).

Will you take the quiz with me?  I’d like to hear in the comments what you found to me the most interesting thing you learned from the quiz!

 

Ford, others join Coke in plant-based plastic venture – Via Chicago Tribune

 

As an avid Facebook user, I am finding the idea of having my own space where the abundance of exciting information regarding the welfare of our planet can be shared in one location, in a platform where a greater expanse of people will have the ability to find a place to begin making informed and intentional decisions regarding simple ways to change our behavior patterns.

I recently ran across this article from the Chicago Tribune from June, 2012.    Recently a friend of mine posted a picture of a bottle made from PET plastic.  Be sure it was quite a pleasant sign of positive change.  Just another way American responsibility will lead the way toward a remedy for the massive damage fuel based plastics have placed on our planet.  While I’m not exactly ecstatic about the potential for the plantations to be cutting into the Amazon, the idea that big business is investing in the research to increase the change in our consumption patterns by furthering study on PET plastics, made from plant sugars!  Effective use would greatly shrink our dependence on fossil fuels.  Additionally, as this process is refined, maybe they will be able to find a way to use up all that High Fructose Corn Syrup that is placed in so many processed foods at an unhealthy level.

Ford, others join Coke in plant-based plastic venture.

Have you seen PET plastics yet?  If not, will you be looking for them in the future?